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Players of the Week - No. 10

November 08, 2011
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The final installment of the 2011 NAIA National Men’s Soccer Players of the Week were announced on Tuesday by the national office: Aaron Fenlason of Biola (Calif.) was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week and Christian Ramirez of Concordia (Calif.) was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week. They were selected based on their performances from Oct. 31 – Nov. 6 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Fenlason, a 6-foot-1 senior goalkeeper, was stout on the defensive front in a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) tournament road shutouts last week. In the 1-0 victory over Vanguard (Calif.) on Nov. 2, the native of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., finished with four saves in 90 minutes as he faced 14 overall shots. The blanking was only the third for Vanguard this year (in 19 matches) and the Eagles first win at Vanguard since 2002. On Nov. 5, Fenlason posted three saves in the 1-0 triumph over GSAC regular-season champion Fresno Pacific (Calif.). Fenlason has allowed two goals over the past five games as Biola has won five-straight matches.

Ramirez, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, notched seven points in a 2-0 week for the Eagles in the GSAC tournament. The native of Garden Grove, Calif., either scored the goal or had an assist in five of the six team goals. He found the net twice in the 2-1 victory over The Master’s (Calif.) on Nov. 2 and then recorded three helpers in the 4-2 win against No. 10 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Nov. 5. In the NAIA, he ranks sixth in total points (47) and 10th in total goals (18).

Offensive Nominees: Julio Rodarte, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Robert Als, Cumberland (Tenn.); Achille Campion, Belhaven (Miss.); Geraldo Garza, Ashford (Iowa); Tyler Fischer, Aquinas (Mich.); Danny Cawley, Taylor (Ind.); Billy Forbes, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Dominic Coco, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.); Sandre Wilson, Milligan (Tenn.); Richard Isberner, Rio Grande (Ohio); Edgar Esquivel, Northwest (Wash.); Mike Tobie, Judson (Ill.); Jordan Green, Hastings (Neb.); Liam Whelan, Holy Names (Calif.).

Defensive Nominees: Lucas Sagaert, Siena Heights (Mich.); Adam Lewis, Mid-Continent (Ky.); Brad Miller, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Hector Herrera, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Daniel James, Ashford (Iowa); Josh Giuliano, Taylor (Ind.); Erik Read, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.); Billy Sparks, Tennessee Wesleyan; Yuta Nomura, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jeremy Swift, Rogers State (Okla.); Joe Galbraith, Northwest (Wash.); Alex Palomarez, Menlo (Calif.); Cody Poteat, Hastings (Neb.).

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.)
Week 8: Bill Jeffries, Lyon (Ark.); Josh Putz, Mount Mercy (Iowa)
Week 9: Greg Hartley, Belhaven (Miss.); Deshorn Brown, Mobile (Ala.)
Week 10: Christian Ramirez, Concordia (Calif.); Aaron Fenlason, Biola (Calif.)