#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 10

NDSU ended SDSU's 11-match Summit League winning streak with a 1-0 win over the Jacks on Sunday.
NDSU ended SDSU's 11-match Summit League winning streak with a 1-0 win over the Jacks on Sunday.

The matches continue to get bigger and bigger in The Summit League as each team has only three matches remaining except for league-leading Denver, who has just two. That extra game has allowed Denver to take a 3-point lead in the standings with both North Dakota State and South Dakota State a half-game behind and both of those teams have a pair of home matches this week to try and catch up. Equally as intriguing as the race for the regular-season title, is the cat-and-mouse game for the fourth spot in the league standings, which would net a trip to Brookings for the Summit League Championship (Nov. 1).  Oral Roberts is currently in that sought-after position, but only three points separate the Golden Eagles from seventh place.
Around The League
• The Pioneers vaulted to the top of the table with a road win at Purdue Fort Wayne and a home win over North Dakota. DU remained unbeaten on its home pitch (5-0-2), while handing the Fighting Hawks their first road loss of the campaign (5-1-2).
• In the 3-1 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday, sophomore Meg Halvorson collected the first multi-goal game of her career, striking twice for the Pioneers.
• Hannah Adler tallied the game-winner in the first meeting between DU and UND, giving her five goals on the season. She's tied for third in the league with 15 points (5 G, 5A).
• UND drew 1-1 with Omaha in its first match of the week and is currently tied with the Mavs in fifth place with a 2-2-1 mark in Summit League play. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Swenson made 15 saves in UND's 0-1-1 week, allowing just the two goals and continues to 
• The Mavs picked up four big points on the week to move into contention for one of the four postseason tournament berths available for the Summit League Championship, which is set for Nov. 1-3 in Brookings, S.D.
• Senior Emily Romero scored both of Omaha's goals and garnered the first Offensive Player of the Week award of her career after scoring the equalizer vs. UND and adding the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over South Dakota.
• The Yotes suffered a pair of tough road losses on the week, falling first at South Dakota State 1-0 in double-overtime. 
• That was the second-straight game SDSU got a golden goal in double overtime to pick up a league win.  It was also the 11th-straight Summit League win for the Jacks, but NDSU would end that streak two days later with a 1-0 victory in Fargo. SDSU's streak dated back to the regular-season finale in 2016.
• NDSU goalkeeper Monica Polgar picked up her sixth career Defensive Player of the Week Award after fending off all four shots in the blanking of SDSU.
• After snapping a six-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Northern Iowa in non-conference action, Western Illinois couldn't keep that momentum against Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles took sole possession of fourth place in the standings with a 3-1 victory over the Fighting Leathernecks.
• ORU got a pair of goals from Drishana Pillay, who had gone scoreless in 32 career matches before breaking through vs. WIU.
• The Golden Eagles own a 3-2 league mark, but their final three matches all come against the top three teams in the standings, starting with road matches at NDSU and SDSU this week.
• Omaha faces an identical road trip this week as the Mavs look to gain ground on the league leaders. They begin play at SDSU on Friday before traveling north to Fargo to take on the Bison on Sunday.
• DU can clinch a spot in the postseason tournament with a win at Western Illinois on Sunday. It's the only match of the week for the Pioneers, who will close out their season at home vs. Oral Roberts on Saturday, Oct. 27.
• UND plays host to Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday in the Fighting Hawks' only action of the week. The Mastodons are will play at South Dakota on Thursday before arriving in Grand Forks.
• Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois are in still in search of their first league wins of the campaign.
• Home sweeps by SDSU and NDSU this week would guarantee both squads a spot in the postseason tournament.

2018 Players of the Week
August 20
Offense: Katie Moller, Sr., F, North Dakota
Defense: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Sr., GK, Oral Roberts

August 27
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, Jr., F, South Dakota State
Defense: Parker Rytz, Sr., GK, South Dakota

September 4
Offense: Meg Halvorson, So., MF, Denver
Defense: Olivia Swenson, Sr., GK, North Dakota

September 10
Offense: Brookelyn Dew, So., F, North Dakota State
Defense: Allyson Hayner, Sr., D, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defense: Brittany Wilson, Jr., GK, Denver

September 17
Offense: Katie Moller, Sr., F., North Dakota
Defense: Maggie Smither, Jr., GK, South Dakota

September 24
Offense: Taryn Labree, Jr., MF, South Dakota
Defense: Haley Lydon, Sr., GK, Purdue Fort Wayne

October 1
Offense: Samantha Feller, Fr., MF, Denver
Defense: Hanna Norman, Sr., D, North Dakota State

October 8
Offense: Taryn Labree, Jr., MF, South Dakota
Defense: Maggie Smither, Jr., GK, South Dakota State

October 15
Offense: Emily Romero, Sr., F., Omaha
Defense: Monica Polgar, Jr., GK, North Dakota State

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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, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website