#SummitMSOC Weekly Notebook: Vol. 8

Western Illinois midfielder Ryan DeBois has a goal in three-straight matches for the Leathernecks, who have won back-to-back matches.
Western Illinois midfielder Ryan DeBois has a goal in three-straight matches for the Leathernecks, who have won back-to-back matches.


Sioux Falls, S.D. -- It was a slow start to the season for Western Illinois, but the Leathernecks have their sights set on a third-straight win as Summit League play hits the halfway-point this weekend with a full slate of league tilts on the docket for Saturday.


• After an 0-11 start to the campaign, Western Illinois has gained some momentum with back-to-back wins.  The first of those was a thrilling 4-3 victory over Denver in Macomb that marked the first time the Leathernecks had defeated the Pioneers in 11 tries.
• Midfielder Paul Kirdorf earned the Leathernecks' first weekly award of the season for his efforts, assisting on a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 73rd-minute.
• WIU goalkeeper Tim Trilk helped the team pick up its first clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 victory over Detroit Mercy on Tuesday. Trilk made three saves to give him 64 on the season - a total that ranks second among league goalies.
• Forward Ryan DeBois has been a key figure in the offensive uptick by the Leathernecks. The junior has scored a goal in three-straight matches and has four in WIU's past five outings. Those were also the first four goals of his career.
• WIU travels to Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday for a league tilt against the Mastodons, who will look to snap a seven-match losing streak and pick up their first league win of the campaign.
• Omaha has also seen its offense hit another gear as the Mavericks have picked up back-to-back league wins with wins over WIU and Purdue Fort Wayne.
• Their latest victory was a 1-0 blanking of the Mastodons as Gonzalo Ledesma helped the backline surrender to just one shot, then added the game-winning goal in the 75th-minute. 
• Ledesma earned Summit League Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts as Omaha moved into a tie with Oral Roberts (six points) for first place in the league standings.   
• The Mavericks return to action Saturday at Eastern Illinois after a mid-week match vs. Bradley was canceled after the Braves encountered transportation issues during their travels to Omaha.
• The Panthers had the weekend off but fell 2-0 to Milwaukee in a non-conference match that saw EIU muster just one shot on goal. 
• The Golden Eagles, who will have been off since a 3-2 loss to Tulsa on Oct. 8, return to action Saturday as Denver visits for a pivotal league match.
• Despite the 11-day break, the Golden Eagles still boast the top two goal scorers in the league as freshman Reed Berry tops the list with nine and teammate Dante Brigida is second with seven.
• The Pioneers (0-1-1) are coming off back-to-back, one-goal setbacks, including a 1-0 loss at Saint Louis last Tuesday. Denver will remain in Oklahoma to face Tulsa on Oct. 22.
• Speaking of the Pioneers, reigning Summit League Player of the Year Andre Shinyashinki was named the Rookie of the Year by Major League Soccer officials earlier this week. Shinyashiki had seven goals and three assists in year one for the Colorado Rapids.

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