WOODLAND, Calif. – After leading the University of Colorado to back-to-back overtime victories, Sarah Lautman and Paige Soenksen have earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the week titles.
Lautman, a sophomore midfielder from Reading, Mass., scored two overtime game-winners in CU’s MPSF battles against USC and San Diego State to claim her first Offensive Player of the Week honor. Lautman recorded her second hat trick of the season against USC, first tying things up at 3-3, then again at 9-9 after the Buffaloes had gotten down by three goals for the second time. As the final three seconds of the second overtime period ticked away, Lautman got a rebound to net the game-winner as the final horn sounded to give CU a 12-11 victory and hand USC its first conference defeat of the season.
On Sunday, Lautman scored the sudden-victory winner against SDSU to give CU a 7-6 win. Lautman netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots. She gave the Buffs their first lead of the game at 6-5 with 3:37 left in regulation and scored the game-winner with 2:01 remaining in the final overtime period.
, a goalie from Encinitas, Calif., earned her second consecutive Rookie of the Week title after anchoring the Buffs’ defense against the Trojans and Aztecs. Against USC, Soenksen had 15 saves and three ground balls. With three seconds remaining in regulation, Soenksen got a save to keep the 10-10 tie intact and force overtime. In the first period of overtime, Soenksen grabbed back-to-back saves in the final three seconds before the side change.
Soenksen had 12 more saves and a career-high four ground balls against SDSU. Five of her saves came in overtime play. In the first three minutes of the sudden victory period, she got two saves, including one off a direct attack from the 8-meter.
The Buffs have now claimed six MPSF player of the week titles, including five Rookies of the Week. Lautman’s Offensive honor is the Buffs’ first in that category, and this is the first week CU has won multiple titles.