Emery Welshman Named Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week
Oct. 4, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State men's soccer junior forward Emery Welshman was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week for his performance in the Beavers' upset of No. 22 Washington in their conference opener, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
This is the first such honor for Welshman and the 16th all-time Player of the Week selection for Oregon State. Danny Mwanga was the last Beaver to receive a nod as the league's best weekly player for his two-goal, one-assist effort from Nov. 9-15, 2009.
On Friday, Welshman keyed OSU's offense in a 2-1 home victory over the Huskies, scoring one goal and assisting on another.
In the 30th minute, Welshman set up freshman Mike Reckmeyer for the second consecutive game, breaking free of a trio of defenders outside the 18-yard box and feeding Reckmeyer as he broke to the net on the far side of the field and scored to put the Beavers on top, 1-0. The assist was Welshman's third of the season and second to Reckmeyer in as many games, as he set up the freshman for a goal in similar fashion against CSU Bakersfield last Sunday.
Welshman notched his first game-winning goal of the year just before halftime, on a feed from freshman Khiry Shelton. In the 43rd minute, Shelton broke down the left side of the pitch, leaving two Washington defenders in his wake and put a perfect cross on the foot of Welshman, who sent home his second goal of the season to put OSU up 2-0.
With his performance, Welshman is now eighth in the conference in points (7) and tied for sixth in assists (3). His 34 shots (3.78/game) are good for third.
A transfer from Siena College, Welshman was named the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year last season after leading the conference in scoring with 13 goals and three assists for 29 points as a sophomore. He was also selected to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru NCAA Division I Men's All-North Atlantic Region First Team and ranked seventh in NCAA Division I with 1.81 points per game and fourth overall with .81 goals per game. In 2009 he was named MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Oregon State is 3-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the Pac-12. The Beavers will attempt to continue their winning ways against nationally ranked opponents when they welcome No. 20 San Diego State and No. 15 UCLA to Paul Lorenz Field this weekend. OSU plays the Aztecs on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and the Bruins on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.
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