Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin Garner Women's Soccer Weekly Accolades
Oct. 4, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference has announced its women's soccer Players of the Week, with Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State's Jill Flietstra and Wisconsin's Michele Dalton taking home the honors. DiBernardo earns Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week laurels while Flietstra and Dalton receive Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week
Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo takes home her second Offensive Player of the Week honor and third Freshman of the Week accolade after a record-setting performance against Purdue on Friday. DiBernardo set a school record with four goals in the Illini's 4-1 win over the Boilermakers before notching an assist in Illinois' 2-1 victory against Indiana on Sunday. The freshman currently leads the Big Ten in points (20) and goals (9).
Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Vanessa DiBernardo (Sept. 13, 2010)
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Michigan State's Jill Flietstra notched back-to-back shutouts, posting nine saves in two games to earn her second weekly honor of the season. Flietstra turned away four saves in the Spartans' 2-0 win over Indiana on Friday, following with a five-save performance against Purdue on Sunday. She now has eight clean sheets this season, good for first in the Big Ten and a tie for second most in a single season in Michigan State history.
Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jill Flietstra (Sept. 13, 2010)
Michele Dalton, Wisconsin
Michele Dalton receives Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third straight week after holding opponents scoreless twice over the weekend. Dalton recorded four saves in a 1-0 win at No. 15 Minnesota on Thursday, posting another four saves in a 2-0 win at home against Iowa on Sunday. Dalton helped the Badgers extend their unbeaten streak to nine games and push their shutout streak to eight games.
Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Michele Dalton (Sept. 27, 2010)
2010 Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Honorees