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Priory grad earns player of week honors in WCC women's soccer

 

Priory graduate Mariana Galvan of Santa Clara University women's soccer has been named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after scoring two double-overtime winners over the weekend.

Galvan scored the winning goal against Loyola Marymount with 44 seconds left on the clock on Friday and then on Sunday scored the golden goal early in the second overtime period.

"It was truly a team effort from beginning to end," said Galvan, a redshirt sophomore. "We were fighting for every inch for each other and we got the result. Together everyone achieves more. I couldn't have done this without my team. I am thankful and blessed to be part of this family."

"I'm very happy and proud of Mariana," said Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith. "It's impressive that we've played three overtime games this year and she's scored the game-winner in each of them. She's gone through so many injuries that, to make such a big difference in our program, says a lot about her toughness."

Galvan defined clutch over the weekend for Santa Clara (9-4-0, 2-1-0 WCC) with her two double-overtime game-winners. The first came against LMU in the 110th minute. Off a rebound Galvan found the back of the net for give the Broncos the 2-1 win. On Sunday against Pepperdine, she was back at again in the 103rd minute. A pass from Hailai Arghandiwal found Galvan in the box and, after a touch, the Broncos were experiencing deja vu with a win, this one by a score of 1-0.

Galvan has scored three goals and is tied for second on the Broncos. All three game-goals have been game winners in double overtime. The first came at Kansas on Sept. 4 in a 1-0 Santa Clara victory.

Santa Clara had previously won back-to-back overtime games Oct. 10 and Oct. 23, 2009 and this was the first time in program history the Broncos won back-to-back double-overtime contests.

The last Bronco with two overtime winners in the same season was Jordan Angeli in 2009 when she scored game-winners vs. Georgetown on Sept. 6 and vs. Saint Mary's on Oct. 18. Galvan also becomes the first Santa Clara player with three overtime winners in the same season.

Women's golf

With Palo Alto High grad Michelle Xie lending a hand, Harvard cut 20 strokes off its first-round score to overcame a 12-stroke deficit and earn its first tournament victory of the season at the recent Princeton Invitational.

Harvard found itself tied for fourth place after shooting plus-30 (318) on Saturday, 12 strokes behind host Princeton (306), six strokes behind Columbia (312) and three strokes behind Rutgers (315). Despite the rough start, the Crimson was able to refocus on Sunday and carded the lowest round of the weekend at 298 (+10) to steal the victory with a final score at plus-40 (616).

Harvard just edged out Princeton (+41, 617) by one stroke. The win was the first of the year for the Crimson and its fourth at the Princeton Invitational since 2008.

Xie (10-over 154) placed fifth, following a difficult 9-over 81 on Saturday with a 1-over 73 on Sunday, the team's lowest round of the weekend. Fellow freshman Anna Zhou from Gunn High shot 18-over 162 while tying for 27th place.

Squash

Menlo School senior Gabriel Morgan was awarded U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete on Sunday at Drexel University in Philadelphia. A two-time award winner, Morgan was recognized for academic excellence and maintaining a GPA above 3.5 during the 2014-15 squash season.

Morgan and fellow award-winners will take part in special glass-court award ceremony and presentation during the U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Recently, Morgan, a member of Team USA's Junior Men's squad, played in the qualification round of the $125,000 NetSuite Open Squash Championships at Bay Club San Francisco. He fell to Scotland's Alan Clyne of Scotland, the world No. 34th-ranked player.

— Santa Clara University Athletics

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