Hawai'i Duo Sweeps Women's Soccer Awards
Sonest Furtado and Alexis Mata helped propel Hawai‘i to a pair of road victories as this week’s recipients of the women’s soccer accolades.
Furtado Keys Successful Wahine Roadtrip
Hawai‘i senior Sonest Furtado (Wai’anae, O’ahu, Hawai‘i/Wai’anae HS) contributed to both game-winning goals on a 2-0 road trip, capturing Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The forward amassed five points on the week as the Rainbow Wahine knocked off Arizona State (1-0) and Grand Canyon (2-1) on the road.
Furtado impacted all three goals and was a constant force on the offensive end, taking 11 shots, including eight on goal.
In the overtime win against the Sun Devils, Furtado threaded a perfect ball between two Arizona State defenders from near midfield, and Raisa Strom-Okimoto latched onto the pass before sliding it past the keeper for the golden goal at 95:51.
Furtado posted her second career brace in the Grand Canyon victory. Her strike in the 86th minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave her a team-leading fourth goal of the season. Furtado also deposited a cross from Sarah Law into the net in the 61st minute for a 1-0 UH lead.
Furtado has either scored or assisted on UH’s last five goals, with three goals and two assists. The Rainbow Wahine have now won three straight road games for the first time since 2004.
Others nominated: Megan Demijohn (Cal Poly); Kayla Cannon (Long Beach State); Amanda Ball (UC Santa Barbara)
Mata Records First Career Shutout
Hawai‘i junior Alexis Mata (Woodland, Calif./Pioneer HS) secured her second straight Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honor after posting a 2-0 record with a 0.48 goals against average.
Mata allowed just one goal in nearly 186 minutes of play as Hawai‘i upended Arizona State and Grand Canyon on the road. She recorded her second consecutive shutout with a career-high tying eight saves against the Sun Devils.
She stopped five more shots versus Grand Canyon in a 2-1 victory. The lone goal from the Lopes, occurring in the 72nd minute, ended Mata’s shutout streak of 288 consecutive minutes.
Mata’s 13 saves for the week gave her 45 for the second, which ranks No. 2 in the Big West. She helped UH extend its road winning streak to three, the program’s first since 2004.
Others nominated: Brittney Viboch (Cal Poly); Kaitlin Fregulia (Long Beach State)