Cearns, Palmquist secure #SummitMSOC weekly honors

Purdue Fort Wayne's Blake Cearns earned his second career weekly offensive honor after scoring twice in a win over Belmont.
Purdue Fort Wayne's Blake Cearns earned his second career weekly offensive honor after scoring twice in a win over Belmont.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Purdue Fort Wayne forward Blake Cearns was named the Summit League Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week while Denver goalkeeper Will Palmquist collected the defensive honor, league officials announced Monday.

Cearns led the Mastodons to their first Division I victory of the season by scoring both goals in a 2-1 triumph over Belmont. The Australian native put his team up in the 37th-minute, then added the game-winner in the 74th-minute. It was the second two-goal match of his career.

Palmquist made a career-high eight saves in the Pioneers' 1-0 shutout of (RV) California, ending a six-match road swing to open the campaign. The junior goalkeeper had given up a penalty kick goal vs. No. 2 Stanford earlier in the season but stopped one against the Golden Bears to help preserve DU's first win of the season. He finished the week with 11 saves.

OFFENSIVE
Blake Cearns, Purdue Fort Wayne
Sr. | F | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

  • Scored both goals for Mastodons in 2-1 victory over Belmont
  • Second brace of career
  • This is the second weekly honor of Cearns' career 

Also nominated: Mitchell Moynihan, Western Illinois; Preston Judd, Denver; Dante Brigida, Oral Roberts.



DEFENSIVE
Will Palmquist, Denver
Jr. | GK | Denver, Texas
  

  • Made a career-high eight saves in a 1-0 shutout of (RV) California  
  • The shutout was the second of his season and eighth of his career
  • This is the third weekly honor of Palmquist's career

Also nominated: Tor Erik Larsen, Purdue Fort Wayne; Tim Trilk, Western Illinois; Gustavo Vargas, Oral Roberts; Jeremy Pollard, Omaha.

Previous Players of the Week
September 3
Offense: Reed Berry, Oral Roberts
Defense: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts
September 9
Offense: Dante Brigida, Oral Roberts
Defense: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts

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