Hawaii's Mata Awarded Big West Defensive Player of the Week for a Second Time in 2018
For the second time this season, University of Hawaii redshirt junior goalkeeper Alexis Mata has been named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
(Hawaii Athletics) - For the second time this season, University of Hawaii redshirt junior goalkeeper Alexis Mata has been named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
The conference office announced on Monday, awarding Mata the honor for the fourth time in her career. She was previously appointed with the same award earlier in the month on Sept. 3rd. Mata is the first student-athlete to be named the defensive player of the week of the conference for a second time in 2018.
Mata recorded back-to-back shutouts while recording a combined 10 saves in the process against North Dakota State and Grand Canyon. She now has four shutouts on the season, ranking her No. 2 compared to her peers within the Big West.
The 2018 campaign has showcased Mata as a premier goalkeeper inside the conference. She is No. 2 in total saves at 51, No. 3 in save percentage at .836 and tied at No. 1 in wins with five. Mata is the only goalkeeper in the Big West to rank in the top three in saves, save percentage, wins, and shutouts.
Her impressive play continues to add to her legacy at UH as she keeps etching her name in the record books. Earlier this season Mata passed Jennifer Churchill in goalkeeper saves to the No. 7 position with 152. She is also No. 8 in goalkeeper wins with 11 and ranks No. 7 all-time in minutes played in goal at 2,498.34.
Mata and the Rainbow Wahine now look ahead to the Big West portion of the schedule as they travel to California this week to take on UC Irvine and CSUN.