Big Ten Announces Final Weekly Women's Soccer Awards of 2009

Nov. 9, 2009

The conference office announced on Monday the final weekly women’s soccer award winners of the 2009 season for games played from Nov. 2-8. Big Ten Champion Penn State produced a pair of weekly honorees in Defensive Player of the Week Emma Thomson and Katie Schoepfer, who earned co-Offensive Player of the week honors along with Lauren Hill of Michigan State. Purdue newcomer Jessica Warren also earned her first Freshman of the Week laurel after helping the Boilermakers complete the regular season with a pair of wins last week.

Co-Offensive Players of the Week:

Lauren Hill, Michigan State
F - Sr. - Northville, Mich. – Northville
Senior Lauren Hill notched her 10th goal of the season to propel her Spartan squad to a 1-0 upset over No. 11-ranked Ohio State on Friday in front of a home crowd at DeMartin Stadium. The Northville, Mich., native now owns 38 career goals, one shy of tying with the MSU all-time mark. Of Hill’s ten goals on the year, four have been game-winners, while her 13 career-game winners are good enough for a Michigan State record. With the win, the Spartans are poised to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament, improving its overall record to 11-4-4 and 4-4-2 in the Big Ten.

Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Lauren Hill (Aug. 31, 2009)

Katie Schoepfer, Penn State
F - Sr. - Waterford, Conn. – Waterford

Katie Schoepfer notched her conference-leading fourth game-winning goal of the year when she scored her 11th tally of the season in Penn State’s 2-0 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Nittany Lions clinched an outright win of the Big Ten title, earning their 12th-straight Big Ten Championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Waterford, Conn., native is now tied with teammate Danielle Toney for most points in the Big Ten at 30, notching 25 of her overall tally in Big Ten play this year. This is the third weekly award for Schoepfer on the season and sixth overall.

Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Danielle Toney (Nov. 2, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Emma Thomson, Penn State
D - So. - Nottinghamshire, England - Retford Oaks
Emma Thomson proved the defensive catalyst for Penn State over the weekend, deterring Michigan’s offensive attack in the Nittany Lions’ dominating 2-0 win on Sunday. At central back, Thompson was key in thwarting the Wolverine insurgence, holding the Maize and Blue to just three shots in the entire game, all in the second half while Penn State had the lead. Additionally, none of the shots ever reached frame, a testament to Thomson’s tenacious performance in the backfield.

Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Alyssa Naeher (Nov. 2, 2009)

Freshman of the Week:
Jessica Warren, Purdue
M - Fr. - Avon, Ind. – Avon

Jessica Warren scored in both of Purdue's wins last week, notching goals in consecutive games for the first time in her collegiate career. The Avon, Ind., native recorded the game-tying goal in the 48th minute of a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Indiana on Tuesday. Warren then followed that performance by opening the scoring run in the Boilermakers’ 3-2 overtime win against Iowa on Saturday. The freshman midfielder intercepted the ball at the top of the penalty box and unleashed a rocket toward the left post. The ball made its way past the diving goalkeeper and stayed inside the post to give Warren her third goal of the season. This is the first weekly award for Warren and the second Freshman laurel for the Boilermakers this season.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Vanessa Ibewuike (Aug. 31, 2009)