Alex Balcer named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week
Aug. 27, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Alex Balcer (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills HS) helped Long Beach State continue its home field winning streak with wins against Saint Francis and No. 24 Baylor, recording Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week kudos.
The 49ers extended their winning streak at George Allen Field to nine straight games as they defeated Saint Francis (2-0) and Baylor (2-1 in OT). LBSU also began the year 3-0, matching the program's best start since 2006.
Balcer was the centerpiece of a stingy LBSU defensive unit that held Saint Francis to just five shots in the game.
The defender also stepped up on offense as she connected for her second goal of the season and third of her career in the Baylor match. In the 63rd minute, Balcer took a free kick from midfield that sailed over the Bear goalkeeper's head and into the net that tied the match at 1-1 apiece. She led the 49ers with three shots in the game.
Others nominated: Alyssa Giannetti (Cal Poly); Ana Marija Sola (UC Davis); Haley O'Brien (UC Irvine); Chelsea Miyake (Hawaii)