Romero, Polgar net their first weekly honors of 2018 season

Omaha forward Emily Romero and North Dakota State goalkeeper Monica Polgar both came up with key performances to lead their respective teams to big weeks in Summit League action.
Omaha forward Emily Romero and North Dakota State goalkeeper Monica Polgar both came up with key performances to lead their respective teams to big weeks in Summit League action.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A pair of upperclassmen captured this week's Summit League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week award after coming up big for their respective teams as league play hit the backstretch of the 2018 season.

Omaha senior Emily Romero earned this week's offensive accolade after scoring both goals for the Mavs as they tallied four points following a 1-1 draw with North Dakota and 1-0 win over South Dakota, while North Dakota State junior Monica Polgar blanked South Dakota State to snap the Jacks' 11-match winning streak in Summit League regular-season play.

With Omaha needing to secure points to remain in the hunt for one of the top four spots in the league standings, Romero scored the equalizer with 10 minutes remaining in the tie against the Fighting Hawks on Thursday, then netted the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Coyotes 18 minutes into the second half.

Polgar kept the Bison alive in the race for The Summit League regular-season crown by lifting NDSU to a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten South Dakota State. The Jacks had not lost a league match since the regular-season finale in 2016.

Offensive Player of the Week

Emily Romero, Omaha

Sr. | Forward | Omaha, Neb.

• Scored both of Omaha's goal during a four-point week for the Mavericks

• Had only one goal in Omaha's first 14 matches

• Collected first career weekly honor

Also nominated: Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State; Meg Halvorson, Denver; Abigail Karstens, South Dakota State; Olivia Knox, North Dakota; Drishana Pillay, Oral Roberts; Madeline Edwards, Western Illinois


Defensive Player of the Week

Monica Polgar, North Dakota State

Jr. | Goalkeeper | Cupertino, Calif.

• Fended off all four shots on goal in snapping SDSU's 11-match regular season Summit League winning streak

• Earned second shutout of the season and 13th of her career

• Picked up fifth weekly honor of her career and first of the season

Also nominated: Cheyenne Shorts, Denver; Kaitlin Zabel, South Dakota State; Olivia Swenson, North Dakota; Chamelle Wiltshire, Oral Roberts; Ines Palmieroherrera, Western Illinois; Taylor Gelling, Omaha

2018 The Summit League Players of the Week
August 20

O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts
August 27
O: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
D: Parker Rytz, South Dakota
September 4
O: Meg Halvorson, Denver
D: Olivia Swenson, North Dakota
September 10
O: Brookelyn Dew, North Dakota State
D: Allyson Hayner, Purdue Fort Wayne
D: Brittany Wilson, Denver
September 17
O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
September 24
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Haley Lydon, Purdue Fort Wayne
October 1
O: Samantha Feller, Denver
D: Hanna Norman, North Dakota State
October 8
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
October 15
O: Emily Romero, Omaha
D: Monica Polgar, 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, 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, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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