ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Anisha Kinnarath was named The Summit League's Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week while South Dakota State's Katie McNeary was named the Defensive Player of the Week for their performances Sept. 30 - Oct. 6.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anisha Kinnarath, North Dakota State
Jr. // F // Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kinnarath collects her third career Offensive Player of the Week award and first this season after leading North Dakota State to a league split last week. The junior scored both of her goals in the 2-0 win at IUPUI Friday. Her first goal came in the 34th minute when she corralled a rebounded shot off the goalpost and netted it from 15 yards out for the eventual game-winner. She completed the brace in the 61st minute with an insurance goal on a header to the back of the net. In the loss at Western Illinois, Kinnarath led the Bison with four shots. For the week, she had two goals on 11 shots with a .455 shot on goal percentage.
Also nominated: Nicholette DiGiacomo, Denver; Monica Bosiljevac, Omaha; Sarah Hall, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: 8/26 – Kristen Hamilton, DU; 9/3 – Jamie Karch, USD; 9/9 – Lauren Miller, NDSU; 9/16 – Kristen Hamilton, DU; Sept. 23 – Monica Bosiljevac, UNO; 9/30 – Kalli Shepler-Tucker, IUPUI.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Katie McNeary, South Dakota State
So. // D // Aberdeen, S.D.
McNeary earns her first career Defensive Player of the Week award after anchoring the backline that produced a pair of 1-0 shutouts to begin league play. In South Dakota State's win at IUPUI, she led a defense that limited the Jaguars to six shots and just three on goal. In the win at Western Illinois, McNeary scored the game-winner in the 71st minute from 18 yards out on her only shot of the weekend.
Also nominated: Amelia Davis, Denver; Sarah Carlisle, IUPUI; Sierra Bonham, North Dakota State; Meaghan Clark, Omaha; Laura Atkinson, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: 8/26 – Cassidy Rey, DU/Laura Atkinson, WIU; 9/3 – Nicole Inskeep, SDSU; 9/9 – Cassidy Rey, DU; 9/16 – Cassidy Rey, DU/Nicole Inskeep, SDSU; 9/23 – Giselle Guzman, IUPUI; 9/30 – Amelia Davis, DU.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), 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 eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.