Steiner, McCaskill Lead Squads To Conference Victories
Addie Steiner and Jovani McCaskill provided crucial performances to lift their squads with six points in the standings, and received Player of the Week recognition as a reward.
Steiner Delivers Two Game-Winners
Senior Addie Steiner (Prairie Village, Kan./Northwestern) captured Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors on the heels of scoring a pair of game-winning goals in conference action.
The forward notched three goals in total to help the Rainbow Wahine topple both UC Riverside and UC Davis at home by 2-0 scores. Her offensive prowess halted a 10-match conference losing streak and improved UH’s home record to 7-0-1 this season, including a seven-game winning streak.
Steiner had a flair for the dramatic in the victory over the Highlanders. She scored her first goal with just two seconds remaining in the first half to give UH the halftime lead, and then put the game away with her second tally with less than a minute to play in the game.
Against the Aggies, she recorded the game-clincher in the 27th minute as she notched her eighth goal of the season.
Others nominated: Kendra Bonsall (Cal Poly); Sarah Fajnor (Cal State Fullerton); Cynthia Sanchez (CSUN); Mimi Rangel (Long Beach State); Alicia Sloss (UC Davis)
McCaskill Helps Matadors Tie Single-Season Shutouts Record
CSUN junior Jovani McCaskill (San Diego, Calif./Eastlake HS) tallied her ninth and 10th clean sheets this season, garnering Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.
McCaskill made nine saves total in back-to-back 1-0 road victories over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The two shutouts upped CSUN’s total to 11 on the season, tying the program record.
The netminder faced the league’s most potent offense in UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, and stopped two shots on frame to preserve the 1-0 shutout. She punched away a shot on a leaping play in the 74th minute to deny the Gauchos their best chance.
In Sunday’s win at San Luis Obispo, McCaskill made seven saves, including two crucial ones in the 65th and 67th minutes. They both happened in a similar fashion as McCaskill knocked away a long shot and a header from inside the box. Both shots were deflected over the cross bar to protect the shutout.
Others nominated: Sophia Brown (Cal Poly); Jennifer Stuart (Cal State Fullerton); Michelle Mulrooney (UC Davis); Monk Berger (Hawai‘i)