Cal's Leer and CU's Brunner named Pac-12 Players of the Week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA forward Grace Leer and COLORADO goalkeeper Annie Brunner have been named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week for the week of August 13-19, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday.
Leer, a redshirt sophomore from Danville, Calif., scored a hat trick in the first half of Sunday's come-from-behind win over San Jose State to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors. She netted an equalizer at the 21-minute mark and added the go-ahead and insurance goals in the final three minutes of the frame to propel the Bears to a 5-2 victory. Leer's three-goal performance—her first, second and third of the season— gives her five career goals in 28 games at California.
Brunner, a junior from Arvada, Colo., posted two clean-sheets and eight saves against Northern Colorado and Colorado College in the annual Colorado Cup to take home Defensive Player of the Week honors. Brunner recorded three saves and faced 15 total shots against Northern Colorado on Friday, helping the Buffaloes to secure a 3-0 victory. On Sunday, Brunner notched five saves on 12 total shots, including a stop in the final minute of overtime that preserved a 0-0 draw. The tie moved Brunner in to sole possession of second place on CU's all-time ties list.
This is the first weekly honor for Leer, who is California's 22nd all-time Player of the Week. For Brunner, this also marks her first Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade. She is Colorado's first Player of the Week recipient.
California hosts No. 25 Santa Clara at 4 p.m. on Thursday, while Colorado takes on LIU Brooklyn at the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic on Friday.
Also Nominated: Jazmin Ponce, ARIZ; Anne Stuller, COLO; Kristen Parr, ORE; Morgan Kennedy, OSU; Audrey Bernier-Larose, OSU; Natalie Griffen, STAN; Laura Liedle, STAN; Kodi Lavrusky, UCLA; Alana Munger, UCLA; Jordan Marada, USC; Faith Sugerman, USC; Chelsea Archer, WASH; Kari Davidson, WASH, Micaela Castain, WSU; Rachael Doyle, WSU.