Miami Sports Day

FIU: Patino Does it Again; Earns C-USA Men’s Offensive POW Honor

FIU men’s soccer junior forward Santiago Patino was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. It was his third career weekly C-USA honor and the second in as many weeks. Patino scored three goals, including two goals against the College of Charleston on Sunday in a 3-2 win. (Photo by Alex Hernandez)

MIAMI – For the second-straight week, FIU men’s soccer standout Santiago Patino (Orlando, Florida / Freedom) has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, for the week ending Sept. 3.

Over the weekend against New Jersey Institute of Technology (T, 2-2) and the College of Charleston (W, 3-2), Patino, the Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, recorded an assist and two goals.

Patino, a junior forward, assisted on the equalizing goal in the 73rd minute on Friday night against NJIT. The match resulted in a 2-2 draw ending after 90-minutes of play due to lightning in the area.

During Sunday’s match against Charleston, Patino scored the first goal of the day in the 25th minute when he deked two defenders to get a clear open shot and connected to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. After the Cougars scored at the end of the first half, Patino answered with a header into the upper left corner putting FIU back in the lead. Sunday’s two-goal performance was his fourth multi-goal game of his career.

Patino leads the team with nine points scored (4g, 1a) in four matches on the year.

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