BOSTON - Sophomore forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was named Player of the Week by America East on Monday.
This marked the second consecutive week that a UNH Wildcat won Player of the Week honors and it is the fifth conference award bestowed upon New Hampshire this season. Kristen Ouellette was named top player last week and freshmen Jackie Wishoski (twice) and Ashlee Cieslak have been feted as Rookie of the Week.
Best, in just her third game back from a preseason injury, scored the only goal of the game in UNH's 1-0 victory against Northeastern University last Friday (Oct. 11). She broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 43rd minute and it proved to be the game-winning goal - her second of the season. The victory pushed the Wildcats to the top of the conference standings with nine points by virtue of a 3-0-0 record.
Best, who broke the school's rookie record with 21 points last year, also scored the game-winning goal in her 2002 debut against Boston University on Oct. 4. UNH won that game 1-0 in overtime.
New Hampshire (7-4-0) returns to action Oct. 15 with a home match against the College of the Holy Cross. Game time at Lewis Fields is 3:30 p.m. The Wildcats resume conference play Oct. 20 (1 p.m.) at Stony Brook.