CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Campbell midfielder Ricki Gaez has been tabbed the Big South Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina defender Uchenna Uzo garnered Big South Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 15-21, the League announced today.
Gaez, a sophomore from Panama City, Panama, put in two goals and registered one assist to lead the Fighting Camels to a 2-0 Big South record last week, including a win over then No. 25 High Point. Against the Panthers on Oct. 17, Gaez helped get the scoring started as he found Jhuvon Francis in the 69th minute to give Campbell the 1-0 lead. In the 73rd minute, he beat the HPU keeper one-on-one to push Campbell to the 2-1 win. Three days later against Presbyterian, Gaez put the Fighting Camels on the board in the 43rd minute as Campbell picked up the 3-0 win. The honor marks his first Big South Attacking Player of the Week nod this season.
Uzo, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, anchored a Chanticleer backline that posted back-to-back shutouts against Winthrop and Gardner-Webb last week. His play helped the CCU defense hold Winthrop to only one shot on goal, while the Runnin' Bulldogs were only able to get six shots on frame. The No. 13 Coastal Carolina squad has a shutout streak of 320:58 with Uzo being on the pitch for every second of the streak. He also netted the second game-winning goal of his career in the 1-0 win over Winthrop. His efforts landed him on the College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Teams of the Week. The honor is his second Big South Defensive Player of the Week plaudit this season.
Also nominated for Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Week for Week 9: Pedro Ribero (Coastal Carolina), David Parra (UNC Asheville) and Blake McCauley (VMI).
Also nominated for Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9: Ethan Hall (Campbell) and James Jordan (Radford).
Big South Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Week
Aug. 28 - Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 4 - Shane Malcolm, High Point
Sept. 11 - Devin Pierce, Longwood
Sept. 18 - Mamadee Nyepon, HighPoint
Sept. 25 - Marc Segarra, Winthrop
Oct. 2 - Alex Isern, Winthrop
Oct. 10 - Bernardo Ulmo, Radford
Oct. 16 - Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
Oct 23 - Ricki Gaez, Campbell
Big South Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Aug. 28 - Ethan Hall, Campbell
Sept. 4 - Scott Shewfelt, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 11 - Kody Palmer, High Point
Sept. 18 - Uchenna Uzo, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 25 - Dario Redono, Radford
Oct. 2 - Fejiro Okiomah, High Point
Oct. 10 - Scott Krotee, Gardner-Webb
Oct. 16 - James Jordan, Radford
Oct. 23 - Uchenna Uzo, Coastal Carolina