Seattle University women’s soccer’s Natasha Howe (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Aug. 26 – Sept. 1.

This is Seattle U’s first such honor of the season and a career first for both Howe and Smallidge. This is also SU’s first ever WAC Defensive Player of the Week nod.

Howe, in just her third collegiate match, came in off the bench to score the game-winner in overtime vs. Boise State on Aug. 30 in the Redhawks’ 2-1 win.

Howe was also named WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Smallidge earned her second win in 2013 vs. the Broncos, allowing just one goal, while making three saves for a .750 save percentage, her second highest of the season thus far.

Seattle U (2-1-0) heads to the Midwest for a pair of games this weekend, facing Butler on Friday, Sept. 6 and Purdue on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Other offensive nominees included: Jessica Lincoln (Grand Canyon), Kaely Tott (Kansas City), Natalie Baker (Utah Valley)

Other defensive nominees included: Martine Gjennestad (Grand Canyon), Lexi Dunn (Utah Valley)

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