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2018 NAIA Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Nov. 6)

Women's Soccer - Spring Arbor

Kansas City, Mo. – Bethany Balcer of Spring Arbor (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Destinee Wells of Bethany (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The two student-athletes were nominated for their performances during the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 and were selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.


Defensive Player of the Week

Destinee Wells, Bethany (Kan.)

Jr., GK, San Diego, Calif.

  • Recorded 14 saves in overtime win over Friends (Kan.) in KCAC quarterfinals
  • Weekly Stats:
    • 18 saves
    • Two overtime shutout wins


Offensive Player of the Week

Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)

Sr., MF, Hudsonville, Mich.

  • Scored two goals in Crossroads League semifinal to help send team to championship match
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Three goals
    • Two assists

Offensive Nominees: Hannah Bilger, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) ; Adrien Merrilles, Reinhardt (Ga.) ; Emily Burnett, UC Merced ; Brianna Uhl, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Hailey Gomillion, The Master's (Calif.) ; Courtney Doeschot, Hastings (Neb.) ; Elvia Villagomez, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) ; Joy Mertzig, Georgia Gwinnett ; Mackenzie Callison, Bethany (Kan.) ; Emelie Liljered, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Jurnee Fernandez, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Elizabeth Sparks, Asbury (Ky.) ; Sara Ricks, Oklahoma City ; Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Savannah Jackson, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) ; Megan Verant, Madonna (Mich.)

Defensive Nominees: Abbey West, William Woods (Mo.) ; Jessica Young, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Ally Lozano, UC Merced ; Kaleigh Vanelst, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Anna Kuhl, Grace (Ind.) ; Siera Pedroza, Hope International (Calif.) ; Victoria Cera, Concordia (Neb.) ; Ashley Rehagen, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Stina Andersson, Georgia Gwinnett ; Megan Martin, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Amanda Bautista, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Rachel Flory, Carlow (Pa.) ; Christy Zwart, Texas Wesleyan ; Ronja Andersson, Middle Georgia State ; Julia Stewart, Madonna (Mich.)


2018-19 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)

Week 1 (September 05): Sarah Carpenter, Hastings (Neb.) , Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Week 2 (September 12): Caitlyn Logan, John Brown (Ark.) , Sienna Nealon, John Brown (Ark.)

Week 3 (September 19): Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City , Matilda Ovenberger, Keiser (Fla.)

Week 4 (September 26): Caitlin Dumond, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) , Uchenna Kanu, Southeastern (Fla.)

Week 5 (October 03): Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City , Abigail Crockett, Lincoln Christian (Ill.)

Week 6 (October 10): Bethany Blackwood, Grace (Ind.) , Maria Garcia, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Week 7 (October 17): Bethany Blackwood, Grace (Ind.) , Ana Paula Santos, William Carey (Miss.)

Week 8 (October 24): Amanda Annee, Marian (Ind.) , Noelle Jester, Marian (Ind.)

Week 9 (October 31): Daisy Bingham, Kansas Wesleyan , Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Week 10 (November 07): Destinee Wells, Bethany (Kan.) , Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)


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