Wilson, Giannetti Capture Women's Soccer Weekly Awards
Rebecca Wilson helped Cal State Fullerton remain undefeated and Alyssa Giannetti broke the Cal Poly career saves record as the duo earned women’s soccer weekly honors.
Red Hot Wilson Leads Titans To Road Sweep
Cal State Fullerton senior Rebecca Wilson (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) booted three goals in a pair of road victories to claim Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The forward leads the Big West in goals (5) and points (12) just two weeks into the season.
Wilson scored on her only shot of the match, a penalty kick attempt, in a 4-2 triumph at Idaho State on Friday. In Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Pac-12 opponent Utah, Wilson tallied the game-winning goal and added an insurance knock late in the match to cement the outcome.
Wilson’s heroics helped the Titans to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2008 and just the third time in program history (1995). In the Titan record book, Wilson is now tied with Amber Dickey for fifth all-time with 51 career points, and her 20 career goals tie current Fullerton assistant coach Stacey Fox for sixth all-time. Wilson’s seven career game-winning goals rank third all-time at CSF.
Others nominated: Caitlyn Kruetz (Cal Poly); Cynthia Sanchez (CSUN); Rocio Rodriguez (Long Beach State); Rachel Smith (UC Davis); Alexa Bustamante (UC Riverside); Tiana Fujimoto (Hawai‘i)
Giannetti Becomes Cal Poly Saves Record Holder
Cal Poly senior Alyssa Giannetti (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) became the school’s career saves leader after two impressive performances at the Nike Soccer Classic, earning Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week kudos.
The goalkeeper made 20 saves in two matches to bring her career total to 313, surpassing the previous Mustang record of 307 held by Kristina Grigaitis (1993-96). Giannetti also now ranks No. 6 all-time in Big West annals in career saves.
Giannetti’s stops did not come cheaply. She recorded 13 of them against No. 2-ranked Virginia on Friday night in a 2-0 defeat. Three of those saves came against 2014 U.S. U-20 World Cup member Makenzy Doniak. In recording the third-most saves in Cal Poly single-game history, Giannetti limited the Cavaliers to no more than two scores for just the second time in their past 18 regular-season contests played outside of the ACC.
Giannetti made seven saves in Sunday’s 2-1 neutral site victory over Richmond, and broke the school’s saves mark in the process.
For the week, Giannetti posted a 1.50 goals against average and .870 saves percentage.
Others nominated: Jovani McCaskill (CSUN); Melanie Fox (Long Beach State); Alexis Smith (UC Davis)