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Portland’s Lusby Named WCC Player of the Week

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Portland sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Lusby has been named the West Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Lusby notched her second and third shutouts of the season as the Pilots picked up a pair of 1-0 road wins at Oregon and at UC Irvine, which included playing 96 scoreless minutes against the Anteaters.

The sophomore made 11 saves total on the weekend, including several clutch saves to preserve the blank sheets in both contests.

Against an Oregon team that entered the contest No. 16 in RPI, Lusby followed Portland’s goal in the 61st minute with a pair of diving stops to preserve the clean sheet, making an alert save on a low shot through traffic by one Oregon attacker before diving to stop another towards frame. In Sunday’s win against the Anteaters, Lusby came through repeatedly with clutch saves to keep the game tied 0-0 before the Pilots claimed the golden goal in the first overtime period. She provided a season-high six saves in the game. 

All three of Lusby’s starts in 2016 have been shutouts after her perfect weekend in goal.

Also Nominated: Nadia Gomes, BYU; Maddie Medved, Loyola Marymount; Bri Visalli, Pepperdine

2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (8/22) – Rylee Baisden, Sr., M, Pepperdine
Week 2 (8/29) – Ashley Hatch, Sr., F, BYU
Week 3 (9/5) – Pilar Torres, Jr., F, Loyola Marymount
Week 4 (9/12) – Michele Vasconcelos, Sr., F, BYU
Week 5 (9/19) – Charlee Pruit, R-So., GK, Loyola Marymount
Week 6 (9/26) – Rachel Lusby, Soph., GK, Portland