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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 17, 2005

Griffin Earns MIAA Player of the Week Honors

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - For the second time this season, the Northwest Missouri State soccer team received a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Player of the Week honor. Junior forward Kayla Griffin (Lee's Summit, Mo.) earned the accolade after scoring two goals, including the game-winner over No. 21 Missouri Southern on Saturday. Her second goal notched the score at 1-1 against Emporia State on Sunday and fed teammate Amanda Deml in the 84th minute for the winning marker.

"Kayla has been our spark plug this season," said head coach Tracy Cross, who earned her first win at Northwest over a ranked opponent. "She had a great weekend with her two goals including the game-winner. She is a very versatile player and plays to the best of her ability both during practices and games."

The transfer from Southwest Baptist helped lead Northwest to MIAA back-to-back victories for the first time since 2001. The 1-0 shutout of Missouri Southern on Saturday was the first league blanking for the Bearcats since Nov. 3, 2001.

Griffin leads the team in goals with five and in points with 12 on the year. The other Northwest soccer player to receive a 2005 MIAA Player of the Week (Defense) award was fellow classmate Alison Sheridan on Sept. 12, 2005.

Northwest is back in action on Friday, Oct. 21 against Washburn. Kick-off from Bearcat Pitch is set for 3 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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