IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Hannah Drkulec has been named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the league office. It is Drkulec’s third weekly honor — first offensive — this season.
The defender from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shared the distinction after scoring two goals, including the game winner, in the Hawkeyes’ 3-2 road victory at Notre Dame. It was Drkulec’s first career two-goal game and first career game-winning goal. She shared the honor with Michigan’s Sarah Stratigakis.
Drkulec also was a key part of Iowa’s defense in a 4-0 shutout victory over Northern Colorado on Sept. 13, as the Hawkeyes’ limited the Bears to two shots in 90 minutes. For her efforts she was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s National Team of the Week.
Iowa finished the nonconference portion of its schedule with an 8-0 record, which is the team’s best start since 2013 and it is tied for the second best in program history.
Iowa has earned four Big Ten Conference weekly honors in the first four weeks of the season. Drkulec was named the Big Ten Defender of the Week on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10, while senior Claire Graves was the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 10.
Drkulec is Iowa’s first Offensive Player of the Week since Devin Burns on Sept. 5, 2017.
Drkulec becomes the third Big Ten women’s soccer student-athlete to receive Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards in the same season and the second in as many years (Lisa Grubb, Ohio State, 2001 and Izzy Rodriguez, Ohio State, 2018).
The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play Friday, traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, for a 2 p.m. (CT) matchup against Indiana.