#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 1

ORU's Jordan Langenbartels, who has led her squad in scoring the past two seasons, and the Golden Eagles open the 2019 season at home Thursday against Rice.
ORU's Jordan Langenbartels, who has led her squad in scoring the past two seasons, and the Golden Eagles open the 2019 season at home Thursday against Rice.
WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (PDF)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --
 It is opening week for the 2019 women's soccer season and all nine Summit Leagues squads will be in action. Oral Roberts and Denver get things started and begin their 2019 campaign with home matches on Thursday, Aug. 22, before the remaining seven teams play Friday.

NOTEBOOK
• Three of The Summit League's five individual award honorees are back in 2019 with Denver boasting Freshman of the Year Samantha Feller and reigning Coach of the Year Jeff Hooker. South Dakota State has Goalkeeper of the Year Maggie Smither back between the pipes. 
• Denver has won the Summit League Championship title each of the past two seasons as the No. 2 seed.
• SDSU will look to make its seventh consecutive Summit League tournament appearance after winning the 2014, 2015 and 2016 titles and qualifying under then first-year head coach Brock Thompson in 2017 and earning the top seed in 2018.
• NDSU has finished no lower than third during the regular season since 2015 and the Bison made their 10th-straight appearance in the postseason event in 2018. Their last title came in 2010.
• The league will boast a pair of players that have captured a Division I conference's Goalkeeper of the Year accolade. Joining Smither with that distinction is North Dakota netminder Catherine Klein, who sat out the 2018 season, but was the 2017 Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year for the Fighting Hawks.
• Smither is one of three Summit League players back in 2019 that earned United Soccer Coaches All-West Region honors a year ago. Smither earned second-team accolades while Denver's Hannah Adler (first team) and Samantha Feller (third team) were also honored.
• Adler, Feller, midfielder Meg Halvorson, and defender Cheyenne Shorts give the Pios a league-high quartet of All-Summit League first team performers back from 2018.
• Feller is the league's top returning goal scorer (9) and point scorer (22) after 2018 Player of the Year Katie Moller of North Dakota graduated (15g; 35p).
• The remaining All-Summit League first-teamers back from a year ago are Smither and NDSU forward Mariah Haberle.
• Oral Roberts' Jordan Langenbartels had 13 goals over the past two seasons, leading the Golden Eagles in that category during the 2017 (6) and 2018 (7) seasons. 
• Purdue Fort Wayne's Wisniewski returns to anchor the Mastodons' offense after scoring eight goals (third-most in SL) and 19 points (fourth-most in SL).
• Western Illinois senior Ines Palmiero Herrera led The Summit League in saves a season ago with 93. She started all 18 games for the Leathernecks, who will try to rebound from a winless league slate in 2018. 

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