DePuy, Hobbs Collect Men's Soccer Honors
The continuation of a game-winning goal scoring spree and a double-digit saves effort spurred Nick DePuy and Adam Hobbs to men’s soccer weekly accolades.
DePuy Goes Golden Again
Two more game-winning goals from UC Santa Barbara junior Nick DePuy (Irvine, Calif./Regis Jesuit HS) netted him his third consecutive Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award.
The 6-4 forward is the first individual in league history to achieve three straight player of the week awards. His five career citations ties him for third all-time in Big West annals.
DePuy continued an offensive frenzy in which he has collected at least one goal in five straight and seven of the last eight games. In addition, he has accounted for the game-winning goal in four straight Gaucho victories and his NCAA-leading seven game-winners also ties him for the second-most in a Big West single-season.
Since moving to forward full-time on Sept. 26, 2014, DePuy has deposited 21 goals in 26 appearances, the most goals scored by any Division I player in that timespan.
His goal in the 70th minute of Thursday’s 2-0 triumph over UC Riverside enabled Tim Vom Steeg to become the first head coach to amass 100 Big West victories. DePuy stole a back pass and outraced a Highlander defense through the box before shooting across his body and to the far post.
In a defensively gritty 2-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, DePuy struck in the second overtime period in trademark fashion, meeting a cross in the box and firmly planting a header past the Titan netminder at the 102:59 mark.
DePuy continues his assault on the Big West single-season record for game-winning goals – owned by former Gaucho Drew McAthy (10, 2004).
Others nominated: Matt LaGrassa (Cal Poly); David Turcios (CSUN); Jessie Gonzalez (Sacramento State); Evan Barrett (UC Davis); Ivan Canales (UC Irvine)
Hobbs Helps Matadors Earn Four Points
CSUN senior Adam Hobbs (El Segundo, Calif./Humboldt State) earned Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades after tying his single-season high for saves in a match and helping his team pick up four points in the standings.
Hobbs equalled his season-high for stops with 10 in a 1-1 tie at UC Davis on Thursday. All 10 saves came after halftime, with four taking place in the first overtime period alone.
The 6-1 backstop added five more saves in a 2-1 triumph at Sacramento State on Saturday. It was his 26th career win, and lifted his season saves total to a Big West-leading 56. In addition, he raised his season save percentage to a conference-best .800.
Others nominated: Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly); James Del Curto (Sacramento State); Armando Quezada (UC Davis); Michael Sperber (UC Irvine); Duncan Backus (UC Santa Barbara)