Former US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Players Earn NSCAA Player of the Week Honors
October 21, 2009 02:00 PM
A pair of former US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region IV players took home NSCAA Player of the Week Honors for Oct. 21. Michelle Enyeart, a senior forward at the University of Portland, and Brian Perk, a senior goalkeeper at UCLA, led their teams to multiple victories over the weekend as Portland's women's team improved to 14-1 and moved up a spot to No. 3 in the NSCAA national rankings, and the UCLA men moved up two spots to No. 2 with a 8-1-2 record.
Enyeart scored game-winning goals in both road games as part of her three goal, three assist weekend. Enyeart was a top prospect coming out of high school as she was a three-year member of both the US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV and California-South teams. In 2005, Enyeart helped lead her US Youth Soccer California-South ODP team to a third place finish at the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, and also took home the adidas Golden Boot Award as the tournament's top performer. That same year, as a member of the Laguna Hills Eclipse club team, Enyeart also grabbed the Golden Boot Award at the US Youth Soccer National Championships as she guided Eclipse to the title.
Perk, who notched two shutout wins over top 20 opponents in California and Stanford, was also a US Youth Soccer ODP participant on both the Region IV and California-South teams, and played his club ball for the Pateadores. Perk recently returned to the UCLA squad from Egypt where he started all three games for the U.S. team in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
F, Sr., University of Portland, Hemet, Calif.
Enyeart scored both game-winning goals in road wins at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Overall, she tallied three goals and three assists last week. The Pilots' victory at LMU snapped a seven-match unbeaten streak at home for the Lions. Pepperdine is ranked No. 57 in the latest RPI and LMU is No. 73.
GK, Sr., UCLA, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
A week after leaving a game with an eye injury, Perk returned to action and earned a pair of shutouts over top 20 opponents in No. 10 California and No. 18 Stanford. In Friday's match against the Golden Bears, he had three saves as his defense held its opponent to eight shots. In the 79th minute, he made a leaping save to preserve the shutout and give the Bruins the 1-0 win. Closing out the weekend against Stanford, Perk had another solid performance as once again his defense surrendered single-digit shots on goal, allowing only six. He made two saves in the Bruins 2-0 victory over the Cardinal. In the 62nd minute with UCLA clinging to a 1-0 lead, he dove to punch out a dangerous ball in front of the box.