Weekly Honors Continue to Roll in for Cardinal
Oct. 18, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - After posting its first conference sweep of the season, the Stanford women's soccer team has the national honors pouring in. Freshman forward Kelley O'Hara and sophomore defender Marisa Abegg both earned national weekly honors for the first time in their careers. Additionally, the team jumped in the polls this week, and is now ranked a season-high No. 19 by the NSCAA.
Abegg was one of 18 players in the nation named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week, the fourth time this season a Cardinal player has been honored. The Lake Oswego, Ore. native was involved in both game-winning goals, assisting on the game-winner against Arizona State and scoring the game-winner against Arizona. On Friday night with the score knotted at 2-2, Abegg found Hillary Heath in the middle to put the Cardinal in the lead. On Sunday, the sophomore put the Cardinal on the board in the 21st minute, sending a header past the Wildcat goalkeeper.
In addition to earning her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, O'Hara was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week this week. The Fayetteville, Ga. native stepped up and tallied two goals and an assist in this weekend's games. 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 is now the second-leading scorer for the Cardinal with nine points since her return from the U-20 World Cup in mid-September (5 goals, 1 assist).
The Cardinal returns to action this weekend, taking on Washington State and Washington on the road. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m on Friday in Pullman and noon on Sunday in Seattle.