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Michael, Lapsley Earn Second Men's Soccer Awards


Sophomore • F • Freetown, Sierra Leone • Dunn School

Rodney Michael earned his second career Offensive Player of the Week award as a key contributor in UC Santa Barbara’s 3-1 upset victory over No. 15 UCLA.

• The sophomore forward scored two goals as part of a three-goal outburst during a six-minute stretch of the first half against the Bruins.

• Michael’s fourth and fifth goals of the season lead the Gauchos and put him in a tie for third in the Big West.

• Michael latched onto a long ball from teammate Axel Mendez at the top of the box, evaded a defender, and deposited a shot to the back corner to even the score at 1-1 in the 16th minute.

• Just a little over six minutes later, Michael redirected a header attempt from Faouzi Taieb into the back of the net to put UCSB up 3-1.

• It was Michael’s second career brace.  He took six shots for the week, three of them on goal.

Others nominated: Jose Rivera (Cal Poly); Robert Coronado (Cal State Fullerton); Benji Kikanovic (Sacramento State); Daniel Castaneda (UC Riverside)

Junior • GK • Seattle, Wash. • Lakeside School

For the second time this season, Wallis Lapsley is the Defensive Player of the Week as he alllowed just one goal in 180 minutes of action.

• The junior registered his eighth career shutout, making four saves in a 1-0 road victory over Utah Valley.

• It was Lapsley’s fourth shutout in nine games, equaling his total from all of 2017.

• Lapsley then set a new Aggie Division I era record with nine stops against No. 17 Saint Mary’s in a 1-0 loss.  He bested the previous record of eight held by him and set against Santa Clara a week earlier.

• For the week, Lapsley posted a 0.50 GAA and a .929 save percentage.  He owns a 17-9-4 career record.  He leads the Big West with a 0.53 GAA and 40 saves.

Others nominated: Simon Boehme (Cal Poly); Paul-Andre Guerin (Cal State Fullerton); Jack Larter (Sacramento State); Dusan Keca (UC Riverside)