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Ex-Raider Altamirano named Pac-12 Player of the Week Jamie Mcconaghey | Fri, Sep 16 2011 04:32 PM

San Diego State University junior Jose Altamirano has earned recognition as this week’s Pac-12 Conference men’s soccer Player of the Week. It was one of three honors for the Southwest High School graduate, who also was selected to the College Soccer News and Soccer America national teams of the week.

Altamirano scored three goals over the weekend to lead the Aztecs to a 2-0 record and the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central tournament title. For his efforts, the midfielder was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player.

On Sept. 9, Altamirano scored a goal in SDSU’s 4-0 victory over Manhattan. He had two shots in just 35 minutes of action. On Sept. 11, Altamirano scored both goals and hit a post with another shot in the Aztecs’ 2-0 triumph over No. 21 Penn. For the game, Altamirano had four attempts in 74 minutes.

Altamirano, a member of three United States national team age groups, most recently with the U-20 squad in March 2009, now has three goals this year after recording two over his first two seasons. Altamirano’s seven points (three goals, one assist) is tied with Miles Byass (two goals, three assists) for the team lead.

Byass was a recipient of Pac-12 player of the week honors earlier this season.

SDSU (3-1-1 on the season) travels to play Oral Roberts on Friday, Sept. 16, and Houston Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 18.

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