KANSAS CITY, Mo. (denverpioneers.com) – University of Denver men's soccer centerback Kortne Ford has been named the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Division I Men's Soccer Player of the Week, the NSCAA announced on Tuesday.
Ford led eighth-ranked Denver to two shutout wins and added his third goal in five games. The junior defender led the Pioneer's backline who did not allow a shot on goal in either match. His leadership ensured the DU defensive did not allow Saint Louis a shot attempt in the Pioneers 2-0 blanking of Saint Louis, the first time that feat has been accomplished in Denver's Division I history.
As a team, the Pioneers checked in at No. 8 in this week's NSCAA Poll, matching last week's ranking.
Earlier this week, junior forward Blake Elder was named to both the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
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