Stanford's Verloo and UCLA's Lee named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford forward Courtney Verloo and UCLA defender Lucretia Lee were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week for the week of October 15 - October 21.
Verloo, a redshirt junior from Tualatin, Ore., scored a pair of goals and added an assist in wins over Washington and Washington State over the weekend to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors. She scored two goals in the first 22 minutes to give Stanford an early two-goal lead in a 3-0 victory over the Huskies on Sunday, capping a weekend sweep of the Washington schools. On Thursday, in a 3-2 victory over Washington State, Verloo assisted on the Cardinal's first goal of the game. She tallied five of her team-leading 20 points on the weekend and turned in the first multi-goal performance of her career in the win over Washington. Her 1.33 points per game average ranks third in the Pac-12.
Lee, a senior from Bothell, Wash., scored her first career goal and anchored a back line that allowed just six total shots in wins over Colorado and Utah--while playing every minute-- to garner Defensive Player of the week accolades. She scored in the 42nd minute against Colorado to give the Bruins a 1-0 halftime lead and helped hold the Buffaloes to just four shots in friday's 2-1 victory. On Sunday, in a 2-0 win over win over Utah, she broke up a breakaway chance in the 31st minute and shut down a subsequent scoring opportunity in the 35th minute. The Bruins have earned 10 shutouts in 16 games this season, and their 0.36 goals against average leads the nation.
This is the first weekly honor for Verloo, who is Stanford's 33rd all-time Player of the Week. For Lee, this marks her first Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade. She is California's 35th Player of the Week recipient.
Both teams return to action on Friday, as Stanford takes on USC and UCLA hosts No. 21 California. The pair will square off in Los Angeles on Sunday in a match that has Pac-12 title implications.
Also Nominated: Ifeoma Onumonu, CAL; Amy Barczuk, COLO; Bri Pugh, ORE; Nichole Bakke, ORE; Megan Miller, OSU; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, OSU; Rachel Quon, STAN; Sarah Killion, UCLA; Jordan Marada, USC; Jaclyn Softli, WASH; Delaney Zalud, WSU; Korynn Blanksma, WSU.