DENVER – UNLV's Marco Gonzalez and San José State's Alex Clewis have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Aug. 20 - 26.
Gonzalez, a sophomore forward from Las Vegas (Mission Heights Prep HS), led the WAC in points over the opening weekend of the 2018 season, helping lead the Rebels to a pair of season-opening wins. On Friday against Florida Atlantic, he assisted on a goal in a 3-0 win and then he really came alive on Sunday against Evansville, recording the hat trick in a 4-1 win.
Clewis, a senior goalkeeper from Concord, Calif. (Flex Academy), was nearly perfect in goal for the Spartans. His best performance came on Friday night as the senior made 11 saves to lead the Spartans to a scoreless draw with defending national champion and preseason number one Stanford. On Sunday against CSUN, he made three saves and allowed one goal in a narrow loss to the Matadors. His 14 saves lead the WAC through the opening weekend.
Other offensive nominees: California Baptist's Preston Judd scored all three goals to earn the hat track in the Lancers' 3-0 win over Saint Peter's on Friday … Grand Canyon's Calvin Kissi scored his first collegiate goal as the Lopes knocked off 12th-ranked Wisconsin, 2-1 … Houston Baptist's Gianluca Natera scored twice in the Huskies' season-opening tie against Siena … Kansas City's Diego Serfaty scored the Roos' lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Missouri State … UT Rio Grande Valley's Damian Magallan score the first two goals of his career in a 4-1 win over Siena on Sunday … Utah Valley's Austin Buxton scored a pair of goals as the Wolverines earned a 4-0 win over Evansville.
Other defensive nominees: California Baptist's Albert Escuin made a pair of saves to earn the shutout in the Lancers' 3-0 win at Saint Peter's on opening day … Grand Canyon's Alex Radilla was part of the midfield defense that limited 12th-ranked Wisconsin to just one goal and six shots … Houston Baptist's Byron Amaya anchored a back line that did not allow a goal in his 162 minutes on the field, limiting Siena and St. Francis to a combined three shots-on-goal … Kansas City's Filippo Errico made five saves in the Roos' 3-1 loss to Missouri State … UNLV's Jordan Chavez anchored the Rebels' backline that allowed just three total shots and one goal in a pair of wins over Florida Atlantic and Evansville … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios made seven saves over two games as the Vaqueros split a pair of neutral-site matches in Houston … Utah Valley's Joseph Wheelwright made three saves to earn the shutout as the Wolverines opened the season with a 4-0 win over Evansville.