UCLA's Bywaters, Utah's Luke named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA forward Zakiya Bywaters and UTAH goalkeeper Lindsey Luke were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week for the week of September 25 - October 1.
Bywaters, a senior from Las Vegas, scored three goals, including a pair of game-winners, in wins over Arizona and Arizona State to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors. She registered six shots— five of which were on target— in 102 minutes of action last week as the Bruins improved to 9-0-2 on the year. Bywaters scored both of UCLA's goals in a 2-1 win over Arizona on Friday and struck the game-winner against Arizona State on Monday. She leads the Pac-12 in scoring with nine goals and 20 points, both career highs, and is tied for the conference lead with four game-winning goals.
Luke, a redshirt freshman from Corona del Mar, Calif., managed 17 saves on 39 total shots and allowed just one goal in wins against Washington State and Washington to take home Defensive Player of the Week accolades. She collected a career-high 10 saves and faced 23 total shots against Washington State on Friday, helping the Utes to a 2-1 overtime victory. On Sunday, Luke notched her fourth clean sheet of the season, recording seven saves, including a number of acrobatic stops, on 16 total shots in a 2-0 win over the Huskies. She has amassed 44 saves in nine games, averaging 4.89 stops per contest. Luke ranks second in the Conference in save percentage (.880) and goals-against average (0.64) this season.
This is the second weekly honor of the season for Bywaters, who is UCLA's 32nd all-time Player of the Week. For Luke, this marks her first Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade. She is Utah's third Player of the Week recipient.
UCLA heads north to take on Oregon and Oregon State this weekend, while Utah hosts No. 2 Stanford and California.
Also Nominated: Jazmin Ponce, ARIZ; Gabby Kaufman, ARIZ; Cali Farquharson, ASU; Rachel Mercik, CAL; Emi Lawson, CAL; Alex Doll, STAN; Katelyn Rowland, UCLA; Alex Quincey, USC; Caroline Stanley, USC; Katie Taylor, UTAH; Lindsay Elston, WASH; Annie Sittauer, WASH, Jocelyn Jeffers, WSU; Gurveen Clair, WSU.