Onumonu and Dahlkemper named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California forward Ifeoma Onumonu and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week for the week of October 1 - October 7.
Onumonu, a freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., picked up seven points over the weekend, scoring three goals and chipping in an assist in road wins over Colorado and Utah to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors. She tallied a pair of goals on four shots in an overtime victory over Colorado on Friday. On Sunday, she netted the game-winning goal and added an assist in Cal's 3-2 win over Utah. Onumonu has scored eight goals and registered 19 points this season, figures that lead Cal and rank second and third in the Pac-12, respectively.
Dahlkemper, a sophomore from Menlo Park, Calif., anchored a UCLA defense that allowed one goal in victories over Oregon and Oregon State to take home Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Dahlkemper and the Bruins limited Oregon to to just five total shots on Friday, only one of which came in the second half, and posted their eighth shutout in 13 games this season. Against Oregon State, Dahlkemper played strong defense to keep the Beavers at bay, helping UCLA to a 4-1 victory in Corvallis. The Bruins own a Conference-leading 0.37 goals against average this season.
This is the first weekly honor for Onumonu, who is California's 24th all-time Player of the Week. For Dahlkemper, this marks her second Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade this season. She is UCLA's 33rd all-time Player of the Week.
Both teams return to action on Friday. California, which has posted back-to-back series sweeps of Conference schools for the first time since 2007, takes on Arizona State at 1 p.m. PT, while UCLA tangles with Washington at 7 p.m. PT in its fifth-straight road tilt.
Also Nominated: Emily Kruger, CAL; Kristen Parr, ORE; Nicole Bakke, ORE; Megan Miller, OSU; Mariah Nogueira, STAN; Taylor Smith, UCLA; Falon Miller, WASH; Lindsey Bos, WASH, Zoe Jeffers, WSU; Ariana Byrd, WSU.