November 1, 2010

Erik Hurtado Named the WCC Player of the Week

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Santa Clara University sophomore forward Erik Hurtado was named the West Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, as announced today by the league office.

Hurtado scored twice and distributed an assist, accounting for three of the Broncos' four goals in a pair of weekend victories over San Diego and No. 21 LMU. Hurtado - an All-WCC player as a freshman - put three shots on goal Friday night and scored twice in SCU's 2-1 victory over USD, the first heading in a corner kick and the second was the game-winner via a penalty kick.

On Sunday, in a first-place showdown with LMU, Hurtado found teammate Connor Mitchell on a cross that led to the tying goal deep into the second half. Santa Clara would complete the comeback and remain undefeated in WCC play at 5-0-4 and extend its current unbeaten streak to 11 games. Hurtado leads the first-place Broncos in points (10), shots (33) and shots on goal (13).

Hurtado and the Broncos will play each of their final three games on their home field at Buck Shaw Stadium. Next up is a meeting with Bay Area rival St. Mary's Friday night November 5. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. 


WCC STANDINGS (Points)
1. 
(19) Santa Clara 5-0-4/8-4-5
2.  (17) Portland 5-2-2/8-3-5
3.  (16) LMU 5-2-1/9-5-2
4.  (15) St. Mary's 5-3/9-5-1
5.  (9) San Diego 3-4-1/6-7-2
6.  (5) USF 1-6-2/3-10-3
7.  (3) Gonzaga 1-8/4-12