Sophomore goalkeeper Nicki Rucki saves a shot against Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 21, 2018, in one of her four straight shutouts earlier this season. (Courtesy / S.F. State)

College Roundup: SF State keeper named POW, plus USF and ARTU updates

San Francisco State keeper named conference Player of the Week (WSOC)

San Francisco State women’s soccer goalkeeper Nicki Rucky was named the CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday for her work from Sept. 17-23. The sophomore out of Martinez, California led the Golden Gators to wins over Holy Names and Cal State San Bernardino and a tie at Cal Poly Pomona as the team recorded three more shutouts to bring its season total to five.

The Alhambra High School alumna did not allow a goal in 271 minutes, made 15 saves — including a penalty kick — and assisted on the first of three goals by SF State in a 3-0 win over Cal State San Bernardino. After a first-half water break necessitated by the 95-degree temperatures, Rucki passed downfield to Marriah Perez, who scored from 10 yards out.

San Francisco State is now home for the next four matches, beginning Friday, September 28 versus Cal State LA.

ARTU’s Victor Moreau, Hasna Kaarour Win SF State Invite, Named PacWest Runners of the Week (XC)

In their second meet of the season, the Academy of Art men’s and women’s cross country teams each came in second at the SF State Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Sept. 21. Each race was won by an Urban Knight with graduate students Victor Moreau (25:12.6) and Hasna Kaarour (22:10.6) each besting their closest competition by at least three seconds apiece for the titles. Both the men’s and women’s teams had three top-10 finishers.

ARTU Women’s Soccer Captures First PacWest Win

Academy of Art women’s soccer earned their first PacWest victory, moving to 6-2 overall on Sept. 22. In the late minutes of a defensive showdown against Dominican, junior forward Anissa Wilson scored her fourth goal of the year to secure the 1-0 win.

Dons continue hot streak (WVB)

The San Francisco women’s volleyball team won six straight matches after a 2-4 start, including their 3-0 sweep in the WCC opener against Santa Clara last Thursday. Then they ran into St. Mary’s, and saw that streak end in a 3-1 defeat (25-19, 25-23, 26-27, 20-15).

The loss ended the program’s longest winning streak since the Dons won 13 straight to start the 2015 season. Of their six wins during the run, three came on 3-0 sweeps, including their first conference-opening win since 2014.

USF already has two players who have surpassed the 100-kills mark on the season. First-year JuCo transfer Kathya Garcia leads the Dons with 157 total kills. Sophomore right side hitter Emily Zinger has 112 kills, and freshman Sophie Sydenham is next in line with 72 kills (2.03 per set).

Next up for USF is on Thursday at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Gym against Pepperdine. Following that, the Dons will host Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

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