Ricardo Velasco named school athlete of the week
Tucson, AZ (Monday, September 24, 2012) — Former FC Tucson players Max Alvarez, Reid Hukari and Carlos Montes were in the giving mood this weekend. All three provided key assists for their schools during a successful weekend.
On Friday evening, Montes provided assists on both of Santa Clara’s two goals in a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Both assists were to teammate and roommate Erik Hurtado.
Also on Friday night, Reid Hukari was responsible for setting up Denver’s game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Northern Illinois. Late in the game, Hukari flicked a pass from the top of the box toward the left side to teammate Josh Wren, who fired his shot into the far side of the net.
On Sunday Alvarez chipped in on a game winner in Sacramento State’s 3-2 win over UNLV in overtime. Less than five minutes into the extra frame, Alvarez streaked into the box and met the goalkeeper at the end of a cross. Alvarez was able to get the ball and back heel it to a teammate for the game-winner.
Montes had the second-most points scored for FC Tucson this past season. In eight games played he notched two goals and two assists. Alvarez scored a goal and notched two assists in 15 games played for FC Tucson. Hukari appeared in three matches and scored two goals for FC Tucson, both of them coming against the Southern California Seahorses.
Athlete of the week
Following his impressive performances last weekend, forward Ricardo Velasco was named the male athlete of the week at Cal State Bernardino on September 18. In five games played for the Coyotes, Velasco has three goals and one assist for a team-leading total of seven points. His latest goal came on Friday in a 2-0 win over San Francisco State.
Velasco appeared in four games for FC Tucson for a total of 317 minutes and earned an assist.
How’d the rest of FC Tucson players fare this weekend? Check out the capsules below.
San Francisco took its lone trip to the east coast over the weekend and lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to Boston College in double overtime on Saturday, September 22. Goalkeeper Brendan Roslund made three saves in the loss.
Forward Nick Marshall started both of UNLV’s losses over the weekend. On Friday, September 21, the Rebels fell to San Diego State 3-1. Then on Sunday, September 23, UNLV lost 3-2 in overtime to Sacramento State. Marshall didn’t notch a point in either game but took three shots on goal over the weekend.
The Toreros had a tough weekend in non-conference play. On Thursday, September 20, San Diego fell 5-0 to Cal State Northridge. The team followed that up with a tough 2-1 loss in overtime to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. Goalkeeper Michael D’Arrigo took both losses and recorded three saves in each game. Eli Galbraith-Knapp and James Cohn started both contests with Galbraith-Knapp recording three shots on goal over the weekend.
Midfielder Aaron Long started and played all 90 minutes in Sunday’s match against Cal State Bakersfield, but the Highlanders’ seven-match winning streak was snapped in a 2-0 loss. Long took three shots and hit the target twice but couldn’t score.
No. 5 New Mexico continues to roll after winning both of its games this weekend. The Lobos notched back-to-back shut outs in a 2-0 win over Fairfield and a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. Defender Travis Campbell started both matches and helped anchor a defense that has allowed just four goals during a six-match winning streak.
The Pilots were back in action this weekend after a bit of a break, but the team couldn’t earn a win over the weekend. On Friday night Portland fell to Seattle 4-3 in a match that midfielders Colin Anderson and Thomas Iwasaki started. On Sunday, the Pilots lost again, this time 3-0 to Brown. Anderson started the second match of the weekend.