Selemani, Copley Lead Squads to 2-0 Records
Ahinga Selemani produced two game-winning goals and Stephen Copley led a stingy defense that cooled off a pair of potent scoring teams, giving the duo men's soccer player of the week honors.
Selemani Clinches Two Wins
UC Santa Barbara junior Ahinga Selemani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer HS) potted the game-winning goal against both UC Irvine and CSUN in garnering Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Selemani’s third and fourth goals of the year gave the Gauchos six critical points in the Big West North Division standings.
He scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 triumph over the Anteaters on Thursday. In the 10th minute, he took a pass from Josue España and rifled a low shot from the left side of the 18 across the goal and inside the far post.
Selemani scored UCSB’s second goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Matadors. He put the Gauchos up 2-0 when he collected a through ball from Lamar Batista, dribbled around the keeper and tapped it in at the 19:40 mark.
For the week, he took five shots, with three of those on frame.
Others nominated: Edwin Quiroz (CSUN); Kyle Higgins (UC Davis); Ivan Canales (UC Irvine); Eduardo Sanchez (UC Riverside)
Copley Leads Dominant Defensive Effort
Spearheading a UC Riverside defense that stifled two offensive-minded teams, senior Stephen Copley (Torrance, Calif./Torrance HS) secured Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Copley was a key piece of a stout defensive line that limited UC Davis and Sacramento State to one goal combined. The Highlanders emerged from their northern California road swing with a 2-1 win over the Aggies and a 2-0 shutout of the Hornets.
Sacramento State had scored 12 goals in its previous seven matches before UCR put the clamps on led by Copley. Meanwhile, the Aggies had scored seven goals in their three other conference matches before being held to a single strike versus the Highlanders.
UCR, now 3-0-1 in Big West play, has won more league matches than it did all last year.
Others nominated: Kevin Marquez (CSUN); Roy Boateng (UC Davis); Matthew Tilley (UC Irvine); Lamar Batista (UC Santa Barbara)