After an exciting end to the regular season and two close opening round matches, the semifinals of the MVC Tournament are set. No. 3 Drake takes on No. 2 Evansville in the first match at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, while No. 5 Missouri State battles No. 1 seed and defending champion Illinois State at 6:00.
Offensive Player of the Week
Rebecca Rodgers - So. - F - Drake (Peotone, Ill.)
Sophomore Rebecca Rodgers turned in her best effort this past week when the Bulldogs needed it the most as she registered three goals and two assists on seven shots to spark Drake to a pair victories and stave off a season-ending game. Rodgers registered three goals, including the game-winning tally in the 89th minute (88:29) to lift Drake to a 4-3 victory past Indiana State on Thursday (Oct. 30). The three-goal explosion for Rodgers was the first hat trick for a Bulldog since Andrea Schmitz netted three goals in a 5-1 triumph over Western Kentucky on Sept. 14, 2002. It also marked the initial one in Rodgers’ career and only the second hat trick in program history.The effort also resulted in the fifth multi-goal game of the season for Rodgers and enabled her to set a single-season school record for points (31). She also added an assist on Kayla Armstrong’s goal. She capped her week recording her team-leading eighth assist of the season on Ashlie Stokes’ first goal of the game versus Loyola in the MVC Championship Quarterfinals. On the season, Rodgers leads the Bulldogs in goals (12), assists (8), points (32), shots (48), shots on goal (32) and game-winning tallies (4).
Other Notable Performances: Kelli Zickert (Illinois State); Maddie Orf (Indiana State); Molly Huber (Missouri State); Brady Clark (UNI)
Defensive Player of the Week
Brooke Ksiazek - So. - M - Illinois State (Naperville, Ill.)
Ksiazek has quietly been a rock for ISU this season. Playing the defensive midfielder position, Ksiazek did a phenomenal job of keeping the ball on the attacking half for the Redbirds. Idaho rarely got an attack started with Ksiazek pushing up, winning balls out of the air and serving as a Segway from the back to the attackers. She also scored a goal off a corner kick in the 8-0 win, which was her second of the season.
Other Notable Performances: Kasey Hurt (Drake); Kelsey Fouch (Missouri State)
Goalkeeper of the Week
Jessica Perry - Jr. - GK - Missouri State (Webster Groves, Mo.)
Perry returned to goal for the first time since September 12 in the 59th minute of Thursday’s match at UNI and played a total of 121 minutes in net without allowing a goal against the Panthers in Iowa. She directed traffic and made one save on Sunday to record the first postseason shutout for the Bears since 2008. It was her second shutout of the season and sixth as a Bear.
Other Notable Performances: Aryn Newsom (Illinois State)