Following an impressive 5-1 road victory at Grambling, the Northwestern State soccer team reaped the rewards, as Delaney Wells and Chloe DeShazer earned the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday.
The award is the second defender of the week for Wells, also earning the honor once last season, and first for DeShazer. It is the first time the school has had players honored this season
In the lone contest of the week for NSU, Wells, a defensive-minded midfielder from Flower Mound, Texas, helped limit Grambling to one goal on nine shots, but many of which were low-percentage shots.
While the junior is most known for her defense, she found her way onto the score sheet late in the contest this past Sunday. Her goal in the 85th minute put the finishing touches on the 5-1 victory.
Overall, Wells is the only field player to play every single minute of every game so far and has one goal on three shot attempts. She has four goals in her NSU career.
DeShazer, a goalkeeper from Kansas City, Mo., collected a season-high six saves, including big stops in the second half when the game was close to preserve the Lady Demons victory.
In her first four games as the starting goalkeeper for NSU after transferring from Colorado-Colorado Springs, she has a 1.00 goals against average and .800 save percentage, stopping 16 of 20 shots faced.
The redshirt senior is the first NSU goalkeeper outside of Acelya Aydogmus to be named SLC Goalkeeper of the Week since Alex Latham in 2017.
NSU returns home for the first time in the regular season with a pair of games this weekend, playing Jackson State on Friday and beginning conference play against UIW on Sunday.