BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb forward Ali Al-Gashamy was named Big South Conference men's soccer Attacking Player of the Week Monday afternoon.
Al-Gashamy (Kristiansand, Norway) scored two goals, including the game winner, in Friday night's 3-1 win at Davidson in the 2016 season opener. It marked the first loss for the host Wildcats in a home season opener since 1998.
The 5-foot-9, 150-pound striker scored at the 24:24 mark to push Gardner-Webb's early lead to 2-0 – with his initial tally proving to be the game winner. It was the 15th goal of Al-Gashamy's career in Boiling Springs.
The redshirt senior scored again after the Wildcats pulled within a goal, putting home an assist from senior Sami Jilla at the 55:35 mark to put the match out of reach.
Al-Gashamy's efficiency was outstanding, with his scoring total coming on just three shot attempts. His effort was part of an efficient offense for GWU overall, as the Runnin' Bulldogs put seven of nine shots on frame in the match.
Since moving into the lineup in 2013, Al-Gashamy has now scored 16 goals and dished off 15 assists at Gardner-Webb (47 career points).
The Runnin' Bulldogs (1-0-0) will travel to face SoCon contender Wofford on Friday night in Spartanburg, S.C., as part of the annual Big South/SoCon Challenge. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm at Snyder Field.