Hayes Named W-League Player of the Week

Hayes had a stellar week for the Wildcats.

Wildcats Striker Scored Six Goals and Three Assists During Busy Week

New Jersey Wildcats (3-1-2, 11 points) forward Maya Hayes scored six goals and three assists in three matches for her team last week, and that effort has been honored with her receiving USL W-League Player of the Week accolades. Hayes capped off the stat-loaded week by tallying four goals and an assist last Saturday in a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Rangers FC, placing her second in the league in both goals and points despite it being her first week of play.

“Maya was very dangerous for us last week,” Wildcats head coach Jim Gabarra remarked. “Her pace and attacking ability combined with the quality play from our midfielders, who were finding her behind the back four, really created some good chances. I think the next step for her now is to become even more efficient so she can put away more of those opportunities.”

A native of West Orange, New Jersey, Hayes was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist last fall at Penn State University after leading the nation with 31 goals and 70 points in just her sophomore campaign for the Nittany Lions, adding eight assists to her season totals. She was also named the Big Ten Forward of the Year while being placed on the First Team of virtually every accredited organization in the country. On the international level, she original suited up for the U.S. National Team at the U-15 level and has since won the 2010 and 2012 CONCACAF Championships with the U-20 side.

The Wildcats were back in action on Wednesday night and defeated the Rangers by a count of 4-1 to take over sole possession of first place in the W-League Northeast Division. The team is now off this weekend before returning to TCNJ in Ewing next Thursday, June 14th, hosting the Long Island Rough Riders in a battle for the top spot in the Northeast Division. Tickets for all Wildcats home matches are now available and can be attained by calling 732-720-9163. Individual game tickets as well as team and family packages are available, and more information about the Wildcats can be found online at www.njwildcats.com.

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