Former Eagle named Player of the Week

Former Oak Mountain High School soccer standout Chandler Hoffman was recently named the men’s soccer Player of the Week in the Pac-10 Conference. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Former Oak Mountain High School soccer standout Chandler Hoffman, now a sophomore forward at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), was recently named the men’s soccer Player of the Week in the Pac-10 Conference.

Making his first starts of the season, the North Shelby native scored a pair of goals as the Bruins picked up two big road wins at Washington and Oregon State to stay alive in the Pac-10 Conference championship race.

Hoffman scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 thriller Nov. 5 over the Huskies. The goal, which came in the 64th minute, was Hoffman’s first of the year since missing the first 11 games of the season with a broken leg suffered on the first day of preseason training. Hoffman scored his second goal of the weekend in the 3-0 victory Nov. 7 over the Beavers, striking in the 75th minute.

The award is Hoffman’s first career weekly Player of the Year honor and UCLA’s 41st all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week nod.

Hoffman was also recently named to the Pac-10 Conference’s All-Academic team.

Hoffman, who holds a 3.61 grade-point average, has not declared a major at UCLA.

Hoffman, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in boys’ soccer in the state of Alabama following both his junior and senior seasons, was the Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year in 2009.