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Freshman Striker Earns First WAC Honor Of The Year (Posted: 9/3/2007)

DENVER - University of Hawai'i forward Mari Punzal (Leahi 90 Premier/Kamehameha) has been named the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 3. It's the first WAC Players of the Week award of the 2007 season and the first career honor for the freshman from Kapa'a Kaua'i.

Punzal, who earned Hawai'i state player of the year honors last spring, led Hawai'i to a 4-0 season-opening win over No. 26 Kansas in the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka 'Oi Tournament . Punzal tallied three points for the Rainbow Wahine, scoring a goal and registered one assist in her first-ever collegiate start. With the victory, Hawai'i picked up the program's first-ever win over a ranked opponent (1-17-1). Punzal was one of three freshman to start for the Rainbow Wahine, with defenders Chelsea Deptula (one goal) and Nicole Mikula (one assist) also getting into the scoring act versus the Jayhawks.

Idaho goalkeeper Anna Sandman was awarded WAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording her first shutout and first career victory in a 2-0 road win on against Gonzaga.

The Rainbow Wahine are back in action Monday night as the they take on Auburn in the championship match of the OHANA Hotels & Resorts No Ka 'Oi. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.