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Mireles, Hinkle Set Personal Bests At Highlander Invitational
Seniors Izzak Mireles and Jenna Hinkle led the field of Big West athletes at the Highlander Invitational.
Mireles Posts Runner-Up Finish
UC Irvine senior Izzak Mireles (Livingston, Calif./Livingston HS) earned Big West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolades after finishing second overall at the Highlander Invitational.
Mireles established a 6K personal-record in a time of 17:56.9, eclipsing his previous best by over 12 seconds. He led the field of Big West athletes, which included participants from Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, and was the overall runner-up out of 122 competitors.
It was his best showing of the year, and his third top-three performance in four meets. He finished just shy of Pepperdine’s Nick Heath (17:49.7) for the individual title.
UC Irvine finished second as a team with 72 points on the UCR Ag/Ops Course, site of the Big West Championships on October 28. The Anteaters placed ahead of UCSB, UCR, CSUN and LBSU in the team standings.
Others nominated: Jorge Sanchez (Cal State Fullerton); George Martinez (Long Beach State); James De Mello (UC Davis); Solomon Demeku-Ousman (UC Riverside); Isaiah Lozano (UC Santa Barbara)
Hinkle Captures Individual Title
UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle (Cottonwood, Calif./West Valley HS) received her third Big West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week nod this season as she claimed first place in the 5K at the Highlander Invitational.
Hinkle’s winning time of 16:48.0 amounted to a personal-best 5K for the veteran runner, who helped the Gauchos attain the team title with 50 points. UCSB outscored fellow Big West squads Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Long Beach State, CSUN and UC Irvine.
The Gauchos initially were set to compete in northern California that weekend, but questionable air quality from the fires in that area forced them to change venues at the last minute. It was Hinkle’s second individual title this season, and she has finished at least in the top-eight in all four races.
Others nominated: Sam Huerta (Cal State Fullerton); Christine Bayliss (UC Davis); Faith Makau (UC Riverside)
Men's Soccer Standouts Godoy, Boateng Earn Weekly Award
Giovanni Godoy had a four-goal week while Roy Boateng helped shut down two offenses.
Two Braces Propel Godoy To Recognition
UC Irvine senior Giovanni Godoy (Watsonville, Calif./CSU Bakersfield) notched four goals over two games to garner his second Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award this season.
The midfielder recorded a pair of braces against UC Riverside and CSUN to raise his conference-leading totals to 11 goals and 24 points on the year.
Godoy’s 11 goals moved him into a tie for fifth all-time on the Anteater single-season list. He is the first UCI player since Amani Walker in 2010 to score double-digit goals.
Godoy poured in a pair of insurance goals in UCI’s 4-0 blanking of the Highlanders. Both strikes came within just over a minute of each other, including one on a set piece from 20 yards out.
He tried to engineer a comeback against the Matadors in a 3-2 loss, tying the game at 1-1 on a give-and-go. With UCI trailing 3-1, Godoy sliced the lead in half as he deposited a corner kick into the net for his second goal of the night.
Eight of his 10 shots for the week were on goal. Seven of his 11 goals have come during conference play – tops among all players.
Others nominated: Daniel Trejo (CSUN); Christian Webb (Sacramento State); Noah Wilson (UC Davis)
Boateng Spearheads Stout Aggie Defense
Helping keep North Division foes UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State off the board in consecutive games, UC Davis junior Roy Boateng (Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS) earned Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
It was Boateng’s second career honor.
Boateng championed a stingy UC Davis defense that allowed the Gauchos and Hornets to take just a combined 11 shots in the two matches – with just three of those on goal (1 vs. UCSB, 2 vs. SAC).
The Aggies took over sole possession of first place in the North Division with 13 points at 4-1-1, knocking off the Gauchos (3-0) and Hornets (2-0). UC Davis notched its second and third shutouts of the season, all coming during Big West play.
Others nominated: Jumoke Hutton (CSUN); Cylus Sandoval (Sacramento State); James Alewine III (UC Riverside)
Furtado, McKeegan Named Top Women's Soccer Performers
Sonest Furtado and Mandy McKeegan earned the women’s soccer weekly awards for their efforts in conference play.
Furtado Involved In Every Hawai‘i Goal
Hawai‘i senior Sonest Furtado (Wai’anae, O’ahu/Wai’anae HS) played a role in all three of her team’s goals as the recipient of Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Furtado earned her second career citation after also winning the award on Sept. 19.
Furtado scored both goals in the Rainbow Wahine’s 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara. She spun her defender around and fired to the left past the Gaucho keeper for her first goal. Furtado then latched onto a long pass in the 86th minute, and after a few dribbles to establish position, hit a laser to the left side for her third game-winning goal of the year.
Her fifth and sixth goals on the season also boosted her career total to 13, moving her into a tie for 10th place in UH history.
Furtado returned to action in a 2-1 loss to CSUN and delivered the assist on UH’s only goal of the match. She took seven shots and put five of them on frame over the two contests.
Others nominated: Jessica Johnson (Cal Poly); Kaycee Hoover (Cal State Fullerton); Cynthia Sanchez (CSUN); Mahlah Catline (UC Davis); Noel Baham (UC Irvine); Amanda Ball (UC Santa Barbara)
McKeegan Helps Aggies Remain Unbeaten In Big West Play
Tasked with limiting two of the top scoring teams in the conference, UC Davis senior Mandy McKeegan (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) did that and more in claiming Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The midfielder added some offensive punch to her arsenal with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph at UC Irvine, and the game-tying assist in a 1-1 draw at Cal State Fullerton.
