Boyoko Named Big West Offensive Player of the Week

Goffin Boyoko (Photo by Francis Lipinski)
Goffin Boyoko (Photo by Francis Lipinski)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior attacker Goffin Boyoko has been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sep. 1, it was announced by the conference today.

Boyoko came roaring out of the gates in UCSB's first two games of the season, helping the Gauchos collect wins at Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago. He scored three goals over the weekend, including both game winners, eclipsing his entire 2012 goal total in the process.

In Friday's season opener, the France native scored the first tally of the new campaign by heading in a free kick in the 15th minute. Just 12 minutes later, Boyoko finished a nice pass from Achille Campion by shooting between the Northwestern keeper's legs to put the Gauchos up by two in what turned out to be a 3-1 win.

In Sunday's matinee against UIC, Boyoko got airborne again to finish an Armand Bagramyan cross, the only goal in a 1-0 Gauchos win.

For the week, Boyoko tallied three of UCSB's four goals and five of the team's 13 shots. He is the Gauchos' first conference offensive player of the week since Luis Silva in November 2011.

Goffin and the rest of the Gauchos return to Santa Barbara this week to host Gonzaga in their home opener on Friday, Sep. 6. Tickets for that match, and all 2013 matches, are available here.