Boateng earns Big West defensive weekly honors

Oct. 16, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. -- After spearheading a defense that kept a pair of North Division foes in check last week, UC Davis junior defender Roy Boateng was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Boateng, who earned his first career weekly award on Aug. 29 of last season, became the third Aggie honored this season, joining teammates Lizandro Torres, who was the conference's offensive player of the week on Sept. 11, and freshman Nabi Kibunguchy, who nabbed defensive honors earlier this year on Oct. 2.

The managerial economics major from Rohnert Park, Calif., continues a trend that has seen seven of the last 10 Aggie weekly award winners come from the defensive side of the ball and 11 of 19 overall since the Big West began handing out offensive and defensive players of the week in 2010.

Anchoring a stingy back line that surrendered a total of 11 shots -- just three of those on frame -- for the week, Boateng helped UC Davis post back-to-back shutouts against UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State, including limiting the Gauchos to just one shot on goal in a 3-0 home victory and just two to the Hornets in a 2-0 win on the road.

It marked the first time since the start of the 2016 season that the Aggies finished with two straight clean sheets following a scoreless draw against San Jose State and a 2-0 win at Pacific to kick-off the year. UC Davis has opened the conference season with a 4-1-1 record -- its best start since the 2014 squad opened league with the same mark.

The Aggies take on the league's Central Coast contingent this week, hosting Cal Poly on Wednesday (Oct. 18) at 4 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field, before heading down the coast to kick-off the second round of division play against UC Santa Barbara under the lights on Saturday (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME UC DAVIS MEN'S SOCCER BIG WEST PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 17, 2007 - Sule Anibaba
Nov. 12, 2007 - Juan Hernandez
Nov. 19, 2007 - Paul Marcoux
Sept. 1, 2008 - Quincy Amarikwa
Sept. 22, 2008 - Dylan Curtis
Oct. 6, 2008 - Paul Marcoux
Oct. 13, 2008 - Quincy Amarikwa
Oct. 27, 2008 - Dylan Curtis
Sept. 28, 2009 - Chris Beville
Oct. 18, 2010 - Omar Zeenni (D)
Oct. 17, 2011 - Matt Sheldon (O), Omar Zeenni (D)
Oct. 24, 2011 - Kevin Schulte (O), Omar Zeenni (D)
Sept. 3, 2012 - Omar Zeenni (D)
Oct. 8, 2012 - Alex Henry (O)
Oct. 15, 2012 - Alex Henry (O)
Oct. 29, 2012 - Matt Sheldon (O)
Sept. 30, 2013 - Omar Zeenni (D)
Sept. 1, 2014 - Kris Schultz (D)
Sept. 29, 2014 - Ramon Martin Del Campo (D)
Oct. 20, 2014 - Lucas Mohageg (O), Brian Ford (D)
Aug. 29, 2016 - Roy Boateng (D)
Oct. 31, 2016 - Noah Wilson (O)
Sept. 11, 2017 - Lizandro Torres (O)
Oct. 2, 2017 - Nabi Kibunguchy (D)
Oct. 16, 2017 - Roy Boateng (D)

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