Saxton sets school record with fourth player of the week award.
DENVER The Western Athletic Conference Players of the Week were announced Monday as Boise State’s Shannon Saxton took home Offensive Player of the Week honors and San Jose State’s Jordan-Michelle Santos was named Defensive Player of the Week. The honor for Saxton is her fourth all-time and a Boise State school record for career player of the week honors. This gives the Broncos three of the first four conference player of the week honors this season, joining Andrea Huerta and Jen Burns who swept last week’s offensive and defensive awards respectively.
Saxton, a sophomore out of Beaverton, Oregon (Beaverton HS), had a goal and an assist in a 2-2 tie at home against Weber State. The forward dished out her assist on the initial goal in the 16th minute and then proceeded to score the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. In all, Saxton took three shots in 90 minutes of play, placing two of them on goal. Saxton’s third assist of the season moves the sophomore into a tie for sixth in career assists at Boise State with eight.
Santos, a freshman goalkeeper from Cypress Hill, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS), recorded her first two shutouts of her collegiate career this weekend. On Friday (Aug. 29) against UC Davis, she played 110 minutes stopping eight shots on goal and securing a 0-0 tie with a key save in the 109th minute. She returned to the pitch on Sunday (Aug. 31) and in another 110 minute, double-overtime match, shutout Seattle University while recording five saves. She recorded 13 saves on the weekend and has kept opponents out of the net for the last 233:16. It is the first Player of the Week honor for Santos.
Other offensive nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Olivia Lukasewich had a goal and an assist in two games for the Lady Techsters on the weekend. She had an assist in a 2-1 loss to North Texas and the insurance goal in a 2-0 win against Texas Woman’s University. Molly Nizzoli of Fresno State scored two goals in losses against CSU Bakersfield (2-1) and Cal Poly (2-1). Utah State’s Lauren Hansen finished the weekend with one goal and had three of her four shots on goal against Oregon and Oregon State.
Other defensive nominees included: Fresno State’s Kaitlyn Revel had 11 saves in two games while playing 135 minutes. Liz Ruiz of Boise State made her collegiate debut against Weber State making three saves in 110 minutes of play including a key stop in the first overtime to preserve the draw. Utah State’s Molli Merrill had three saves in two tough losses to Pac-10 teams, Oregon and Oregon State. The freshman came in relief for starting goalkeeper Ali Griffin and did not allow a goal in her 90 minutes of work.