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Iowa, Rutgers and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Soccer Awards

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Hawkeyes’ Hannah Drkulec and Gianna Gourley, Scarlet Knights’ Brittany LaPlant, and Badgers’ Jordyn Bloomer are this week’s honorees
Offensive Player of the Week
Brittany LaPlant, Rutgers
F – Sr. – Queensbury, N.Y. – Queensbury – Major: Psychology
Registered five points in two Big Ten wins last weekend, scoring two goals and adding an assist in Rutgers’ wins at Penn State (3-2 in double overtime) and at home against Northwestern (2-0)
Had a goal and an assist in the Oct. 3 win at PSU, the Scarlet Knights’ first regular-season victory at Jeffrey Field since Oct. 11, 2014 (a 1-0 win)
Twice received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017 and 2018
Earns her second career Offensive Player of the Week award and first since Oct. 17, 2017
Last Rutgers Offensive Player of the Week: Amirah Ali (Oct. 9, 2018)
Defensive Player of the Week
Hannah Drkulec, Iowa
D – Sr. – Windsor, Ontario – St. Anne – Major: Biomedical Engineering
Led Iowa to a pair of shutouts against Big Ten opponents last week against Nebraska (1-0) and at Michigan State (3-0)
Scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s win at MSU, her second game-winner of the season
A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and 2018
Earns her third career Defensive Player of the Week award (all this season)
Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Drkulec (Sept. 10, 2019)
Goalkeeper of the Week
Jordyn Bloomer, Wisconsin
GK – Jr. – Hartland, Wis. – Arrowhead – Major: Economics
Recorded two shutouts and played every minute in to help No. 13/18 Wisconsin to conference wins over No. 24/21 Michigan (2-0) and at Purdue (1-0) last week
Made a combined five saves in the two victories, including four stops in the Oct. 3 win over Michigan
Earns her first career Goalkeeper of the Week award
Last Wisconsin Goalkeeper of the Week: N/A (award first presented in 2018)
Freshman of the Week
Gianna Gourley, Iowa
F – Fr. – Las Vegas, Nev. – Bishop Gorman – Major: Undeclared
Had a goal and an assist last week to help the Hawkeyes pick up Big Ten wins over Nebraska (1-0) and at Michigan State (3-0)
Her first career goal, in her first career start, proved to be the game-winner in the Oct. 3 victory at Nebraska
Receives her first career Freshman of the Week accolade
Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Olivia Fiegel (Sept. 13, 2016)