Oct. 4, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Playing in only his ninth game as a Matador, redshirt freshman Gustavo Villalobos made quite an impression last Saturday in CSUN's Big West opener at Cal State Fullerton.
Finishing with two goals and an assist against the Titans, Villalobos' effort helped him become the first Matador in 2010 to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors by the Big West Conference.
"He had a nice performance against Fullerton last Saturday, but he also performed just as well without the results on the scoresheet during the last few games," stated head coach Terry Davila. "He has been a little unlucky recently with a couple of shots deflecting off the post and crossbar, but he has consistently done a good job in not only creating scoring opportunities himself but his teammates as well."
Having come inches away from scoring on a number of occasions throughout their non-conference portion of CSUN's schedule, Villalobos' finally found the back of the net in the 17th minute when he received a pass from Luis Gil and drilled his sharp-angled shot past Fullerton goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon to give his team the early lead.
It was a day of firsts for the redshirt freshman; shortly after scoring his first goal as a Matador, Villalobos also picked up his first career assist 14 minutes later when teammate Rene Anguiano received his pass and quickly blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area into the goal to double CSUN's advantage.
The score remained 2-0 until the 69th minute when Villalobos scored once again on a shot similar to his first goal, only taken from the opposite side of the goal.
With his five point performance against the Titans, Villalobos became only the fifth Matador freshman to score two or more goals in one game since CSUN joined the Big West Conference in 2001. Not since Willie Sims' three goal effort against UNLV on September 17, 2005 had any Matador earned as many points in one match as Villalobos did last Saturday.
"His two goals are a microcosm of what is happening for our team," explained Davila. "Everyone is starting to play well. We are starting to attack well as a team, and the results of our effort showed last Saturday."
On September 30, 2009 Sunghyun Kim was the last Matador who scored a goal and earned an assist in the same game as CSUN cruised to a 3-1 victory at UC Riverside. Nearly one year later to the day, Villalobos became the second player in the last three seasons to accomplish this rare feat.
"Gustavo is a good player. He is hungry, humble, and wants to do well at all times. I am very happy for him."