Oct. 20, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior midfielder Danny Barrera earned yet another weekly honor as he was selected as the NSCAA National Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 20. Barrera had a pair of game-winning goals to spark the Gauchos to a three-win week, including a nationally-televised upset of No. 19 Duke.
Barrera guided UC Santa Barbara to an impressive 3-0-0 record last week, netting him Big West Offensive Player of the Week and LA Soccer News Player of the Week accolades.
The junior scored two of the Gauchos' three game-winning goals last week, guiding the club to first place in the Big West standings. After picking up three shots in UC Santa Barbara's 2-1 win over rival Cal Poly, Barrera's first game-winner came in the 56th minute of UCSB's 2-0 win over 11th-ranked Duke, a nationally televised contest. He then picked up the winner in the Gauchos' 4-3 comeback win over UC Riverside, a 75th minute strike that completed the UCSB rally.
He also added an assist on the Gauchos' second goal. Barrera played 265 of 270 possible minutes over the three matches and is now second on the team with 11 points (3 g, 5 a).
Each week, a male and female player will be selected by a committee from a nomination pool comprised of players of the week from each NCAA Division I soccer conference. The players will be announced each Wednesday afternoon from now until Nov. 3 through NSCAA.com, the official website of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They also will be recognized at halftime of the NSCAA College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer Channel.