W-League & W-20 Feature
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. –
2013 W-20 Championship Golden Boot winner Kyla Kellermann
has continued her strong play in NCAA action, being named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week
after leading Oakland University to a pair of conference wins last week. The junior registered two goals and an assist in 2-0 victories against Valparaiso and Youngstown State. Kellermann led all players with four goals and an assist as Michigan-based Force FC Academy reached the W-20 title game in July.
Seattle Sounders Women goalkeeper Megan Kufeld
earned her first national honor by being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
for her work with the University of Washington. A sophomore, Kufeld recorded two shutouts and 295 scoreless minutes before allowing a goal in a 1-0 overtime loss against Colorado. She posted 18 saves and allowed only one goal in three matches, one of which was a scoreless draw against then-No. 3 UCLA. She added five saves in a 1-0 win at home against Utah and another five saves against Colorado.
The Toronto Lady Lynx’s Hope Sabadash
, who served as a backup to W-League Goals-Against Average Champion Kailen Sheriden in 2013, was tabbed as Southland Conference Goalkeeper of the Week
. Sabadash had a solid week for Southeastern Louisiana, picking up a 2-1 win against Central Arkansas and a 1-0 shutout of Oral Roberts. The freshman notched her league-leading sixth shutout of the season and lowered her goals against average to 0.44, which ranks seventh in the nation.
Sabadash’s teammate Nichelle Prince
, who led the Lady Lynx with five goals in 2013, was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week
after scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on two others in Ohio State’s 3-1 victory against Michigan State. Prince, from Ajax, Ontario, leads Ohio State with seven goals and six assists this season. It was the second time Prince earned the honor this season.
Former Colorado Rush goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts
was named ACC co-Player of the Week
after she earned her fifth shutout in ACC play while leading Virginia Tech to a 1-0 victory against Notre Dame. Colpitts faced 14 shots and was credited with three saves. The native of New Brunswick, Canada, is Virginia Tech’s career leader in minutes (6,158), wins (38) and shutouts (25). Colpitts has allowed only four goals in ACC play this season.
Colorado Rapids Women forward Danielle Birdsall
took home Big Sky Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week
honors after scoring a game-winning goal and adding two assists as Northern Colorado defeated Eastern Washington and Montana. Birdsall made her first contribution on Friday as she scored the game-winner against the Eagles in a 2-1 win. She came back Sunday and added her first of two assists on the Bears’ second goal of the day, and later set up Chandler Guetz’s second goal of the day in the Bears’ 4-0 win.
Washington Spirit Reserves forward Ashley Herndon
, who tallied six goals in 10 games this past season, was chosen as Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week
for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Herndon scored both game-winning goals for James Madison in conference road wins at Delaware (2-1) and Drexel (2-0). The freshman forward found the net with 41 seconds remaining in regulation against the Blue Hens and then broke a scoreless tie in the 76th minute at Drexel. Herndon leads JMU with five goals, four of which have been game-winners.