With a limited number of games on the men’s side, the list for the first week (plus a little more) is combined for men and women.
BEST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST XI
[Position – Player (INW Hometown) – School]
G - Kendra McMillen - Montana - With big shoes to fill following the departure of Kristen Hoon, the senior keeper made five saves and allowed just one goal in a pair of overtime games on the road in Wyoming.
G - Sarah Wood (Spokane, WA) - Cleveland State - Opened the season with an 11-save performance in a back-and-forth contest with Canisius that finished 3-2 in favor of the CSU Vikings. She went on to make nine more stops in a 2-0 victory against Bowling Green, earning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors.
D - Allyson Stainbrook - Idaho State - Led a defensive unit that allowed only one goal and seven combined shots in a pair of wins against Boise State and the University of Idaho
F - Rodger Bucknor - North Idaho College - After being denied by the woodwork initially, he went on to score the opening goal and set up the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory against nationally ranked Northwest College.
F - Tiffany Draper (Meridian, ID) - North Idaho College - Tallied a hat-trick in a 7-3 victory against Dodge City CC.
INW WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK :: F – Amanda Ellsworth – Idaho State – Led the Bengals to a sweep of Boise State with 2-1 overtime game-winning strike and the University of Idaho with an assist on the opening goal and scoring the second in the 2-0 win.
F – Kourtney Guetlein – Washington State – Tied at 1-1 coming out of the break, she set up two goals with crosses in the first five minutes of the second half to secure the win.
F - Erin Huisingh (Pasco, WA) - Concordia - Scored twice in a 5-1 victory against Holy Names and added a third goal in a 6-0 win against the Oregon Institute of Technology.
F - Jacob Weaver (Spokane, WA) - Northwest University - Scored twice, including the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory against San Diego Christian College. He also set up a consolation tally with a corner kick in their season opener, a 2-1 road loss to Biola University.
Note: There is no set formation or position composition for the Best XI list; all players listed alphabetically within positions.