Leon, Carrillo Claim Men's Soccer Honors
Luis Leon contributed to a UC Irvine scoring onslaught, while Alan Carrillo kept two opponents off the scoreboard – the duo notching their first career men’s soccer weekly awards.
Leon With Big Offensive Performance In Victory
Luis Leon (Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana HS) had a goal and an assist as UC Irvine unleashed its attack on an unsuspecting Northern Kentucky squad, helping the junior capture his first career Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor.
The midfielder played a central role in the 5-2 road victory over the Norse. He scored his first goal of the season with a hard shot from the top of the box that slipped through the NKU keeper’s mitts for a 2-0 Anteater lead, part of an early onslaught that saw UCI score four goals in the first 18 minutes of the game.
Leon assisted on UCI’s third goal as a series of passes connected with a streaking Giovanni Godoy, who tapped one in near the right post.
Godoy easily could have had a second assist in the match as his corner kick helped set up the initial goal. He also clanged a shot off the crossbar early in the second half.
Leon also had one shot in a tough 2-1 loss at No. 9 Louisville.
Others nominated: Samuel Goni (Cal State Fullerton); Emmanuel Usen, Jr. (CSUN)
Carrillo Blanks Back-To-Back Foes In Collegiate Debut
In his UC Santa Barbara debut, freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo (La Mirada, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) earned Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors as he totaled 220 minutes between the pipes without allowing a goal.
Carrillo picked up his first and second career shutouts as the Gauchos settled for back-to-back scoreless draws against Saint Mary’s and Siena on the opening weekend of the 2017 season.
He logged six total saves, with five coming against the Gaels and the other versus a Siena side that managed just five shots for the game.
In the Saint Mary’s match, Carrillo handled a 1-on-1 duel with a Gael attacker, timing his run at the ball just right to deflect the shot and prevent an early goal.
Others nominated: Simon Boehme (Cal Poly); Corentin Ohlmann (Cal State Fullerton)