Emmanuel Perez, Sophomore, Midfielder, 5-6, Boynton Beach, Fla. | Philadelphia Union Academy
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- After recording the first multi-goal game by a Cal Poly men’s soccer player in two seasons during the program’s 4-1 season-opening victory versus Fresno Pacific on Aug. 24, sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez has been named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.
Perez, who played all of 96 total minutes in four appearances as a freshman last season, notched Cal Poly’s opening goal versus Fresno Pacific in the 18th minute. Setting up Perez was defender Freeman Dwamena, who crossed into the penalty box for fellow sophomore Andrew Forth. Forth knocked the ball down and found Perez, who notched his first career goal from five yards.
After junior midfielder Diego Alonso and sophomore defender Addison Parrish helped Cal Poly establish a 3-1 lead with their first career goals, Perez closed the scoring on 54 minutes after Dwamena sent a deep cross into the Fresno Pacific penalty area for the sophomore to head home.
Perez’s double marked the first multi-goal game by a Mustang since former forward and current L.A. Galaxy squad member Justin Dhillon produced a hat trick versus Fresno Pacific in a 4-1 victory on Sept. 11, 2016.
As a program, Cal Poly (1-0-0) opens a five-game road trip – the program's lengthiest in 10 years – when visiting Gonzaga on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. The Pacific Northwest tour continues at No. 22 Seattle (Friday, Aug. 31) and Portland (Monday, Sept. 3).