Palomarez, a 5-foot-9, junior goalkeeper played a vital role during a 2-0 week for Menlo. The Fremont, Calif., native stopped four shots in the 2-0 win against Cal Maritime on Oct. 11. His biggest effort came in his second shutout, a 1-0 victory over Holy Names (Calif.) on Oct. 15. Palomarez totaled 11 saves in 90 minutes to help lead the Oaks to a first-place spot in the California Pacific Conference standings. Menlo halted a lengthy successive Holy Names streak as the Hawks had been 59-2-1 in the conference entering the match. In the NAIA rankings, Palomarez is listed 37th in goals allowed average (1.01).
Polak, a 6-foot, senior forward helped Hastings continue its NAIA-record 39-game winning streak with three goals and five assists last week. In the 4-0 victory against Doane (Neb.) on Oct. 12, he recorded a goal and an assist. Three days later, the native of Lincoln, Neb., notched seven points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the 6-2 decision over Briar Cliff (Iowa). Polak ranks sixth in the NAIA in assists (10) and 16th in points (32).
Offensive Nominees: Nathan Chestnut, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Rafael Bustos, St. Thomas (Texas); Matt Annecchiarico, Point Park (Pa.); Rolando Cruz, Robert Morris (Ill.); Joel Pelton, Northwest (Wash.); Eduardo Da Silva, Missouri Valley; Alex Chavez, Kansas Wesleyan; Kenniel Hyde, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Javier Aguado, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Dominic O'Connor, Jamestown (N.D.); Luis Heitor-Piffer, Grand View (Iowa); Adam Black, Oklahoma City; Deshorn Brown, Mobile (Ala.); Isaac Grotenhuis, Cornerstone (Mich.); Chris Ochieng, Milligan (Tenn.); Ally MacDonald, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Ryan Needs, Bethel (Ind.); Chris Galindo, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Oliver Gore, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Richard Isberner, Rio Grande (Ohio); Matthew Howard, Hope International (Calif.); Alex Vukic, Menlo (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Thayer Wallace, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Miguel Valadez, Bethany (Kan.); Marcos Sanchez, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Greg Hartley, Belhaven (Miss.); Cole Dahle, Concordia (Ore.); David Flores, Missouri Valley; Daniel James, Ashford (Iowa); Mica Scaramelli, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Stephen Lunney, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Kevin Fischer, Shawnee State (Ohio); Mark Bloxam, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Kyle Breckan, Cornerstone (Mich.); Nils Carlson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Mitchell Kelman, Point Park (Pa.); John Gardner, Science & Arts (Okla.); Juan Guzman, Great Falls (Mont.); Luis Hernandez, Northwestern (Iowa); Zack Schultze, Reinhardt (Ga.); Matt Poland, Taylor (Ind.); Neil Thompson, Judson (Ill.); Lucas Young, Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
2011 Men’s Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1: Billy Forbes, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Zack Schultze, Reinhardt (Ga.)
Week 2: Trent Remmich, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Sam Winstanley, Illinois Tech
Week 3: Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cody Poteat, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 4: Veit Couturier, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Will Akers, Cal Maritime
Week 5: Eddy Campbell, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Collin Cone, Grace (Ind.)
Week 6: Paul Islas, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Steven Waite, Fresno Pacific (Calif.)
Week 7: Nate Polak, Hastings (Neb.); Alex Palomarez, Menlo (Calif.)