California Defender Steve Purdy Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week

Oct. 17, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA senior defender Steve Purdy has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Purdy, from Morgan Hill, Calif., led the Golden Bears to a pair of Conference victories over the weekend shutting out Oregon State, 1-0, and defeating No. 24 Washington, 3-2.

On Friday, Purdy scored the game-winning goal against the Beavers when he converted a 30-yard free kick in the 85th miunte, giving the Bears their third-consecutive Conference win. The intense play continued into Sunday's match-up against the Huskies, as Purdy played a key role in Cal's come-from-behind overtime victory. During the game, he led a defense that shut down Washington's Conference-leading scorer, Kevin Forrest, who had just two shots, no goals and no assists in the game.

Next up, California takes on Bay Area rival Stanford, Fri., Oct. 20.

This is Purdy's first weekly honor and the 10th all-time award for the Bears.

Also Nominated: Raphael Cox, So., MF, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 29- Ely Allen, Jr., MF, WASH.; Sept. 5 - Kevin Forrest, Jr., F, WASH; Sept. 12- Maxwell Griffin, So., F, UCLA; Sept. 19- Maxwell Griffin, So., F, UCLA; Sept. 26 - Tally Hall, Sr., GK, SDSU; Oct. 3 - Raul Bautista, Sr., MF, SDSU; Oct. 10 - Galen Thompson, Sr., MF/D, STAN; Steve Purdy, Sr., D, CAL.

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