UCLA's Perk Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Oct. 20, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that UCLA senior goalkeeper Brian Perk has been named the Pac-10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 12-18.
A week after leaving a game with an eye injury, Perk returned to action and earned a pair of shutouts over top 20 opponents with wins over No. 10 CALIFORNIA and No. 18 STANFORD. In Friday’s match against the Golden Bears, he had three saves as the UCLA defense held it’s opponent to eight shots. In the 79th minute, the Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native made a leaping save to preserve the shut out and give the Bruins the 1-0 win.
Closing out the weekend against Stanford, Perk had another solid performance as, once again, the defense surrendered six shots on goal. Perk made two saves in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the Cardinal. In the 62nd minute with UCLA clinging to a 1-0 lead, he dove to punch out a dangerous shot in front of the box.
In his three games back since returning from the U-20 FIFA World Cup, Perk recorded his second and third shut outs of the season. Also in those three games, he has posted a 0.38 goals against average. His overall season goals against average is a miniscule 0.54.
This is the fourth-career weekly honor and second of the season (Sept. 8) for Perk and UCLA’s Conference-leading 39th all-time Player of the Week selection. In addition, Perk has tied former Bruin Tim Pierce as the player with the most weekly selections in Pac-10 history.
Also Nominated: Danny Mwanga, OSU; Ryan Thomas, STAN
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
Oct. 13 - Brad Keller, Jr., WASH
Oct. 20 - Brian Perk, UCLA