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Gunn grad nabs CCAA men's soccer Player of the Week honors

 

Gunn High grad Cameron McElfresh, the senior goalkeeper of the UC San Diego men's soccer team, was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday.

McElfresh posted two more individual clean sheets as UC San Diego swept a tough home weekend against top foes.

He made three saves in a 1-0 upset of then-12th-ranked Cal State LA on Friday night, with one really difficult stop in the 73rd minute, diving to his right to wipe out a stinging shot by Samuel Croucher.

McElfresh added a career-best seven saves in a 3-0 triumph over Cal State Dominguez Hills Sunday on Senior Day at Triton Soccer Stadium.

UCSD swept a second consecutive CCAA weekend to move into sole possession of first place in the league table. That's after being tied for eighth heading into games played on Oct. 7.

UCSD has won five straight, and is 6-0-1 over its last seven, with three successive shutout victories, as its defense remains No. 1 in the nation with a 0.27 team goals-against average.

McElfresh leads the country individually with his 0.28 GAA and .917 save percentage, and the CCAA with nine shutouts.

McElfresh, the program's first national weekly honoree just two weeks ago on Oct. 4, is also a first-time CCAA Player of the Week for his career. He is also UCSD's first men's soccer selection for 2016.

UC San Diego returns to the Bay Area for a second time this month, playing at last-place Stanislaus State on Friday, and then at Cal State East Bay on Sunday.

Ninth-year head coach Jon Pascale's Tritons moved up from No. 21 to No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll earlier Tuesday.

— UC San Diego Athletics

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