Seattle University women’s soccer junior forward Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) has been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct 14-20. This is the eighth WAC honor for the Redhawks this season and the fifth straight week in which Seattle U has received at least one honoree. This is Verdoia’s third such honor of the season, fourth of her career, last named for the week of Sept. 23-29. Verdoia was also named WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

“Stephanie had another great weekend for us,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “Her ability to score or set her teammates up makes her a very dangerous player. I think what is most impressive is she really keeps getting better each game and is so committed to improving all areas of her game.”

Verdoia recorded her third two-goal match of the season, scoring two of three in the team’s 3-0 victory over Utah Valley. Verdoia also assisted the game-winner in the team’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory vs. Bakersfield. She has now recorded a goal or an assist in 11 of Seattle U’s 15 matches this season. Over the weekend, she tallied six shots, four on goal, two goals, an assist, and five points.

To date this season, Verdoia has recorded 12 goals, 10 assists, 34 points, 54 shots, and five game-winning goals. Upon the last update of NCAA official statistics, through games of Oct. 17, Verdoia ranked seventh in NCAA DI points per game and 22nd in goals per game. Verdoia also leads the WAC in every recorded offensive category including shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game, and game-winning goals.

Kansas City’s Nina Tzianos was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week, recording her fourth shutout of the season and second in as many games.

With just two weekends of conference play remaining, Seattle U (11-2-2, 8-0-0 WAC) remains on top of league standings with a perfect 8-0 record in WAC competition. They are on a nine-game winning streak and recently recorded a seven-game shutout streak, scoring 25 consecutive unanswered goals. The Redhawks have given up just two goals in the last nine games.

The Redhawks hit the road to face New Mexico State on Oct. 25 at 2 pm PT and Kansas City on Oct. 27 at 11 am PT. Links to available live stats and video are on the women’s soccer schedule page at SU will return home for their final home match of the season vs. Idaho as they honor this year’s senior class on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.

The nominees for each position are as follows:

Other Offensive Nominees: Cassie Beckwith (Grand Canyon), Taylor Kirk (Utah Valley)

Other Defensive Nominees: Cat Lena (Grand Canyon), Julia Besagno (Seattle U)