A pair of clutch game-winning goals and a lockdown effort on the defensive end added Antonio Lokossou and Onah Power to this season’s men’s soccer honor roll.
Lokossou Clutch In Must-Win Games
Needing points to clinch a playoff berth in the upcoming conference tournament, UC Riverside junior Antonio Lokossou (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley HS) provided the dramatics as the Big West Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.
The forward scored two game-winning goals to help the Highlanders defeat UC Irvine and CSUN by identical 2-1 results.
The two wins vaulted UCR into the South Division No. 3 slot for the Big West Tournament. UCR went into the week in fourth place in the South and needed the necessary points to overtake UC Irvine for the final spot.
Lokossou delivered the clinching goal against UCI in the 41st minute. He took a long goal kick from the goalkeeper and deposited his team-leading fourth goal of the year.
In the CSUN win, Lokossou broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 85th minute, his Big West-leading third game-winner in conference play.
Others nominated: Adam Olsen (Cal Poly); Samuel Goni (Cal State Fullerton); Julio Rubio (CSUN); Brad Bumgarner (Sacramento State); Kyle Higgins (UC Davis); Giovanni Godoy (UC Irvine)
Power Helps UC Davis Clinch North Division Title
UC Davis senior Onah Power (Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech HS) locked down the midfield in a pair of victories to secure his first career Big West Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award.
The midfielder played a key role as UC Davis upended Cal Poly (2-1) and Causeway rival Sacramento State (3-0), helping the Aggies clinch the Big West North Division title for the second time in school history – and the first such crown since 2012.
Power added an assist on senior day on the second goal of the match against the Hornets.
He helped limit Cal Poly to just two shots on goal. His efforts against Sacramento State helped head coach Dwayne Shaffer post his 200th career win at UC Davis.
Others nominated: Paul-Andre Guerin (Cal State Fullerton); Henrik Regitnig (CSUN); Nick Kubler (Sacramento State); James Alewine III (UC Riverside)