Bates Named Great Midwest Offensive Player Of The Week

Bates Named Great Midwest Offensive Player Of The Week

INDIANAPOLIS — With four goals in conference wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene last week, Ohio Dominican women's soccer senior midfielder Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) earned Great Midwest Athletic Conference offensive player of the week honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Bates has had a fantastic season with ODU women's soccer after scoring over 1,000 points on the hardwood for the Panther women's basketball program from 2013-2017. She currently leads ODUWS in goals scored with 12 on the season, with six coming in her last four matches and nine in her last seven contests.

Currently tied for second in the Great Midwest in goals scored, Bates' 12 goals have come on an impressive shot percentage of .214, the second-most efficient combination of goals scored on shot percentage in the conference. Bates also ranks fourth in the Great Midwest in points (25) and shots (56).

Bates is the third ODU women's soccer student-athlete to earn player of the week honors from the Great Midwest, with sophomore Cheyenne Story (Canfield, Ohio) and senior Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) also taking home defensive and offensive conference player of the week honors this season.

At 12-4-1 (10-2-1), Ohio Dominican has achieved its highest overall win total since 2014 and can earn its most wins in conference since the 2009 season with a win over Findlay on Tuesday. The Panthers are looking to wrap up the two-seed in the Great Midwest Tournament before Saturday's quarterfinals and can earn a share of the regular season conference championship with a win over the Oilers and Ohio Valley loss to Cedarville Tuesday.

Contact: Aaron McPherson