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CV grad Jocelyn Lopez earns honor
Named CCAA/Pixellot Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
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Jocelyn Lopez

Jocelyn Lopez was named CCAA/Pixellot Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 28.

The 2019 Central Valley High School grad was rewarded for her outstanding play at left center back during the Warriors’ 2-1 victory over Cal State East Bay on Oct. 27 in Turlock.

“It was well-deserved,” Stanislaus State coach Gabriel Bolton said. “She’s played phenomenally all year.”

Lopez and the Warriors shut out the Pioneers during the final 68 minutes.

With the win, the Warriors finished the 2022 regular season as co-CCAA champions with Sonoma State.

Lopez helped Stanislaus State secure the victory.

“She made a huge tackle in the box with 90 minutes to play that kept (East Bay’s) top forward from getting a shot off,” Bolton said.  

Lopez is the second Warrior to earn a CCAA Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week award this year.

She filled a key role in leading Stanislaus State to its first CCAA title since 2013.

The Warriors climbed to No. 7 in the NCAA Division-II Women’s Soccer West Regional Rankings last week.

Lopez started 16 of the Warriors’ 17 regular-season games.

 She logged 1,505 minutes of playing time as Stanislaus State’s defense allowed just 1.12 goals a match while posting five shutouts.

“She’s been a vital player the entire times she’s been here. She’s continuously gotten better.”
CSUS Coach Gabriel Bolton

“She’s been a vital player the entire times she’s been here,” Bolton said. “She’s continuously gotten better.”

Lopez became the first female athlete from Central Valley High School to earn a college soccer scholarship when she signed with Stanislaus State in December of 2018.

A four-year varsity starter, Lopez helped lead the Hawks to 77 victories, one section finals appearance, four conference titles and four playoff appearances.

She scored a program-record 96 goals and dished out 45 assists during her career.

Lopez was voted Most Valuable Player of the Central California Conference and Western Athletic Conference her senior and junior years, respectively.