Nov. 23, 2015
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UC Santa Barbara's Ismaila Jome
UC Santa Barbara's Ismaila Jome is the LA Soccer News Men’s College Player of the Week after lifting the 22nd-ranked Gauchos past South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Division I men's tournament.
Jome scored 2½ minutes into overtime to give UCSB (14-6-2) a 1-0 triumph over the visiting Gamecocks and a date next Sunday in the NCAA's Sweet 16 at third-ranked Clemson.
The junior winger from Gambia, who prepped in Minnesota, has three goals and three assists in a season in which he has been limited by injury to just 15 games and only eight starts. The two-time All-Big West Conference and All-West Region selection has six goals and 15 assists in 55 career games at UCSB.
Jome played hero Sunday night, collecting a ball that had been cleared off the South Carolina goal line about 30 yards from the net. He cut right to beat a defender and find space, then fired from just outside the box, sending a curling shot into the top-right corner. It was his third goal of the year, the most he's scored in a single college season.
“Sometimes, you have a high volume of shots and nothing goes in for you until someone steps up and makes a big play,” Gauchos coach Tim Vom Steeg said afterward. “Ish did that for us.”
Jome is the third player to win the LASN award this season. Geoffrey Acheampong was honored in September and Nick DePuy was selected in back-to-back weeks in October.
LA Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week
Week ending August 30: Adam Hobbs, Cal State Northridge
Week ending September 6: Paul Blanchette, Loyola Marymount
Week ending September 13: Ricardo Ruiz, UC Riverside
Week ending September 20: Geoffrey Acheampong, UC Santa Barbara
Week ending September 27: Eduardo Calzada, UC Irvine
Week ending October 4: Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara
Week ending October 11: Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara
Week ending October 18: Ross McPhie, Cal State Fullerton
Week ending October 25: Abu Danladi, UCLA
Week ending November 1: Abu Danladi, UCLA
Week ending November 8: Jackson Yueill, UCLA
Week ending November 15: David Rodriguez Elias, Cal State Fullerton
Week ending November 22: Ismaila Jome, UC Santa Barbara