The Summit League Announces Final Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards

The Summit League Announces Final Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards

By: Kelly Shipp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Summit League officials announced the final players of the week for the 2018 men's soccer season. Western Illinois senior forward Drew Whalen has been named the offensive player of the week, while Omaha senior defenseman Denzel Ward has been named the defensive player of the week.

Whalen scored two goals in his final match for the Leathernecks. His strong offensive output helped Western Illinois defeat Purdue Fort Wayne on senior day in Macomb, Ill. Woods led a defensive unit for the Mavericks that earned their fourth shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory over Eastern Illinois. Omaha's win over the Panthers secured a second-place finish in The Summit League standings.

Offensive Player of the Week

Drew Whalen, Western Illinois

Sr. | Forward/Midfield | Peoria, Ill.

• Scored two goals against Purdue Fort Wayne in his final career match

• Had four shots on goal

• Helped the Leathernecks defeat Purdue Fort Wayne 5-1 for their first Summit League victory

•  This is his fourth career offensive player of the week award and first this season

 

Also nominated: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Denzel Woods, Omaha

Sr. | Defenseman | Santa Cruz, Trinidad & Tobago

• Led an Omaha defense to a shut out victory over Eastern Illinois to finish second in The Summit League standings

• Helped the Maverick defense give up zero shots on goal, and just two shots total

• Omaha didn't allow a corner kick in the contest

• This is Woods' first career Summit League Defensive Player of the Week honor

 

Also nominated: Jacob Stensson, Denver,

 

2018 The Summit League Players of the Week

Week 1:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts

Week 2:

O: Matthew Lieshout, Purdue Fort Wayne

D: Jonathon Burke, Eastern Illinois

Week 3:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Scott DeVoss, Denver

Week 4:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

O: Dante Brigida, Oral Roberts

D: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts

Week 5:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Tor Erik Larsen, Purdue Fort Wayne

Week 6:

O: Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

D: Jonathon Burke, Eastern Illinois

Week 7:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Will Palmquist, Denver

Week 8:

O: Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

D: Ugo Tritz, Omaha

Week 9:

O: Alex Frank, Purdue Fort Wayne

D: Tor Erik Larsen, Purdue Fort Wayne

Week 10:

O: Blake Cearns, Purdue Fort Wayne

D: Will Palmquist, Denver

Week 11:

O: Drew Whalen, Western Illinois

D: Denzel Woods, Omaha

 

Up Next

The 2018 Summit League Men's Soccer Championship will begin on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Denver, Colo. For everything you need to know about the championship click HERE.

 

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level.