DENVER – California Baptist's Rafael Vacas Barba and Utah Valley's Aaron Caprio have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for August 26 through September 1.
Vacas Barba, a junior forward from Baena, Spain, scored the equalizer in Friday's 1-1 draw at IUPUI and then scored the game-winner and assisted on two others in a 4-0 win at Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday. Through the first weekend of the season, he leads the WAC in points with six and his two goals tie him for the top spot.
Caprio, a senior defender from Lehi, Utah, anchored the Wolverines' back line that did not allow a shot on goal in a 1-0 home win over Cal Poly. The win marked the sixth-straight season-opening win for Utah Valley.
Other offensive nominees: Grand Canyon's Tosh Yasuda scored in just the second minute to help the Lopes to a 3-0 season-opening win over Northern Kentucky … San José State's Rudy Castro had four shots, two on goal, and played all 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Sacramento State on Friday … Seattle U's Noe Meza scored twice in a 5-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night … UT Rio Grande Valley's Angel Lopez recorded his fifth career game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Wofford on Sunday afternoon at Houston Baptist … Utah Valley's Blake Frischknecht scored the lone goal for the Wolverines in a 1-0 season-opening win over Cal Poly.
Other defensive nominees: California Baptist's Albert Escuin was in net for all 200 minutes, making seven combined saves in a tie at IUPUI and a shutout win at Purdue Fort Wayne … Grand Canyon's George Tasouris made a save to earn the shutout in a 3-0 win over Northern Kentucky on Friday night … San José State's Eddie Saydee played all 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Sacramento State … Seattle U's Akili Kasim made the only save he needed to make in a 5-0 win over San Francisco on Friday … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios made five saves to help the Vaqueros earn a 2-1 win over Wofford.