Haley Kopmeyer (L) and Nkem Ezurike (R)
Oct. 3, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) of the University of Michigan women's soccer team were honored by the Big Ten on Monday (Oct. 3). Ezurike, who was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com College Team of the Week and a CS360.com Week Seven Primetime Performer, won Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Kopmeyer claimed Defensive Player of the Week.
Ezurike was Michigan's offensive weapon this week, scoring the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win at Iowa (Friday, Sept. 30) and netting two in a 2-1 victory at Nebraska (Sunday, Oct. 2), helping the Wolverines to their first road weekend sweep since 2004. Ezurike now leads the team in goals (seven) and points (19), and is tied for eighth in the conference in both goals and assists (five). She shared the conference award with Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo.
Kopmeyer made 16 saves over the course of the weekend while allowing only one goal. Kopmeyer needs two saves to pass Carissa Stewart (1997-00) for second all-time in career saves at Michigan (308). The school's all-time leader for career saves is Megan Tuura (2003-06), who had 322 in her career. Kopmeyer is leading the Big Ten in saves (84), save percentage (.884), saves per game (6.46), and shutouts (six), and is third in goals-against average (0.82).
Kopmeyer won the award for the second time in the last three weeks, while Ezurike won it for the first time in her career.
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