Successful Road Trip Nets CSUN Duo Weekly Honors
CSUN upended a pair of West Coast Conference foes on the road to help teammates Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Morley collect men’s soccer weekly honors.
Gonzalez Supplies Hat Trick To Reinvigorate CSUN Offense
CSUN senior Carlos Gonzalez (San Fernando, Calif./Sylmar HS) earned Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors after depositing a hat trick in a commanding road victory at Saint Mary’s.
With just two goals scored over the previous four matches, the Matadors found a goal hawk in Gonzalez, who netted CSUN’s final three goals.
Two of those goals occurred 24 seconds apart, while the third came in the 88th minute. Gonzalez notched what would prove to be the game-winner with his first goal of the match, a header past the Gael goalkeeper at the 31:11 mark. He struck again on the next sequence, burying a shot at close range off a cross from Dean Wright.
The hat trick was the first by a Matador since Sagi Lev-Ari scored three in the Big West Tournament semifinals at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 15, 2013. The goals were also the first for Gonzalez since his freshman campaign in 2012. He now leads the Matadors with three goals and six points for the season.
Others nominated: Kaba Alkebulan (Cal Poly); Brad Bumgarner (Sacramento State); Lucas Mohageg (UC Davis); Michael Salazar (UC Riverside); Geoffrey Acheampong (UC Santa Barbara)
Morley Converts First Two Career Weekly Goals Into Honors
Scoring the first two goals of his career and spearheading a strong defensive effort, CSUN senior Trevor Morley (San Diego, Calif./University City HS) garnered Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Morley was a key cog in CSUN’s overall defensive strength as the unit allowed just one goal in road victories over Saint Mary’s (4-1) and Santa Clara (2-0). The lone goal by the Gaels was the first that CSUN has yielded in the run of play over its last 412 minutes of action.
While the Matadors controlled much of the action defensively, Morley got in on the act from an offensive standpoint. He tied the match against Saint Mary’s at 1-1 with a penalty kick goal at the 25:54 mark, the first of his career.
Against Santa Clara, Morley notched the game-winning goal in the 66th minute with another successful trip to the penalty spot. CSUN recorded its 26th and 27th road or neutral victory since the start of the 2009 season with its triumphant foray to the Bay Area.
Others nominated: Javier Muñoz (Sacramento State); Roy Boateng (UC Davis)