Welch Earns First Career Big West Player of the Week Honor

Sept. 18, 2006

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Lauryn Welch was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after helping the Titans to a pair of wins last week.

Welch earns the honor for the first time in her career and joins senior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (Sept. 5) as Titans who have been honored this season.

After being shutout and held to without a shot in a 3-0 Fullerton win at San Diego State, Welch showcased her deft scoring touch against No. 5 Texas A&M, scoring both of the Titans' goals on two shots in a 2-1 upset of the Aggies.

Her first goal came in the 26th minute to get Fullerton on the board early, but it was her 62nd minute game-winner that helped lift the Titans to the victory.

Two days later, Welch stuck again, this time against the University of Texas, netting her fourth goal of the year in the 34th minute in a 3-2 loss to the Longhorns as all five goals were scored in the first 45 minutes.

Welch, who leads the team with four goals and 10 points this season, moved into seventh place on the school's career goals scored list and stands in eighth place all-time on the career points list with 44.

The Titans, who are ranked No. 17 in the Soccer America entering this week's play, close out their month long eight-match road trip this weekend with a trip to the Bay Area.

Cal State Fullerton will meet San Francisco on Friday night (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m., before taking on Santa Clara on Sunday (Sept. 24) at 1 p.m.