NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Cal State Northridge men's soccer goalkeeper Michael Abalos has been named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The award is the first for Abalos this season and the third accolade for the Matadors in 2011.
Abalos recorded two shutouts in net this week, both coming in scoreless draws. In 220 minutes of action, Abalos made nine saves to record his sixth and seventh clean sheets of the season, giving him a total of 14 for his career.
On Wednesday night against then-No.9 UC Irvine, Abalos recorded six saves as the Matadors held the league-leading Anteaters scoreless. It was the first draw this season for UC Irvine. Then, on Saturday, Abalos' three saves earned the team another point in the standings with one week left to play.
Abalos currently ranks third in the Big West Conference with a .760 save percentage, a 1.06 goals against average, and 3.56 saves per game. He is fourth in the league with 57 saves and is tied for the league lead with seven clean sheets.
Abalos has not allowed a goal in 266 minutes of action, last conceding a score in the 44th minute at then-No. 7 UCLA on Oct. 22. The junior out of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., is now third all-time at Cal State Northridge with 14 shutouts and his seven this season tie for third-most in one campaign in school history with Jeff Blumkin (1988) and Mike Caputo (1986).