PORTLAND, OR–– Stephen MacDonald, who erupted for five goals in two home victories, was named the Offensive Player of the Week for men’s soccer when the Great Northwest Athletic Conference awards were announced Monday.
The senior forward accounted for all of the team’s scoring in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Metro State, posting his second career hat trick and his first since Oct. 23, 2014.
The three goals came on only three shots, the first scored 2:22 into the game. He tallied the deciding goal in the 34th minute and converted an 87th-minute penalty kick to secure the outcome.
In Thursday’s 6-1 triumph over Colorado Christian, MacDonald scored with two of his three shot attempts. He netted the decisive tally in both games, increasing his career total to 10 game-winning goals.
For the week, MacDonald attempted six shots, all of them directly on goal, and five of them found the back of the net. The senior forward leads SPU with six goals this season, one year after injuries limited him to just two goals and eight games in 2015.
MacDonald has as many or more goals this season (6) than four of the seven teams in the conference and has twice as many goals as any other player in the GNAC.
A product of O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Ariz., MacDonald has netted 21 goals during his four-year collegiate career, including three multi-goal games.
The SPU men (2-1-1) close out the non-conference portion of their schedule at home this weekend, hosting 20th-ranked Fort Hays State on Saturday. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Interbay Stadium.