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Baham, Bertsch Earn Women's Soccer Weekly Honors


Noel Baham and Morgan Bertsch each made the women’s soccer weekly honor roll for the second time in their careers Monday.

Baham Helps ‘Eaters Gain Four Points

Senior Noel Baham (Redlands, Calif./Santa Clara) helped UC Irvine stay unbeaten in conference play as she picked up her second career Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award.

After taking just one shot in a scoreless draw against Long Beach State on Thursday, Baham peppered the Hawai‘i defense with seven shots in Sunday’s 3-2 win in Honolulu.

Baham converted her fifth goal of the season in the 38th minute to tie the score at 2-2.  She then recorded the game-winning assist, her conference-leading sixth helper of the year, in the 72nd minute as her low cross found Kiana Palacios for the volley style goal.

Baham’s 16 points leads the Anteaters.  Meanwhile, she totaled her 19th career assist and reached the 40-point milestone.

Others nominated: Megan Abutin (Cal Poly); Samantha McKenna (Cal State Fullerton); Cynthia Sanchez (CSUN); Mahlah Catline (UC Davis); Quinley Quezada (UC Riverside); Christine Maurer (UC Santa Barbara)

Bertsch Notches Fifth Shutout

For the second time this season, Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) earned Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors for her stellar play in net.

The senior, who also won the award on Sept. 26, made a total of eight saves as the Titans went 1-1 on the week. 

Bertsch stopped two shots and allowed the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 loss to UC Riverside on Thursday.

In a 2-0 victory over Long Beach State, Bertsch faced 19 shots and saved all six that went on frame, including a one-handed stop.

For the week, Bertsch had 1-1 record with a 0.50 goals against average and .889 save percentage.

Others nominated: Lindsay Kutscher (CSUN); Mandy McKeegan (UC Davis); Andrea Mensen (UC Irvine); Annie Bailey (UC Riverside)