Michael Stephens Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player Of The Week
Sept. 30, 2008
UCLA junior midfielder Michael Stephens (Naperville, IL) was selected the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 23-29 after scoring two goals that helped increase the Bruins' unbeaten streak to three games.
Stephens scored the game-tying goal in the 85th minute to force overtime against Cal State Northridge, as UCLA twice came back from one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 tie. His equalizer came on a penalty kick that he helped create when he sent a through ball ahead to defender Brad Rusin, who got ahead of the Northridge defenders and was taken down in the box to earn the PK. Stephens successfully converted the penalty kick to register his third goal of the year, tying for the team lead in goals scored and setting a new career-high in goals scored in a season. In the 1-1 tie at San Diego on Thursday, Stephens scored the game's first goal in the seventh minute. He is currently tied for fourth in the Conference in goals and tied for fifth in goals per game.
This is the first weekly honor for Stephens and the 31st all-time for UCLA.
Also Nominated: Stefan Frei, Jr., GK, CAL; Raphael Cox, Sr., MF, WASH
2008 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2 - Andrew Wiedeman, So., F, CAL; Sept. 9 - Robby Christner, Sr., F, OSU; Sept. 16 - John Moore, Jr., GK, STAN; Sept. 23 - Raphael Cox, Sr., MF, WASH; Sept. 30 - Michael Stephens, Jr., MF, UCLA