Usen Jr., Boehme Spark Team Successes
Emmanuel Usen Jr. notched five points in two wins while Simon Boehme extended his scoreless minutes streak with another solid performance in goal.
Usen Jr. Helps CSUN Extend Win Streak To Three
Emmanuel Usen Jr. (Houston, Texas/IUPUI) tallied two goals and an assist in a pair of CSUN victories to claim Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The Matadors lengthened their winning streak to three after posting a 2-1 victory at home versus San Jose State before going on the road to double up Grand Canyon, 4-2.
Usen Jr. played a significant role in both wins. Tied at 1-1 against the Spartans, Usen Jr. provided the game-winning goal in the 68th minute when he scored on a header. It was his Big West leading third game-winner of the year.
The Matadors outclassed Grand Canyon in a high scoring affair thanks in large part to Usen Jr’s exploits. He leveled the score at 1-1, scoring off an assist from Jumoke Hutton for the second time that week. Usen Jr. took Hutton’s throw in and scored once again on a head for his conference-best fifth goal of the season.
The score was tied again at 2-2 late in the game when the Houston native delivered a low cross into the box, which Papi Diouf tapped in from eight yards out for the 3-2 lead. The game-winning helper marked the second assist of the year for Usen Jr.
For the week, he took six shots with three on frame. CSUN is now 5-2 on the year.
Others nominated: Adam Olsen (Cal Poly); Brian Peek (Cal State Fullerton); Justin Bedig (Sacramento State); Ignacio Tellechea (UC Santa Barbara)
Boehme Earns First Career Honor
Cal Poly junior goalkeeper Simon Boehme (Copenhagen, Denmark/BK Søllerød-Vedbæk) shutout San Diego State behind three saves, notching Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Boehme’s first career citation came after a 1-0 victory at San Diego State. The three saves cemented Boehme’s second straight shutout and pushed his streak without allowing a goal from open play to 286 minutes.
He produced his most important stop in the 84th minute as he dived right to parry an attempt by an Aztec forward, preserving Cal Poly’s 1-0 lead. Boehme, among the national leaders in saves per game (6.33), helped the Mustangs to their first non-conference road win since Sept. 27, 2015.
Others nominated: Alfredo Cortez (Cal State Fullerton); Jumoke Hutton (CSUN); Cylus Sandoval (Sacramento State)