Fresno State junior forward Nicole Gutierrez has been named the Toyota/gobulldogs.com Athlete of the Week for the week of October 1.
Gutierrez helped lead the Bulldogs to a 1-1 record by recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over UTEP on Friday. Her goals came in the 24th, 54th and 84th minutes. Gutierrez is only the fourth Bulldog player to record a hat trick. Jill Pearson did it three times and had a four-goal game against Weber State September 17, 2000. Cheryl Gano netted three goals three times and Cortney Sobrero did it twice.
The junior forward also added a goal in Sunday's loss to Cal-State Fullerton. She is currently second in the WAC in goals (6) and shots (29).
"Nikki had a great weekend scoring four goals for us," Fresno State coach Steve Springthorpe said. "Friday nights game vs. UTEP was probably the best single-game performance by a forward since I have been coaching here. It is great to see the WAC recognize her for her play this past weekend."
Others student-athletes nominated: Tyler Clutts (football), Alisha McKee (volleyball) and Bruna Paes (women's tennis).
2007-08 Athletes of the Week:Sept. 24 - Erik Garcia
Sept. 17 - Marissa McPhail
Sept. 10 - Bear Pascoe
Sept. 3 - Marcus Riley
Aug. 26 - Lauren Berger