Wilson, Marquez Help Squads Clinch Division Titles
The exploits of Noah Wilson and Kevin Marquez helped their teams win division titles and earn them the men's soccer weekly awards.
Wilson Scores Game-Winner Against North Division Champ
Junior Noah Wilson’s (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS) game-winning goal at North Division champion UC Santa Barbara clinched a conference tournament bid for UC Davis and earned him Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Wilson netted the only goal of the match in the ninth minute to hand the Gauchos their first Big West loss of the season. The midfielder got his head on a ball in front of the goal for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
The six goals is also a career-high for Wilson, and tie him for fourth on the UC Davis single-season Division I era list.
Wilson’s goal against UCSB gave the Aggies the requisite three points to move ahead of Cal Poly for the third and final tournament spot in the North Division.
Earlier in the week, Wilson provided UC Davis an early lead on Cal Poly with a goal in the 27th minute. The Aggies eventually lost the contest, 2-1.
Wilson put four of his six shots on goal for the week, and the game-winning goal was his first of the campaign.
Others nominated: Ruben Alvarez (Cal State Fullerton); Samuel Dadzie (CSUN); Bert Corona (Sacramento State); Edgardo Molina (UC Irvine)
Marquez Posts Shutout In Division-Clinching Win
Senior Kevin Marquez (Santa Ana, Calif./Bloomington HS) made a combined seven saves and posted a 0.45 goals against average to help CSUN win the South Division title, securing him Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
He compiled the seven saves in a 1-1 draw at Cal State Fullerton and 1-0 shutout at home versus UC Riverside, the latter result clinching the program’s second South Division crown – and first since 2012.
Marquez stopped five shots against Cal State Fullerton – all over the final 65 minutes of the match. He made three saves during the two overtime periods
The goalkeeper then made two saves in the victory over the Highlanders as he tallied his third shutout of the season. His 89 saves ranks No. 6 on the Matador single-season list.
Others nominated: Eric Kam (Cal Poly); David Elias (Cal State Fullerton); Elliot Farmer (UC Irvine)