Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University senior forward Roxy Kamal has been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of September 7-13.
Kamal, a San Jose native out of Presentation High School, helped the Spartans to their first two wins of the season away from home on the East Coast this past weekend with seven total points from two goals and three assists. This is the first weekly conference honor of her career, and the first for a San Jose State student-athlete for 2009-10.
Kamal opened the scoring in a 4-1 victory in Easton, Pa., over Lafayette College on Friday afternoon, September 11, tallying her first goal of 2009 and third of her career with a near-post header at the 21:25 mark.
In an 8-0 thumping of Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, September 13, Kamal scored to make it a 6-0 game in the 69th minute. Earlier, the co-captain assisted on each of the first three scores, including what proved to be the eighth-minute game-winner, to fall one short of equaling the single-game school record. It was the first three-assist performance by a Spartan this decade. Kamal is now the team's active leader in assists with six for her career. All four of her shot attempts in the match were on goal.
San Jose State's 8-0 triumph at Howard matched program records for goals in a game and margin of victory. In that match, Emmy Belding produced the eighth hat trick in program history. Having concluded a season-long four-game road stretch at an even 2-2, the Spartans, now 2-4 on the year, return home on Monday night, September 14, to face a final one-game week for 2009. San Jose State hosts UC Davis this Friday night, September 18. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.
Dana Moreno, a freshman goalkeeper from Chatsworth, Calif. (Chatsworth HS), registered two shutout victories with seven saves in a pair of Nevada wins over Fordham and Sacramento State to earn WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Other offensive nominees included: Boise State sophomore midfielder Jayne Murray; Fresno State junior Claudia Cardenas; Idaho freshman forward Chelsea Small; Louisiana Tech sophomore forward Rachel King; Nevada junior midfielder Jill Erickson; and Utah State sophomore forward Shantel Flanary.
Other defensive nominees included: Boise State senior goalkeeper Jen Burns; Fresno State sophomore midfielder Molly Nizzoli; Idaho senior defender Sari Morrison; Louisiana Tech sophomore defender Chelsea White; San Jose State junior goalkeeper Nina Butera, who made eight saves in recording her first two wins of 2009; and Utah State senior midfielder/defender Lindsey Smart.