Hawai‘i Hilo’s Rayden Bala named PacWest Men’s Soccer Player of Week
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Hawai'i Hilo junior forward Rayden Bala (Kailua-Kona, HI/Kealakehe) has been selected the final Pacific West Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week for 2012.
The conference announced the honor on Monday, Nov. 5, for games contested Oct. 29-Nov. 4.
Bala totaled nine points on four goals and an assist during a 2-0-0 week for the Vulcans.
He scored a goal at 28:56 to put the Vulcans ahead of Holy Names 2-0 on Oct. 30, and then assisted on what would prove to be the game-winner at 76:34. UHH won the contest 3-2.
Against Academy of Art on Nov. 3 in the season finale, Bala unleashed a hat-trick over a 16:09 span in the second half to push the Vulcans to a 5-1 win.
He scored the game's third goal at 72:18, then tallied back-to-back goals just :18 apart at 88:09 and 88:27 to secure the victory for UHH.
The PacWest Fantastic 15
Tom Davies (Sr., 6-4, D, Crookwell, Australia) – Holy Names – totaled six points on three goals in a 1-2-0 week for the Hawks…scored twice in 3-2 loss at Hawai'i Hilo on Oct. 30…tallied goals in the 66th and 84th minutes…tallied game's first goal at 6:36 of a 3-2 win at BYU-Hawaii on Nov. 1.
Carlos Garcia-Partida (So., 5-10, F, Reno, NV/Galena) - Azusa Pacific – totaled four points on a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory at Dixie State on Nov. 3…lone game of the week for the Cougars.
Casey Gibson (Sr., 6-0, 165, GK, Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) - Dominican (photo left) – stopped 8 of 9 shots on goal in a 2-1 win over PLNU on Nov. 3…had an .889 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average…lone game in net for the week.
Joe Geletko (Sr., 6-3, 165, GK, Twentynine Palms, CA/Twentynine Palms) - Azusa Pacific – halted 8 of 9 shots on goal in earning a 4-1 win at Dixie State on Nov. 3…had a 1.00 goals against average and an .889 save percentage.
Pedro Guevara (Sr., 5-5, 145, M, Santa Rosa, CA/Montgomery) - Dominican – scored game-winning goal in a 2-1 win vs. PLNU on Nov. 3.
Philip Sakaba (Jr., 5-8, 130, M, Mililani, HI/Mililani) – Hawai'i Hilo – recorded an assist hat-trick in 5-1 win over Art U on Nov. 3…finished game and week with three points…assisted on game-winner at 52:09…assisted on both of Rayden Bala's back-to-back goals that occurred just :18 apart….finished with a three-point game.
Daniel Haehre (So., 5-9, 155, F, Bekkestua, Norway) – Hawai'i Pacific – totaled four points on two goals in a 2-0-0 week for the Sea Warriors…scored both goals, including the game-winner in overtime at 101:12, in a 2-1 victory vs. Art U on Nov. 1…tied game 1-1 at 39:55.
Paul Islas (Sr., 5-7, 150, F, Fresno, CA/Bullard) - Fresno Pacific (Photo Right) – totaled six points on hat-trick in a 4-0 win vs. Point Loma on Nov. 1…scored at 3:24 and 3:53 to give the Sunbirds a quick 2-0 start…finished hat-trick with third goal at 52:50.
Rasmus Larson (Sr., 5-9, F, Halmstad, Sweden) – Holy Names – scored two goals and finished with four points in a 3-2 double-overtime loss at Hawai'i Pacific on Nov. 3…twice scored on penalty kicks that tied the game 1-1 and 2-2…first goal came at 51:30…second goal occurred at 81:17 to force overtime.
Lane Lorenzo (So., 6-0, 170, F, Kailua-Kona, HI/Kealakehe) – Hawai'i Hilo – recorded game-winning goal at 76:34 of a 3-2 victory over Holy Names on Oct. 30.
Christian Muehlberger (Fr., 5-8, M, Germany) – Holy Names – scored game-winning goal at 47:25 in 3-2 victory at BYU-Hawaii on Nov. 1…also assisted on Hawks' first goal in 3-2 loss at Hawai'i Hilo on Oct. 30.
Joey Pacheco (Jr., 6-0, 180, GK, Riverside, CA/Martin Luther King) – California Baptist – halted 9 of 10 shots on goal in a tough 1-0 double-overtime loss at Grand Canyon on Nov. 3…finished contest with a 0.84 goals against average.
Fabian Rangel (Jr., 5-10, 170, GK, Burbank, CA/Sunnyside) - Fresno Pacific – stopped all six shots on net in a 1-0 road victory at NDNU on Nov. 3… lone game in net during the week.
Saaed Robinson (Sr., 5-9, 150, F, Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmers Boys School) – Grand Canyon – scored game-winning goal at 107:09 to give Grand Canyon a 1-0 double-overtime win on Nov. 3. vs. California Baptist and the PacWest Championship.
Michael Salazar (So., 5-11, 160, F, Cayo, Belize/Canyon Springs) – California Baptist (Photo Left) – totaled six points on two goals and two assists during a 4-1 win vs. PLNU on Oct. 30…figured in the scoring of all four goals…credited with game-winner.
Guillem Vinas Marin (Jr., 6-0, 160, M, Barcelona, Spain) – Hawai'i Pacific – totaled three points on a goal and an assist in 3-2 double-overtime victory vs. Holy Names on Nov. 3…scored game-winning goal with :04 left in the second overtime period…assisted on goal at 61:44 that put HPU ahead 2-1.