By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bryan Byars of Science & Arts (Okla.) has been named the NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week and Nicklas Petersson of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been selected as the NAIA Men's Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Byars and Petersson were chosen for their performances during the week of Oct. 7 – 13 and were selected out of a pool of conference, independent, and unaffiliated grouping award winners.
Byars, a junior goaltender from Oklahoma City, Okla., recorded a pair of shutouts for Science & Arts in Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play. The Drovers battled to a 3-0 win over John Brown (Ark.) and a 1-0 overtime victory over St. Gregory’s (Okla.) with Byars in net. The two shutouts, in which Byars recorded five saves, brought the Drovers to a tie for third in the SAC with a 3-1 record in conference and brought the goaltender’s career shutout total to 25—a Science & Arts program record. Byars currently ranks among the NAIA leaders in goals against per game (34th, .98).
Petersson, a senior forward from Gothenburg, Sweden, broke a 13-year-old NAIA record for assists in a regular-season game when he recorded eight assists in Embry-Riddle’s shutout victory over conference foe Ave Maria (Fla.). The Eagles forward also added four goals in the contest, giving him 16 total points, good for a tie for seventh all-time in the NAIA regular-season record book. Beyond his record-setting performance, Petersson was also a key cog in the Embry-Riddle offensive attack that led the Eagles to a shutout victory over Southeastern (Fla.), also in The Sun Conference play. He currently leads the Eagles in goals (9), assists (12) and points (30) and leads the NAIA in total assists (12), assists per game (1.33) and points per game (3.33). Petersson also ranks among the top 25 nationally in total points (14th, 30), goals per game (15th, 1) and shots on goal per game (21st, 2.44).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Rafael Ramos, Columbia (Mo.); Ryan Ejezie, Tennessee Wesleyan; Andrew Cota, Menlo (Calif.); Michael Chamberlain, Concordia (Ore.); Leo Rodriguez, Roosevelt (Ill.); Geoff Bowman, Indiana Wesleyan; Ryan Smith, Westminster (Utah); Carlos Villa, Arizona Christian; Nathan Douglas, Concordia (Neb.); Trent Nichol, Avila (Mo.); Murilo Ceruli, Ashford (Iowa); Johnny Nuthall, McPherson (Kan.); James Anderson, Brescia (Ky.); Pedro Antonelli, Cumberlands (Ky.); Kwaku Amoah, Waldorf (Iowa); Jonny Macadam, Grand View (Iowa); Josh Cremen, Jamestown (N.D.); Jack Brett, St. Thomas (Texas); Raphael Bonelle, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Robbie Kiernan, Indiana Tech.
Defensive Nominees: Mauricio Bruciaga, Lyon (Ark.); Josh Simnett, Tennessee Wesleyan; Zach Kammerer, William Jessup (Calif.); Joe Galbraith, Northwest (Wash.); Zach Chambers, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Nate Byrd, Saint Francis (Ind.); Ronaldo Goncalves, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Luca Licciardi, Vanguard (Calif.); Alex Guyer, Hastings (Neb.); Jonathan Babcock, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Blessing Ngwa, Kansas Wesleyan; Derrik Whiten, Point Park (Pa.); Jefferson Watson, Bluefield (Va.); Scott Robertson, Bellevue (Neb.); David Macsicza, Grand View (Iowa); Jason Taffet, St. Thomas (Texas); Patrick O'Neil, 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.)
Week 2 (September 17): Jose Garofalo, Robert Morris (Ill.), Ricardo Valsien, Central Methodist (Mo.)
Week 3 (September 24): Tyler McIntosh, Mid-America Christian (Okla.), Josh Guerrero, Northwest (Wash.)
Week 4 (October 1): Jordan Farr, Corban (Ore.), Luiz Filho, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Week 5 (October 8): Lewis Wilcox, Midland (Neb.), Josip Druzijanic, Mount Mercy (Iowa)
Week 6 (October 15): Bryan Byars, Science & Arts (Okla.), Nicklas Petersson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)