Ellefson named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Ashlee Ellefson (Fr., Hugo, Minn.) was a force this past week, scoring three goals with one assist to lead the Bemidji State soccer team to a 2-0 record. For her efforts, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has named her the Offensive Player of the Week for games played Sept. 3-9.

She is the eighth player in BSU history to receive a player of the week award, and the second this season. Jessica Meath (Jr., Bethel, Minn.) was named the defensive player of the week for games played Aug. 27-Sept. 2.

Ellefson is just the second Beaver to receive the honor as a freshman, and the first since Sept. 8, 2003, when Katie Meinhardt won the offensive player of the week award. Ellefson is also just the third player in school history to be named the conference offensive player of the week, with Kelly Hyvare (Jr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Meinhardt also winning the award in their careers.

Ellefson began the week in impressive fashion, scoring her first collegiate goal in the 87th minute of a 1-0 victory over St. Cloud State University.

Both teams had opportunities to score, but neither could find the net as both goalkeepers made multiple saves to keep the score at 0-0. Then came the break the Beavers needed. The Huskies were called for a foul deep in their territory, giving BSU a free kick near the SCSU net. Kara Smyth (Fr., Cary, Ill.) began the play, passing to a wide-open Ellefson on the right side of the net, who proceeded to knock the shot into the net with less than three minutes to play, giving her team the lead and the win.

The second game of the week was even better than the first. Ellefson scored two goals and had one assist to help propel Bemidji State to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota State University Moorhead. She and Lauren Olivares (Jr., El Paso, Texas) had two goals apiece, and both had the first multi-goal game of their respective careers.

With seven points on the week, Ellefson is now the leading scorer on the team, just ahead of Smyth who has six.

Ellefson and the Beavers (3-3-1) return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at the BSU Soccer Field to take on the University of Minnesota, Crookston.