FW’s Lieshout, EIU’s Novotny Capture #SummitMSOC Player of the Week Honors

Fort Wayne's Matthew Lieshout & Eastern Illinois' Mike Novotny
Fort Wayne's Matthew Lieshout & Eastern Illinois' Mike Novotny

ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne midfielder Matthew Lieshout was named Summit League Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Eastern Illinois goalkeeper Mike Novotny garnered the Defensive Player of the Week award for their performances, Oct. 24-30.

MATTHEW LIESHOUT, FORT WAYNE
So. // MF // Auckland, New Zealand

  • Earned his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Helped lead Fort Wayne to a pair of victories last week over Bowling Green (2-1) and IUPUI (3-2, 2OT)
  • Scored the game-tying goal in the 57th minute against the Jaguars and then assisted on Cam Sinclair's game-winning goal in the 102nd minute
  • For the week, totaled three points (one goal, one assist) with four shots and one being on goal

Also nominated: Alex Castaneda, Eastern Illinois; Pape Ndiaye, IUPUI

Previous honorees: Aug. 29 – Santiago Riveros, ORU; Sept. 6 – Fazlo Alihodzic, UNO; Sept. 12 – Thilo Korperich, IPFW; Sept. 19 – Jacob Bevan, WIU; Sept. 26 – Santiago Riveros, ORU; Oct. 3 – Jacob Murphy, IPFW/Fazlo Alihodzic, UNO; Oct. 10 – Fazlo Alihodzic, UNO; Oct. 17 – Blake Elder, DU; Oct. 24 – Emmanuel Hamzat, UNO

MIKE NOVOTNY, EASTERN ILLINOIS
Jr. // GK // St. Charles, Ill.

  • Collected his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second straight this season
  • Recorded his third consecutive shutout victory in the 2-0 win over in-state rival Western Illinois
  • Had six total saves in the 90-minute match

Also nominated: James Bannon-Schneebeck, Denver; Ben Thornton, IUPUI; Joseph Ghitis, Omaha

Previous honorees: Aug. 29 – Reagan Dunk, DU; Sept. 6 – Joseph Ghitis, UNO/Kortne Ford, DU; Sept. 12 – Tim Hansen, WIU; Sept. 19 – Kortne Ford, DU; Sept. 26 – Jacob Weiler, UNO; Oct. 3 – Sam Hamilton, DU; Oct. 10 – AJ Fuller, DU/Joseph Ghitis, UNO; Oct. 17 – Reagan Dunk, DU; Oct. 24 – Mike Novotny, EIU/Joseph Ghitis, UNO


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