Barrio’s Goals Knock Off Previous Unbeaten Long Beach State
UC Riverside junior Blanca Barrio (San Bernardino, Calif./Citrus HS) provided both goals in a 2-1 victory over previous conference unbeaten Long Beach State, capturing Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Dealing with a 49er squad that had started Big West play 3-0 with three shutouts, the Highlanders turned to Barrio to end that streak. She scored in the 22nd minute after depositing a shot just outside the LBSU defensive 18.
Barrio extended the lead to 2-0 with the game-winner at the 48:03 mark when she unloaded on a 25-yard shot that sailed over the LBSU goalkeeper and under the cross bar.
Those were the fourth and fifth goals of the year for Barrio. She leads the Highlanders with 16 points.
Others nominated: Rebecca Wilson (Cal State Fullerton); Breanna McCallum (CSUN); Andi Damian (UC Davis); Kiana Palacios (UC Irvine); Mallory Hromatko (UC Santa Barbara)
Fuertes Anchors Stout UC Santa Barbara Defense
Junior Sydney Fuertes (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) played the centerpiece role of a UC Santa Barbara defense that shut down a pair of conference opponents, earning her Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
Fuertes played every minute of both wins against Cal Poly (4-0) and UC Davis (2-1) as a defensive stopper. The two opponents managed just a combined 13 shots in 180 minutes of action. UC Davis was able to muster just two shots on goal, with its lone goal resulting off a Gaucho turnover.
Others nominated: Jennifer Stuart (Cal State Fullerton); Cynthia Tafoya (CSUN); Corey Tobin (UC Irvine); Elizabeth Silas (UC Riverside)