Heilmann, Del Curto Multiple Award Winners
Alex Heilmann earned national player of the week kudos for his efforts, while James Del Curto became just the 10th player in league history to claim three citations in one season.
Heilmann Reaches Double-Digits In Goals
Conference goals co-leader Alex Heilmann helped Cal State Fullerton win twice with a pair of goals, securing his second Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award this season.
The forward netted his ninth and 10th goals of the year to help the Titans topple UC Irvine (3-1) and UC Riverside (1-0). CSF moved into a tie for second place in the South Division with 13 points, just one point from first.
The 10 goals also place him in a tie for first in the Big West alongside UC Santa Barbara’s Kevin Feucht.
Heilmann’s header inside the right post gave the Titans an early 1-0 lead against the Anteaters as he finished the game with three shots, and two on goal.
He collected his third game-winning goal – and third overall in the last four matches – for the only score in a 1-0 triumph over the Highlanders on Saturday. Heilmann once again struck early as he hit a strike to the far post at the 13:27 mark.
Heilmann also was rewarded as the College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his efforts.
Others nominated: Juan Fernando Samayoa (CSUN); Alex Bettencourt (Sacramento State)
Del Curto Captures Third Defensive Award
Sacramento State goalkeeper James Del Curto earned his third Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award after helping the Hornets to two wins with a 0.52 goals against average.
Del Curto became just the 10th individual in Big West history to earn three weekly citations in a season.
He earned a shared shutout in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Cal Poly. Del Curto made two saves and controlled the box. After leaving the game briefly due to bleeding caused by a cleat to the head, Del Curto returned less than seven minutes later to preserve the clean sheet.
Del Curto then turned away six shots, five on diving stops, to help the Hornets defeat UC Davis, 2-1. He was brilliant on a day the Aggies outshot the Hornets 20-8 overall.
Others nominated: Eric Kam (Cal Poly); Corentin Ohlmann (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Marquez (CSUN); Josue Delgado (UC Santa Barbara)