Martin Luther College has 3 athletes honored by UMAC
NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team swept the UMAC Player of the Week awards on Monday. Midfielder Lydia Bitter won Offensive Player of the Week, while Mollie Fischer was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Bitter won the honor after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday, November 2, against UW-Superior to send the Knights into the UMAC Postseason Tournament.
Bitter’s goal broke a scoreless tie in the 97th minute, giving the Knights the fourth seed in the conference tournament. The goal was Bitter’s team-leading sixth of the season.
With the Knights in need of two wins last week to reach the tournament, Fischer recorded a pair of shutouts.
Fischer stopped all three Crown College shots on goal in a 3-0 win on October 29, and then stopped all three UW-Superior shots in that 1-0 win.
Fischer’s two shutouts gave her seven this season to lead the UMAC.
Monday’s award marks the third Defensive Player of the Week award for Fischer this season.
MLC will return to action on Wednesday, November 6, when it travels to St. Scholastica for the semifinal round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.
NEW ULM — MLC kicker/punter Micah Otto was named Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.
Otto made all four of his extra point attempts to the start the game, but made his biggest play as the team’s punter in the third quarter. With the Knights facing fourth down, Otto picked up a low snap and evaded a defender in the backfield before racing down the left sideline for a 59-yard touchdown run.
Otto also punted three times in the contest for a 27.7 yard average, and averaged 55.6 yards on five kickoffs that included a pair of touchbacks.
Otto also won the award on September 16 and October 21.
Otto and the Knights will return to action on Saturday, November 9, when they travel to MacMurray for a game scheduled to start at 12 p.m.