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Players of the Week - No. 4

September 27, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The fourth installment of the 2011 NAIA National Men’s Soccer Players of the Week were announced on Tuesday by the national office: Will Akers of Cal Maritime was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week and Veit Couturier of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week. They were selected based on their performances from Sept. 19 - 25 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Akers, a 5-10, senior goalkeeper from Truckee, Calif., guided the Keelhaulers to as many wins in their first week as the last four years combined. In the 3-0 shutout of William Jessup (Calif.) on Sept. 20, Akers stopped 14 shots on goal in 90 minutes of action. In the complete-game 4-2 win at Pacific Union (Calif.) on Sept. 23, he posted four saves. He finished his week with 18 saves in 180 minutes of action. He ranks second in the NAIA in saves per game (9.00).

Couturier, a 6-3 freshman forward from Loerrach, Germany, posted four goals and four assists in two victories last week. He finished with a hat trick and nine points in the 7-0 blanking of NCAA Division II Nova Southeastern (Fla.) on Sept. 20. He added a goal and an assist in the 3-0 victory against Warner (Fla.) on Sept. 24. He ranks in the top-15 in the NAIA in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27).

Offensive Nominees: Simbarashe Zvaita, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Ivan Kovacevic, Texas Wesleyan; Dustin Hinken, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Trent Remmich, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Tom Heavey, Doane (Neb.); Hunter Bradford, John Brown (Ark.); Dylan Barduzzi, Columbia (Mo.); Adam Kay, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Tyler Fischer, Aquinas (Mich.); Tim Daniels, Taylor (Ind.); Francis Tabi, Point Park (Pa.); David Simmet, Tabor (Kan.); Nahom Tekle, Milligan (Tenn.); Manuel Espinoza, Great Falls (Mont.); Deshorn Brown, Mobile (Ala.); Mike Tobie, Judson (Ill.); Alija Sacirovic, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Paul Islas, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Richard Isberner, Rio Grande (Ohio); Marshall Fice, Cal Maritime.

Defensive Nominees:
Marcus Oliveira, Oklahoma Baptist; Marcos Sanchez, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Dalton Burkhard, Tabor (Kan.); Thayer Wallace, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); James Landham, Union (Tenn.); Greg Beall, Doane (Neb.); Matt McKenna, Columbia (Mo.); Jesse Guevara-lehker, Aquinas (Mich.); Ryan Beachler, Taylor (Ind.); Per Poulsen, Grand View (Iowa); Mitchell Kelman, Point Park (Pa.); Andrew Singer, Westmont (Calif.); Andrew Metcalf, Union (Ky.); Chris Ross, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Nils Carlson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Juan Guzman, Great Falls (Mont.); Drew Bonifacio, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Jack Marchant, Rio Grande (Ohio); Neil Thompson, Judson (Ill.).

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