Kendall Burks Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- After two huge matches that included a go-ahead goal against Seattle U and a clean sheet against Portland, junior defender Kendall Burks was named Pac-12 Player of the Week by the conference on Monday.
It was the team's second weekly honor from the conference this season, with Lucas Meek being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first week of the award.
Washington started off its week on Monday night with a rivalry match at Seattle U. He made the start at centerback and would ultimately be the one to open up the scoring, heading in a long throw from Charlie Ostrem that was flicked on by fellow centerback Ryan Sailor.
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HUSKIES TAKE THE LEAD!!
It's Kendall Burks with the goal!!! Charlie Ostrem with the long throw in and Ryan Sailor with the flick on!!#GoHuskies pic.twitter.com/a5SnMhwzSK
— Washington Men's Soccer (@UW_MSoccer) September 21, 2021
The Huskies would pick up the win in that match and would look to stay perfect on Friday night at Portland.
After a competitive and scoreless first half against the Pilots, Burks would play a key role in the decisive goal in the second half. After Charlie Ostrem served in a beautiful ball off of a set piece, Burks went up for the header and the ball would wind up in the back of the net. While Burks was initially credited with the goal, it was ultimately ruled an own goal. Regardless of the official decision, Burks was right in the middle of the action that would decide the match, as UW would go on to win by a score of 2-0, with that goal being the game-winner.
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And THERE'S the breakthrough!!! It's Kendall Burks for the second straight game!! Dawgs take the lead!#GoHuskies pic.twitter.com/F51kvrHQHk
— Washington Men's Soccer (@UW_MSoccer) September 25, 2021
Making the start at right back in that match, Burks would help the defense keep its fourth clean sheet of the season. He also played a huge role in Washington improving to 7-0 on the season and moving up to No. 2 in the latest TopDrawerSoccer Poll.
The Huskies are back in action this Thursday at home against No. 18 San Diego State in its Pac-12 opener. Tickets can be purchased here.