Kelley O'Hara Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Oct. 17, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Cardinal freshman Kelley O'Hara has been named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week, as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen earlier today. The freshman registered two goals and an assist this weekend to carry the team to its first conference sweep of the season.
O'Hara's five points were the driving force behind a surge of Cardinal offense this weekend, as the team posted one of its most prolific weekends of the season with wins over Arizona State and Arizona. Against Arizona State, the freshman took six shots and netted the equalizer in the 51st minute to put the Cardinal in position to eventually overtake the Sun Devils. Against Arizona, O'Hara stepped up with a goal and an assist, for a career-high three points on the afternoon. In the 53rd minute, she fed a ball to fellow freshman Ali Riley in the middle to put the Cardinal up 2-0. In the 65th minute, she caught a Lea MacKinnon corner kick in the air and punched in her second goal of the weekend. O'Hara's three points in the match were a career-high.
O'Hara is now the second-leading scorer for the Cardinal with 11 points since her return from the U-20 World Cup in mid-September (5 goals, 1 assist). She also currently ranks fourth in the conference in goals per game (.45) and ties for sixth in total goals.
The honor is the first of O'Hara's career, and the third for a Cardinal player this season. Stanford now has 18 all-time Player of the Week honors, the most of any Pac-10 school. With senior Shari Summers taking home two weekly honors already this season, Stanford has won more times than in any previous single season.
With the two home victories last weekend, Stanford has now won five straight on its home pitch, and is averaging 3.0 goals per game over those five matches. The Cardinal (9-5-1, 2-1-1) will try to sustain that firepower on the road, as the team heads north this weekend to face Washington State and Washington. Kickoff with the Cougars is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday and kickoff with the Huskies is set for noon on Sunday.