Sept. 24, 2012
WOODLAND, Calif. - For the third time in five weeks, New Mexico senior forward Devon Sandoval has been named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week. The award comes on the heels of the senior's three-goal weekend in the Nike Lobo Invitational. Sandoval also earned the tournament's Offensive MVP award for his play against Fairfield and Northern Illinois.
His scoring output accounted for 60% of the Lobos' goals in the tournament. By weekend's end, the Albuquerque native had recorded his seventh goal of the season. Sandoval now leads the conference in total goals and points with seven goals and two assists. He also is tied for eighth in the nation in total goals. His play against the Stags and Huskies earned him a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week for a second time this season.
Two of his goals last week were what Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein described as "good scrappy goals scored through pure effort, toughness and grit".
Sandoval was the MPSF's Player of the Week in weeks one and two of the season. His first award came after his two-goal, one-assist performance in the Lobos' win over then second-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles. The Albuquerque native repeated the feat the following week following UNM's play in the Tulsa Invitational.
The men's soccer program returns to action for only one match this week. They will face the conference's newest addition, Houston Baptist University, deep in the heart of Texas. The Huskies will host the Lobos at 6 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, September 29th.