Michael Lands on Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week

Rodney Michael (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Rodney Michael (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week: Sept. 25

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After scoring two goals within minutes to lead the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team past No. 15 UCLA last Saturday, sophomore forward Rodney Michael continued to reel in honors with a Top Drawer Team of the Week selection announced earlier this week.

The Freetown, Sierra Leone native was also named Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career and is the second Gaucho to be recognized by Top Drawer Soccer after Carter Clemmensen was honored after the opening weekend.

Michael helped UCSB answer back quickly after an early UCLA goal with the equalizer in the 16th minute. Michael fielded a long ball over the top from Axel Mendez, sprinted past his defender and finished across his body to the left corner of the goal to tie the game.

With a 2-1 lead moments later, Michael added yet another goal - the Gauchos' third in a six-minute span - after redirecting a Faouzi Taieb header in the box off a Thibault Candia corner kick.

UCSB (6-3) heads north to kick-off the Blue-Green Rivalry with a designated non-conference matchup at Cal Poly this Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. The game is available to view through BigWest.TV. An audio broadcast will also be available through KCSB and you can listen here.

Santa Barbara hosts the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer College Cup on Dec. 7 and 9 at Harder Stadium. College Cup ticket packages as well as UCSB season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB.