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This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Oct. 2

This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Oct. 2
DENVER – Kansas City's Rylan Childers and Afton Fennewald have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Sept 24-30.
Childers, a freshman forward from Grain Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley), recorded eight points in her first two conference matches of her career. In a 3-0 win against UT Rio Grande Valley, Childers tallied two goals and an assist. She followed with another goal and assist against CSU Bakersfield as the Roos won 4-0. Childers finished with 12 total shots placing eight on goal. 
Fennewald, a freshman goalkeeper from Lake Winnebago, Mo. (Notre Dame de Sion), made a career high 11 saves in her first career conference match against UT Rio Grande Valley. She also picked up her second and third shutouts of the season. Fennewald made 11 saves in the Roos' 3-0 win and helped Kansas City to a 4-0 shutout against CSU Bakersfield. She started both matches and played all 180 minutes over the weekend. 
Other offensive nominees: California Baptist's Lanai Navarro scored two goals in a 6-0 win over Chicago State… Marissa Beale of Chciago State scored her fourth goal of the season against CSU Bakersfield… Grand Canyon's Sarah Inafuku netted her first goal of her collegiate career helping the Lopes to their first road win… Emily Zapata of UT Rio Grande Valley scored her seventh goal of the season in a win over Utah Valley… Utah Valley's Whitney Paskins scored a goal in each match this weekend. 
Other defensive nominees: Audra Wisehart of Chicago State produced 18 saves in two matches including 17 saves in a loss to California Baptist… Grand Canyon's Mikaela McGee played all 90 minutes while helping her team to a 1-0 win… Ariana Romero of Seattle U allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of action and made 11 saves… Utah Valley's Leesa Stowe anchored the defense to a shutout victory and added a goal and an assist. 
Kansas City and Grand Canyon each started conference play with wins. Kansas City earned two shutout wins for their first weekend of WAC play. On Friday they beat UT Rio Grande Valley 3-0 and followed with a 4-0 win over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. Grand Canyon won their solo match against Seattle U 1-0. Five WAC schools finished the first round of conference play with a 1-1 record. These include: California Baptist, CSU Bakersfield, UT Rio Grande Valley, Seattle U, and Utah Valley. 
California Baptist and Kansas City claim the majority of the team leader categories. California Baptist remains on top for most shots averaging 19.45 a game and tallying 214 on the season. Kansas City has scored the most goals with 31 and totaled the most points at 91. They also hold the best goals per game average with 2.58 and assists per game with 2.42. The Roos have added up 29 assists in 12 games played. Chicago State has made the most saves with 116 and California Baptist claims the most shutouts with five. 
Individually, McKenzie Cook of Grand Canyon has taken the most shots with 53 but Kansas City's Lexie Howard averages the highest per game with 4.25. Seattle U's Jessie Ray claims the best points per game averaging 2.33 but Kelsey Mothershead of Kansas City has the highest points throughout the season with 21. Ray also holds the best goals-per-game averaging one. Mothershead and California Baptist's Desarae Felix each have eight goals on the year. Kansas CIty claims best in both assist categories with Rylan Childers tallying the most at seven and Howard having the best per-game average at .58. For the goalkeepers, Kansas City's Afton Fennewald has the best goals against average with 1.00 and highest shutouts at four. Audra Wisehart of Chicago State has 73 saves through nine games. 
WAC teams rank in the top ten in five team categories and have five individuals ranked. Chicago State is ranked second for saves per game with a 10.55 average. They are also ranked second in shot accuracy. Kansas City is ninth with 30 total assists and ranked sixth in total goals with 32. The Roos have 94 total points which places them in fifth. 
For the individuals, Lexie Howard of Kansas City is tenth in assists-per-game averaging .62 and fourth in total assists with eight. Rylan Childers of Kansas City is also ranked in total assists at eighth with seven total. UT Rio Grande Valley's Emily Zapata is sixth in game-winning goals with four. Audra Wisehart of Chicago State averages 8.11 saves per game which places her fourth best. Wisehart also ranks tenth in total saves with 73. Kansas City's Kelsey Mothershead is ranked tenth in total goals with nine. 
Overall, WAC teams finished non-conference play with a 31-55-6 record. Teams played four top 25 teams in five different matches and competed in 24 overtime matches. 
The 37th Annual Women's College Cup will be held at Wakamed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C., Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.  Last year's WAC champs, Utah Valley, fell short in their 2017 first round match up against Stanford. The Wolverines were defeated 9-1 by the 2017 National Champions.
First Round (64)
Nov. 9-11, 2018
On campus sites TBD
Second Round (32)
Nov. 16, 2018
On campus sites TBD
Third Round (16)
Nov. 18, 2017
On campus sites TBD
Quarterfinals (8)
Nov. 23-24, 2017
On campus sites TBD
Women's College Cup
Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2018
Wakemed Soccer Park
Cary, N.C.
The WAC Digital Network will broadcast over 60 games this season including all five games of the 2018 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament in Orem, Utah.