DU's Hamilton Named CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
"Sunday's game against Portland was a really great example of how well our team can play when we move the ball around," head coach Jeff Hooker said. "We took advantage of her [Hamilton's] speed and timing on runs off the ball on Sunday with three great assists and three great goals. Kristen did an excellent job of finishing most of the opportunities that she had against a very good goalkeeper."
Hamilton's hat trick at No. 13/15 Portland on Sunday afternoon, led the Pioneers to their first top-25 win since DU beat No. 1 Stanford on September 23, 2007. With her three goals, Hamilton now has 30 in her career and is two behind a pair of Pioneer alumna for eighth on DU's all-time list. Hamilton also moved into a tie for eighth on DU's career points list with 79. Hamilton leads the Western Athletic Conference in points and goals, with 16 and 7, respectively.
Before Sunday, Portland had given up just four goals in its first eight matches.
Tuesday was Hamilton's first career National Player of the Week honor. Earlier this week, Hamilton was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, tabbed Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was named the WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Denver will open Western Athletic Conference play for the first time in program history on Friday, as the Pioneers take on San Jose State at 7 p.m. MT.