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Simmons and Williams Named Men's Soccer Players of the Week

November 11, 2008
By NAIA National Office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The tenth and final installment of the NAIA Men's Soccer national weekly honors have been announced today (Nov. 11).  Jason Williams of Mobile (Ala.) was announced as National Defensive Player of the Week while John Simmons of King (Tenn.) was named National Offensive Player of the Week, for the week of Nov. 3- Nov. 9.


Williams, a 6-1 sophomore goalkeeper from Asheboro, N.C., posted back-to-back shutouts in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament over the past week.  Williams recorded five saves in a 2-0 win against Belhaven (Miss.).  He followed that with a two-save shutout in a 2-0 win over then-No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) in the GCAC Tournament championship game.  Mobile will take on Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament winner Mountain State (W.V.) later in the week.  The winner receives an automatic berth in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament.

Simmons, a 5-8 midfielder from Essex, England, scored back-to-back game-winning goals for King in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.  Against Montreat (N.C.), the sophomore scored two goals and added an assist in a 6-3 win.  He followed that up with another goal against Covenant (Ga.) in the AAC championship game.  For the week, Simmons had 3 goals, an assists and 7 total points.  King has earned an automatic berth in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament.

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Offensive Nominees:
Hannes Backstrom, Lindenwood (Mo.); Onesimus Ikungo, Mobile (Ala.); Garga Caserta, College of Idaho; Fernando Mendoza, Texas-Brownsville; Ali Katrib, Mountain State (W.V.); Dylan Barduzzi, Columbia (Mo.); Leonardo Silva, Judson (Ill.); Femi Arogundade, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.); Yuki Kariya, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Nedim Hasanbegovic, Hastings (Neb.); Joel Trainer, Indiana Wesleyan; Mike Ujkic, Madonna (Mich.); Dan Sargent, Westmont (Calif.); Alex Rocha, Grand View (Iowa); Damon Ellis, Oklahoma City

Defensive Nominees:
Aaron Reynolds, College of Idaho; Daver Purser, Texas-Brownsville; Daniel Smith, Mountain State (W.V.); James Mace, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Goran Vuklis, Columbia (Mo.); Alex Tyton, Judson (Ill.); Richard Masters, King (Tenn.); Mark Nave, Hastings (Neb.); Spenser Lang, Indiana Wesleyan; Daniel Bullock, Berry (Ga.); Darren Martin, Grand View (Iowa); James Crawford, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Ben Richardson, Aquinas (Mich.); Spencer Watson, John Brown (Ark.)

2008 Composite Award Winners:
Offense: Ben Stropes (Central Christian) – Sr., F
Defense: Elliott Purdom (Viterbo) – So., GK

Offense: Robert Whitnell (Shorter) – Sr., F
Defense: Howard Fisher (Montreat) - Jr., GK

Offense: Joel Trainer (Indiana Wesleyan) – Sr., F
Defense: Alex Stout (Mount Vernon Nazarene) – Jr., GK

Offense: Tazou Ali Tagba (Park) – Jr., F
Defense: Jeff Jelinek (Hannibal-LaGrange) – So., GK

Offense: Adam Worrall (Mount Vernon Nazarene) – Sr., F
Defense: Zack Schultze (Reinhardt) - Fr., GK

Offense: Ryan Covey (Sterling) - Sr., F
Defense: Ross Gordon (King) - Sr., Def.

Offense: Lyall Menzies (Grand View) - Sr., F
Defense: Brion Ehman (Roberts Wesleyan) - Jr., GK

Offense: Antonio Bautista (College of Idaho) – Sr., MF
Defense: Michael Smith (Lindsey Wilson) – Fr., GK



Offense: Mustafa Celik (Holy Names) – Jr., F

Defense: Jonathan Shaw (Union) – So., GK


WEEK 10:

Offense: John Simmons (King) – So., MF

Defense: Jason Williams (Mobile) – So., GK

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Soccer Championship
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