Morales, Mensen Claim Women's Soccer Honors
Maribell Morales and Andrea Mensen played key roles in keeping their teams unbeaten in conference play.
Morales Produces Two Game-Winning Goals
Junior Maribell Morales (La Habra, Calif./Iowa State) picked the perfect time to score the first goals of her Cal State Fullerton career as she collected Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Morales scored three of the six goals the Titans produced in conference victories over UC Riverside (2-1) and Cal Poly (4-0). More importantly, she had the game-winning goal in each match.
The forward made her first start as a Titan against the Highlanders and had an immediate impact. She netted the game-winning goal in the 74th minute after taking a deflected ball and firing away from 20 yards out.
Morales netted two more goals in the shutout win against the Mustangs. She connected on a free kick to the upper corner of the far post in the 27th minute, her third goal of the weekend proving to be the only scoring CSF needed. However, Morales provided an insurance goal just over six minutes later as she took a pass and unleashed a low left-footed shot that got past the Cal Poly goalkeeper to the far post.
Morales scored her three goals on just four total shots, good for a .750 shooting percentage.
Others nominated: Kendra Bonsall (Cal Poly); Taylor Hobson (CSUN); Jessica Vincent (Long Beach State); Rachel Ahr (UC Davis); Noel Baham (UC Irvine); Maddie Gibson (UC Santa Barbara); Tia Furuta (Hawai‘i)
Mensen Contributes To Solid Anteater Defensive Effort
UC Irvine junior Andrea Mensen (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga HS) was central to an unbeaten conference weekend, capturing Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Mensen helped control a solid backline effort for the Anteaters, which shutout both Long Beach State in a scoreless draw and UC Riverside in a 2-0 victory.
The defender was key in keeping the two opponents to a combined eight shots on goal. The shutouts were the sixth and seventh of the season for UCI.
Others nominated: Kaycee Hoover (Cal State Fullerton); Jovani McCaskill (CSUN); Chloe Froment (Long Beach State); Alexis Smith (UC Davis)