OGDEN, UT- A productive first week on the wing for Maddie Roberts has helped her earn Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The Parker, Colorado native started both games for UNC this week and played a total of 130 minutes. Against Air Force, Roberts scored a second-half goal that gave UNC a 3-0 advantage in the game. Roberts also assisted on the Bears second goal that Taylor Bray scored.
In the season opener against Colorado College, Roberts delivered a beautiful pass across the field to Lexi Pulley that she put in the back of the net. Roberts was a force all weekend, using her speed to stretch the Tigers and Falcons defense on the wings, while creating scoring chances for her teammates. Roberts tallied six shots and put four on goal in the two games.
Portland State goalkeeper, Abbie Faingold, also earned Player of the Week honors after making nine saves and allowing one goal in two games played.
Faingold beat out Northern Colorado freshman defender Lindsi Jennings on the defensive side. Jennings was a strong on the back line and found her way into Air Force and Colorado Colleges' passing lanes to disrupt their offense.
The Bears went 1-1 in their first two Colorado Cup games, with a 3-1 victory over Air Force and a 2-1 defeat against Colorado College. UNC currently sits at third in the Colorado Cup with three points. Colorado College leads the standings with six points and Colorado is second with four.
UNC is back in action this week as they travel to Fort Collins on Thursday, August 23rdto take on Colorado State in the final Colorado Cup game of their season. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 pm.
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