Michigan and Penn State Garner Weekly Women's Soccer Accolades

Penn State's Raquel Rodriguez was named Freshman of the Week.

Sept. 17, 2012

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Michigan and Penn State have earned Big Ten women’s soccer weekly awards, the conference office announced on Monday. Wolverine forward Nkem Ezurike takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while defender Shelina Zadorsky earns the Defensive Player of the Week award. Penn State’s Raquel Rodriguez garners Freshman of the Week laurels.

Offensive Player of the Week
Nkem Ezurike, Michigan
F – Jr. – Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia – Sackville 

  • Netted two goals in the Wolverines’ win over Indiana (3-0)
  • Tallied seven shots in Michigan’s lone game last weekend
  • Posted the fifth multi-goal game of her career
  • Earns the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Nkem Ezurike (Oct. 3, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
Shelina Zadorsky, Michigan
D – Jr. – London, Ontario – St. Thomas Aquinas 

  • Guided the Michigan defense in its shutout of Indiana (3-0) last weekend
  • Helped the Wolverine backfield limit the Hoosiers to zero shots on goal
  • Scored an insurance goal in the Wolverines’ lone game this weekend
  • Earns the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Holly Hein (Aug. 20, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State
M – Fr. – San Jose, Costa Rica – International Christian 

  • Netted a goal in the Nittany Lions’ win over No. 13 Wisconsin (2-1)
  • Tallied three shots in No. 11 Penn State’s one game last weekend
  • Earns the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Mallory Weber (Aug. 20, 2012)



2012 Big Ten Players of the Week
Aug. 20       O: Lisa Nouanesengsy, Jr., Indiana
                    D: Holly Hein, Sr., Michigan
                    F: Mallory Weber, Penn State

Aug. 27       O: Christine Nairn, Sr., Penn State
                    D: Kendyl Reed, Sr., Ohio State
                    F: Michela Paradiso, Ohio State

Sept. 3       O: Taylor Uhl, So., Minnesota
                   D: Annie Steinlage, Jr., Michigan State
                   F: Kim Love, Purdue

Sept. 10      O: Tiffany Cameron, Sr., Ohio State
                    D: Rachel Middleman, Jr., Ohio State
                    F: Corinne Harris, Michigan
                        Rachel Bergman, Northwestern

Sept. 17      O: Nkem Ezurike, Jr., Michigan
                    D: Shelina Zadorsky, Jr., Michigan
                    F: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State