SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Saint Mary’s forward Frederick Karman has been named the West Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Two goals from Karman, the second one coming in overtime, handed Saint Mary's a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over No. 17 West Virginia, 2,200 miles away from home at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Already with one goal in hand, Karman gave the Gaels the golden goal victory 5 minutes, 17 seconds into the first overtime period. He was opportunistic on the day, scoring his first goal on a rebound to give SMC a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute before doing it again in the 96th minute as the ball was loose inside the box following a shot before he put it in for the victory.
Karman’s brace for Saint Mary’s ended West Virginia’s school record shutout streak at seven matches and over 750 minutes. Karman was an offensive force for the Gaels Saturday, leading all players with five shots and putting four of them on goal. It was SMC’s first win over a top-25 team since Sept. 14, 2014, when it beat No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast, 1-0, at home. It was their first road win over a top-25 team since beating then-No. 4 Washington just a week earlier on Sept. 7, 2014, 2-1 in overtime.
Also Nominated: Brennan Castro, Santa Clara
2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (8/29) – Austin Giftopoulos, Gonzaga
Week 2 (9/5) – Colton Cavey, Gonzaga
Week 3 (9/12) – Eddie Sanchez, Portland
Week 4 (9/19) – Dakota Havlick, Santa Clara
Week 5 (9/26) – Julio Cervantes, Pacific
Week 6 (10/3) – Frederick Karman, Saint Mary’s