Danielle Contro helped lead UC Davis to an eventual tie with No. 29 UCF on Sunday. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Sept. 8, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis junior defender Danielle Contro has been named the Big West Conference player of the week. The honor stems from her performance in the Aggies' 2-2 double overtime tie with No. 29 UCF Sunday at Aggie Soccer Stadium. She becomes the first Aggie to win the weekly award this year and the second since UC Davis joined the Big West last season.
Contro was instrumental in helping UC Davis force the eventual tie against the Knights, who entered the game ranked No. 29 in the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top-30. With under a minute to play, and the Aggies trailing 2-1, Contro scored the game-tying goal off of a missed shot by Rochelle VanBuskirk. Contro corralled the blocked attempt and fired a shot between the keeper's outstretched hands and the cross bar with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.
Contro's defensive efforts were also key in the two overtime periods as she helped the Aggies hold UCF scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
The goal was Contro's first as an Aggie in her 39th collegiate game, and it came on her lone shot of the contest.
The junior joins Sarah Peters as the only Aggies to receive Big West player-of-the-week honors. The award was handed down to Peters after the first week of play in 2007.
UC Davis (1-2-2) is next in action Friday as it plays at Sacramento State (1-2-1) with Causeway Cup points on the line. Action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Hornet Soccer Field.