IRVINE, Calif. – After leading Sacramento State to a pair of ties with 16 saves in two matches, men's soccer senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo has been named Big West Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
The award is the first for Castillo and the second for Sacramento State in as many seasons in the Big West Conference after former goalkeeper Bryan Oliver earned the accolade last season.
Castillo was superb in each of the Hornets two matches last week as the squad played to a pair of draws. On Thursday vs. San Francisco, Castillo made six saves while allowing just a single goal to give the Hornets a 1-1 draw. Five of his six saves came in the second half while he added one in the second overtime to preserve the tie.
On Saturday at Saint Mary's Castillo came within one save of his career best with 10 stops, a Big West single-game high this season. He made five saves in each half while facing 17 total Gael shots for the 0-0 tie, recording his second shutout of the season.
With his big week Castillo now ranks 20th in NCAA Division-I soccer with 5.40 saves per game. His goals against average dropped to 0.86 while his save percentage jumped to .844. He is also now tied for second in program history with 12 career shutouts and is fourth with 171 career saves.