DePuy, Hobbs Impact Key Non-Conference Wins
UC Santa Barbara forward Nick DePuy and CSUN goalkeeper Adam Hobbs helped their teams enter the Big West portion of their schedules on a positive note.
DePuy Leads Gauchos Past UCLA
The Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award went to UC Santa Barbara junior Nick DePuy (Irvine, Calif./Regis Jesuit HS), who notched three goals in three matches.
His first two goals came in a road showdown with UCLA, fueling a 4-1 rout at Drake Stadium on Monday. The Gauchos registered their first ever road win against the Bruins. Both of DePuy’s goals resulted via the header as he tied the score at 1-1 in the 38th minute, and registered the game-winner in the 57th.
DePuy posted his third goal of the week in a 4-0 shutout of San Diego on Sunday. The goal was his 16th in 22 career appearances since moving to forward midway through the 2014 season.
UCSB also continued to benefit from DePuy’s offensive presence. The Gauchos are now 11-0-3 in games in which DePuy scores a goal.
Others nominated: Chase Minter (Cal Poly); Diego Sanchez (Cal State Fullerton); Carlos Gonzalez (CSUN); Brad Bumgarner (Sacramento State); Lucas Mohageg (UC Davis); Jaime Phillips (UC Irvine); Michael Salazar (UC Riverside)
Hobbs Records Shutout Against San Diego
Notching his third shutout of the season and 12th of his career, CSUN senior Adam Hobbs (El Segundo, Calif./Humboldt State) racked up his first Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Hobbs stonewalled a penalty kick attempt by San Diego in the 86th minute to preserve the lead in an eventual 1-0 victory. It was the second-straight game that he thwarted a PK effort.
He made six saves against the Toreros to secure his second consecutive shutout win. He also moved into fifth in school history with 162 career saves. CSUN’s defense has yielded just one goal in the run of play over its last 512 minutes.
CSUN also improved to 3-0 this season against West Coast Conference opponents with all three victories coming on the road.
Others nominated: David Elias (Cal State Fullerton); John Quintanilla (Sacramento State); Roy Boateng (UC Davis); Jack Birkenbeuel (UC Irvine); Ashkan Khosravi (UC Riverside); Duncan Backus (UC Santa Barbara)