Highlander Duo Helps Team Snap Streaks
UC Riverside teammates Blanca Barrio and Amanda Roy heavily influenced the ending of two streaks in back-to-back shutout victories as this week’s women’s soccer award recipients.
Barrio Involved In All Four Highlander Goals
UC Riverside senior Blanca Barrio (San Bernardino, Calif./Redlands Citrus Valley HS) captured Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors after tallying a goal with three assists in wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Barrio played a role in all four Highlander goals that led to shutouts of the two Central Coast opponents. As a results, UC Riverside snapped an eight-match losing streak and a string of four straight scoreless contests.
The midfielder recorded her second game-winning goal of the season in the 3-0 triumph against UCSB. She opened the scoring in the 18th minute, creating a 1-v-1 opportunity against the keeper. Although her first shot was blocked, Blanco collected the rebound and slammed it into the net for the early lead.
Blanco then teamed up with Hailey Maxwell for two more goals less than three minutes apart that gave the Highlanders an insurmountable 3-0 halftime lead. The two assists vaulted Blanco into first-place on the Highlander career list.
In Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Mustangs, Blanco recorded the game-winning assist as her corner kick with just seconds remaining before intermission found Amanda Roy on the far side of the box, for a redirected boot into the net.
Others nominated: Emily Hansen (Cal Poly); Kaycee Hoover (Cal State Fullerton); Ashley Gonzales (Long Beach State); Noel Baham (UC Irvine)
Roy Anchors Defensive Effort In Back-To-Back Shutouts
Amanda Roy (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS) was the centerpiece of a UC Riverside backline that clamped down on two opponents, as she earned Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
The freshman helped limit UC Santa Barbara, the Big West’s top scoring team in the conference averaging 1.65 goals per match, to just four shots overall and two shots on goal in a 3-0 shutout. Roy then aided another shutout effort, a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly, by restricting the Mustangs to just three shots overall, and two on goal.
In addition, Roy got in on the act offensively, scoring the game-winning goal against Cal Poly. She redirected a corner kick to the near post for her first score of the season at the 44:42 mark.
Others nominated: Sophia Brown (Cal Poly); Jennifer Stuart (Cal State Fullerton); Nicole Thompson (CSUN); Kelsey Texeira (UC Irvine)