Senior duo grabs weekly women's soccer accolades

UND’s Katie Moller broke a Summit League single-match record with nine points, while SDSU’s Annie Williams helped the Jacks post back-to-back shutouts to stay atop the league standings
UND’s Katie Moller broke a Summit League single-match record with nine points, while SDSU’s Annie Williams helped the Jacks post back-to-back shutouts to stay atop the league standings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota senior Katie Moller turned in a record-breaking performance to net her third Summit League Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season, while South Dakota State senior Annie Williams helped the Jacks deliver back-to-back shutouts to garner the Defensive Player of the Week nod.

Moller, who is the first league player with three weekly honors this season, broke the Summit League single-match record for points after securing nine in the Fighting Hawks' 7-1 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. She also became just the fourth player in league history and the just the second in a conference match to score four goals. Moller first point came off a corner kick she sent in that was finished by Olivia Knox for UND's first goal of the match.

For Moller, it was her second hat trick of the season, as she became the first Summit League player since North Dakota State's Lauren Miller (2015) to achieve that feat. Miller was also the last player to have a hat trick in a Summit League match (at Denver; Oct. 19, 2015).

Williams has anchored a back line for the Jackrabbits that has surrendered only two goals in seven Summit League matches. Her efforts this week helped the unit reel off back-to-back shutouts in wins over Omaha and Oral Roberts. SDSU allowed only four shots on goal during those two victories and has now played in five-consecutive matches that ended with a 1-0 score (4-1).

Williams also added the assist on the Jacks' game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Oral Roberts. 

Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Moller, North Dakota
Sr. | Forward | West Linn, Ore.

• Leads the league with 14 goals and broke UND's Division I record for career goals (30) in the win

• Nine points broke Summit League single-match record and four goals tied league's single-match record

• Collected second career weekly honor

Also nominated: Leah Manulelleua, South Dakota State; Natalie Beckman, Denver; Joana Zanin, South Dakota; Malley O'Brien, North Dakota State

Defensive Player of the Week
Annie Williams, South Dakota State
Sr. | Defender | Cottage Grove, Minn.

• Collected second career weekly honor and third defensive honor by a Jack this season

• Jacks' defense has allowed only two goals in seven Summit League matches

•  Assisted on the game-winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Oral Roberts

Also nominated: Erin Bunker, Omaha; Cheyenne Shorts, Denver; Parker Rytz, South Dakota

2018 The Summit League Players of the Week
August 20
O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts
August 27
O: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
D: Parker Rytz, South Dakota
September 4
O: Meg Halvorson, Denver
D: Olivia Swenson, North Dakota
September 10
O: Brookelyn Dew, North Dakota State
D: Allyson Hayner, Purdue Fort Wayne
D: Brittany Wilson, Denver
September 17
O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
September 24
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Haley Lydon, Purdue Fort Wayne
October 1
O: Samantha Feller, Denver
D: Hanna Norman, North Dakota State
October 8
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
October 15
O: Emily Romero, Omaha
D: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
October 22
O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Annie Williams, South Dakota State

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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