Stanford's Verloo, California's Kruger named Pac-12 players of the week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD forward Courtney Verloo and CALIFORNIA goalkeeper Emily Kruger were named Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-22, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

Verloo, a fifth-year senior from Tualatin, Ore., was named Offensive Player of the Week after collecting her first-collegiate hat trick when she tallied three goals in a 3-2 double-overtime victory at No. 22/13 Santa Clara on Sunday night.  Verloo found the net a minute and a half into the match off of a free-kick from 30 yards out. When the Cardinal found themselves down 2-1 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, she buried a penalty kick to send the match to overtime. Verloo then scored the game-winning goal on a perfectly placed 22-yard free kick during the second overtime. She added two assists earlier in the weekend in the team’s 5-0 victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday, marking her 100th victory as a member of the Cardinal. 

Kruger, a senior from Woodside, Calif., earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying a career-high 11 saves to secure a 1-1 draw with No. 22/13 Santa Clara on Thursday to help the Bears stay unbeaten at 5-0-2. Kruger subdued a high-powered Bronco offense that blasted 27 shots, including 12 that were on frame. She now owns a .800 save percentage with a 0.83 goals against average on the season. 

This is the second-career weekly honor for both Verloo and Kruger and the 37th and 26th overall for Stanford and California, respectively. 

Pac-12 play opens this weekend as California and Stanford both travel east to the mountain time zone. The Bears face the Utes in a match set for 7:30 p.m. MT on Friday evening while the Cardinal will take on Colorado at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday afternoon. California then returns to the Bay for their last non-conference matchup at San Francisco on Monday at 7 p.m. PT.

Also Nominated for Offense: Jazmine Ponce, ARIZ; Samantha Witteman, CAL; Darcy Jerman, COLO; Bri Pugh, ORE;  Jenna Richardson, OSU; Darian Jenkins, UCLA; Taylor Slattery, Utah; Kate Bennett, WASH; Micaela Castain, WSU. Also Nominated for Defense: Gabby Kaufman, ARIZ; Reilley Moore, ORE; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, OSU; Maddie Bauer, STAN; Katelyn Rowland, UCLA; Megan Kufeld, WASH; Gurveen Clair, WSU. 

2013 Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Players of the Week

Date Offense Defense
Aug. 26 Elizabeth Eddy, F, USC Emily Oliver, GK, STAN
Sept. 3 Darian Jenkins, F, UCLA Gabby Kaufman, GK, ARIZ
Sept. 10 Devin Marshall, F, ASU Katelyn Rowland, GK, UCLA
Sept. 17 Micaela Castain, F, WSU Abby Steele, GK, ORE
Sept. 24 Courtney Verloo, F, STAN Emily Kruger, GK, CAL

 

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