Soccer's Nicole Irwin named WAC "Player of the Week"

Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University midfielder Nicole Irwin has been named the Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer offensive “Player of the Week” on Monday, October 9.

Irwin, a junior from Dublin, Calif. (Dublin High School), scored three goals, including two game-winners, and added one assist in leading San Jose State to its first 2-0 conference start since joining the WAC in 1996. After missing the game at third-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara on Wednesday, October 4, she scored the first two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 home win over Boise State in the Spartans’ conference opener on Friday, October 6.

Irwin notched the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Idaho on Sunday, October 8, shooting into the left corner following a cross from the right at 25:48. The goal was her team-leading fourth of the year, with three being game-winners. The 2005 first-team All-WAC and 2006 preseason All-WAC selection now has four game-winners for her Spartan career, and leads the Spartans in total points with 10. For the week, she produced three goals and one assist for seven total points.

The shutout wins over Boise State and Idaho improved San Jose State’s record to 5-8-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in WAC play for the first time since the Spartans joined the conference for the 1996 season. The Spartans’ best league start previously was 2-0-1 in 2000, with two victories following a tie at Hawai’i to open the WAC slate. San Jose State is alone in first place in the latest conference standings, with the full six points from two games. Irwin is the first Spartan women’s soccer player to earn the weekly conference honor for the 2006 season, and the first since Liz Behlen on October 17, 2005.

Fresno State goalkeeper Angie Larsen, a senior from San Jose (West Valley College), earned WAC defensive “Player of the Week” honors following a 2-0 home shutout over Nevada.

The Spartans travel to Logan, Utah, for the first time this week to face Utah State on Friday, October 13. San Jose State then returns home to host Louisiana Tech on Sunday, October 15. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for approximately 2:30 p.m. As part of a Spartan soccer doubleheader, it will follow a San Jose State men’s contest against Air Force at 12:00 p.m.

Other offensive nominees included: Brennan Lau, Boise State; Antonea Lugo, Fresno State; Denise Wilson, Louisiana Tech; and Charity Weston, Utah State.

Other defensive nominees included: Kim Parker, Boise State; Marissa Dayton, San Jose State and Lindsey Smart, Utah State.