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NCAA Oct 12, 2021

USC, Stanford and Oregon players receive Pac-12 weekly awards

The Pac-12 women’s soccer Players of the Week have been unveiled following the latest round of NCAA competition during the Fall 2021 season. Standouts from USC, Stanford and Oregon received this week’s honors.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Penelope Hocking, Sr., USC (Anaheim, Calif.)
2 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 points 

  • The senior forward became USC’s all-time leading scorer and led the first-place Trojans to a pair of wins with two goals and one assist.
  • Hocking scored her 49th career goal against Colorado, moving into first place on the Trojans’ all-time scoring list, breaking a career record that had stood for 21 years.
  • Also assisted the game-winner in a 4-1 win over the Buffaloes.
  • Scored her 50th career goal in a 7-0 win over Utah, moving into a tie for 14th on the Pac-12’s all-time scoring list.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Naomi Girma, Sr., Stanford (San Jose, Calif.)
2 games, 1 goal, 2 points, 180 minutes

  • The senior defender scored Stanford’s game-winning goal at Washington State in a 1-0 victory, nodding in the deciding tally in the 29th minute.
  • Goal snapped a string of 578 minutes without a goal allowed by the Cougars, a program record.
  • Anchored a Cardinal defense that allowed only 11 shots on target in two road matches, including limiting WSU’s second-best scoring offense in the Pac-12 to just four on goal.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK: Leah Freeman, So., Oregon (Berkeley, Calif.)
2 games, 10 saves, 0 goals allowed, 180 minutes

  • Amassed 10 saves in shutout victories over Arizona and Arizona State to set the Oregon single-season record with eight clean sheets.
  • Tied her season high with eight saves, three of which came on close-range attempts, in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Arizona State.
  • Helped Oregon become the first team to record a shutout against ASU this season.
  • It marked Oregon’s first sweep of the Arizona schools since 2016.
  • Freeman has a .900 save percentage and a 0.47 goals-against average in helping Oregon to a 8-1-4 record, its best in 40 years.


Offensive Player of the Week: Jill Aguilera, ARIZ; Shanade Hopcroft, COLO; Kess Elmore, ORE; Brianna McReynolds, OSU; Madison Haley, STAN; Kennedy Faulknor, UCLA; Summer Yates, WASH; Elyse Bennett, WSU.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jasmine Young, ARIZ; Mia Palmer, ORE; Skylar Herrera, OSU; Quincy McMahon, UCLA; Zoe Burns, USC; Helena Reischling, WASH; Sydney Pulver, WSU.

Goalkeeper of the Week: Hope Hisey, ARIZ; Bridgette Skiba, OSU; Katie Meyer, STAN; Lauren Brzykcy, UCLA; Anna Smith, USC; Olivia Sekany, WASH; Nadia Cooper, WSU.

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