September 27, 2010

Hayden and Opoku Repeat as Big West Players of the Week

Sept. 27, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman forward David Opoku and senior goalkeeper Sam Hayden each garnered Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after leading UC Santa Barbara to a 2-0 victory over UCLA last Friday in front of an NCAA on-campus record crowd of 15,896.

Opoku was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week once again after scoring the game-winning goal against the Bruins in the 75th minute. The Accra, Ghana native had been subbed back into the game just seconds before the corner kick, which led to his goal. The score was the third in as many matches for the freshman.

Hayden was named Big West Co-Defensive Player of the Week, sharing this week's honor with UC Irvine goalkeeper Andrew Fontein. Hayden delivered an impressive performance in goal on Friday. The Jackson, Wyoming native matched his career-high with six saves on the way to his third consecutive shutout. Hayden now ranks seventh in the Big West record books for career shutouts with 19 in just 31 career matches with the Gauchos.

The Gauchos will open Big West Conference play next Wednesday, Sept. 29 when they head to Cal State Fullerton for a 7 p.m. pairing with the Titans. UCSB will be back at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 2 when the Gauchos host UC Davis in a Big West match at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.

UCSB is the proud host of the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. This marks the first time since the 2004 season that the Cup has been held on the West Coast. All-Session passes for the College Cup can be purchased by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.

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