Cal State Northridge junior Sagi Lev-Ari and Sacramento State senior Cesar Castillo claimed Big West Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades as both players came up big in the clutch.
Lev-Ari Scores Game-Winner in Upset of No. 9 New Mexico
Junior Sagi Lev-Ari (Haifa, Israel/Monroe College) scored two game-winning goals and kept Cal State Northridge among the ranks of the unbeaten, earning Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week accolades.
Lev-Ari was named the Offensive MVP of the TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Lobo Invitational after tallying three goals and an assist in a pair of CSUN wins. He recorded his second multi-goal game of the season in a 4-1 win over Central Arkansas.
The forward spearheaded CSUN’s 3-2 upset of host and No. 9 New Mexico, notching the game-winning goal and securing the program’s first-ever win in Albuquerque against one of the nation’s top teams. Lev-Ari also recorded his first career assist in that game. He currently leads the Big West in goals (7) and points (15). CSUN is off to its first 6-0 start as a member of Division I.
Others nominated: Matt LaGrassa (Cal Poly); Ian Ramos (Cal State Fullerton); Matt Sheldon (UC Davis); Lester Hayes III (UC Irvine); Charlie Miller (UC Santa Barbara)
Castillo Records Season-High in Saves
Senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo (San Rafael, Calif./Terra Linda HS) recorded a season-high in saves and helped Sacramento State post a pair of ties as the Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Castillo stopped 16 of 17 shots faced in 220 minutes of action. He made six saves in a 1-1 tie versus San Francisco and then turned away a season-high 10 shots in a scoreless draw versus Saint Mary’s. It was his 12th career shutout, tying him for second in school history. Castillo ranks second in the Big West with 27 saves.
Others nominated: Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly); Trevor Morley (Cal State Northridge); Omar Zeenni (UC Davis); Tarek Morad (UC Irvine); KC John (UC Riverside)