UCLA's Nakazawa Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Sept. 29, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that UCLA senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has been named the Pac-10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 23-29.
Nakazawa played an integral part in extending UCLA’s winning streak to four matches by recording a goal or assist in each of those games. In Friday’s match at San Diego, he assisted on the first goal scored that gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. Later in the match with the scored tied at 1-1, the Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick to lift UCLA to a 2-1 victory.
The senior midfielder then followed up with two goals, including his second-straight game-winning goal, as the Bruins defeated UNLV, 3-0. Against the Rebels, he broke a scoreless game in the 53rd minute, then tacked on another tally in the 62nd minute to secure the win. UCLA finished non-league matches with a 5-1 record, including an upset of then-No.1 and defending national champion Maryland in week one. The Bruins are off to their best start since the 2003 season when they started off the season 17-1.
In addition to earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, Nakazawa was named the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. Nakazawa ranks second in the Conference in points per game (1.67), game-winning goal (3) and goals per game (0.67), and is tied for second in points (10) and tied for third in goals scored (4).
This is the first-career weekly honor for Nakazawa and UCLA’s Conference-leading 37th all-time Player of the Week honoree.
Also Nominated: Andrew Wiedeman, CAL; Danny Mwanga, OSU; Evan Toft, SDSU; Bobby Warshaw, STAN; Ryan Moore, 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
2009 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 8 - Brian Perk, UCLA