#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 7

NDSU's Monica Polgar leads the league in saves with 71 this season heading into conference play.
NDSU's Monica Polgar leads the league in saves with 71 this season heading into conference play.
 
Sioux Falls, S.D. -- The 21st season of Summit League women's soccer begins on Thursday when Omaha travels to Western Illinois for a 3 p.m. CT match, and South Dakota heads up to I-29 for North Dakota to face the Fighting Hawks at 3 p.m. CT. 

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK
•The 21st season of Summit League women's soccer begins on Thursday when Omaha travels to Western Illinois for a 3 p.m. CT match, and South Dakota heads up to I-29 for North Dakota to face the Fighting Hawks at 3 p.m. CT. 
• League squads combined to post a 42-41-9 record leading up to conference play. That win total is the first time the Summit League has won 40 or more non-conference matches since the 2007-08 season when teams combined to go 41-46-6.
• South Dakota State and Denver both recorded 7-1-0 marks in league play last season, however, the Jacks' 1-0 win over the Pioneers a year ago gave them the tie-breaker for the top seed. SDSU looks to ride its six-match winning streak to league play when they host North Dakota on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
• Denver is the reigning Summit League tournament champions and will begin its title defense on Sunday at home against North Dakota. The Pioneers are coming off a 1-0 win at CSUN where Samantha Feller scored the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute.
• For her efforts, Feller was named this week's Summit League Offensive Player of the Week.
• UND's 13 points in non-conference play were only topped by South Dakota State. This is the second-straight season the Fighting Hawks have recorded six non-conference wins since joining the Summit League.
• North Dakota State wrapped up non-league play with a 3-2 setback at Utah Valley. Bison senior forward Elyse Huber has been a force this season as she leads the league in goals (10) and points (20).
• South Dakota's four-match winning streak was snapped on Sunday as the Coyotes fell to Kansas City, 1-0. The Coyotes will open league play on the road with three-straight road matches, beginning with North Dakota (Oct. 3) and North Dakota State (Oct. 6).
• The Mastodons, who only won four games a year ago, have already matched their win total from last season.
• Western Illinois was the only team to go winless in league action last year, but the Leathernecks' 4-5-1 mark thus far has already eclipsed their win total from last season of three. The Leathernecks are riding a two-match win streak and will open league play on Thursday against Omaha at 3 p.m. CT.
• Omaha sophomore defender Margaret LaVigne was recently named the league's Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring the Maverick defense that didn't allow a goal in two wins last week, both 1-0 victories. The Mavericks had lost their previous five matches, all by 1-0 decisions.
• Sunday's match for Oral Roberts against Denver will end a two-week break after a match vs. Florida Atlantic on Thursday in Tulsa was washed out.
• Although the Golden Eagles are tied with Omaha with seven points, they sit second in the league in total goals with 18, six behind North Dakota.

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