The Summit League Announces Week Eight men’s soccer awards

The Summit League Announces Week Eight men’s soccer awards

By: Kelly Shipp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The eighth week of The Summit League men's soccer season has come and gone with spectacular performances from the entire league. Omaha swept this week's offensive and defensive awards as sophomore forward Diego Gutierrez and junior goalkeeper Ugo Tritz were named the offensive and defensive players of the week.

Gutierrez led the Mavericks on the offensive end with two goals in the Mavs' 2-1 win over Western Illinois. Gutierrez has been a Summit League offensive leader this year, ranking third in goals scored (7), fourth in assists (4) and third in total points (18). The Mavericks' junior goalkeeper only allowed one goal, while earning five saves against the Leathernecks. Tritz has put together a solid season in the net for Omaha, allowing the fewest goals goals (8), tallying the second best save percentage (.778) and the fifth-best mark in total saves (28) among league goalies.


Offensive Player of the Week

Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

So. | Forward | Omaha, Neb.

• Scored both of Omaha's two goals against Western Illinois and helped the Mavs' earn their second Summit League win of the season

• Had a perfect 2-for-2 shooting percentage against the Leathernecks

• Earned four points and the game winning goal in Omaha's lone match of the weekend

• He earned his second offensive player of the week award this season


Also nominated: Chris Baranowski, Purdue Fort Wayne; Junior Chavez, Oral Roberts; Jonah Dancer, Western Illinois


Defensive Player of the Week

Ugo Tritz, Omaha

Jr. | Goalkeeper | Metz, France

• Earned his third victory of the season and second Summit League win against Western Illinois

• The junior made five saves in the match and only allowed one goal

• He is tied for The Summit League lead for fewest goals allowed at eight

• Has a .778 save percentage this season


Also nominated: 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

Week 7:

O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

D: Will Palmquist, Denver

Week 8:

O: Diego Gutierrez, Omaha

D: Ugo Tritz, Omaha


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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.