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Gunn grad earns national soccer Player of the Week honors

 

UC San Diego goalkeeper Cameron McElfresh, a Gunn grad, was announced Tuesday as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II Men's Player of the Week.

McElfresh posted two shutouts at home, as UC San Diego drew with California Collegiate Athletic Association leader Sonoma State on Friday night before edging Humboldt State, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday afternoon.


Cameron McElfresh
The fifth-year senior out of Palo Alto did not allow a score over 207:12 of play, as the Tritons continued to lead both the CCAA and West Region in team goals-against average, at 0.28. They are second nationally through Sunday.

McElfresh's own individual GAA stands at 0.29, third in Division II. His latest shutout streak has stretched to 327:20. The four saves against SSU matched a season high.

McElfresh has three successive shutouts, six on the year, and 25 for his career, a UC San Diego program record for the NCAA Division II era, since 2000. He and the Tritons have surrendered just three goals in 10 games this season in going 7-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 to start the CCAA slate.

McElfresh is UCSD's first national weekly honoree, with the NSCAA program having expanded to include the Division II ranks in 2013. The Triton women had a pair of winners during the 2015 season.

UC San Diego heads to the Bay Area this week for two critical contests at SF State on Friday and at Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday.

The Tritons will play six of their last eight regular-season games on the road.

— Doga Gur/UC San Diego Athletics

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