Athletes of the Week
A 3-0 week for the Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team was sparked by a pair of game-winning goals from freshman Bri Pinal. The week started witha 1-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz in which she was instrumental in generating scoring opportunities as a forward. On Wednesday, in a SCIAC shutout of La Verne, Pinal scored her first collegiate goal, which was the ultimate winning goal in the 5th minute when she punched the ball into the back of the cage off a cross. Saturday afternoon at Redlands the Vista, Calif. native fired off a laser that whizzed past the Redlands goalie for the second goal of the game at the 16:04 mark to propel the Regals to their seventh straight win as CLU improved to 8-0-1 over their last nine games.
SCIAC Athlete of the Week
Zack Larson was instrumental in the Kingsmen going 2-0 this week as the junior transfer netted four goals with an assist in two games for nine points. Against CMS on Monday night, Larson scored a hat-trick in a high-scoring 4-3 victory over the Stags. To cap of a full Homecoming at CLU, the forward found the back of the net with the game-winner in the 8th minute as he used his footwork and speed to beat out a Caltech defender, spin and fire for the second of five goals in a 5-1 victory. Overall, Larson took 18 shots with 11 on target for a .611 shot on goal percentage this week. He is undeniably one of the quickest and most accurate shooters in the conference.
In two games this week, senior Zach Graper scored 11 total goals with four drawn ejections, four steals and an assist as Cal Lutheran went 1-1. During a school record tying eight goal performance in a 20-19 victory over LA Valley College on Wednesday afternoon he was unstoppable with seven goals from the field and one five-meter attempt to push his tally to eight. On Saturday, in the SCIAC opener, Graper netted another hat-trick in a tough 10-9 loss. Graper was responsible for two drawn ejections and two steals in each game and dished out his only assist of the week against LAVC.