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Sanchez, Giannetti Named Women's Soccer Weekly Honorees


CSUN sophomore Cynthia Sanchez and Cal Poly senior Alyssa Giannetti found their way onto the women’s soccer weekly honor roll with their play in non-conference action.

Sanchez Keys Comeback Victory at San Jose State

CSUN sophomore Cynthia Sanchez (Gilroy, Calif./Gilroy HS) provided her fourth game-winning goal of the year and established career single-game highs for points and shots in a match, earning Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week recognition.

After going three straight contests without a point, Sanchez erupted with two goals and an assist to fuel CSUN’s 4-3 come-from-behind win at San Jose State on Sunday.

Down 2-0 at intermission, Sanchez assisted on CSUN’s first goal to cut the Spartan lead in half.

With San Jose State leading 3-2, this time Sanchez dented the scoreboard, waiting until the 75th minute to convert from the right wing and level the score again.

Sanchez notched her second goal of the match, and fourth game-winner of the year, nearly five minutes later when she collected a rebound of her own shot and deposited it into the goal.

Sanchez’s five points and seven shots set new career highs.  Her two goals represented her second brace of the season.  She is tied for the Big West lead with eight goals.

Others nominated: Caitlyn Kreutz (Cal Poly); Victoria Bolden (Long Beach State); Crystal Crump (UC Davis); Tyler Cunningham (UC Riverside); Dani Crawford (Hawai‘i)

Giannetti Clutch In Scoreless Draw Against No. 13 California

Earning her third career Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award, Cal Poly senior Alyssa Giannetti (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) posted a 0.45 goals against average over two matches.

The netminder made a combined total of 11 saves against Dayton and No. 13 California to complete an impressive week in which she earned her 18th career shutout, including three shared. 

Giannetti made five stops in a 4-1 victory over Atlantic 10 Conference preseason favorite Dayton on Friday.  In Sunday’s matchup with the nationally-ranked Bears, Giannetti stonewalled six tries on frame as the Mustangs settled for a scoreless draw.

Giannetti’s save percentage of .892 and goals against average of 0.73 are both on pace to rank third in Cal Poly single-season annals over the course of the program’s 24-year history.

Others nominated: Ashton McKeown (Long Beach State); Alexis Smith (UC Davis)