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Favela, McDonald Earn First Career Women's Soccer Weekly Awards


Juniors Marissa Favela and Imani McDonald helped their teams go 2-0 as the recipients of the women’s soccer weekly accolades.

Favela Posts Five Points In Pair Of Wins

CSUN junior Marissa Favela (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) scored twice and added an assist in a productive two games, earning Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Favela notched a goal in both victories as the Matadors defeated Houston (2-0) and Utah Valley (2-1) at home.  She added an assist in the latter match to finish the week with five points.

Against the Cougars, Favela took two shots, with her second a penalty kick that found the back of the net for CSUN’s second goal.

The midfielder returned for the Wolverines match and picked up the assist on her team’s first goal as her corner kick went to Ariana Tran.

Favela then provided the heroics with a golden goal in the 92nd minute as Tran repaid the favor from the first goal.  Tran found a streaking Favela up the field, and Favela hit a right-foot shot to the left post for the game winner.  That gave Favela a goal in three straight matches.

Others nominated: Megan Abutin (Cal Poly); Samantha Koemans (Cal State Fullerton); Tori Bolden (Long Beach State); Darielle O’Brien (UC Riverside)

McDonald Tallies Shutouts Against No. 22 Northwestern, San Diego State

Long Beach State junior Imani McDonald (Long Beach, Calif./Poly HS) collected a pair of shutouts in net to notch Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.

McDonald helped the Beach defeat No. 22 Northwestern and San Diego State by identical 2-0 scores.  She recorded six saves total while playing all 90 minutes in both matches.

Buoyed by a defense that limited the top-25 Wildcats to just six shots – only one on goal – McDonald made one save in victory.  She was busier in the win over the Aztecs, making five stops.

Others nominated: Chelsea Barry (Cal Poly); Morgan Bertsch (Cal State Fullerton); Jovani McCaskill (CSUN); Andrea Mensen (UC Irvine)