Academica SC forward Cody Golbad has been selected as the National Premier Soccer League player of the week for the second consecutive week, it was announced Friday.

Golbad scored four goals in a 4-4 draw with Sonoma County Sol FC May 12.

After graduating from Golden Valley H.S., where he holds the record for most goals in a season (26), Golbad played four seasons for the University of California-Merced, tallying 48 goals and 26 assists in 64 matches. He also was named California Pacific Conference player of the year as well as being Merced’s first NAIA All-American.

“I am honored and blessed to win this award twice in a row,” Golbad said. “It’s truly a reflection of the collective effort our organization has been putting in over the past six months. We are looking forward to fighting for a playoff spot in the final part of the season and hopefully gain a few more player of the week honors for the team.”

The Merced, Calif. native has been playing for Academica SC for two years and leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and two assists.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Cody has won this award for the second time,” Academica SC general manager Simon Bettencourt said. “It’s a real testament to the amount of work he and his teammates put in for this club. He is always looking for goal and knows how to put himself in place for goal scoring opportunities. He’s also a pleasure to work with. Cody has one of the best attitudes on the team and it shows through his game. He lifts players around him and it’s that combination of attitude and work ethic that has allowed him to shine. We’re proud that he represents our club as we are with all of our players.”

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

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