Lev-Ari, Mansker Tabbed Men's Soccer Players of the Week
Cal State Northridge sophomore Sagi Lev-Ari and UC Santa Barbara freshman Austin Mansker played critical roles for their teams in earning Big West Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
Lev-Ari Strikes Again For Matadors
Sophomore Sagi Lev-Ari (Haifa, Israel/Monroe College), the conference's leading scorer, added to his totals with a standout performance that garnered him Big West Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week kudos.
Lev-Ari scored three goals in a pair of wins as CSUN blanked San Diego (5-0) and Air Force (2-0). The forward led the Matadors in scoring once again as he increased his Big West-leading totals to nine goals and 18 points for the season.
In the win at USD, Lev-Ari put the Matadors up 2-0 with two scores in the opening 10:27 of the match. The Matadors posted their first win over the Toreros since 2004.
Against the Falcons, Lev-Ari gave CSUN another quick lead with a goal in the 15th minute that stood up as the game-winner. He took a short touch from a free kick and rifled a shot through the wall of defenders and into the goal. Lev-Ari picked up his third and fourth game-winning goals of the season during this week's matches.
For the week, he took eight shots with four of those on frame. His nine goals on the season currently rank him second nationally.
Others nominated: Jesse Escalante (Cal State Fullerton); Isaac Ikyurav (Sacramento State); Ema Boateng (UC Santa Barbara)
Mansker Holds Strong In Net As Gauchos Remain Unbeaten
Freshman Austin Mansker (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian) helped keep UC Santa Barbara unbeaten on the season with a pair of strong performances that led to Big West Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Mansker played the full 110 minutes of a 1-1 double overtime draw against No. 12 UCLA in front of a nationally televised audience on FOX Soccer Channel Friday. He faced 10 Bruin shots and the only goal he allowed was off a tough header on a set piece.
On Sunday in a 1-0 shutout of Harvard, Mansker made two saves in collecting his third clean sheet of the season. In addition, he was forced to make several crucial catches and punches during set pieces that limited the Crimson to just three shots for the entire game.
Others nominated: Chase Hauser (Cal Poly); Anthony Rosales (Cal State Fullerton); Joe Franco (Cal State Northridge)