Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University’s Efrain Burgos, Jr., has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Brine Player of the Week for the week of September 22-28.
The selection marks the sophomore attacking central midfielder’s first career weekly conference honor. It is the first weekly MPSF recognition for San Jose State this season. Nick Cukar and Lewis Sweeney were each selected MPSF Player of the Week in 2007.
Burgos, Jr., scored two of San Jose State’s three goals, and assisted on the other, as the Spartans went through a second straight undefeated week with a record of 1-0-1 to kick off a season-long five-game road stretch.
The native of San Bruno, Calif., first produced arguably San Jose State’s goal of the year already, to open the scoring at top non-conference area rival Santa Clara on Wednesday night, September 24. In the 64th minute of a scoreless contest against the perennial powerhouse Broncos who were ranked as high as No. 1 nationally by one preseason poll, Burgos, Jr., chased back after a loose ball on the right side around midfield, won a tackle, poked the ball through an opponent’s legs toward goal, looked up, saw the Santa Clara goalie off his line, and launched a shot from approximately 50 yards out that floated over the Bronco net-minder and into the back of his net. He would finish with a game-high four shots, two of them on goal, in what was ultimately a 1-1 draw for the Spartans after allowing an 82nd-minute equalizer. Burgos, Jr., played all 110 minutes.
In a 2-0 shutout victory at Cal State Bakersfield to close out the non-conference portion of the San Jose State schedule on Sunday afternoon, September 28, Burgos, Jr., provided the assist via a through ball on what proved to be the game-winning goal by teammate Nick Cukar in the 17th minute. It was his first assist of the year. He then scored the 81st-minute clincher off an assist from fellow sophomore midfielder Ricky Dorrego, taking an over-the-head lob pass and volleying into the right side of the Runner goal from inside the penalty area. In 68 minutes of play, Burgos, Jr., took three shots, with two on goal.
For the week, Burgos, Jr., played 178 out of a possible 200 minutes in two matches, starting both, collected five points off of two goals and an assist, and took seven shots, four of them on goal. He now leads the team in total points (7) and shares the team lead in goals (3), having scored in three straight matches. The 2006 graduate of Westmoor High School is the MPSF leader in shots (42) and shots per game (6.00).