The Summit League Announces Week Six men’s soccer awards

The Summit League Announces Week Six men’s soccer awards

By: Kelly Shipp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Week six of The Summit League men's soccer showcased the strength of the league as all six members did battled in the first full weekend of conference action. Omaha sophomore forward Diego Gutierrez earned his first career Summit League Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Eastern Illinois sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Burke was named defensive player of the week for the second time this season.

Gutierrez led the Mavericks to their first conference win of the season with two goals, including the game winner against Purdue Fort Wayne. Gutierrez also added an assist for a total of five points. Burke and the Eastern Illinois defense shutout Denver, one of the nations top scoring units.

Offensive Player of the Week

Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

So. | Forward | Omaha, Neb.

• Scored two goals and recorded one assist in the Mavericks 4-1 win over Purdue Fort Wayne

•  His first goal against Purdue Fort Wayne was the game winner

• His five points are a career-high

• Gutierrez has scored or assisted on nine of Omaha's 10 goals this season

• Ranked in the top five of The Summit League in goals, assists and points

• This is Gutierrez's first career weekly honor


Also nominated: Cole Harkrader, Eastern Illinois; Christian Junna, Western Illinois; Matthew Lieshout, Purdue Fort Wayne; Tanguy Guerineau, Oral Roberts


Defensive Player of the Week

Jonathan Burke, Eastern Illinois

So. | Goalkeeper | Naperville, Ill.

• Helped lead the Panthers to a shutout against Denver, the Pioneers first since Oct. 25 at New Mexico

• Earned five saves on the week, including the only one he faced against Denver

• Played all 200 minutes for Eastern Illinois

• Earned his second career shutout


Also nominated: Denzel Woods, Omaha; Nicolas Mertzokat, Oral Roberts


2018 The Summit League Players of the Week

Week 1:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts

Week 2:

O: Matthew Lieshout, Purdue Fort Wayne

D: Jonathon Burke, Eastern Illinois

Week 3:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Scott DeVoss, Denver

Week 4:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

O: Dante Brigida, Oral Roberts

D: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts

Week 5:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Tor Erik Larsen, Purdue Fort Wayne

Week 6:

O: Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

D: Jonathon Burke, Eastern Illinois


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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level.