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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 9/5/2023, Last updated: 9/27/2023
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Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Maryland Net Weekly Women’s Soccer Honors

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Offensive Player of the Week 

Eleanor Dale, Nebraska

Sr. – F – Billingham, Eng. – Major: Criminology, Criminal Justice

•    Tallied a pair or braces last week, in wins over Missouri and Kansas State

•    Notched four goals, as the Huskers recorded two clean sheets

•    Garners her first Offensive Player of the Week award

•    Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Faith Carter (Sept. 28, 2018) 


Defensive Player of the Week

Samantha Cary, Iowa

Gr. – D – St. Charles, Mo. – Frances Howell North – Major: Sports Media

•    Anchored a defensive effort that posted two shutouts last week

•    Surrendered just five shots on goal in a win over Mississippi State before holding SEMO without a shot

•    Earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award 

•    Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Sara Wheaton (Aug. 21, 2021)  

Goalkeeper of the Week

Megan Plaschko, Minnesota

Gr. – GK – Eagan, Minn. – Eagan – Major: Marketing, Communication Studies

•    Notched eight saves in a 0-0 draw at No. 22 Georgia

•    Saw 171 minutes of scoreless action in two matches, extending her personal scoreless streak to 318 minutes 

•    Earns fifth Goalkeeper of the Week honor 

•    Last Minnesota Goalkeeper of the Week: Megan Plaschko (Oct. 11, 2022) 

Freshman of the Week 

Kennedy Bell, Maryland

D – Charlotte, N.C. – Hough – Major: Kinesiology

•    Assisted on the game-winning goal to give the Terps their first win of the season

•    Played the full 90 minutes as Maryland recorded a pair of clean sheets 

•    Earns her first Freshman of the Week honor

•    Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Tahirah Turnage (Sept. 20, 2022) 


2023 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Players of the Week 

Aug. 22

O: Megan Nemec, Minnesota

D: Cori Dyke, Penn State

Co-GK: Katheine Asman, Penn State

Co-GK: Erin McKinney, Wisconsin

F: Ella Ottey, Wisconsin

Aug. 29

O: Josie Aulicino, Northwestern

D: Lauren Costello, Indiana

GK: Erin McKinney, Wisconsin

F: Piper Coffield, Indiana

Sept. 5

O: Eleanor Dale, Nebraska

D: Samantha Cary, Iowa

GK: Megan Plaschko, Minnesota

F: Kennedy Bell, Maryland