Hansen, Dominguez Earn Women's Soccer Weekly Awards
Cal Poly sophomore Emily Hansen and Long Beach State junior Celeste Dominguez rose above the rest of the candidates for this week’s women’s soccer awards.
Hansen Nets Game-Winner
Cal Poly midfielder Emily Hansen (Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano HS) notched the first multi-point match of her career, including a game-winning goal, to net Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore was vital in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over San Jose State. She assisted on the first Mustang goal, feeding Elise Krieghoff for her 47th career goal in the 30th minute.
Hansen broke a 1-1 tie in the 71st minute, when she collected a header at close range and redirected it in near the left post for her first career goal.
Hansen now has three career assists, all earned after transitioning from being a defender to a defensive mid.
Others nominated: Ariana Tran (CSUN); Sydney Magnin (UC Santa Barbara); Dani Crawford (Hawai‘i)
Dominguez Anchors Strong 49er Defensive Effort
Long Beach State junior Celeste Dominguez (Long Beach, Calif./Poly HS) captured Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors after spearheading a solid defensive effort against two opponents.
The 49ers lost a tough 1-0 battle at Loyola Marymount and battled USC to a scoreless draw, but yielded just nine combined shots on goal over the two games. Dominguez was the centerpiece of that effort as she started and played 188 minutes as LBSU’s defensive center midfielder.
Loyola Marymount, held scoreless over 97 minutes, registered the game-winning goal on a 45-yard shot that looped over the head of keeper Ashton McKeown, who had come off her line. That ended a 391-minute scoreless streak for the 49er defense.
Dominguez and the 49ers came back even stronger two days later, notching their fifth shutout of the year in settling for the double overtime tie. The Trojans managed to put only five of their 23 shots on frame as LBSU’s pressure was effective.
LBSU has allowed just three goals this season and one over the previous five games.
Others nominated: Alyssa Giannetti (Cal Poly); Cynthia Tafoya (CSUN); Elizabeth Silas (UC Riverside); Kate Shoemaker (UC Santa Barbara); Sarah Lau (Hawai‘i)