Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University’s Ricky Dorrego has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Brine Co-Player of the Week for the week of November 10-16.
Dorrego, a San Jose native and former star at nearby Lincoln High School, is the fourth Spartan to be recognized by the MPSF with its weekly award in 2008, and third straight after senior goalkeeper Richard Mann and junior midfielder Nick Cukar were honored over the previous two weeks. Efrain Burgos, Jr., garnered the distinction earlier in the year, on September 29. This marks Dorrego’s first career selection.
The right-sided midfielder scored two goals and assisted on the other two as San Jose State closed out the 2008 season with a convincing 4-1 home defeat of MPSF foe Sacramento State on Senior Night at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, November 15.
It was the first multiple-goal match of Dorrego’s college career. He got the Spartans on the board early with a ninth-minute strike into the right side of the Hornet goal off assists by Colby Moore and Hiroki Akiyama. Dorrego then assisted Nick Cukar on what proved to be the game-winner, at the 14:23 mark, sending a long through ball. He gave the Spartans a commanding 3-0 advantage at the break, scoring his second at the 34:05 mark of the first period. The 2007 San Jose Mercury News Boy’s Soccer Athlete of the Year closed out his evening offensively by assisting redshirt freshman teammate Sky Cutler (Archbishop Mitty HS) on his first collegiate goal, to seal matters at 87:32, feeding Moore, who in turn relayed to Cutler for the score.
For the game, all three of Dorrego’s shots were on goal, with two finding the back of the net. He played all 90 minutes to match his season long. The six points are a single-game career high, as well as a single-game high for the entire conference in 2008. Dorrego appeared in 17 of 18 matches this year, all 17 of them starting assignments, and totaled a career-high 12 points from four goals and four assists, ranking in a tie for third on the team chart. His four goals were also third on the team. Ten of his 26 shots on the year were on goal.
The Spartans ended the season unbeaten in their last six matches after an 0-4 start to the MPSF slate via four one-goal losses, the first three of which were on the road. San Jose State won four in a row at the back end of that stretch, finishing with an above-.500 overall record for a second year in a row, at 9-5-4, and an above-.500 MPSF mark (5-4-1) for the first time since 2005. San Jose State wound up alone in third place with 16 points, behind first-time champion and the MPSF’s lone NCAA Championship representative, Denver, and New Mexico.
New Mexico, which had won the past four league crowns, and San Jose State, were left out of the field of 48 when the bracket announcement was made on Monday afternoon, November 17.