Seattle University women’s soccer senior Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec, Canada) has been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 13-19. The conference will name an Offensive Player, Defensive Player, and Goalkeeper of the Week each week throughout the season.
“Melissa had a great weekend for us,” said Seattle U head coach Julie Woodward. “She looked extremely dangerous in both of our games. It was nice to see her hard work rewarded with a few goals. She has been a great addition to our team and is really just a fun player to watch.”
Busque had a hat trick in Sunday’ game versus St. Mary’s, scoring the first two goals of the match and adding a third on a corner kick in the second half. Her three goals led to a 5-1 victory over St. Mary’s.
Busque also co-led the team in shots in both matches over the weekend, with three (Aug. 17 vs. Washington) and five (Aug. 19 vs. St. Mary’s) shots.
Utah State’s Natalie Norris and Ashlyn Mulford were named Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.
With Utah State winning both contests this weekend, Seattle U is one of four other WAC schools who won at least one match on opening weekend.
The Redhawks head to San Diego, Calif. to face San Diego State on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before returning home to host Eastern Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The other nominees for each position are as follows:
Offensive Nominees: Kaitlin Best (Denver), Jourdan Brown (Texas State), Jennifer Flynn (Utah State)
Defensive Nominees: Courtney Irwin (New Mexico State), Renee Vandermause (Seattle U), Michelle Bucy (Texas State)
Goalkeeper Nominees: Liz Boyden (Idaho), Jessica Schutter (New Mexico State), Brianna Smallidge (Seattle U), Natalie Gardini (Texas State)