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Junior forward Brittany Kindzierski has been selected as the Conference USA Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Kindzierski torched Houston and Rice for a combined five goals to help the Miners (10-3-2, 4-1-1 C-USA) forge a perfect mark (1-0-1) to maintain their unbeaten record (8-0-1) at home in 2011.
She got things going with a hat trick to proper the Orange and blue past the Cougars, 6-3, on Oct. 7. It was the first hat trick of her career and the 22nd all time in program history.
Kindzierski followed that performance up by finding the back of the net twice in a span of less than seven minutes during the first half of the contest against the defensive-minded Owls. It marked just the second time on the year that Rice had permitted two goals in a game, let alone a pair by the same player.
It is the initial C-USA Player of the Week award this year for Kindzierski, and the second of her career.
Her efforts helped the Miners hold onto a share of third place in the highly-competitive Conference USA standings. No. 6 Memphis (13-0-1, 5-0-1), which UTEP will challenge on the road at 6 p.m. MT Friday, and Colorado College (7-4-3, 5-0-1) are tied for first place with 16 points. The Miners and SMU (8-5-1, 4-1-1) are deadlocked in third with 13 points, followed by UCF (8-2-4, 3-1-2) with 11 and RU with 10 (8-4-2, 3-2-1).
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