Big Plays Lead Selemani, Elias To Weekly Recognition
A pair of key goals and a game saving penalty kick stop led to the weekly men's soccer awards for UC Santa Barbara junior Ahinga Selemani and Cal State Fullerton senior David Elias.
Selemani Extends Goal Scoring Streak To Four
Posting a goal in his third and fourth consecutive games, UC Santa Barbara junior Ahinga Selemani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer HS) garnered his second straight Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award.
Selemani became the second Gaucho this season with a four-game goal streak (Kevin Feucht) and third in the last two seasons (Nick DePuy).
His six goals this season place him fourth in the Big West.
Selemani’s goals helped the Gauchos to a 1-0-1 record and remain atop the North Division with 14 points.
Against the Hornets, Selemani struck at the 5:13 mark as he finished off a deflected through ball from DePuy.
Selemani knotted the score at 1-1 against Central Coast rival Cal Poly in front of Saturday’s sold-out crowd at Spanos Stadium. He snatched the ball from a trio of Mustang defenders on a failed clearance, and finished low to the keeper’s left inside the far post. The Gauchos eventually won, 2-1.
Others nominated: Justin Dhillon (Cal Poly); Jacob Perez (Cal State Fullerton); Alex Bettencourt (Sacramento State); Kyle Higgins (UC Davis); Ivan Canales (UC Irvine); Romario Lomeli (UC Riverside)
Elias Makes Huge Penalty Kick Save
A stellar save on a penalty kick opportunity netted Cal State Fullerton senior David Elias (Huntington Beach, Calif./Golden West CC) the Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honor.
With the Titans ahead of South Division leader UC Riverside by a 1-0 score in the 87th minute, the Highlanders were awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box.
Up stepped Tyler Miguel for the kick, but Elias dove hard to his right to deflect the ball away and preserve the victory for the Titans. It was his only save of the match.
Elias also had two saves in a 1-1 draw against CSUN on Wednesday. For the week, he allowed just one goal in 200 minutes for a 0.45 goals against average.
Others nominated: Eric Kam (Cal Poly); Dashiell MacNamara (UC Davis); Daniel Crisostomo (UC Irvine); Vincent Morales (UC Riverside)