SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During a week that saw a combined seven shutouts, two standout goalkeepers in North Dakota's Catherine Klein and South Dakota State's Maggie Smither shared the Defensive Player of the Week award, while Denver midfielder Natalie Beckman was named the Summit League Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.
Beckman scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 triumph over Western Illinois. The Denver, Colo., native recorded the game-winning goal in the 27th-minute, then added an insurance goal 10 minutes later. Beckham also notched an assist with 81 seconds left in regulation.
Smither posted her ninth and 10th shutout of the season in wins over Oral Roberts and Omaha, extending the Jackrabbits' winning streak to nine games, which is tied for the second-longest streak in program history. With the wins, Smither and the Jacks broke the school's consecutive shutout record at nine matches. She finished the week with nine saves.
Klein recorded a combined six saves and two shutouts at Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois, helping the Fighting Hawks to a 3-1 league record. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native became UND's all-time shutouts leader with 14 career shutouts.
Natalie Beckman, Denver
So. | MF | Denver, Colo.
- Scored a pair of goals in the Pioneers' 3-0 win against Western Illinois
- Recorded an assist with 81 seconds left in regulation
- This is the first career weekly honor for Beckman
Also nominated: Karlee Manding, South Dakota State; Maddison Sullivan, South Dakota; Nicky De Pape, North Dakota State
Catherine Klein, North Dakota
Sr. | GK | Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Made a combined six saves and recorded two shutouts at Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois
- Became UND's all-time shutout leader with 14 career shutouts
- Notched second career Player of the Week honor
Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
Sr. | GK | Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Recorded shutout wins against Oral Roberts and Omaha
- Combined for nine saves in a duo of shutouts to give her 10 on the season
- Earned sixth career Player of the Week accolade and second of the season
Also nominated: Cheyenne Shorts, Denver; Ines Palmiero, Western Illinois; Courtney Stodola, South Dakota; Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Previous Players of the Week
Offense: Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State
Defense: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State
Defense: Brittany Wilson, Denver
Offense: Mara Yapello, North Dakota
Defense: Catherine Klein, North Dakota
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
Defense: Magie Smither, South Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State; Alexis Mithcell, South Dakota
Defense: Rachel Preston, South Dakota State
Offense: Samatha Feller, Denver
Defense: Margaret Lavagne, Omaha
Offense: Zoe Clarke Western Illinois
Defense: Ines Palmiero, Western Illinois