#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 3

ORU's Jordan Langenbartels had two goals and an assist in the Golden Eagles' 3-2 win over Lamar.
ORU's Jordan Langenbartels had two goals and an assist in the Golden Eagles' 3-2 win over Lamar.

 Summit League teams are a combined 12-13-5 through the opening two weeks of the season, which is a nearly 10-game improvement from a 5-23-1 mark the teams combined for during the same stretch of 2017. All nine teams will look to improve upon that record this weekend.

Around The League
• Western Illinois (hosting Louisiana Tech; Fri., Aug. 31) and South Dakota (hosting Northern Colorado; Sun., Sept. 2) are the only two squads playing just once this weekend. The remainder of the seven teams will all be on the pitch twice as the season moves into week three.
• North Dakota State, Oral Roberts and South Dakota State are each hosting a pair of games this weekend. The Bison have only been able to get one match in during the opening two weeks after seeing games canceled at Wisconsin (Aug. 17) and vs. Weber State (this past Sunday).
• Oral Roberts split a pair of matches last week and is the only Summit League team with three victories on the young season. Jordan Langenbartels scored twice and added an assist in the Golden Eagles' 3-2 win over Lamar.
• SDSU continues a six-match homestand after opening it with a pair of shutouts, including an 8-0 blasting of Wayne State. Junior forward Leah Manuleleua leads the Summit League in goals with three after recording a hat trick in the victory over the  Wildcats. She collected Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts.
• After a weekend off, the Fighting Hawks return to the pitch at the Montana Invitational where they will take on a pair of former Big Sky foes. UND will play Idaho on Friday before taking on host Montana on Sunday. The Griz are coached by former UND assistant coach Chris Citowicki, who is in his first season in Missoula.
• After scoring just two goals during a 0-2-1 start, preseason favorite Denver found the win column in an emphatic way, blanking Florida International 5-0 this past Sunday. Freshman Camryn Macmillan found the back of the net twice for the Pioneers to notch her first collegiate points.
• South Dakota secured a 1-1 tie at reigning Big Sky Champion Eastern Washington on Friday, then returned home to give first-year head coach Michael Thomas his first career victory with a 3-0 shutout of Chicago State. Goalkeeper Parker Rytz earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades after stopping a career-high 11 shots against the Eagles, then posting her league-leading second shutout against the Cougars.
• Western Illinois' Bianca Romay tallied the first overtime goal by a league member to give the Leathernecks a 1-0 triumph over in-state foe Northern Illinois.
• Purdue Fort Wayne also found the win column last week with a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso. The Mastodons matched their win total from the 2017-18 with the triumph. Kendall Quinn scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute.
• Omaha is still looking for that elusive first win after suffering a couple of tough losses last week at Arkansas (2-0) and in its home opener vs. Creighton (1-0).  The Mavs' defense only surrendered three shots on goal to the Bluejays.

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

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