#SummitWSOC Weekly Notebook: No. 4

Omaha freshman Andrea Daves' first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner in the Mavs' initial win of the season.
Omaha freshman Andrea Daves' first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner in the Mavs' initial win of the season.

 It's another full slate of non-conference action for The Summit League women's soccer members, including a three-match week for Oral Roberts, who shares the league lead in victories at four with newcomer North Dakota.

Around The League
• After posting just a 6-24-1 record in August a year ago, the nine Summit League squads combined to go 15-17-6 in the opening month of the 2018 season.
• UND forward Katie Moller recorded her first career hat trick in the Fighting Hawks' latest win, a 3-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday. It was the first for the program since 2010 and Moller leads the Summit League with six goals on the campaign.
• Moller's hat trick was the second of the season by a Summit League player as she provided company for SDSU's Leah Manuleleua on that short list.
• The Fighting Hawks are off to their best start at the Division I level (4-0-1) and are one of two teams in the country that have yet to allow a goal (UC Riverside). Senior goalkeeper Olivia Swenson registered her fifth consecutive shutout in the win over Duluth.
• ORU suffered a 5-0 loss at Central Arkansas in a mid-week affair on Wednesday and the Golden Eagles remain on the road for two more matches this weekend.
• Denver carries a three-match unbeaten streak into its Sunday match with Eastern Washington, who has three Summit League squads on its schedule this season. South Dakota played the reigning Big Sky Champions to a 1-1 tie (Aug. 24). The Eagles also host South Dakota State later in the season (Sept. 16).
• Reigning Freshman of the Year Meg Halvorson had a goal and an assist to lead DU to a 2-1 win over Columbia in the Pioneers' latest triumph.
• Omaha was the final league team to find the win column after the Mavericks knocked off Green Bay 1-0 last Sunday thanks to Andrea Daves' first collegiate goal.
• The Mavs play host to Southern Utah in the only match slated for this Saturday.
• South Dakota should have a decent scouting report on its two opponents this week. Creighton has defeated a pair of Summit League teams by the score of 1-0, while Green Bay is 0-3 against league foes and has been outscored 7-1.
• One of those victories by the Bluejays came at SDSU last Sunday, which snapped a three-game winning streak by the Jackrabbits.
• SDSU has two matches remaining on a six-game homestand that concludes Monday with a visit from the Pac-12 member Arizona State. The Jacks have outscored opponents 11-1 in their first four home matches.
• Mother Nature finally cooperated with NDSU and allowed the Bison to get a pair of matches in last week, but unfortunately, the opponents (Northern Colorado and Drake) dealt the home team identical 1-0 losses.
• Western Illinois has back-to-back home games this weekend with Milwaukee and Ball State set to visit Macomb. The Leathernecks will be hunting for their first home win of the season.
• Purdue Fort Wayne also has a pair of home matches this week and, like WIU, will try to tally a victory on its own pitch for the first time in 2018 (0-2).  

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

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