Moller, Bohnenstiehl collect season-opening Player of the Week accolades

Seniors Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl (ORU) and Katie Moller (UND) earned the first Summit League Player of the Week accolades of the 2018 season.
Seniors Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl (ORU) and Katie Moller (UND) earned the first Summit League Player of the Week accolades of the 2018 season.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota forward Katie Moller garnered The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week honor in her first attempt after the Fighting Hawks opened their new era with back-to-back road wins at Nicholls State and Southern, while Oral Roberts goalkeeper Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl captured Defensive Player of the Week accolades after helping lead the Golden Eagles to the UTRGV Tournament title with a pair of 1-0 victories.

Moller tallied a league-high five points and was the only league player to tally multiple goals during the opening weekend of the women's college soccer season. She scored a goal in the season opener vs. Nicholls State and added a goal and an assist in the 4-0 blanking of Southern. For UND, who joined The Summit League this past summer, it marked the first time the program has picked up back-to-back, season-opening road wins since the 2005 season.

Bohnenstiehl split time between the pipes for ORU, but started both shutout victories for the Golden Eagles. She recorded six saves en route to earning UTRGV All-Tournament Team accolades. With her latest defensive honor, Bohnenstiehl now has at least one accolade in each of the last three seasons and four total for her career.  

Katie Moller, North Dakota
Sr. | F | West Linn, Ore.

  • Earned her second career Offensive Player of the Week conference accolade after netting one from the Big Sky as a junior in 2017
  • Scored a goal in six of her last eight regular-season matches dating back to last season
  • Her goal vs. Southern was the 18th of her career, tying her for sixth all-time at UND

Also nominated: Kayla Wisniewski, Purdue Fort Wayne; Sierra Beall, Oral Roberts; Amanda Carpio, South Dakota; Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State; Brylie Meyer, Omaha

Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts
Sr. | GK | Corinth, Texas 

  • Earned her fourth career Defensive Player of the Week accolade 
  • Played the first half in both of ORU's season-opening shutout wins at the UTRGV Tournament
  • Stopped all six shots she faced in those two contests

Also nominated: Cesiley LaCourt, Purdue Fort Wayne; Olivia Swenson, North Dakota; Parker Rytz, South Dakota; Monica Polgar, North Dakota State; Ina Gudjonsdottir, Omaha

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