By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kyle Breckan of Cornerstone (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Richard Isberner of Rio Grande (Ohio) has been tabbed National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Breckan and Isberner were selected based on their performances from Sept. 24 - 30 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Breckan, a 6-foot senior goalkeeper from Barrington, Ill., posted two shutouts last week for the Golden Eagles. On Sept. 26, Breckan stood strong with a 1-0 overtime shutout over Aquinas (Mich.), the only Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference team "receiving votes" in the latest Coaches' Poll. He compiled six saves in 104 minutes. He followed that with another 1-0 blanking, this time against Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 29.
Breckan, who ranks 34th in the NAIA in goals against average (0.94), is 6-1-1 on the year with 41 saves in 861:28 minutes.
Isberner, a six-foot-one, senior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, tallied six goals and one assist (13 points) in two Rio Grande wins last week. The two-time reigning Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week put home four goals in the 5-0 victory over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Sept. 26. In the NAIA Game of the Week against top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Sept. 29, Isberner notched the game-winner in overtime to send Lindsey Wilson to its first loss since 2010. He finished his day with two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win.
In NAIA statistical rankings, Isberner is second in goals per game (1.5), second in points per game (3.4), sixth in goals (12) and 10th in points (27).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Henry Spees, Davenport (Mich.); Graeme Eaglesham, Bellevue (Neb.); Alan Arroyo, LSU Shreveport (La.); Marian Saar, Tabor (Kan.); Angelo Kelly, William Penn (Iowa); Andrew Robles, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Jose Luis Rodriguez, Talladega (Ala.); Jordan Green, Hastings (Neb.); Erwin Sanchez, Jr., Central Methodist (Mo.); Marc Cannon, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Richard Osterluh, Park (Mo.); Marcus Johansson, Northwood (Fla.); Christian Johansen, Great Falls (Mont.); Daniel Branley, Bryan (Tenn.); Necas Collins, Rogers State (Okla.); Elvar Sigurdsson, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Josiah Thomas, Berea (Ky.); Septi Danciu, Concordia (Ore.); Luis Medina, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Joel Krasso, Bethel (Tenn.); Andrew Cota, Menlo (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Marcus Oliveira, Oklahoma Baptist; Lance Quini, LSU Shreveport (La.); Ben Clark, Tabor (Kan.); Stephen Lunney, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Jared Winking, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Carl Blundell, Belhaven (Miss.); Cameron Riley, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Chris Ericksson, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Stuart Bramley, Lyon (Ark.); Lewis Wilcox, Midland (Neb.); Josh Goepper, Indiana Wesleyan; Joseph Lasala, Warner (Fla.); Alex Mendez, Great Falls (Mont.); Ryan Mcentee, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Jack Marchant, Rio Grande (Ohio); Rasheed Malcolm, Bryan (Tenn.); Arne Niermann, Concordia (Ore.); Kyle Held, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Alex Palomarez, Menlo (Calif.).
2012 Men's Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 4): Will Monsour, Belhaven (Miss.); Henry Moody, Texas at Brownsville
Week 2 (Sept. 11): Brad Lyons, Concordia (Mich.); Andi Hoffer, Thomas (Ga.)
Week 3 (Sept. 18): Will Monsour, Belhaven (Miss.); Milco Risteski, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 4 (Sept. 25): Joe Sbarro, Benedictine (Kan.); Luke Baxter, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 5 (Oct. 2): Richard Isberner, Rio Grande (Ohio); Kyle Breckan, Cornerstone (Mich.)