By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Oliver Gore of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) has been named the NAIA Men's Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week and Alex Nelson of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) has been selected as the NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Gore and Nelson, who are the first weekly award recipients for the 2013 season, were chosen for their performances during the week of Sept. 2 – 8 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent, and unaffiliated grouping award winners.
Gore, a senior forward from Stafford, England, scored a school-record five goals in the Battlin’ Bears 5-3 win over College of Idaho. Beyond that record-setting performance, Gore added three goals and three assists in victories over NCCAA Trinity Lutheran (Wash.) and Northwest Christian (Ore.) this week. For the season, Gore ranks among the top ten in the NAIA in total goals (1st, 13), total points (1st, 32), total assists (3rd, 6), points per game (3rd, 4.57), shots per game (7th, 6.14) and goals per game (10th, 3.43). Gore was an NAIA Honorable Mention All America selection last season.
Nelson, a sophomore goaltender from Sioux Falls, S.D., recorded two shutouts, including a double-overtime tie with No. 16 Jamestown (N.D.). He recorded 18 saves last week: 13 against Jamestown and five in a 4-0 win over Clarke (Iowa). Nelson has allowed just one goal on the young season—the Tigers have played just three games thus far—and ranks among the NAIA leaders in goals against per game (9th, .32), saves per game (12, 7.67) and total saves (24th, 23).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Gianfranco Panto, Lyon (Ark.); Alex Smith, Union (Ky.); Kenneth Henry, La Sierra (Calif.); Michael Chamberlain, Concordia (Ore.); Victor Trujillo, St. Francis (Ill.); Sam Kane, Indiana Wesleyan; Hanzel Rodriguez, Arizona Christian; Adam Wood, Midland (Neb.); Guilherme Frota, Central Methodist (Mo.); Daniel Dreier, Ashford (Iowa); Johnny Nuthall, McPherson (Kan.); Dominic Canello, Point Park (Pa.); Roraigh Yearwood, Campbellsville (Ky.); Lucas Corderio, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Travis Barton, Grand View (Iowa); Robert Alexe, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Ryan Duncan, John Brown (Ark.); Gaetan Massiah, Mobile (Ala.); Victor Codo, Johnson & Wales (Fla.); Zachary St. Aubin, Indiana Tech.
Defensive Nominees: Logan Miller, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Josh Oldroyd, Bryan (Tenn.); Darren Bonanken, La Sierra (Calif.); Scott Gross, Concordia (Ore.); Marquez Jeremy, Purdue Calumet (Ind.); Tyrone Martin, Indiana Wesleyan; Paul Sliwa, Great Falls (Mont.); Carlos Ribera, Central Methodist (Mo.); Patrick Kinsella, Ashford (Iowa); Alex Montiel, Kansas Wesleyan; Max Malachiyev, Campbellsville (Ky.); Luka Stojanovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan; David Macsicza, Grand View (Iowa); Jorge Medina, Wiley (Texas); Joe Shulberg, Oklahoma City; Carl Blundell, Belhaven (Miss.); Vinnie Cainth, Northwood (Fla.); Mirza Harambasic, Davenport (Mich.).
2013 Men's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (September 10): Alex Nelson, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Oliver Gore, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)