October 3, 2003

Martinez Earns Honors For Second Consecutive Week

First time since 1996 an Aztec has earned weekly recognition twice in same year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – San Diego State women’s soccer forward Lisette Martinez has been named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Martinez becomes the first Aztec to ever be named a conference’s player of the week in consecutive weeks and only the second to be named twice in one season (Lori LaCoursiere was twice named in 1996).

Martinez is also the first player to be named in consecutive weeks in the MWC since Brigham Young’s Michelle Jensen-Peterson earned honors on Sept. 5 and 11, 2000.

Martinez attained the honor last week by assisting on three of SDSU’s four goals against Southern Utah and Weber State.

“With (forward) Kim Castellanos being injured (from an ankle sprain incurred against Long Beach State on Sept. 4), Lisette has really stepped it up and been our go-to player,” assistant coach Angela Morrison said. “She has been a leader on the field. Now with Kim, she makes us that much stronger.”

To earn this week’s honor, Martinez scored a goal and earned an assist in Friday’s 3-1 home victory over Nevada. Her assist came at the 29:52 mark when she perfectly struck a corner kick to Castellanos, who had the ball with no one to beat seven yards from the goal. She scored SDSU’s third goal with a shot from the left side of the 6-yard box. A well-placed pass from forward Becky Prilaman on the right side about 30 yards out got her the ball.

Martinez has earned all her points (one goal and four assists for six points) in the last three games and leads the team with her four assists.

The last time SDSU received more than one player of the week honor in the same year was in 1997. Three different SDSU players were named once each that year: Lori LaCoursiere, Catherine McGuire and Jenny Prunk.

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