Northover Claims Brine MVC Offensive Player of the Week Award
Oct. 15, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - Senior midfielder Yvonne Northover was named the Brine Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 15; becoming the fourth Redbird to receive the honor this season. It is the second-career award for Northover who led the Redbirds to a pair of conference victories last weekend.
Northover recorded the first multi-goals games of her career over the weekend. She scored the first two goals in ISU's 3-0 win at Northern Iowa on Oct. 12 and provided all the Redbird scoring with two second half goals in a three-minute span in a 2-1 win over Creighton on Oct. 14. Her four goals were the most by a Redbird in a two-game span this season.
Northover leads the Redbirds with 16 points on five goals and six assists. She has recorded a point in every Valley game this season and leads the conference in goals (4), points (9), shots (12) and game-winning goals (2) in conference games. Her six assists are the second-best single-season total in school history. With one more assist, she will tie former teammate Meghan Boler for the single-season record (7) and become the third player in ISU history to record double-digits in goals and points in a career.
Of the seven Brine MVC Offensive Player of the Week awards presented this season, four have gone to Redbirds. Along with Northover, senior Bethany Russ, junior Mel Routledge and sophomore Ammanda Wisniewski have each been recognized this season. It is the first time since 2001 that ISU has won four offensive player of the week awards in one season and the first time since 2000 that four different players have been honored.
This is not the first time the captain from Calgary, Alberta, has been recognized for playing well in conference games. On Oct. 17, 2005, she was named Valley Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-tying goal in a draw with Missouri State and the game-winning in a 5-1 win over Evansville in one weekend.
Illinois State (7-4-1, 3-0-0 MVC) is in first place in the Valley and has its best conference start since 2003. The Redbirds host Evansville (9-2-2, 2-0-1 MVC) on Sunday, Oct. 21, at noon. The game could be for the top spot in the conference if Evansville can beat Drake on Thursday, Oct. 18, to remain undefeated.