Moller nets second offensive honor, Smither collects defensive award

UND's Katie Moller racked up her second weekly offensive honor of the season, while SDSU's Maggie Smither got her first defensive honor this year and the third of her career.
UND's Katie Moller racked up her second weekly offensive honor of the season, while SDSU's Maggie Smither got her first defensive honor this year and the third of her career.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the second time this season, North Dakota forward Katie Moller captured The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week accolade, while Jackrabbit goalkeeper Maggie Smither captured her first defensive honor of the season and third of her career.

Moller, who is the first multiple-award winner of the season on either side, increased her lead in the league's goal-scoring department to four after compiling three goals and three assists during a weekend road-sweep for UND. She now has nine goals on the campaign and the Fighting Hawks improved to 6-1-1 on the season.

She netted the game-winner in both shutout victories over Grambling and Alcorn State and had two goals and three assists in UND's goal-scoring barrage against the Braves. The Fighting Hawks set a school record in the 12-0 blanking of Alcorn State, which tied for the third most goals scored by a Summit League team. Oakland holds the record at 16.

Smither helped South Dakota State bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Arizona State early in the week by registering back-to-back shutouts against Big Sky foes. In the Jackrabbits' 2-0 win over Idaho State, Smither stopped nine shots, which were the second most of her career. In the 0-0 draw with reigning Big Sky Champion Eastern Washington, she added seven saves.

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

  • Leads The Summit League with nine goals and 21 points on the season
  • Tallied her third and fourth game-winning goals of the season
  • Becomes first multiple-award winner of the season 

Also nominated: Maddison Sullivan, South Dakota; Emily Bollman, Western Illinois; Karlee Manding; South Dakota State; Jordan Langenbartels, Oral Roberts

Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
Jr. | GK | Littleton, Colo.

  • Collected third weekly conference accolade of career and first of the season 
  • Posted fifth and sixth shutouts of the season
  • Leads The Summit League with 50 saves in 10 matches

Also nominated: Parker Rytz, South Dakota; Ines Palmieroherrera, Western Illinois; Olivia Swenson, North Dakota; Reagan Richins, Oral Roberts

Previous Players of the Week
August 20
O: Katie Moller, UND
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, ORU
August 27
O: Leah Manuleleua, SDSU
D: Parker Rytz, USD
September 4
O: Meg Halvorson, Denver
D: Olivia Swenson, UND
September 10
O: Brookelyn Dew, NDSU
D: Allyson Hayner, Purdue Fort Wayne
D: Brittany Wilson, Denver

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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, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.