Hromatko, Stuart Collect Women's Soccer Weekly Honors
The play of Mallory Hromatko and Jennifer Stuart helped their teams into a three-way tie for first place and gain them women’s soccer weekly honors.
Hromatko’s Clutch Play Earns Her Award
Bidding to become the highest scoring freshman in UC Santa Barbara history, Mallory Hromatko (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) had two goals in a pair of Gaucho victories to rack up her first career Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor.
The first-year standout upped her season total to nine goals after contributing a goal apiece against UC Riverside and UC Irvine. In doing so, Hromatko closed in on the UCSB freshman record for goals in a season, currently held by Jennifer Borcich from 2001.
Hromatko got the Gauchos on the board with a goal in the ninth minute of Friday’s 3-2 overtime triumph over the Highlanders. The midfielder/forward picked up a rebound off her own deflected shot and deposited the ball into the top left of the net (watch UCSBGauchos.com recap).
In Sunday’s 1-0 shutout of UC Irvine, Hromatko scored the only goal of the match in the 88th minute, notching her fifth game-winner of the season. Those clutch goals have come during a stretch in which UCSB has won 12 times in 14 contests. The winning goal resulted when Hromatko managed to slot the ball past the Anteater keeper and into the lower left portion of the goal, despite being in a crowd in the middle of the penalty box.
Others nominated: Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly); Rebecca Wilson (Cal State Fullerton); Ashley Gonzales (Long Beach State); Crystal Crump (UC Davis); Brittany Mata (UC Riverside); Sarah Lau (Hawai‘i)
Stuart Stays Undefeated In Shutout Of CSUN
Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart (Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle HS) continued a stellar junior season with her sixth shutout and 11th victory of the year in a 1-0 shutout of CSUN, earning her Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
Stuart made six saves, her second-highest output this season, as the Titans remained at the top of the Big West standings. She ranks in the top five of the Titan single-season records in both shutouts and wins.
Having allowed just one goal during CSF’s current five-game winning streak, Stuart is a perfect 11-0-0 on the year and 23-5-2 for her career.
Others nominated: Robin Mertens (Cal Poly); Imani McDonald (Long Beach State); Alexis Smith (UC Davis); Beth Ritter (UC Santa Barbara)