Back-To-Back Best: Kristin Olsen Is Pac-10 Player of the Week Again
Sept. 29, 2009
USC senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen has picked up back-to-back honors as the Pac-10 Player of the Week, making her just the third player all-time to win consecutive weekly honors from the conference. The selection is the fourth of her career, lifting Olsen to a tie in the Pac-10 for the most career player of the week selections.
Pushing her through to this week's award was Olsen's career-high saves count in a big shutout win over #9 Santa Clara over the weekend. Olsen faced 20 shots from the Broncos and made several impressive saves in another road win by USC, finishing with eight saves on the day. The Trojans scored early in the second half and Olsen' made six saves in the half to secure the shutout - the senior's 23rd career solo shutout - and get USC its sixth straight win with the upset while snapping a six-game win streak held by Santa Clara.
Two days earlier, Olsen faced 12 shots from host Pacific and made four saves as the Trojans made a successful comeback push to beat the Tigers 3-2. The wins were USC's third and fourth straight road victories. Olsen adds 12 more saves to her Pac-10-leading average and now holds three solo shutouts on the year. USC moves to 7-3-0 overall and is on a six-game win streak.
Only two other players have won back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week awards, one of them also a Trojan. In 1999, USC's Ali Fennell was the first to go back-to-back, and in 2003 UCLA's Iris Mora also earned the distinction from the conference. Now with four career Pac-10 Player of the Week awards, Olsen joins Oregon's Nicole Garbin with the most selections in Pac-10 history.
Olsen and the Women of Troy return home this week for a single nonconference match, as USC hosts San Diego in a 3 p.m. game on Friday (Oct. 2) at McAlister Field.