NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After recording a pair of shutouts this past weekend to open the 2012 season, Cal State Northridge earned three Player of the Week awards to cap off a successful start to the year. Stephanie Galarze took home the Big West Offensive Player of the Week award, goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo was voted as the league's Defensive Player of the Week and defender Stephanie Norton was named the top player in the conference this week by College Sports Madness.
"We have seen a major commitment from these three seniors in preparing for this season and these awards are well deserved," said head coach Keith West.
Galarze earned the offensive honor after scoring a pair of goals for the Matadors this week. Against Arizona State in the season opener on Friday she scored the game-winning goal in the 36th minute to help CSUN to its first win over a Pac-12 opponent since 1999. Then, on Sunday at San Diego, Galarze capped off an impressive Northridge performance with her fourth career goal as the Matadors won at Torero Stadium for the first time in school history.
"It has been a long time coming for Stephanie [Galarze]," West said. "She has always been knocking on the door to do well and I think that she had a great weekend."
Jacobo continued to climb the all-time Northridge rankings this week by posting a pair of shutouts. Against ASU Jacobo recorded five saves before adding four more at San Diego to get the Matadors off to a 2-0 start. The senior now has 24 career victories and 18 career shutouts in three-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge.
"Cynthia was again fantastic for us," West continued. "She continues to get recognition left and right and she earned it, deserves it and has worked extremely hard to get where she is."
Norton rounded out the accolades for Cal State Northridge this week by being named the Big West Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The online outlet names one player from each conference for the weekly honor in addition to choosing a national offensive and defensive standout. The defender recorded two assists in CSUN's 3-0 win at San Diego and is also a leader on the back line that did not allow a goal against all weekend.
"Stephanie [Norton] was fantastic in both games and created the first goal against San Diego to start us off," West added. "Her energy and effort and what she did on Friday night is a main reason why we were successful."
Cal State Northridge returns to action on Friday, August 24 against Baylor at Matador Soccer Field. Kickoff between the Matadors and Bears is scheduled for 7 p.m.