Mountain West Announces Women's Soccer Players of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – San Diego State junior forward Aliyah Utush has been named the Mountain West Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Aztec senior midfielder Victoria Barba earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for matches contested through Oct. 16. It is the second career weekly honor for Utush and first for Barba. 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALIYAH UTUSH, SAN DIEGO STATE
Junior, Forward, Rocklin, California / Whitney HS
  • Helped San Diego State collect a pair of home victories over Boise State, 2-0, on Friday and Utah State, 2-1, on Sunday. 
  • Finished the week with one goal, two assists, four points, nine shots and four shots on goal. 
  • Against Boise State, assisted on the game-winning score by Dani DeRosa in the 35th minute before adding an insurance goal in the 81st minute. 
  • Notched an assist on Victoria Barba’s game-winning goal in the 87th minute in the win over Utah State.
  • Led all players in shots in both matches with four versus the Broncos and five against the Aggies. 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
VICTORIA BARBA, SAN DIEGO STATE
Senior, Midfielder, Albuquerque, New Mexico / Sandia HS
  • Led San Diego State defensively to wins against Boise State and Utah State to help move the Aztecs into second place in the Mountain West standings. 
  • Played an integral role at the center midfield position in holding both Boise State (8 shots) and Utah State (5 shots) below their shots per game average by four and six, respectively. 
  • Helped limit both the Broncos and Aggies to two shots on goal. 
  • Scored both goals against Utah State, including the game-winning score in the 87th minute to break a 1-1 tie. 

2016 MW Women’s Soccer Offensive Players of the Week
Aug. 22 – Michaela Morris, Fr., F, UNLV
Aug. 29 – Dakota Blazak, Sr., F, UNLV
Sept. 5 – Julia Glaser, Fr., F, Fresno State
Sept. 12 – Wesley Hamblin, Jr., F, Utah State
Sept. 19 – Brooke Rittmann, Jr., F, Air Force
Sept. 26 – Raimee Sherle, Fr., F, Boise State
Oct. 3 – Jordan Magnin, Sr., M, UNLV
Oct. 10 – Jessica Brooksby, Sr., F, Utah State
Oct. 17 – Aliyah Utush, Jr., F, San Diego State

2016 MW Women’s Soccer Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 22 – Chidera Akubuilo, Jr., D, UNLV
Aug. 29 – Hayley Wilson, Sr., D, UNLV
Sept. 5 – Kelsey Quintos, Sr., GK, Nevada
Sept. 12 – Georgia Rowntree, Jr., GK, Wyoming
Sept. 19 – Alex Best, Fr., GK, Fresno State
Sept. 26 – Gabby English, Fr., GK, San Diego State
Oct. 3 – Marie Berwinkel-Kottmann, So., GK, Fresno State
Oct. 10 – Janelle Flores, Jr., GK, Boise State
Oct. 17 – Victoria Barba, Sr., M, San Diego State

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