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College Sports Madness Names Pais as National Defensive Player of the Week

Tulsa senior goalkeeper Mark Pais was named as the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week.
Tulsa senior goalkeeper Mark Pais was named as the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week.
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Oct. 1, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior goalkeeper Mark Pais was named as the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the Madness C-USA Player of the Week, while Cristian Mata was tabbed to the College Soccer News Team of the Week, as announced today by their respective publications.

"I think he has obviously earned this recognition," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "He has been a big part of three straight shutouts against three great teams, including the C-USA preseason favorite in South Carolina, 11th-ranked Creighton and Marshall, who at the time was undefeated. It is certainly a well-earned accolade. We are defending quite well and whenever your goalkeeper is playing well it gives the guys in front of him a lot of confidence."

Pais played 180 minutes on the week, recorded nine saves against Marshall and five saves against 11th-ranked Creighton, and picked up two shutouts.

Pais has logged 897 minutes between the posts, recorded 39 saves and five shutouts, and has a 1.10 goals-against average and a .780 saves percentage as a senior.

Mata scored two goals against 11th-ranked Creighton and earned the assist on the game-winning goal against Marshall, while tallying nine shots, four of which were on goal, last week. Mata has a team-leading eight goals and 18 points, and is third on the team with three assists.

"Cristian had a very good game against Creighton in a big non-conference win for us, and he had a good assist to Kyle [Cumings] against Marshall," McIntosh said. "You can get lost in the numbers a little bit, because they are obviously good, but he has a tremendous work rate and understanding, so it is a credit to that as well."