Kyle Nakazawa Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week, Soccer America's National Player Of The Week
Oct. 6, 2009
The Player of the Week honors keep coming for UCLA senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa. For the second-straight week, he has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week, and he was also named the National Player of the Week by Soccer America, a week after receiving similar honors from College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer.
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. 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.
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