SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A pair of North Dakota State seniors collected the initial Summit League women's soccer Player of the Week awards, announced by league officials on Monday. Forward Mariah Haberle netted the first offensive accolade of her career after scoring critical goals in both contests during the season-opening weekend, while goalkeeper Monica Polgar was stout in between the pipes, recording 17 saves in NDSU's 1-0-1 start to the season.
Polgar racked up her sixth career defensive accolade, which moves her into a tie for second for the most such honors in Summit League history.
Haberle, a first-team All-Summit League performer a year ago, tallied the game-winning goal in NDSU's 1-0 victory over Saint Mary's to open the season. In NDSU's 1-1 tie with reigning Big Sky Tournament Champion Montana, Haberle scored NDSU's lone goal in the 30th-minute to put her team ahead 1-0. The Plymouth, Minn., native was one of two Summit League players to score a goal in multiple games last week.
Polgar opened the season with her 16th-career shutout as she made eight saves in the 1-0 victory over Saint Mary's. She backed up that performance by equaling her career-high with nine saves during the 1-1 draw with the Grizzlies.
Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State
Sr. | F | Plymouth, Minn.
• Scored both goals for the Bison in 1-0-1 start to the 2019 campaign
• Game-winning goal vs. St. Mary's was the fifth of her career
• This is the first weekly honor for Haberle
Also nominated: Mara Yapello, North Dakota; Meg Halvorson, Denver; Drishana Pillay, Oral Roberts; Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State; Maddison Sullivan, South Dakota; Eliese LaCourt, Purdue Fort Wayne; Bridget Schuler, Western Illinois.
Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Sr. | GK | Cupertino, Calif.
• Made eight saves in season-opener to record 16th-career shutout
• Equaled career-high with nine saves in 1-1 draw with Montana
• This is the sixth weekly honor for Polgar's career
Also nominated: Mackenzie Kirschner, Oral Roberts; Maggie Smither, South Dakota State; Brittany Wilson, Denver; Catherine Klein, North Dakota; Ines Palmiero Herrera, Western Illinois; Margaret Lavigne, Omaha; Emma Harkleroad, South Dakota.