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Rangers Sweep GAC Players of the Week


October 23, 2019

Russellville, Ark.- For the first time in program history, Northwestern Oklahoma State University Soccer swept the Great American Conference player of the week awards. As Whitney Blanchard won co-offensive, Kaitlyn Morphy won defensive and Reyna Gonzalez won goalkeeper players of the week. The Rangers came out of the week with two major road victories over Southern Nazarene and conference leader Oklahoma Baptist.

"When our team performs well together and gets results individuals get accolades." head coach Erik Solber stated. "I'm super proud of these three young women and their tremendous play this past week but more than that I am proud of our whole team for grinding out two road wins this past week. It is something that is well deserved for our program to get noticed and the accolades we felt we deserved all year, very proud of our team for this accomplishment."

Blanchard, freshman from Magna Utah, was honored with co-offensive player of the week along with Sandra Nabweteme from Southwestern Oklahoma State. Blanchard provided the game winning goal during the first overtime in a 0-0 game at the 97:36 mark against Oklahoma Baptist Saturday afternoon, pushing the Rangers to a 1-0 victory. She is now tied for sixth in the conference in goals scored with four.  

The GAC defensive player of the week was awarded to Morphy, a freshman from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. She helped lead a defense that did not allow a single goal in the last two games. Morphy led the defense by playing all 188 minutes in the last two games being the only Ranger to play the full game in both games this week.

Gonzalez, junior from Liberal, Kansas was awarded with Goalkeeper of the week by completing two shutout wins this past week against Southern Nazarene and conference leading Oklahoma Baptist. She finished the week with 14 saves on as many tries. Gonzalez continued her successful junior season as she is now fourth in the GAC in save percentage at .783, fourth in the GAC in saves per game with 4.5 saves a game and is third in the league in total saves at 54.

Rangers will be back in action Tuesday night at 6 p.m against Southwestern Oklahoma State University. 


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