Menlo College junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez earned Cal Pac Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording his eighth shutout of the season in the Oaks' 2-0 victory over Holy Names that clinched the conference title and a trip to the NAIA national tournament, which gets under way Saturday.
Menlo senior Matheus Barbosa was named Cal Pac's Offensive Player of the Week for his game-winning goal against the Hawks last week.
Palomarez had four saves in the Oaks' match against Holy Names and finished first in the conference in shutouts (8), second in goals allowed (.83), and fifth in saves per match (4.25).
Barbosa took four shots, two on goal, against the Hawks. His game-winning goal came early in the second half. Barbosa was second in the conference in shots (3.15) second in game winning goals per match (.31) and third in goals per match (.69).
Menlo (13-3-1) advances to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. Their first round match will be in Marietta, Georgia against host Southern Polytechnic State University. The match time is set for 10 am (PST) at NueSoft Technologies Field.
Sixth-ranked Southern Poly reached its third consecutive NAIA tournament. The Hornets (15-2-2) have won each of their previous two first-round matches.
In addition to 15 players from the state of Georgia (and one each from Florida and Pennsylvania), Southern Poly has players from the Dominican Republic, Germany, Cameroon, England, Brazil, Tobago, Trinidad, Botswana, South Africa, Argentina and Iraq.
The Oaks have 17 players from the state of California, one from Hawaii, and players from Norway, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Brazil, England, Italy, Venezuela and Guatemala.