DENVER –Air Force's Tucker Bone and CSU Bakersfield's Rodrigo Sarmiento have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Sept. 24 - 30.
Bone, a senior forward from Granite Bay, Calif. (Jesuit HS), helped the eighth-ranked Falcons extend their program-record winning streak to 10 matches with a pair of home wins. On Thursday against Incarnate Word, he recorded two goals in a 30-second span to give Air Force a 3-0 lead heading into the halftime break. He then assisted on Saturday's first goal in a 2-1 double-overtime win over UT Rio Grande Valley. He was previously named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, becoming this season's first repeat winner.
Sarmiento, a junior goalkeeper from Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside HS), earned his first two career shutouts in important WAC matches on the road. On Friday against Grand Canyon, he made a pair of saves to preserve the clean sheet in a 2-0 win over the Lopes. He followed that up with four saves over 110 minutes to earn the shutout in a scoreless tie at UNLV on Sunday.
Other offensive nominees: Grand Canyon's Marco Afonso scored his first goal of the season on Sunday night in a 2-0 win over California Baptist … Kansas City's Lorant Lettner scored the game-winner on Sunday in a 1-0 win over San José State … Seattle U's Declan McGlynn played a big role in Sunday's win at Houston Baptist, scoring twice and assisting on another scored in a 5-2 victory … UT Rio Grande Valley's Kyle Edwards scored the Vaqueros' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Utah Valley … Utah Valley's Blake Frischknecht scored both goals for the brace in Thursday's 2-1 win over UT Rio Grande Valley.
Other defensive nominees: Air Force's James Sims anchored the Falcons defense to a pair of home wins and recorded the game-winning goal in Sunday's double-overtime victory over UT Rio Grande Valley … Grand Canyon's Sam Gardner helped the Lopes earn their fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over California Baptist on Sunday … Kansas City's Filippo Errico had four saves on Sunday to earn the clean sheet in a 1-0 win over San José State … UNLV's Enrique Adame earned his third and fourth shutouts of the season in a win over California Baptist and a draw with CSU Bakersfield … Utah Valley's Joseph Wheelwright earned the shutout on Saturday in a 3-0 win over UIW.