Aug. 31, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--University of New Mexico sophomore Jennifer Williams was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office. The award is the first of Williams' career and the first of the season for the Lobos.
"It feels amazing to win this award after this weekend," said Williams. "Our team worked hard and we played well. It was really hot out there I'm just happy to have earned this award."
Williams scored three goals in impressive fashion Sunday against the Redbirds and had two assists to tie a 12-year-old school record with eight total points. Laurie Hegedorn had four goals set the original record in Sept. 21, 1996. Coincidently that was the last time that a Lobo recorded a hat trick as well.
The Moreno Valley, Calif., native got the Lobos on the board in the seventh minute of the match. She was able to blow past the defense and collect a through ball from junior Rachel Fields. Williams blasted the ball with enough force to bounce off the Illinois State goalkeeper's hands and into the back of the net.
Williams shared the wealth as she sent a cross to the top of the box from the far left wing that hit a wide-open sophomore Nicole Reed who chipped the ball in from 18 yards out.
In the second half the Williams show continued. In the 52nd minute the 5'3" forward used every inch she had to get up and head a Jael Fanning cross back post for her second goal of the day.
Williams third goal was picture perfect as she dashed and darted her way from the far right wing through three defenders and put a left footed strike far back post for the hat trick. Her second and third goals were a mere 1:47 apart.
For a finale Williams drew up the defense and was able to find a streaking Zaneta Wyne for her second assist on the day.
The Lobos will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the 9th Annual Mountain Classic hosted by Northern Arizona Sept. 4-6. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com.