September 17, 2012

Streaking Escalante Named Player of the Week

Jesse Escalante Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton senior Jesse Escalante was named the Big West Conference men's soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday afternoon, helping power an offensive outburst for the Titans last week.

Escalante, who entered his senior season with six career goals to his name, has scored a point in each of the team's last three matches, including goals in all three contests and in four of Fullerton's last five contests overall. He leads the team in both goals (4) and points (9) and stands second on the team with 14 shots.

The Placentia, Calif., native netted late goals in 2-1 and 4-2 losses at CSU Bakersfield and against Canisius in Las Vegas to start off the week, but had his biggest impact offensively in the tournament finale against Syracuse at the UNLV Nike Invitational, helping the Titans to their second win of the season. He delivered the game-winning assist on a corner kick that found the head of teammate Anthony Rosales in the 16th minute and, four minutes earlier, tallied the tying goal that knotted the match at 1-1.

He finished with a season-high four shots against Syracuse and finished with nine shots overall for the week.

The outburst has been a boost for Fullerton's offense, which scored five goals in two matches at the UNLV tournament -- one more than the Titans had scored all season to that point.

Following four-straight matches on the road, Cal State Fullerton returns home for its next four contests, including its Big West Conference openers, at Titan Stadium. The homestand opens on Thursday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. as the Titans host Air Force.