NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northridge junior Chloe McDaniel was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. A center back from Palmdale, Calif., McDaniel played all 214 minutes for the Matadors this past weekend as the club picked up road results at UC Irvine and Long Beach State.
A team captain since the start of the 2011 season, McDaniel has been instrumental in helping lead CSUN to the No. 2 seed in the Bg West Tournament. She has started all 19 matches in 2012 and her two goals and one assist on the year have all come against league opposition.
This past weekend, McDaniel helped keep both the Anteaters and 49ers off the scoreboard. The double overtime victory over Long Beach State was the program's first victory at LBSU since 2004 and CSUN's first in its last 12 overtime contests.
This is the first weekly award in McDaniel's career and she joins Cynthia Jacobo, who has won the award three times, as Matadors to receive the defensive weekly honor. As a unit, Northridge defense leads the Big West in goals-against-average, save percentage and shutouts.
McDaniel, a prominent member of the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, did not see the award coming.
"This award is totally unexpected and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for all the hard work we've put in all season," McDaniel said. "This weekend, we were able to accomplish several incredible feats and that is something we should all be proud of."
McDaniel and the Matadors return to action in the Big West Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Anteater Stadium. CSUN will face Cal Poly at 5 p.m. on the campus of UC Irvine.