McLain Earns National, Big West Defensive Praise
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – After registering consecutive clean sheets during the Cal Poly men's soccer program's 1-0 victory versus Villanova (Sept. 9) and scoreless draw against No. 12 West Virginia (Sept. 11), Mustang senior goalkeeper Patrick McLain was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's College Team of the Week and as the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The Big West's leader for shutouts (four) and goals-against average (0.35), McLain matched a season high with three saves to help Cal Poly (2-1-2) past Villanova on Friday evening. Offensively, a 68th-minute strike from junior forward Dakota Collins provided Cal Poly its first triumph against a Big East Conference foe.
Two days later, McLain added a pair of saves against 12th-ranked West Virginia to chalk up his 14th career clean sheet. With 25 clean sheets, only Eric Branagan-Franco (2006-08) has recorded more career shutouts in Cal Poly program history.
McLain's pair of clean sheets also allowed Cal Poly to stay unbeaten during 10 of its previous 11 matches at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Along with UC Irvine sophomore midfielder Enrique Cardenas, who earned TopDrawerSoccer.com's national Player of the Week accolade, McLain was one of only two Big West players honored by the site. Monday's Big West honor was also the third of McLain's career.
Cal Poly hits the road for a two-match series at the University of Akron Tournament, beginning with a Sept. 16 contest versus Syracuse (2-2-0) at 2 p.m. PT. Cal Poly will also face No. 4 Akron (3-0-1) at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.