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Silva Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Nov 15, 2021
Tommy Silva (photo: Eric Hurd)

UCLA sophomore defender/forward Tommy Silva picked up a pair of honors on Monday, as he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week while also earning a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week.

Silva matched a career-high with five points (two goals, one assist) in UCLA's 4-1 win over San Diego State on Friday evening. The result helped the Bruins (10-6-1) reach the 10-win mark and secure an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, both firsts for the program since 2018.  

The Tucson, Ariz. native found the back of the net twice in the first 10 minutes of the game to key the victory. He opened the scoring less than 30 seconds in by finishing off a Jose Contell cross, then produced what turned out to be the game-winning goal just before the 10-minute mark. He forced a turnover and recorded the primary assist on a 51st minute marker by Contell to provide key insurance for the Bruins.

These are the first and second weekly honors of Silva's career. For the season, Silva leads or co-leads the team in goals (6), game-winning goals (4), and points (16).

UCLA begins postseason play on Thursday, hosting UC Santa Barbara in a first round game at Wallis Annenberg Stadium starting at 7:00 p.m. PT.