#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 11

Omaha goalkeeper Erin Bunker came up with seven big saves in the Mavs' 1-0 upset of North Dakota State.
Omaha goalkeeper Erin Bunker came up with seven big saves in the Mavs' 1-0 upset of North Dakota State.
WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (PDF w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --
The regular season title, all four seeds at the Championship in Brookings, and the final spot in the four-team field will all be decided in the final week of Summit League women's soccer action.
 
Around The League
• North Dakota senior Katie Moller became just the fourth player in Summit League history to score four goals in a match and by adding an assist in the Fighting Hawks' 7-1 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne, she broke the league's single-match record for points by tallying nine. It was her second hat trick of the season. The last player to record a pair of hat tricks in the same season was North Dakota State's Lauren Miller in 2015. She was also the last player to register one in a league match until Moller did so on Sunday.
• Freshman Olivia Knox added two goals and two assists to finish with six points as she turned in the best performance of her young career. Knox scored the first two goals of the match for UND, including the first when she headed in a corner kick from Moller.
• Moller's efforts netted her the league's Offensive Player of the Week accolade for the third time this season.
• South Dakota State has only scored nine goals in Summit League play, but the Jacks' defense has surrendered only two. Numbers like that yield a lot of 1-0 matches and that's been the outcome of SDSU's last five contests (4-1).
• SDSU defender Annie Williams helped the Jacks to a pair of 1-0 shutouts last week and added the assist on Sunday's game-winning goal to capture Defensive Player of the Week honors. Williams and the Jacks' defense gave up only four shots on goal in those two wins.
• Omaha kept its postseason hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over North Dakota State on Sunday. Goalkeeper Erin Bunker made seven saves in the contest while Baily Cascio put away the game-winner in the 55th-minute to give her a team-high four goals on the season.
• Denver remained in a share for the top spot in the league standings with SDSU following a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois. Samantha Feller was credited with the game-winner in the 19th-minute to give her seven goals on the season. Feller's goal count is tied for second in the league. Teammate Meg Halvorson is just one off that pace after she collected her sixth goal in the 67th-minute to put DU up 2-0.
• NDSU split a pair of home matches, winning 1-0 in overtime on Friday against Oral Roberts before falling to the Mavs by the same score on Sunday. Malley O'Brien got the golden goal eight minutes into overtime on a feed from Sydney Johnson. 
• The Coyotes put away Purdue Fort Wayne 5-0 on Friday to keep their postseason chances within reach. Joana Zanin had a part of four of USD's five goals, scoring the first two, then assisting on the next two.
 
To Be Determined 
• Three teams do know that they can start to make postseason plans for next week in Brookings, S.D., as Denver (6-1; 18 points), South Dakota State (6-1; 18 points) and North Dakota State (5-2; 15  points) have all wrapped up top-four finishes in the league standings.
• Those three teams along with Omaha, Oral Roberts and Purdue Fort Wayne only play once in the final week of regular-season play.
• South Dakota State can clinch at least a share of the regular season title for the second straight year with a win over North Dakota on Friday. A victory over the Fighting Hawks would also clinch the top seed in the tournament because the Jackrabbits own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Denver after defeating the Pioneers 1-0 during the regular season.
• There are a couple of scenarios where DU could end up as the top seed in Brookings and the Pioneers will know going into their Saturday home match against Oral Roberts if an outright title or a shared title is on the line.
• A three-way tie for the regular season crown is also in play if DU and SDSU were to both lose and NDSU were to win at South Dakota on Friday. The last time that happened was in 2009 (SDSU, NDSU and IUPUI). The first tiebreaker for such a scenario is goal differential in league contests, which DU currently leads at +10, SDSU is +7 and NDSU +6.
• There are four teams still alive for the final tournament berth in Brookings.
• The Jacks will be going up against a North Dakota squad in control of its own destiny for a top-four finish in the league standings. For the Fighting Hawks, a pair of wins would put them at 16 points -- a figure no other league team behind them could reach. With two victories, UND could finish as high as third if NDSU were to lose.
• South Dakota is in a similar situation because a pair of wins by the Yotes would put them at 15 points and one of those wins would come against UND, thus knocking the Fighting Hawks, who are the only remaining team that could get to that point total, out of a potential top-four finish.
• Omaha needs a win in the regular-season finale coupled with several other factors to sneak into the top four. That would put the Mavs at 13 points and they would need USD to lose to NDSU on Friday, but defeat UND on Sunday. They would also need UND to lose or draw with SDSU on Friday in order for that to happen.
• If UND beats the Jacks and the Bison beat South Dakota, then the Fighting Hawks would clinch the No. 4 spot Friday even if Omaha were to win Sunday because of the second tiebreaker. UND and Omaha tied during the regular season, but the Hawks own a +9 goal differential compared to the Mavs' -1 going into the final weekend. With only a maximum of five goals per contest allowed, the gain in differential by UND in a win over SDSU would be enough to secure that tiebreaker.
• Oral Roberts needs the most help from other programs, but the Golden Eagles are still mathematically alive. A win at Denver would get the Golden Eagles to 12 points in the standings and that would put them in fourth place alone if South Dakota and North Dakota both lose on Friday and their match Sunday ends in a draw. Omaha would also need to lose to or draw with Western Illinois in order for ORU to capture the fourth spot.

2018 Players of the Week
August 20
Offense: Katie Moller, Sr., F, North Dakota
Defense: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Sr., GK, Oral Roberts

August 27
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, Jr., F, South Dakota State
Defense: Parker Rytz, Sr., GK, South Dakota

September 4
Offense: Meg Halvorson, So., MF, Denver
Defense: Olivia Swenson, Sr., GK, North Dakota

September 10
Offense: Brookelyn Dew, So., F, North Dakota State
Defense: Allyson Hayner, Sr., D, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defense: Brittany Wilson, Jr., GK, Denver

September 17
Offense: Katie Moller, Sr., F., North Dakota
Defense: Maggie Smither, Jr., GK, South Dakota

September 24
Offense: Taryn Labree, Jr., MF, South Dakota
Defense: Haley Lydon, Sr., GK, Purdue Fort Wayne

October 1
Offense: Samantha Feller, Fr., MF, Denver
Defense: Hanna Norman, Sr., D, North Dakota State

October 8
Offense: Taryn Labree, Jr., MF, South Dakota
Defense: Maggie Smither, Jr., GK, South Dakota State

October 15
Offense: Emily Romero, Sr., F., Omaha
Defense: Monica Polgar, Jr., GK, North Dakota State

October 23
Offense: Katie Moller, Sr., F, North Dakota
Defense: Annie Williams, Sr., D, 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, and 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