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Candia, Regitnig Earn Men's Soccer Weekly Honors


Junior • F • Nantes, France • Temple

Thibault Candia helped UC Santa Barbara finish the regular season with an unblemished home record and earned his first career Offensive Player of the Week award.

• The junior forward notched two assists in UCSB’s 2-0 victory over Central Coast rival Cal Poly on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 7,318 at Harder Stadium.

• Candia set up both Gaucho goals in what typically has been a defensive staredown contest at Harder – four consecutive draws and five straight scoreless halves.

• However, Candia helped break the 0-0 halftime deadlock with a nifty pass from the top right corner of the box to Sahid Conteh in the 51st minute.  Conteh received the pass and fired near post to put the Gauchos up 1-0.

• UCSB waited another 10 minutes before striking a second time.  Candia threaded a backward pass to a streaking Kaya Fabbretti, who scored to the lower right corner for the two goal lead.

• It was Candia’s second multi-assist game of the year – and the 11th this year in the Big West.

• Candia picked up his fifth and sixth assists of the season, putting him into a tie for the Big West lead with Adam Mickelson of UC Davis and Alvaro Quezada of UC Irvine.

• UCSB improved to 9-0-0 at home, its best home record since the 2002 team finished 10-0-0.

Others nominated: Christian Pinzon (Cal State Fullerton); Daniel Trejo (CSUN); Dominic Scotti (Sacramento State); Connor Tipton (UC Davis)

Senior • GK • Invermere, B.C. • UMKC

For the second straight season, CSUN goalkeeper Henrik Regitnig is a three-time recipient of Defensive Player of the Week honors.

• Regitnig becomes just the fourth player in Big West history to claim at least six weekly awards over the course of a career.  He joins all-time leader Andrew Fontein (UC Irvine, 7), along with former CSUN standout Willie Sims (6) and Nick DePuy (UC Santa Barbara, 6).

• Regitnig posted his fifth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Big West regular season champion UC Irvine.  He made four saves against the No. 21-ranked Anteaters.

• It was his ninth career clean sheet, moving him to seventh all-time in the Matador record book.  His four saves gave him 131 for his career, the 11th most in school history.  It also marked his 19th career win.

Others nominated: Paul-Andre Guerin (Cal State Fullerton); Josh Dull (Sacramento State); Nabi Kibunguchy (UC Davis); Dusan Keca (UC Riverside); Ben Roach (UC Santa Barbara)