Nov. 9, 2010
Contact: Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Sports Information & Media Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chip Cox of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) was awarded the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week honor and Luke Fischer of Northwest (Wash.) has been named the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The awards are the final ones in 2010 and are based upon action from Nov. 1-7.
These players were selected out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated player of the week winners among 23 conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Cox, a 5-11 freshman goalkeeper from Scottsdale, Ariz., produced in his first career start in goal. He was forced into duty on Nov. 3 when starter Joe Geletko picked up a red card less than 15 minutes into the match. Cox held Hope International (Calif.) scoreless in 76 minutes as the Cougars won 4-0. He posted two saves overall. On Nov. 6, he picked up a shutout in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals over No. 11 California Baptist in his first career start. He had one save in 90 minutes and maintained the shutout despite the Cougars playing a man down in the final 18 minutes. Azusa Pacific plays No. 1-seed Vanguard (Calif.) in the conference championship Saturday.
Fischer, a 6-0 sophomore forward from Kalispell, Mont., netted a hat trick and game-winner in the 4-3 double-overtime win over Evergreen State (Wash.) on Nov. 6. He is tied for the conference lead with nine goals in league action. The Eagles end the 2010 season with a 9-8-1 record.
For more information on the national statistical leaders, click here.
Daniel Smith, Houghton (N.Y.); Victor Costa, Oklahoma Baptist; Morten Benestad, Texas at Brownsville; Adam Grant, Lambuth (Tenn.); Austin Bock, Indiana Wesleyan; Richard Visser, Davenport (Mich.); Ryan Adamson, Grand View (Iowa); Andre Anderson, Maine-Fort Kent; Deshorn Brown, Mobile (Ala.); Danny Frid, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Ryan Clemens, St. Xavier (Ill.); Alex Earl, Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
John Faraj, Siena Heights (Mich.); Aaron Martin, Houghton (N.Y.); Jacob Hibbard, Oklahoma Baptist; Victor Francoz, Lindenwood (Mo.); Kenny Huber, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Juan Gamboa, Texas at Brownsville; Gautier Troch, Belhaven (Miss.); Bret Boylan, Lambuth (Tenn.); Dylan McCauley, Indiana Wesleyan; Marko Urlic, Mount Mercy (Iowa); David Girouard, Maine-Fort Kent; Shaunovan Wilson, Concordia (Ore.); Evan Justus, Southwestern Christian (Okla.).
2010 Composite Award Winners (Schedule):
Offense: Ellert Hreinsson, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) – Sr., F
Defense: James Colman, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) – Sr., GK
Offense: Luke Holmes, Notre Dame (Ohio) – Jr., M/F
Defense: Nenad Simovic, Mount Mercy (Iowa) – Jr., GK
Offense: Tiburcio Casillas, Cal Baptist – Sr., F
Defense: Gautier Troch, Belhaven (Miss.) – Sr., GK
Offense: Jacob DeLeon, Kansas Wesleyan – Jr., F
Defense: Steve Zacchigna, Houghton (N.Y.) – Jr., GK
Offense: Matthew Ashman, Park (Mo.) – So., F
Defense: Andy Fitzpatrick, Oklahoma City – Sr., GK
Offense: Jordan Green, Hastings (Neb.) – So., F
Defense: Tyler Mitchell, California Baptist – Sr., D
Offense: Victor Colin, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) – So., MF
Defense: Dan Kelly, California Baptist – Sr., GK
Offense: Alex Chavez, Kansas Wesleyan – Jr., F
Defense: Jeff Jelinek, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) – Sr., GK
Offense: Jeo Pantoja, Aquinas (Mich.) – Sr., F
Defense: Aaron Reynolds, College of Idaho – Jr., GK
Offense: Luke Fischer, Northwest (Wash.) – So., F
Defense: Chip Cox, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) – Fr., GK