Ramirez, Kam Help Teams Topple Nationally Ranked Foes
Ivan Ramirez of Sacramento State and Eric Kam of Cal Poly led their clubs to wins over top-15 nationally ranked clubs.
Ramirez Scores Twice Against No. 15 Utah Valley
A monster effort from senior Ivan Ramirez keyed Sacramento State’s upset victory over No. 15 Utah Valley and earned him Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week accolades.
Ramirez played a role in all three Hornet goals in a 3-2 upset of the Wolverines Thursday in the opening match of the Copa de Causeway. He scored just 2:07 into the game, and assisted on the team’s second goal in the 7th minute. After Utah Valley leveled the scored, Ramirez struck again with the game-winning goal in the 41st minute.
The five points were the most for a Hornet in a single game since the 2010 season. In addition, Sacramento State downed a nationally ranked program for the second straight year.
In Saturday’s 1-1 tie against Saint Mary’s that clinched the Copa de Causeway crown for the Hornets, Ramirez notched his third goal of the week with a successful penalty kick in the 10th minute. Ramirez had eight shots and six of them were on target over the two games.
Cal Poly junior Eric Kam blanked No. 6 UCLA to secure his first career Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Kam made two saves in the 1-0 victory over the Bruins before 7,032 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium Friday. He preserved the shutout with a stop on Bruin defender Abu Danladi with just under two minutes to play.
It was the second straight shutout for Kam, who kept No. 11 San Diego State off the board nearly a week earlier.
Kam now owns a consecutive goalless streak of 237 minutes.