Miller, Patterson Named Women's Soccer Players of the Week

North Dakota State's Lauren Miller and South Dakota State's Dani Patterson

Lauren Miller, North Dakota State
Fr. // MF // St. Louis Park, Minn.

Miller earns her second Offensive Player of the Week award this year after scoring all three Bison goals last week with two being overtime game-winners. In North Dakota State's 2-1 win over Omaha, she netted a ball from 10 yards out in the 98th minute after scoring the first Bison tally in the 14th minute of the match. On Sunday, she broke a scoreless tie in the third minute of the first overtime period slipping a shot past the South Dakota goalkeeper to secure the win. For the week, Miller registered six points on three goals with two game-winners and a .556 shot on goal percentage. She now has a team-high seven goals for NDSU this season.

Also nominated: Kristen Hamilton, Denver; Cassie Egle, Fort Wayne; Jordan Walgren, 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; 10/7 – Anisha Kinnarath, NDSU. 

Dani Patterson, South Dakota State
So. // D // Des Moines, Iowa

Patterson collects her second career Defensive Player of the Week award after anchoring a South Dakota State defensive unit that produced a pair of league shutouts. In the 1-0 win over in-state rival South Dakota, the Jackrabbits limited the Coyotes to just six shots in the match. On Sunday, the Mavericks were held to just four shots in SDSU's 1-0 victory. On the week, Patterson led a Jack defense which surrendered 10 shots with six being on goal. South Dakota State has recorded four consecutive shutouts and is tied for the league-lead with nine this season

Also nominated: Amelia Davis, Denver; Sam Pavlika, Fort Wayne; 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; 10/7 – Katie McNeary, SDSU.

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.

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