Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Big West Athlete of the Week: Kaitlyn Gustaves

Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves has earned the Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. This is the first weekly honor for Gustaves and the second for Long Beach State women's soccer this season as Nadia Link was awarded the Big West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the week on Sept. 5.

Gustaves had a strong outing on Sunday in a 2-1 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton. After the Titans scored in the 28th minute, Gustaves did not allow another goal, which allowed senior Nicole Hubbard to score the equalizer with 14 seconds left in regulation. Senior Nadia Link would go onto the score the game winning goal four minutes into overtime. Gustaves compiled a career-high nine saves, 4 in the first half and 5 in the second, while facing 13 shots in total.

Your 49ers remain undefeated in Big West Conference play, with a solid effort from Gustaves playing every minute in goal this season. This season Gustaves has compiled 44 saves, five shutouts, and a 0.91 goals on average. Her goals against average, shutout total and minutes played, all rank among the top 10 in the 49er single-season record books.

Women's soccer hits the road this weekend at Cal State Northridge on the 14th and UC Irvine on the 16th.

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