By Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Aleksi Pahkasalo of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Alex Horton of Bryan (Tenn.) 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
Aleski Pahkasalo, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
5-9, Sr., MF, Vantaa, Finland
• In a Top 25 matchup against No. 23 Cumberland (Tenn.), Pahkasalo posted one goal and assist in a 3-0 Blue Raider victory.
• Recorded a hat trick against Pikeville (Ky.), marking his 12th multi-goal game of his career.
• This is Pahkasalo’s second Player of the Week award this year.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Horton, Bryan (Tenn.)
6-4, So., GK, Nuneaton, England
• In three matches this week, Horton recorded three saves in 318 minutes, allowing only two goals.
• Horton notched a shutout against then-No. 7 Campbellsville (Ky.), marking his ninth on the year.
• Ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in goals against per game (0.41).
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: Claudio Rivadeneira, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Brad Spooner, Bryan (Tenn.); Cruz Trenado, UC Merced; Timur Zhividze, Corban (Ore.); Sam Anstey, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Gabe Saliba, Taylor (Ind.); Humphrey Mahowa, The Master's (Calif.); Tyler Limmer, Northwestern (Iowa); Steeve Pouna, Baker (Kan.); Leonardo Sosa, Friends (Kan.); Rob Smith, Bellevue (Neb.); Jack Laurie, Southwest (N.M.); Pau Delgado Rodriguez, Rio Grande (Ohio); Yago Xavier, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Newton Henry, Mobile (Ala.); Jonathan Jimenez, Southeastern (Fla.); Santiago Amigo, Lawrence Tech (MI)
Defensive Nominees: Adriano Baeta, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Hunter Stewart, Soka (Calif.); Manny Guillermo, Multnomah (Ore.); Jared Yonke, Trinity International (Ill.); Johan Escalante, Goshen (Ind.); Igor Puglia, Biola (Calif.); Shazz Heale, Midland (Neb.); Caleb Pipes-goulsbra, William Penn (Iowa); Andre Barbosa, Bethany (Kan.); Ahmed Ghatwary, Cumberlands (Ky.); Daniel Coupland, Bellevue (Neb.); Tom Fuller, LSU Alexandria; Heitor De Melo, Rio Grande (Ohio); Vladimir Kalajdzic, Oklahoma City; Tom Dos Anjos, William Carey (Miss.); Kendall Crouse, Southeastern (Fla.); Max Jewett, Lawrence Tech (MI)
2016-17 Men's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (September 07): Hayden Dees, Mobile (Ala.) , Alex Durbin, Dordt (Iowa)
Week 2 (September 14): Joe White, Hastings (Neb.) , Chance Bourdene, William Carey (Miss.)
Week 3 (September 21): Nikola Kahvedzic, Northwestern Ohio , Pepe Cejudo, Northwestern Ohio
Week 4 (September 28): Garrett Byrd, Oregon Tech , Daniel Whitehall, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 5 (October 05): Nikola Kahvedzic, Northwestern Ohio , Aleksi Pahkasalo, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 6 (October 12): Bryan Mcdowell, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) , Mauricio Salgado, Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Week 7 (October 19): Caleb Jenkins, Benedictine (Kan.) , Alexandre Taiar, Oklahoma City
Week 8 (October 26): Alex Horton, Bryan (Tenn.) , Aleksi Pahkasalo, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)