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November 6, 2013

Woodruff earns national accolade

NSU briefs

Jordan Woodruff was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Women’s Division II National Player of the Week, which was announced Tuesday on the College Highlights and Rankings Show.

The freshman goalkeeper from Long Island, N.Y., registered three clean sheets over the past week to help lift Northeastern State to a second-place finish in the final MIAA standings.

She stopped all 15 shots on goal and has been in net for all of NSU’s school-record 15 victories this season.

Woodruff, who was also named the MIAA Goalkeeper of the Week for a record fifth time, owns a school record 10 clean sheets in 2013. She leads the conference in shutouts, saves percentage (.884) and record (15-3), and she is also second in goals-against average (0.60).

Phillips collects MIAA weekly honor

Jessy Phillips was honored as a conference player of the week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday.

Phillips, a senior defender from Bartlesville, was honored as the MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week.

Phillips helped Northeastern State shut out all three opponents this past week. The RiverHawks conceded just 15 shots on goal, but all were stopped by Woodruff.

Phillips played on the back line for all 270 minutes as NSU clinched the No. 2 seed in the MIAA Championship. The three shutouts kept NSU on top of the league in terms of fewest goals allowed (11) and gave the side school records with 15 wins and 11 clean sheets.

Phillips has started all 18 matches and leads Northeastern State with 1,644 minutes played in 2013.

Peralta captures weekly MIAA accolade

Juan Peralta was named the MIAA Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday.

The junior forward from Tulsa posted his first-career hat trick this past week in the regular-season finale against Harding. His three goals lifted No. 23 Northeastern State into a tie for second place in the final MIAA standings, and Peralta also vaulted into fourth place in school history for goals in a career (28).

He now has nine goals this season and will guide the RiverHawks into a showdown with Fort Hays State at 4 p.m. Thursday in Olathe, Kan.

The MIAA Championship semifinal match could determine which team advances to the NCAA Championship and which team is on the outside looking in.

Peralta picked up his second-career weekly honor, as he also earned the award on Oct. 2, 2012.

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