UCLA's Nakazawa Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Oct. 6, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the second-straight week, UCLA senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has been named the Pac-10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 29-Oct. 4, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
With Pac-10 play beginning last weekend, Nakazawa continued his hot streak, scoring three of UCLA’s four goals over the weekend. In Friday’s 3-1 victory over Oregon State, the Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native scored the tying goal in the 38th minute. Later in the 62nd minute, he assisted on the game-winning goal, then put the game out of reach, tacking on another goal in the 87th minute off a direct kick from 10 yards out. In a 1-1 tie at Washington to close out the weekend, Nakazawa scored the game’s first goal in the 8th minute on a free-kick from 25 yards out.
Nakazawa becomes only the third Pac-10 men’s soccer player all-time to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, joining two other Bruin players. The first player to achieve the feat was McKinley Tennyson, Jr., who was selected on Sept. 12, 2000 and Sept. 19, 2000. Six years later, Maxwell Griffin earned the honors on Sept. 12, 2006 and Sept. 19, 2006.
Also for the second-consecutive week, Nakazawa has received national exposure as he was named Soccer America’s National Player of the Week. Last week, he earned the distinction by National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. In just eight games this season, he has already achieved career-bests, with seven goals scored and 17 points, ranking him second in the Conference in both categories.
This is the second-career weekly honor on for Nakazawa and UCLA’s Conference-leading 28th all-time Player of the Week honoree.
Also Nominated: Andrew Wiedeman, CAL; T.J. Novak, STAN; Rylan Hawkins, WASH
2009 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 8 - Brian Perk, UCLA
Sept. 15 - Andrew Wiedeman, CAL
Sept. 22 - Cameron Lamming, STAN
Sept. 29 - Kyle Nakazawa, UCLA
Oct. 6 - Kyle Nakazawa, UCLA