Menlo College junior forward Danielle McCarthy was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Oaks to a 3-0 record last week.
McCarthy notched her first hat trick of the season in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Sierra Nevada and then followed it up with a two-goal effort against Providence Christian on Saturday.
She also tallied a pair of assists on the week to bring her point total to 12. Her five goals bring her career total to 23, third all-time in Menlo history.
Defense has been key for Menlo and it continued Tuesday against UC Santa Cruz. The Oaks held the Banana Slugs scoreless to tally their fifth consecutive shutout, but could not get a shot in the net themselves after two overtimes, resulting in a scoreless draw.
Junior goalkeeper Kaylin Swart was solid for the Oaks in the net, recording six saves and standing tall in both overtime periods despite some potential opportunities for UC Santa Cruz.
Swart and the Oaks defense were able to fend off the lone corner kick in the first overtime frame, and didn't let the Banana Slugs have a legitimate scoring chance in the remaining minutes.
The Oaks (4-1-3) return home on Tuesday to take on Biola in their conference opener. The Oaks and the Eagles will start play at 1 p.m. as part of a women's and men's doubleheader at Wunderlich Field.
Menlo College Athletics was recently honored as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution for the sixth-consecutive year and, for the first time ever, was one of 29 institutions in the nation to earn top billing as a Gold Institution.
Every institution and conference has their progress in pursuing character education tracked and recognized annually for achievements in training, promotion and conduct in competition. The Champions of Character scorecard measures commitment in five key areas and has a possible 100 points. There are three levels that are awarded: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74).
Menlo College Athletics earned 92 of the 100 possible points to claim honors as the only Gold institution within the Golden State Athletic Conference. Menlo was one of eight GSAC schools to earn Champions of Character Distinction joining: William Jessup (89 points), Vanguard and Westmont (88 points), Hope International (78 points) and Arizona Christian, Biola and San Diego Christian who were all named Bronze institutions.
The NAIA began distributing this award in a tiered structure for the 2013-14 academic year. That year, Menlo College earned silver distinction and made it a department-wide goal to become a gold institution in 2014-15.
"This award shows our commitment to providing a student-athlete experience that rewards character on and off the court, academic success and involvement within the community. I'm proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff whose efforts made this possible,"said Director of Athletics Keith Spataro.