Washington's Softli and Davidson named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A pair of Huskies, forward Jaclyn Softli and goalkeeper Kari Davidson, have been named Pac-12 women's soccer players of the week for the week of September 3-9, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
Softli, a sophomore from Sammamish, Wash., came off the bench and scored her first and second goals of the season in wins over Gonzaga and Notre Dame to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. She scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga on Friday and followed it up with an insurance goal in the 38th minute against perennial power Notre Dame to help the Huskies to a 3-0 win and a 7-0 record on the season.
Davidson, a senior from Portland, Ore., collected 11 saves and posted two clean sheets in wins over Gonzaga and Notre Dame to take home Defensive Player of the Week accolades. She recorded seven saves and faced 14 total shots in a 1-0 win over Gonzaga on Friday. On Sunday, Davidson notched four saves on 17 total shots, pacing the Huskies to a 3-0 victory. She has compiled a 6-0 record in goal in 2012 and ranks among the top-five in Washington annals in saves, shutouts and goals-against average.
This is the first weekly honor for both players, who are Washington's 18th and 19th all-time Player of the Week recipients -- in no particular order. Softli and Davidson are the first duo from any school to earn the award in the same week, as this is the first year that offensive and defensive honors have been given separately.
Washington is set to round out its non-conference slate with two games in the state of Utah this week. The Huskies travel to Logan to take on Utah State on Thursday before clashing with BYU in Provo on Saturday.
Also Nominated: Alex Smith, ARIZ; Devin Marshall, ASU; Lauren Battung, CAL; Emily Kruger, CAL; Kristen Parr, ORE; Jenna Richardson, OSU; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, OSU; Alina Garciamendez, STAN; Rosie White, UCLA; Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA; Samantha Johnson, USC; Jill Robinson, UTAH; Lindsey Luke, UTAH; Kourtney Guetlein, WSU; Ariana Byrd, WSU.