Oct. 29, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jamil Walker was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday. He earned the honor for his two-goal performance against No. 16 Gonzaga on Saturday night in Buck Shaw Stadium.
Walker, who scored the game-winner and added the insurance goal late in the second half, was very instrumental in Santa Clara's first goal that tied the game at one. Walker broke away from the Bulldogs defense and was tackled inside the penalty box and awarded a penalty kick. Jeff Stewart netted the penalty kick at the 25:25 mark of the first half.
With the score knotted at one, Walker headed home the go ahead goal at the 65:08 mark off a tremendous pass from freshman Zach Knight. Walker netted his second goal of the night and third on the season at the 84:04 mark when he placed a low ball past the Zags' netminder off passes from Knight and fellow freshman Steve Cronin.
The Broncos kept their WCC record unblemished with the 3-1 victory and will face Sacramento State and the University of Portland at Buck Shaw Stadium this week. Portland currently sits atop the WCC standings with 10 points (10-4-1, 3-1-1 WCC) while the Broncos trail closely behind with nine (7-7-0, 3-0-0 WCC).
The player of the week honor is the first in Walker's career. Earlier this season he earned Offensive MVP honors at the Florida International University Umbro Classic.