Oct. 15, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Junior midfielder Eileen Maes has been named the Big West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marrina Meyers has earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
The duo led LBSU to a weekend road sweep at UC Davis and Pacific. The 49ers defeated the Aggies, 1-0, before topping the Tigers, 2-0.
Maes, who scored on two of her four shots on frame, accounted for both of Long Beach State's game-winning goals. Against UC Davis, she struck at the 77:02 mark to break the scoreless tie.
The Oakland, Calif., native came back two days later to knock in the eventual game-winner in the 31st minute at Pacific. Maes connected on a header, placing the ball inside the right post on an indirect free kick into the box. For the week, Maes was tops on the squad in goals (2), points (4) and shots on goal (4). Four of her team-leading eight goals this season have come in Big West action.
Meyers, who was also tabbed the College Sports Madness Big West Women's Soccer Player of the Week, paced the defensive effort, registering her fourth and fifth shutouts of the year. The Vista, Calif., native finished with five saves at UC Davis, the biggest of which came in the 65th minute when she swatted away a penalty kick attempt. Meyers has stopped two of the four penalty kicks she has faced this season.
Against the Tigers, Meyers was part of a stingy back line that held Pacific to just seven total shots and one shot on goal.
This was the second weekly honor for both Maes and Meyers as Long Beach State increased its total to five awards this season. It is also the first time the 49ers have swept the weekly awards since Sept. 27, 2010.
Long Beach State (11-5-0, 4-2-0 BWC) returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when it hosts UC Irvine in a pivotal Big West game at George Allen Field. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
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