DENVER – Houston Baptist's Dominick Faletto and San José State's David Sweeney have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for October 21 - 27.
Faletto, a senior forward from Forney, Texas, set a new WAC mark for goals in a league match with four tallies in a 4-3 overtime win at Grand Canyon on Friday night. The senior opened up the scoring for the Huskies in the 12th minute and scored again in the 26th minute to give HBU the 2-0 lead. He earned the hat trick in the 56th minute to put the Huskies up 3-1 and after a GCU comeback, he scored the game-winner in the 99th minute for the important league win. He becomes the fourth player in WAC history to score four goals in a match and the first to do it against a league opponent.
Sweeney, a freshman goalkeeper from Morgan Hill, Calif., collected a pair of shutouts for the Spartans in home wins against Utah Valley and Air Force. Against UVU, the first-year keeper made 11 saves, tied for the most in the WAC this season, to earn the clean sheet in a 3-0 win. He followed that up with four saves against Air Force for his third shutout this season. The true freshman leads the WAC in saves per game at 5.67 and his .785 save percentage ranks third.
Other offensive nominees: CSU Bakersfield's Mikey Vogel scored a goal each in wins over UIW and UT Rio Grande Valley … Grand Canyon's Bert Wilton scored his third goal of the season on Friday night against Houston Baptist … Seattle U's Noe Meza scored in each of the Redhawks' wins over Air Force and Utah Valley, adding an assist in the overtime win over UVU … San José State's Rudy Castro scored twice in a 3-0 win over Utah Valley on Friday … UT Rio Grande Valley's Angel Lopez scored his third-goal of the season in a 1-0 win at California Baptist … Utah Valley's Zach Maas scored the Wolverines' lone goal of the week in a 2-1 overtime loss at Seattle U.
Other defensive nominees: CSU Bakersfield's Detre Bell pitched a pair of home shutouts for the 'Runners, making four total saves in wins over UIW and UT Rio Grande Valley … Grand Canyon's Austin Day played strong defense for the Lopes in an overtime loss to Houston Baptist and a tough match with Kansas City … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios recorded his 12th career shutout, and seventh of the 2019 season, in a 1-0 win at California Baptist on Friday.