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 October 5-11.
Roxy Kamal, a San Jose native out of Presentation High School, helped the Spartans go 1-0-1 in their first two conference home games last week, to stretch their school-record unbeaten run now to nine matches. This is the second weekly conference honor of her career, and the third for a San Jose State player this season. Kamal also earned the offensive distinction back on September 14, while fellow San Jose product and former Presentation teammate, junior goalkeeper Nina Butera, picked up the defensive award the following week on September 21.
Kamal scored what proved to be the game-winner in a 3-1 defeat of Louisiana Tech on Friday night, October 9, picking up a loose ball from the defense and unleashing a 25-yard blast from the left side into the top of the Lady Techster goal to make it a 2-0 game at the 15:29 mark. It was her first game-winner of 2009 and her career, on her only shot of the match.
Kamal then assisted on the 77th-minute insurance goal, passing to freshman teammate Kelsey Lord for the third San Jose State score. The Spartans went on to play to a scoreless draw with first-place New Mexico State on Sunday afternoon, October 11, to remain in second-place behind the Aggies. She took one shot in the match, and provided a perfect through ball to Lord midway through the second overtime, with Lord's shot skimming narrowly wide of the left post.
Katie Graul, a senior goalkeeper from San Clemente, Calif., and transfer from Loyola Marymount University, registered two shutouts with 12 saves as New Mexico State remained undefeated in conference play with a 2-0 win at Fresno State and the scoreless draw at San Jose State, to earn WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Other offensive nominees included: Boise State sophomore midfielder Brandy Hickcox; Fresno State sophomore midfielder Laura Dodd; Nevada sophomore midfielder Ellie Stott; and Utah State senior forward Erin Salmon.
Other defensive nominees included: Boise State sophomore goalkeeper Liz Ruiz; Fresno State sophomore defender Kendall VanDine; Nevada junior goalkeeper Marie Cove; San Jose State junior goalkeeper Nina Butera; and Utah State freshman defender Natalie Norris.