Aug. 23, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University sophomore Eileen Maes was named Pac-12 Soccer Player of the Week for Aug. 16-22, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced, Tuesday.
Maes scored three goals in the second half and Washington State opened its 2011 soccer season with a 3-1 victory at Hawaii, Aug. 19. The hat trick for Maes came in less than 22 minutes.
The Cougars trailed 1-0 in the 51st minute until Maes put home a rebound of a Brandi Vega shot. In the 65th minute, Washington State was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box and Maes beat the Hawaii wall of defenders with a rocket to the back of the net that gave the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.
The Washington State midfielder completed her hat trick in the 73rd minute with a hard shot inside the near post after a through ball from senior midfielder Jacquelyn Roth.
The hat trick was the second of Maes's career, making her the second Cougar in school history to have multiple matches with three or more goals. Cougar legend Kim Lynass had eight-such outings, including four matches with four goals. The other hat trick of Maes's career came last year in a victory over Gonzaga at home. Coincidentally, all three of her goals in that match came in the second half.
The Player of the Week award is the second of the Oakland, Calif., native's career and the ninth all-time for Washington State.