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NAIA Men's Soccer Players of the Week - No. 9 (Oct. 31)

October 31, 2017
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By Trevor Lininger, NAIA Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSASA CITY, Mo. – Mackenzie Northern of Culver-Stockton (Mo.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Bennet Strutz of Cumberland (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Northern and Strutz were selected based on their performances from October 23 – 29 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.

Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Mackenzie Northern, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Sr., F, Leeds, England

  • Northern’s offensive outburst last week brought his career total of goals to 32, breaking the school record of 31 that has stood since 1998
  • Weekly Stats
    • Four goals
    • Three assists
    • 11 total points
    • One hat trick

Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Bennet Strutz, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Jr., GK, Leverkusen, Germany

  • Strutz recorded seven saves in Cumberland’s matchup against No. 9 Georgia Gwinnett to earn a draw
  • Weekly Stats
    • 10 saves
    • Only one goal allowed
    • Held No. 9-ranked team scoreless in 110 minutes

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Offensive Nominees: Matija Ceraj, Columbia (Mo.); Yuri Parisotto, Tennessee Wesleyan; Marcus Decouto, UC Merced; Timur Zhividze, Corban (Ore.); Danny Lopez, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Janum Sailor, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Roberto Valenzuela, Arizona Christian; Brayant Toro, Hastings (Neb.); Daniel Cordeiro, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Tyler Collishaw, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Mark Hammond, LSU Alexandria (La.); Deri Corfe, Rio Grande (Ohio); Dominik Tajak, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Drew Bradford, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Thomas Dawson, Keiser (Fla.); James Pipe, Cornerstone (Mich.)

Defensive Nominees: Nicolau Neto, Columbia (Mo.); Luke Boudreau, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Gerardo Skewes, Oregon Tech; Frank Valle, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kurt Hamlin, Grace (Ind.); Casey Phillips, The Master's (Calif.); Joe White, Hastings (Neb.); Juan Pablo Riesco, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Matija Gligorovic, Georgia Gwinnett; Tyler Minney, McPherson (Kan.); Erik Reyes, Wiley (Texas); Jorge Guinovart, Rio Grande (Ohio); Jakob O'meara-gill, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Grant Adam, William Carey (Miss.); Chris Giraldo, St. Thomas (Fla.); Godfrey Kegode, Madonna (Mich.)

2017-18 Men's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Offensive, Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 5): Federico Moronell, St. Thomas (Fla.), Guilherme Altoe, Mobile (Ala.)
Week 2 (Sept. 12): Prichard Sibanda, Briar Cliff (Iowa), Dusan Djordjev, Oklahoma Wesleyan
Week 3 (Sept. 19): Santiago Moore, Dalton State (Ga.), Alberto Ciroi, Baker (Kan.)
Week 4 (Sept. 26): Kelvin Omondi, John Brown (Ark.), Adam Holt, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 5 (Oct. 3): Adam James, Benedictine (Kan.), Eddie Windsor, Trinity International (Ill.)
Week 6 (Oct. 10): Tyler Collishaw, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Yayo Olvera, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 7 (Oct. 17): Stuart Aeschliman, Goshen (Ind.), Tulio Melo, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Week 8 (Oct. 24): Charlie Clarke, Bryan (Tenn.), Stephen Ricketts, Bryan (Tenn.)
Week 9 (Oct. 31): Mackenzie Northern, Culver-Stockton (Mo.), Bennet Strutz, Cumberland (Tenn.)