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Palacios, Bzeih Earn Anteater Sweep Of Women's Soccer Awards


Kiana Palacios contributed two game-winning goals and Reema Bzeih recorded three assists as UC Irvine enjoyed an unbeaten week.

Palacios Nets Pair Of Game-Winning Goals

UC Irvine senior forward Kiana Palacios (Lake Forest, Calif./Mission Viejo HS) collected the deciding goal in two victories to earn Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

The Anteaters posted a 2-0-1 record for the week as Palacios totaled seven points on three goals and an assist.  She also recorded 11 shots, five on frame.

Palacios started the week with a two-goal performance in a 3-0 victory over Portland.  She struck first in the 21st minute with a magnificent strike from 18 yards out inside the top left corner.  The Mexican National Team member later salted the game away with an insurance goal on a header in the 78th minute.

The two goals gave Palacios 20 for her career, making her just the 12th player in program history to accomplish the feat.

After taking a match-high five shots in a scoreless draw with Penn on Friday, Palacios closed out the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 blanking of Toledo.

She wasted no time putting the Rockets on notice with a goal at the two-minute mark.  Palacios assisted in the 21st minute on a goal that volleyed off the post and in for a 2-0 edge.

The two-game winning goals increased her career total to eight.  The seven points upped her all-time mark to 52 – the 12th player in UCI history to reach that benchmark.

Others nominated: Jessica Johnson (Cal Poly); Atlanta Primus (Cal State Fullerton); Cynthia Sanchez (CSUN); Ayanna Robles (Long Beach State); Mahlah Catline (UC Davis); Amanda Roy (UC Riverside)

Bzeih Provides Two-Way Production

UC Irvine junior Reema Bzeih (Irvine, Calif./UCLA) collected three assists and contributed to a stingy defense as the Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

Bzeih served as a cornerstone of a stout ‘Eater defensive unit that shutout Portland (3-0), Penn (0-0) and Toledo (3-0) over a seven-day span.  UCI has not allowed a goal in four straight games and opponents have gone 420 consecutive minutes without hitting paydirt.  UCI’s three foes last week managed a combined total of just 13 shots.

Offensively, Bzeih also did her part to contribute to victory.  She had an assist against Portland off of a corner kick.  Against the Rockets, she registered her second career two-assist game.  UCI’s first goal was keyed by a Bzeih cross, the game-winning assist, and her second helper came on the second goal.

She now has eight career assists.

Others nominated: Sophia Brown (Cal Poly); Nano Oronoz (Cal State Fullerton); Jovani McCaskill (CSUN); Kaitlin Fregulia (Long Beach State); Mandy McKeegan (UC Davis); Amanda Roy (UC Riverside); Maddie Julian (UC Santa Barbara)