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Ayala Named MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week

Apr 27, 2021
Junior Val Ayala scored a career-high four goals in the win over previously undefeated USC.

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WOODLAND, Calif. -- UCLA junior Val Ayala (Anaheim, Calif./Foothill HS) has been named the MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Ayala tied for the team lead in goals as UCLA split with No. 1 USC in a pair of home games to end the regular season (Apr. 24-25).

In the Bruins' 13-6 win which broke the Trojans' 23-game win streak, she recorded a game and career-high four goals and added one assist and one steal. It was Ayala's second hat trick of the season and the ninth of her career. It was also UCLA's largest margin of victory over USC in over 20 years (defeated the Trojans by the same score on March 9, 2001).

This is the second career MPSF weekly award for Ayala, previously earning the newcomer honor following her first collegiate appearance in 2019.

Others Nominated: Hannah Shabb (STAN); Bayley Weber (USC); Kitty Lynn Joustra (CAL).