Emmanuel Perez, Junior, Midfielder, Boynton Beach, Fla. | Philadelphia Union Academy
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- After extending his goal-scoring streak to five successive matches with a 92nd-minute, game-winning strike versus No. 24 Loyola Marymount (Sept. 26), junior midfielder Emmanuel Perez has been named Mechanics Bank Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week for a third straight week.
Perez opened last week by scoring the opening goal during a 2-1 home loss to Seattle (Sept. 23). Three nights later, he latched onto a saved shot attempt from junior forward Angel De Leon and fired past Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Jacob Jackson to hand Cal Poly the 2-1 victory. The goal lifted Cal Poly to its first win against a ranked opponent in three years.
Perez’s seven goals this year – all of which have come in Cal Poly’s last five games – already equals the highest single-season total by a Mustang since forward Mackenzie Pridham notched 14 goals in 2013.
As of Sept. 29, Perez led all NCAA Division I players in game-winning goals (four) and shot accuracy (76.5 percent), ranked third nationally in goals per game (1.00), fifth in points per game (2.29) and 11th in total goals (seven).
As a program, Cal Poly (4-3-0) completes Big West Conference preparations with a two-game road stretch that begins on Monday, Sept. 30, versus San Francisco at 5 p.m. The Mustangs then visit Blue-Green rival UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.