KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jazmin Alvarez of Concordia (Calif.) has been selected as the NAIA Women's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Alvarez was selected based on her performances from Oct. 28 – Nov. 3 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.


Alvarez, a goaltender from Chino, Calif., helped Concordia clinch its first Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title in program history with two victories on the week. Alvarez mae six saves in wins over then-No.15 The Master's (Calif.), 2-1, and Arizona Christian, 7-0. The freshman has yet to lose a game in goal for the Eagles (12-0-3) and has recorded five shutouts on the season. She ranks 7th nationally in goals against average (.620), having allowed just nine goals on the year.

For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

The next NAIA National Women's Soccer Players of the Week will be announced Nov. 12.

Offensive Nominees: Hannah Osmon, Lyon (Ark.); Hannah Madsen, Montreat (N.C.); Michelle Sandage, William Jessup (Calif.); Audrey Sullivan, Corban (Ore.); Samantha Yasatan, Trinity International (Ill.); Brooklyn Morgan, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Mandi Achten, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Tiffany Dimaculangan, Westmont (Calif.); Kaitlyn Hamersky, Kansas Wesleyan; Alyson Joyce, Point Park (Pa.); Jessica Ralph, Campbellsville (Ky.); Amber Brown-Longoria, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Jeri Nagle, Grand View (Iowa); Mollie Plocher, Presentation (S.D.); Allison Worsham, Oklahoma City; Fabiola Sanchez, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Frida Bremer, Northwestern Ohio.

Defensive Nominees: Stephanie Spiteri, Lyon (Ark.); Stephanie Gagnon, Bryan (Tenn.); Whitney Galindo, Menlo (Calif.); Patty Hughes, Northwest (Wash.); Sarah Vrosh, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Kristiana Griffith, Taylor (Ind.); Amrbi Stein, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Brittany Toth, Hastings (Neb.); Destinee Evans, Ottawa (Kan.); Lizzie Hoffa, Asbury (Ky.); Johanna Henrikson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Kaylee Vitale, Waldorf (Iowa); Kayla Pitman, Grand View (Iowa); Sam Surrell, Presentation (S.D.); Emily Oldacre, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Rachel Blackney, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Blaire Schmalenberg, Madonna (Mich.).

2013 National Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 10): Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Brittany Toth, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 2 (Sept. 17): Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Sarah Yancer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)
Week 3 (Sept. 24): Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Felicia Reimann, Morningside (Iowa) 
Week 4 (Oct. 1): Angela Bianchi, Judson (Ill.); Amanda Coleman, St. Francis (Ill.)
Week 5 (Oct. 8): Jessica Martinez, Columbia (S.C.); Kristin Fulbright, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 6 (Oct. 15): Molly Machometa, Viterbo (Wis.); Morgan Aukshunas, Biola (Calif.)
Week 7 (Oct. 22): Rhianne Parsons, Cumberland (Tenn.); Lauren Terry, Vanguard (Calif.)
Week 8 (Oct. 29): Megan Daniels, Concordia (Calif.); Kristen Morency, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 9 (Nov. 5): Amanda Olson, Hastings (Neb.); Jazmin Alvarez, Concordia (Calif.)


By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern