SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's soccer forward Salvador Aguilar has been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced on Monday.
The Gauchos played just once last week, hosting a solid Grand Canyon side on Saturday night in a game that saw them go down 2-0 less than 20 minutes in. Aguilar recorded the first assist of his career on Joe Sherbourne's goal before halftime.
Late in the game, nearing the end of a second half in which UCSB was knocking on the door from the first whistle, a magical aerial display from Aguilar in the 88th minute finally brought the Gauchos level. The 6-foot-2 sophomore timed his jump perfectly to rise over the back of his defender, heading in his third goal of the season with sublime accuracy despite his body being parallel to the ground.
It was the second late equalizer of the season for Aguilar, who moved into a share for the team-lead with his third goal of the year and helped UCSB extend to a four-game unbeaten streak. He has now won two of the four Big West Offensive PotW awards given out this year and three in his career.
UCSB has a busy week ahead, traveling to face Cal Poly on Wednesday in a non-conference game before hosting Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harder Stadium.
�� Highlights from tonight's wild 2-2 draw with Grand Canyon— UCSB Men's Soccer (@UCSBMensSoccer) September 18, 2022
Joe Sherbourne scored his first as a Gaucho and Salvador Aguilar put away his most INCREDIBLE header yet to equalize in the 88th minute!
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