Sept. 3, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior defender Joe Sofia has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, as announced by the publication today.
The Dove Canyon, Calif. native played every single minute in both of UCLA's matches this weekend. On Friday against Maryland, he led a back line that was able to hang tough against 22 Maryland shots, as UCLA earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Then on Sunday against Virginia, he scored a golden goal in the 99th minute to lift UCLA to a big 1-0 road win over the Cavaliers. Sofia now has scored three goals in his UCLA career, all of them game-winners.
The Bruins improved to 1-1-1 on the season after going 1-0-1 on their tough east coast road trip. Next up, UCLA will face Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 pm and UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 pm in two non-conference home matches.
Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (Week ending Sept. 2)
Victor Francoz, GK, Old Dominion
Ben Sweat, D, South Florida
Joe Sofia, D, UCLA
Martin Murphy, MF, North Carolina
Coleton Henning, MF, Furman
Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, MF, Washington
Khiry Shelton, MF, Oregon State
Michael Gamble, F, Wake Forest
Harrison Shipp, F, Notre Dame
Brandon Allen, F, Georgetown
Patrick Mullins, F, Maryland