WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UC San Diego’s Gavin Lamming was named Tuesday as the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-22.
Lamming anchored a UCSD defense that posted a pair of clutch 1-0 shutout road victories against CCAA South Division rivals who had both entered the weekend with unbeaten overall records. In addition to being a vital part of a defensive effort that allowed just eight shots in each game, with a total of seven on goal, the fourth-year senior moved up from his center back position to head in Sunday’s decider at Cal State San Bernardino in the 27th minute from a Jacob Valadez corner kick. It was his first goal of 2013, fourth of his career, and first of the game-winning variety.
The Tritons earlier upset No. 14 Chico State in its home opener on Friday night, also through a lone first-half score, that one from fellow fourth-year senior Taylor Wirth (Escondido/La Costa Canyon HS). Lamming played all 180 minutes over what was UCSD’s first sweep of a CCAA road weekend since 2010.
The award, the first of Lamming’s career, marked the second weekly conference recognition of 2013-14 for a Triton student-athlete. Cassie Callahan (Coronado/Coronado HS) earned the women’s soccer distinction just last week.
Having completed a season-long four-game road stretch to open the conference portion of its 2013 schedule, UCSD plays at home twice this week. Kickoff at Triton Soccer Stadium against Humboldt State on Friday, Sept. 27, is set for 4:30 p.m., with start time against Sonoma State on Sunday, Sept. 29, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Both contests serve as the front end of doubleheaders with the UCSD women’s team.
UCSD is 4-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in CCAA play, tied for third in the South Division standings with seven points.