Oct 21, 2013 7:16 PM
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A day after moving into a tie for the national goals lead (18), Cal Poly forward Elise Krieghoff was named the Big West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.
It was the fifth time this season that the sophomore has received the honor, which is a Big West single-season record. (She also won it once as a freshman.)
Krieghoff tallied her first goal of the weekend on Friday, blasting a 52nd-minute penalty kick (her first converted PK of the year) inside the right post. The score held up for a 1-0 win over the defending regular-season conference champion, Cal State Fullerton. She scored again Sunday in the 40th minute of a 3-1 win over UC Riverside, taking a Megan Abutin pass in from the left side of the 18-yard box and firing a shot that glanced off the bottom of the crossbar before caroming in.
The Mustangs (5-1-0 Big West, 9-7-0 overall) are alone in first place in the conference standings heading into Friday's 7 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry match at UC Santa Barbara. A win in Harder Stadium would clinch at least a share of the regular-season Big West title for the Mustangs - although UC Irvine could still win-out to also reach an 18-point plateau, and would own a head-to-head tiebreaker over Cal Poly in that scenario.
Krieghoff's 18 scores represent an ongoing single-season school record, and are tied with Illinois junior Jannelle Flaws' total for the No. 1 spot in the country. With 39 points on the season, Krieghoff leads the nation outright in that category, two ahead of both Flaws and Penn State senior and two-time first-team All-American Maya Hayes.
Her 18 goals rank third all-time on the Big West single-season chart, four back of Christy Johnson's 22 netted for North Texas in 1997, and seven shy of the record 25 strikes put away by UC Santa Barbara's Krystal Sandza in 2002.
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