By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tyler Gahara of Fisher (Mass.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Alex Guyer of Hastings (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the National office announced Tuesday.
National Offensive Player of the Week
Tyler Gahara, Fisher (Mass.)
5-10, So., F, Hooksett, N.H.
• Total eight goals and three assists (19 points) in two wins for Fisher (Mass.) last week.
• Scored six goals in the win over USCAA member Hampshire (Mass.) on Oct. 19. The six-goal effort was the first in the NAIA this season and first for any NAIA individual since Aug. 31, 2013.
• Added two goals and two assists in the 5-1 win over NCAA Division III member Maine-Presque Isle on Oct. 18.
• Becomes first player in school history to reach 100 career points in only his sophomore season – 48 goals and nine assists.
• Has now scored at least one goal in seven-straight contests.
• On the season, Gahara is No. 2 in the NAIA in total goals (23), No. 2 in points (51) and No. 4 in goals per game (1.53).
• Gahara earns the first-ever Fisher men’s soccer NAIA National Player of the Week in school history. He also becomes the first overall recipient at the institution since 2007 (Evan Tardungo - baseball).
National Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Guyer, Hastings (Neb.)
6-0, Jr., GK, Lincoln, Neb.
• Recorded a season-high nine saves in 5-0 blanking of No. 7 Oklahoma Wesleyan on Oct. 16 in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Match of the Week.
• That shutout was his ninth of the season in 13 games played.
• Prior to that contest, Oklahoma Wesleyan had only been shut out this year on one previous occasion on Sept. 11.
• Guyer ranks No. 4 in the NAIA in goals against average per game (0.560).
• This is his second career NAIA National Player of the Week honor – his first was earned on Oct. 22, 2013.
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Cyril Gadu, Park (Mo.); Benjy Slator, Bluefield (Va.); Sebastian Bosch, Menlo (Calif.); Timur Zhividze, Concordia (Ore.); Evan Trychta, Roosevelt (Ill.); Lewis Nisbet, Taylor (Ind.); Ramus Madsen, Great Falls (Mont.); Brett Croft, The Master's (Calif.); Lucas Venegas, Hastings (Neb.); Juan Carlos Heras, Missouri Valley; Adam Wood, Ashford (Iowa); Nick Torres, McPherson (Kan.); Lucas Silva, Point Park (Pa.); Sam Sheen, Cumberland (Tenn.); Jacob Pease, Bellevue (Neb.); Jordan Burns, Grand View (Iowa); Victor Parreiras, Texas at Brownsville; Brien Avalos, Texas Wesleyan; Kebba Demba, Bethel (Tenn.); Henrique Rezek, Florida Memorial; Abdoulie Jallow, Marygrove (Mich.).
Defensive Nominees: Alan Matthew, William Woods (Mo.); Leandro Custodio, St. Andrews (N.C.); Andrew Nyberg, Menlo (Calif.); Cody Guthrie, Concordia (Ore.); Jake Cigelnik, Roosevelt (Ill.); Michael Williams, Taylor (Ind.); Paul Sliwa, Great Falls (Mont.); Kyle Cunningham, The Master's (Calif.); Luke Russell, Missouri Valley; Fernando Machado, Ashford (Iowa); Tanner Horton, McPherson (Kan.); Jon Dodson, Rio Grande (Ohio); Dalyan Hawes, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Alan Carr, Bellevue (Neb.); Ross Alexander, Grand View (Iowa); Jason Taffet, St. Thomas (Texas); Adrian Cole, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Dominik Budic, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Nils Carlson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Kyle Hibbard, Aquinas (Mich.).
2014 Men's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (September 10): Conor Cable, William Woods (Mo.); Dzenan Catic, Davenport (Mich.)
Week 2 (September 17): Blessing Ngwa, Kansas Wesleyan; Severin Abt, Thomas (Ga.)
Week 3 (September 24): Paul Carr, Point Park (Pa.); Angel Mora, Cal State San Marcos
Week 4 (October 1): Andy Clark, Union (Ky.); Akram El-Nady, Kansas Wesleyan
Week 5 (October 8): Shazz Heale, Midland (Neb.); Humphrey Mahowa, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 6 (October 15): Casey Clark, Doane (Neb.); Dzenan Catic, Davenport (Mich.)
Week 7 (October 22): Alex Guyer, Hastings (Neb.);Tyler Gahara, Fisher (Mass.)