Sacramento Gold FC forward Matt Wiesenfarth has been selected as the eighth player of the week for this National Premier Soccer League season.

The striker finished with a first-half hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Sonoma County Sol. He scored two goals the previous game,

“I’m extremely grateful to the NPSL for presenting me with this honor,” Wiesenfarth said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work to get to the next level and things like these tend to validate the effort that you make. A special thanks to the Gold coaching staff and organization for giving me a spot on the team after the season had started. I look forward to scoring more goals for my hometown club this year.”

The club is in third place in the Golden Gate Conference with a 2-2-1 record and seven points.

“We are happy and excited that Matt is receiving the National Player of the Week award,” Sacramento Gold FC head coach Ruben Mora Jr. said. “It is well deserved. We are glad to have Matt up front for us and we are certain he will continue to be a threat.”

The Sacramento, Calif. native was a standout at Jesuit High School, scoring 58 goals in two seasons and finishing as the program’s third all-time leading scorer.

At the University of California-Davis, Wiesenfarth was named Conference freshman of the year and freshman All-American in 2011. He finished as the university’s second all-time leader in points. He also earned a call-up to the U.S. Under-20 national team in 2012.

The player of the week award is determined by a vote of media members from across the country. It is awarded every week during the regular season.