BOISE, Idaho (9/24/07) - Boise State forward Shannon Saxton has been named the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 24. It is the freshman’s second player of the week honor this season, the first was Sept. 10, and the ninth for the program since joining the WAC in 2001.
Saxton, a freshman forward from Beaverton, Ore. (Beaverton), led Boise State to a 1-0-1 record at the Montana Nike Cup tournament in Missoula over the weekend. She scored three goals, giving her 10 this season to move her within one of tying the Bronco program record for goals in a season. Saxton recorded two goals in the 3-3 double overtime draw with Oregon State and scored the game-winning goal against the tournament’s host Montana Grizzlies. Her goal in the Montana match was registered in the second minute of the match, marking the earliest goal to be scored by a Bronco in a match this season. Saxton played 169 minutes in the two tournament matches, in which she took seven shots placing five on goal, including the three that scored, for a .714 shot on goal percentage.
In addition, Saxton’s three goals over the weekend moved her into second place nationally, tied with two others, for goals scored with 10 on the year. She is also ranked second nationally for goals (1.25) and points (3.00) per match. The freshman continues to extend her lead in several of the WAC’s statistical categories as well:
Goals scored: Saxton has 10 second place has 5
Goals per match: Saxton is at 1.25 second place is 0.71
Points recorded: Saxton has 24 second place has 14
Points per match: Saxton is at 3.00 second place is 1.75
Other offensive nominees included: Kiva Gresham of Louisiana Tech registered two goals in the Lady Techsters 3-0 victory over Centenary, leading to Tech’s first win of the season, which also snapped the Lady Techsters 16-match winless streak ... Karen Zmirak of Nevada scored her team-leading third goal of the season against Iowa State in the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas ... Jessica Scott of San Jose State returned to action and scored both goals in the 2-0 shutout victory over Northern Iowa, giving the Spartans their first win of the 2007 season ... Lauren Hansen of Utah State netted her second goal of the season in Sunday’s game against Eastern Washington.