GLIAC -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced its weekly awards following the sixth week of the 2019 women's soccer season. Grand Valley St. junior forward Caitie Baron earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades, while Ashland senior defender Sydney Wright claimed GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Caitie Baron - Grand Valley State
GVSU junior forward Caitie Baron (Novi, Mich.) has earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth week of the 2019 season. She becomes the fourth Laker to win a weekly league honor and third to win on the offensive side. Baron was instrumental in the Lakers’ 2-0 week to begin conference play, providing a goal and three assists as GVSU outscored their opponents 10-0 on the weekend. Baron had a goal and two assists Friday against Parkside, including an assist on the game-winning goal. She then contributed an assist in the game-winner on Sunday in the 6-0 win over Purdue Northwest. Baron is now tied for second in the GLIAC with six assists on the season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sydney Wright - Ashland
Wright scored what became the game-winning goal in the Eagles' 2-1 win over Ferris State on Sunday. It came on a header off a corner kick in the 37th minute. As a center back, she helped limit the Bulldogs to no shots in the first half as the Eagles played their possession game out of the back. The Eagles, ranked No. 25 in the nation, permitted just one goal (in the 89th minute on Sunday) against Northwood and Ferris, two quality teams in the top half of the GLIAC. Ferris State's only two losses have come to Ashland.
OFFENSE: Gabby Sgambati (MTU), Juliana Paoletti (NU), Ashlyn Skidmore (DU), Hannah Tarnaski (SVSU), Emily Mergener (FSU), Makenzie Kelly (AU)
DEFENSE: Cecilia Steinwascher (GVSU), Christina Medici (NU), Samantha Beckles (DU), Casey Rice (SVSU), Grace Kraft (FSU),