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Montana Grizzlies' McKenzie Kilpatrick takes home Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week

Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 00:12:09-04

(Big Sky Conference Media Release)

FARMINGTON, Utah -- After guiding their respective teams to undefeated weekends, Sacramento State junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos and Montana sophomore defender McKenzie Kilpatrick have been named the Big Sky Conference soccer players of the week.

Kim-Bustillos continued her hot offensive streak last week, scoring in both matches to help lead the Hornets to home wins over San Jose State and Toledo.

The Mililani, Hawaii native provided the game winner in a 2-0 victory Sunday over Toledo in the 81st minute with a strike from the left side of the box for her sixth goal of the season. Kim-Bustillos scored the go-ahead goal for the Hornets Thursday in a 2-1 win over San Jose State with a shot from 10 yards out.

Kim-Bustillos leads the Big Sky Conference with 13 points and six goals scored on the season. This is the second Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honor of her career.

Kilpatrick was part of a back line that allowed just one goal in 200 minutes in a 1-0-1 week for Montana.

The Griz limited Cal Poly to just four shots on goal in a 1-0 win Friday for their first victory of the season. Kilpatrick, a Boise, Idaho native, also contributed on the offensive end with her first career goal in the 80th minute.

Kilpatrick and the Griz defense held one-loss Wyoming scoreless until the final two seconds of regulation Sunday when the Cowgirls drew a penalty kick to make the final score 1-1.

The defensive player of the week honor is the first of Kilpatrick’s career.

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Other Offensive Player of the Week Nominees: Brooke Flores, Eastern Washington; Makena Bambei, Idaho State

Other Defensive Player of the Week Nominees: Aaliyah Fesili, Sacramento State; Kelsee Winston, Eastern Washington; Karlin Wurlitzer, Idaho State

2019 #BigSkySoccer Players of the Week
Sept. 17 – Offensive: Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Sacramento State; Defensive: McKenzie Kilpatrick, Montana
Sept. 10 – Offensive: Cara Quinn, Northern Colorado; Defensive: Kaytlin Bradley, Weber State
Sept. 3 – Offensive: Paige Maling, Northern Arizona; Defensive: Aaliyah Fesili, Sacramento State
Aug. 27 – Offensive: Riley Walkington, Eastern Washington; Defensive: Avrie Fox, Idaho