Sophomore forward Maya Hayes became the first Nittany Lion to pick up a Big Ten award in 2011, earning the conference's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two games this weekend. Like the rest of Penn State's offense, Hayes is on a roll right now, with a goal in three straight matches.
The sophomore ran wild against West Virginia, taking a team-high five shots, and putting four on net, finishing two for scores. The only attempt not on net was almost a goal, as the forward tried a wide-angle shot to the far post that was just off-target. On Sunday, Hayes got headbutted by a defender then had a shot saved and the ball smacked her in the face, leaving her off-balance and disoriented. She sat out the final 33 minutes of the first half, but came back fine in the second and finished a neat header pass from Taylor Schram to cap her weekend.
Last year, Hayes had her chances, but showed freshman nervousness putting most of her shots on net right into the keeper's hands, but these year, she's added a ton of tricks to her arsenal and is playing with a lot of confidence.