LaGrassa, Strong Collect Men's Soccer Weekly Honors
Cal Poly senior Matt LaGrassa and UC Santa Barbara freshman Sam Strong played vital roles in helping their respective squads to season-opening wins as they secured men’s soccer weekly honors.
LaGrassa’s Brace Keys Cal Poly Victory
Matt LaGrassa (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS) posted his second two-goal game of his career, earning the Cal Poly senior Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The midfielder scored in the 18th and 47th minutes as the Mustangs dispatched UNLV, 2-1, in the Cal Poly head coaching debut of Steve Sampson.
It was LaGrassa’s first two-goal effort since striking twice in a 6-1 victory against San Jose State on Sept. 15, 2013.
LaGrassa led Cal Poly with four shot attempts, including two on target. He is the Big West’s active career leader in goals (15) and points (35).
Others nominated: Robert Coronado (Cal State Fullerton); Steven Manios (CSUN); Cylus Sandoval (Sacramento State); Edgardo Molina (UC Irvine); Romario Lomeli (UC Riverside); Nick DePuy (UC Santa Barbara)
Strong Anchors Impressive Defensive Effort In Shutout Of No. 5 Stanford
An impressive collegiate debut for UC Santa Barbara freshman Sam Strong (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) led to Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Tasked with marking Stanford All-American Jordan Morris, Strong limited the member of the senior US Men’s National Team to just one shot in UCSB’s 1-0 blanking of the fifth-ranked Cardinal. The Gauchos recorded their first win over Stanford since 2004.
In addition, UCSB tallied its first win in a home opener since 2011. It was UCSB’s fifth straight win in a season opener.
Others nominated: Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly); David Elias (Cal State Fullerton); Adam Hobbs (CSUN); Michael Breslin (UC Irvine)