Garcia Honored as SAC Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (October 29, 2012) — Stephen Owusu of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Pablo Garcia of John Brown University are Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for Oct. 22-28.
Garcia, a junior goalkeeper from Guadalajara, Mexico, had 10 saves and allowed one goal in 200 minutes of work. He had five saves and allowed one goal in a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Mid-America Christian (Okla.) before posting a five-save 1-0 shutout over Oklahoma City.
Garcia preserved the Golden Eagles' seventh win of the season by blocking an OCU penalty kick midway through the second half before teammate Andre Sandiford-Williams netted the game winner with moments remaining in the match. The victory also ensured John Brown of its third winning season in the last four years.
Garcia has now recorded 68 saves in the 2012 campaign and has notched two shutouts. He ranks No. 45 in the nation in goals against per game (1.180).
Owusu, a freshman forward from Accra, Ghana, had a hat trick in a 3-1 win at Lubbock Christian, coming off the bench. USAO was 2-0 on the week.