October 29, 2012

West's Offensive Outburst Earns Offensive Weekly Laurels

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton junior midfielder Janali West was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after an offensive barrage against Pacific over the weekend clinched the 2012 Big West regular season title for the Titans.

The weekly award is the first of West's career and she becomes the third Fullerton player to be so honored this season, joining Ann Marie Tangorra (Offense) on Sept. 10 and goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic (Defensive) on Oct. 8.

After being held to without a shot against UC Davis, West exploded for a natural hat trick in the second half of a 4-1 victory over Pacific to clinch the crown, scoring three goals in a 24-minute span to put the game away. She scored in the 53rd, 59th, and 77th minutes for her first three goals of the season -- the second of which standing as the eventual game-winner.

West, who also earned conference player of the week honors from College Sports Madness, put all five of her shots on frame against the Tigers while recording only the 16th hat trick in the history of the program -- the first since Tangorra's three-point game against North Texas on Sept. 18, 2011.

As champions of the regular season, Cal State Fullerton will carry the No. 1 seed south to Anteater Stadium for the Big West Conference Tournament Semifinals on Thursday night (Nov. 1) at 7:30 p.m., as the Titans take on No. 4-seeded UC Irvine. No. 2 Cal State Northridge and No. 3 Cal Poly will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

The championship match will be held on Sunday (Nov. 4) at 1 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.