O'Brien and Vecchio Named C-USA Players of the Week
Sept. 27, 2004
Irving, Texas - University of Memphis forward Dayton O'Brien was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week while the Tigers' goalkeeper Sebastian Vecchio earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
O'Brien, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., was involved with six of the Tigers eight goals this week, netting the game-winner against Charlotte and adding five assists in two matches. He assisted on three goals as Memphis defeated Evansville, 5-1, for the first time in school history. O'Brien also scored the game-winning goal on a free kick from 35 yards out to give the Tigers a 3-1 victory against Charlotte in their C-USA opener.
Vecchio, a senior from Buenos Aires, Argentina, posted two wins in the net for the Tigers with nine saves on the week. He allowed a goal apiece in a 5-1 victory against Evansville and a 3-1 win over Charlotte in the C-USA opener. He ranks third in the C-USA standings for goals against average (0.85) and save percentage (.828).
USF sophomore defender Kareem Smith shares the conference defensive player of the week honors with Vecchio. Smith anchored a Bulls' defense that is undefeated this season at 5-0-2. In Saturday's match with No. 17 Saint Louis, he marked C-USA Preseason Player of the Year Will John and held him to just three shots (none on goal).