UCI, which is No. 1 in goals during Big West play with 11, was shutout for only the fourth time all season as McKeegan and her cohorts held the Anteaters to only 10 shot attempts for the game. McKeegan’s goal came in the 89th minute as she put home her own rebound off a penalty kick attempt.
McKeegan’s assist against the Titans resulted on a corner kick. Down 1-0 in the game, the Aggies equalized in the 77th minute as McKeegan’s service found the head of Mahlah Catline for the score. McKeegan upped her team-high total in assists to four. She has 11 career assists, just three shy of fifth in school history.
Others nominated: Sophia Brown (Cal Poly); Morgan Bertsch (Cal State Fullerton); Jovani McCaskill (CSUN); Shelby Lee (UC Irvine)
Familiar Faces Capture Women's Volleyball Honors
Adlee Van Winden, Emily Maglio and Mahalia White all captured their second women’s volleyball weekly honor this season.
Van Winden Leads Mustangs To Rivalry Win
Cal Poly junior Adlee Van Winden (Napa, Calif./Vintage HS) notched Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after an all-around solid performance against conference rival UC Santa Barbara.
The 6-1 outside hitter finished with 18 kills, seven digs and seven blocks to help the Mustangs defeat the Gauchos in four sets.
Van Winden hit .375 with just three errors in 40 attempts. She added an ace to her stat line.
Cal Poly extended its winning streak to 12 straight in its lone match of the week.
Others nominated: Madeline Schneider (Cal State Fullerton); Emily Allen (UC Davis); Harlee Kekauoha (UC Irvine); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara); McKenna Granato (Hawai‘i)
Maglio Dominates At Net In Pair Of Wins
Recording a team-high 18 blocks in a pair of road wins, Hawai‘i senior Emily Maglio (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada (Pinetree HS) earned her second straight Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week nod.
The 6-3 middle hitter notched her fourth career honor after averaging 2.00 blocks per set as the Rainbow Wahine defeated Long Beach State in four and CSUN in five.
Maglio tied her career high for the third straight match with 10 blocks (three solo) against the Beach. She added a match-high 14 kills on .321 hitting for her second straight career double-double.
She leads the Big West with 114 total blocks and 1.54 blocks per set.
Others nominated: Cady Francis (Cal State Fullerton); Malia Bolko (UC Davis); Luna Tsujimoto (UC Irvine)
White Repeats With Freshman Award
UC Davis outside hitter Mahalia White (Canoga Park, Calif./Chatsworth Charter HS) earned her second straight Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award with a combined 34 kills in two road wins.
White averaged 3.78 kills and 0.67 digs per set to help the Aggies win in four over UC Riverside and a marathon five-setter versus Cal State Fullerton. She hit .298 (34-9-84) against the two opponents.
She had 15 kills and three digs on .297 hitting against UCR. She tallied a team-high 19 kills against the Titans, hitting .298 for the match. She added another three digs for good measure.
Others nominated: Yuliya Ushakova (UC Riverside)
Ortiz, Carrillo Notch Men's Soccer Weekly Honors
Mario Ortiz and Alan Carrillo helped their teams record unbeaten weeks in conference play.
Ortiz Guides ‘Eaters To Four Points In Conference Standings
UC Irvine senior Mario Ortiz (Los Angeles, Calif./CSU Bakersfield) collected a goal and two assists against North Division foes Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara to secure his first career Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor.
Ortiz played a role in three of the four Anteater goals as UCI registered a 3-1 victory over Cal Poly and grinded out a 1-1 tie with South Division leader UC Santa Barbara. He took seven shots over the two contests, three of which were on goal.
The midfielder tallied his first career two-assist match as he contributed to goals in the 2nd and 62nd minutes against Cal Poly.
Ortiz then converted UCI’s only goal of the match against UCSB via penalty kick in the 28th minute.
He came close to adding a second goal to his ledger with consecutive shots in the 63rd minute, but the Gaucho goalkeeper knocked them both away.
Ortiz now has three goals and five assists on the season.
Others nominated: Ross McPhie (Cal State Fullerton); Emmanuel Usen, Jr. (CSUN); Christian Webb (Sacramento State); Robert Garcia-Vargas (UC Riverside); Rodney Michael (UC Santa Barbara)
Carrillo Picks Up Fifth Shutout
Boosting his league-leading shutout total in one match and equalling his saves career-high in another, UC Santa Barbara freshman Alan Carrillo (La Mirada, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) earned his second Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award this season.
The goalkeeper kept CSUN off the board with three saves in a 1-0 road victory on Thursday. Carrillo made three saves to help the Gauchos win their fifth straight match.
Carrillo tied his career-high of eight saves, initially set on Sept. 1 at San Diego, in UCSB’s 1-1 tie at UC Irvine on Saturday. He allowed the one goal on a penalty kick. Carrillo faced 22 shots from the Anteaters that night, and his eight saves gave him 39 for the season.
Others nominated: Paul-Andre Guerin (Cal State Fullerton); Henrik Regitnig (CSUN); Antonio Andres (Sacramento State); Ottar Magnusson (UC Riverside)