DENVER – Seattle U's James Morris and Grand Canyon's George Tasouris have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for October 14 - 20.
Morris, a freshman forward from Doncaster, England, recorded his first career collegiate hat trick in a 3-2 win at CSU Bakersfield on Saturday. He scored his first goal of the match in the 11th minute and secured the brace less than four minutes later to put the Redhawks up 2-0 after 15 minutes. He earned the hat trick with his sixth goal of the season in the 40th minute to give SU the 3-1 lead heading into the half. On the year, he is tied for fifth in the WAC in points with 14 and is among seven players in the league with six goals scored.
Tasouris, a sophomore goalkeeper from Nicosia, Cyprus, earned his sixth shutout of the season, making three saves in a double-overtime draw at UT Rio Grande Valley. Two of the saves came in the final overtime period as he held the Vaqueros scoreless on their home pitch. He leads the WAC with a 0.85 goals-against average this season and his .814 save percentage ranks second in the league.
Other offensive nominees: Grand Canyon's Marios Andreou played 99 minutes of a scoreless draw at UT Rio Grande Valley, directing the Lopes' midfield effort … Kansas City's Aiden Cavanaugh scored the first goal in a 2-1 win over Utah Valley, playing all 90 minutes in the victory … UNLV's Marco Gonzalez scored the golden goal in a 1-0 overtime win at UIW on Sunday … San José State's Rudy Castro had two shots on goal for the Spartans in a 2-1 loss at California Baptist.
Other defensive nominees: UNLV's Billy Jones organized the Rebel defense in a 1-0 overtime win at UIW, blocking several shots and limiting the Cardinals to just four shots on goal … San José State's Angel Farias scored the Spartans' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at California Baptist while also directing the Spartans' back line … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios recorded his sixth shutout of the season with four saves at home against Grand Canyon.