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NAIA Menís Soccer Players of the Week Ė No. 4 (Sept. 27)

September 27, 2016
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By Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern
Photo by Adam Maser, Hastings Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daniel Whitehall of Hastings (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Garrett Byrd of Oregon Tech has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Daniel Whitehall, Hastings (Neb.)
6-3, So., F, Warrington, England

• In two matches last week, Whitehall recorded six goals, tallying 12 points.
• Whitehall scored six of the Broncos eight goals last week, including five against Kansas Wesleyan.
• Ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in five different categories: total goals (18), goals per game (2.0), game winning goals per game (0.56), total points (37) and game winning goals (5).

National Defensive Player of the Week
Garrett Byrd, Oregon Tech
6-2, Jr., D, Medford, Ore.

• In two games played last week, Byrd helped the Owls to two victories, including No. 11 Corban (Ore.).
• Byrd played all 180 minutes while holding two opponents to a combined 19 shots, including Corban to nine total shots.
• The Oregon Tech defense is now ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in total shutouts (6) and No. 5 in shutouts per game (0.67).

For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Offensive Nominees: Alex Meany, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Jose Rubio, Reinhardt (Ga.); Oriol Morengo Lopez, Marymount (Calif.); Matheus Guimaraes, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Miguel de Sousa, Huntington (Ind.); Nolan Sherwood, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Benjamin Tembo, The Master's (Calif.); Danton Irelan, Grand View (Iowa); Jumar Oakley, Georgia Gwinnett; Markel Aznal, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Daniel Williams, Cumberland (Tenn.); Kieren Clark, Presentation (S.D.); Abdallah Rayyan, Wiley (Texas); Jorge Guinovart, Rio Grande (Ohio); Micah Day, Texas Wesleyan; Joaquin Ruiz Cabello, William Carey (Miss.); Reece Weldon, Keiser (Fla.); Pascal Debowiak, Northwestern Ohio

Defensive Nominees: Christian Espitia, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Jordan Dunstan, Bryan (Tenn.); Ronaldo Teixeira, Marymount (Calif.); Alejandro Pacifico, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Brad Buzzard, Huntington (Ind.); Ryan Brown, Hope International (Calif.); Shazz Heale, Midland (Neb.); Frantzly Zephirin, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Lewis Sharpe, Georgia Gwinnett; Nemanja Zalad, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Gonzalo Sapena, Campbellsville (Ky.); Dylan Walsh, Presentation (S.D.); Jorge Cavazos, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Benjamin Martinez, Rio Grande (Ohio); Joaoa Souza, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Matt Redgrave, William Carey (Miss.); Billy Jeffery, Thomas (Ga.); Andre White, Lourdes (Ohio)

2016-17 Men's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)

Week 1 (September 07): Hayden Dees, Mobile (Ala.) , Alex Durbin, Dordt (Iowa) 
Week 2 (September 14): Joe White, Hastings (Neb.) , Chance Bourdene, William Carey (Miss.) 
Week 3 (September 21): Nikola Kahvedzic, Northwestern Ohio , Pepe Cejudo, Northwestern Ohio 
Week 4 (September 28): Garrett Byrd, Oregon Tech , Daniel Whitehall, Hastings (Neb.)