Nov. 16, 2010
BERKELEY - California freshman Alec Sundly added the Pac-10 Player of the Week award to his collection of accolades for scoring two goals, including the gamewinner, in the Golden Bears' conference-title clinching, 3-2 win over Stanford on Nov. 11, Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday.
Sundly, a forward/midfielder from Capistrano Beach, Calif., earned spots on the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the Week and the nod as the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week on Nov. 15 after scoring the first two goals of his college career against the Cardinal. He headed in the first one in the 34th minute off a corner kick from senior forward Davis Paul. Paul and senior midfielder Anthony Avalos combined to set up Sundly for the eventual gamewinner - an 83rd-minute strike from 25 yards out.
This is Sundly's first Pac-10 Player of the Week award, Cal's sixth conference honor of the season and the program's 20th Pac-10 award in its history. Paul and senior defender A.J. Soares have each earned two and sophomore defender Steve Birnbaum has claimed one Pac-10 honor this season.
Sixth-seeded Cal earned the Pac-10's automatic bid into the 48-team NCAA Tournament and will host a second-round postseason match against either Denver or UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. Denver and UCSB will play their NCAA Tournament first-round match at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Cal has earned No. 5 and No. 6 rankings from the various national polls this week. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer America magazine rate the Bears as the No. 6 team in the country, while College Soccer News and Soccer Times rank Cal at No. 5.