Netting two game-winning goals in a week gives you a pretty good chance to haul in some hardware.
That’s what Addie Steiner did last week, and what she got Monday. Steiner was named the Big West Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her go-ahead scores against UC Riverside and UC Davis.
Steiner scored three goals last week, giving her has eight on the season. That’s the most by a UH player since Tiana Fujimoto netted 10 in 2013, and is third among Big West players in 2016.
UH (9-3-1, 2-2 Big West) now has more weekly honors (three) than in any other year in its relatively brief Big West history.
Not bad for a program that didn’t get any weekly awards in all of 2015. Here’s the complete list to this point:
2012: Fujimoto, Offense, Aug. 27
2013: Monk Berger, Defense, Sept. 29
2013: Berger, Defense, Oct. 21
2014: Storm Kenui, Defense, Sept. 22
2016: Berger, Defense, Sept. 6
2016: Steiner, Offense, Sept. 20
2016: Steiner, Offense, Oct. 10
Berger (two shutouts) was nominated for defense this week, but lost out to Cal State Northridge’s Jovani McCaskill, who notched her ninth and 10th clean sheets of the season. Hard to argue with it; they were road shutouts at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
The Big West is looking like a true bloodbath this year. UH sits in fourth in points at 2-2, although three teams behind it — UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara — have fewer games played and fewer losses. Every result matters.
Meanwhile, midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto has eight assists on the season after helping on both of UH goals against Davis on Sunday. She leads all Big West players in assists and is third in points with 18.
UH continues Big West play at home Friday in a huge one against Long Beach State (6-6-2, 2-1-1).