BRENTWOOD, TENN (OVC) -- Eastern Illinois had three student-athletes win conference Player of the Week Awards on Tuesday as Kayla Stolfa was named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for women’s soccer; Dustin Hatifeld was named the OVC Male Runner of the Week for cross country and Mike Novotny was named The Summit League Defender of the Week in men’s soccer. In addition baseball senior Dougie Parks was named a second team Summer College Baseball All-American by Rawlings/Perfect Game.


Eastern Illinois junior Kayla Stolfa set a school record while tying an Ohio Valley Conference mark over the weekend with four assists in the win over Chicago State.

Stolfa finished with four assists in the win over Chicago State as she became only the fourth player in conference history with four assists in a match. The last OVC player to record four assists in a match was Barbara Tomaszek of Tennessee Tech in 2003 against Murray State. The EIU record for assists in a match had been three, done on five different occasions. The last time a Panthers player had three assists in a match was in 2003 against Western Illinois by Trisha Walter.

Stolfa now ranks 14th in the NCAA in total assists with four for the season.

The Panthers return to action on Friday afternoon hosting Fort Wayne at 3 p.m. at Lakeside Field.


Hatfield, a freshman, won the EIU Walt Crawford Open with an 8K time of 26:09.03 which ranks as the fastest time in the OVC this season. It was Hatfield’s first collegiate competition as he won the race by eight seconds in a field of 90 runners.

The meet was scored as a double dual with EIU posting a 4-1 record in the competition. The Panthers lost head-to-head to Illinois (ranked No. 3 in Midwest Region) while finishing ahead of regionally ranked Bradley (No. 7) and three teams from the Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State, SIUE and Southeast Missouri.

EIU is to take this week off and return to action on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Bradley Intercollegiate.


ELMHURST -- This is Novotny's fifth career Player of the Week accolade.

Novotny, a goalkeeper, was key to EIU's success in their games against Western Michigan and UIC this past week. Novotny played all 200 minutes in the net for the Panthers earning two shutouts. He played stopped 23 shot attempts by his opponents improving to 36 saves on the seasons with a .947 save percentage.

The Panthers played two overtimes to a 0-0 draw against Western Michigan Sept. 1. Novotny played 110 minutes in the net tallying 16 saves for EIU. Six of those saves came in the overtime periods.

EIU traveled to UIC Sept. 3 . The Panthers won 1-0 against the Flames earning their first win of the 2017 season. Novotny recorded seven saves earning him his second shutout this week.

The Panthers are to play host to Saint Francis at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 10.


CHARLESTON -- Parks helped lead the Lafayette Aviators to the Prospect League title this past summer.

Parks was named a mid-season All-Star in the league and continued to produce through the season ending the year as the league Most Valuable Player.

Parks ended the summer hitting .346 with 22 doubles, eight home runs and 60 RBI.

EIU Men's Soccer Plays to a 0-0 Draw

CHARLESTON (EIU) -- Eastern Illinois men's soccer team remains undefeated as they played to their fourth draw this season. The Panthers played the Norse of Northern Kentucky Tuesday playing to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of play. The Panthers improve to a 1-0-4 record.

Northern Kentucky started the match instantly with a long, hard shot on goal. Goalkeeper Mike Novotny tallied his first save of the match in the first five seconds. Novotny earned his third shutout of the season against the Norse and recorded four saves for the match.

The Panthers had several players active on the offensive end of the field today with nine shots total, two of which were on goal. Federico Verlichi led EIU with three shots. Christian Sosnowski, Shady Omar, Tyler Enright, and Kris Luke each had one. The two shots on goal came from Zach Medawattage and Marcus Menniti.

EIU is to return home Sunday for a 3:30 match-up against St. Francis on Lakeside Field. The men are to take the field following the women's soccer match at 1 p.m. against Western Illinois.


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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