Oct 7, 2013 9:34 PM by Donovan Aird
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly sophomore forward Elise Krieghoff was named the Big West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. It was the fourth time this season she has been awarded the honor.
With a four-goal week, Krieghoff upped her season goal total to 15. In doing so, she reclaimed the national Division I lead in goals, both in the overall and per-match average (1.25) categories.
The total also tied the single-season school record, which was set by Kolleen Kassis in 1992.
Her 15 goals amount to a Cal Poly record for the Big West Conference era (1996-present), breaking the old mark owned by Gina Oceguera (13 in 1997). Krieghoff is tied with two others for No. 8 on the Big West's all-time single-season charts. She's tied with one other player for the second-most a Big West player has netted since the 2002 season (as former Long Beach State All-American Nadia Link had 16 in 2011).
On Friday, Krieghoff took advantage of a miscue in the Long Beach State back line by blasting a left-footer into an open net in the 56th minute, and then put away a right-footed tap inside the right post in the 57th minute. The scores held up for a 2-0 win over the 49ers, who entered the game in the receiving-votes category in that week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 coaches poll.
She came back Sunday against UC Irvine to bury a 20-yard direct free-kick opportunity just inside the right corner in the 46th minute, beyond the reach of a diving keeper. The next strike came in the 51st minute, when she fired a right-footer inside the left post. Krieghoff then chalked up her second assist of the season (and her fifth point of the day) in the 80th minute with a cross in from the right side to Sara Epps squarely in front of the goal. The Anteaters won 4-3.
With a tally of 32 points on the season, Krieghoff is tied for third on the Cal Poly single-season points list (again with Oceguera in 1997). The 32 points are currently tied with Ole Miss senior Rafaelle Souza for No. 1 in the country.
UC Riverside sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas, who has helped the first-place Highlanders get out to their first 2-0-0 conference start since 2005, was named defensive player of the week.
The Mustangs (5-7-0, 1-1-0) will visit Cal State Northridge (5-7-1, 0-1-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday before boarding a plane for Hawai'i (5-6-0, 0-2-0) for a match at 8 p.m. Sunday.
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