PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior midfielder Nick DeLeon from Louisville was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the week, while teammate Dylan Mares was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week. Senior Matt Williams, from Cincinnati, takes home BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors and junior Connor Lade from St. John’s is tabbed as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
DeLeon scored two gamewinners this week to help Louisville to a pair of wins. He scored in double-overtime against DePaul to lead the Cardinals to a 2-1 win and repeated the feat against USF, helping Louisville to clinch the BIG EAST Red Division title for the second-straight year.
Mares earns his second Rookie of the Week honor after recording three points in the Cardinals’ 2-0 week. Mares scored the first goal against DePaul in a 2-1 victory to open scoring, before dishing out an assist on the gamewinner in the 101st minute in a 2-1 win against USF. Mares leads the undefeated Cardinals in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
Williams made 14 saves this week, earning a shutout at Villanova with five saves. He allowed only one goal in 220 minutes between the posts in a week against second and third-place BIG EAST teams. He made nine saves against 19/19 USF. Williams lowered his goals against average to 0.62.
Lade helped the Red Storm to a 2-0 week. He anchored a defense that did not allow a goal, as St. John’s recorded a pair of 1-0 wins. In the pair of wins, the Red Storm defense allowed just two shots on goal and a combined 12 shots overall.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Robert Brickley, Connecticut, Sr., D
Helped the Huskies to a 1-0-1 week, anchoring a defense that did not allow a goal.
Ian Christianson, Georgetown, So., MF
Had two goals and one assist in the Hoyas’ 6-2 win against Marquette.
Philip Tuttle, Notre Dame, Sr., GK
Made nine saves this week, recording one win and a shutout.
Jhojan Obando, Providence, Sr., GK
Made 11 saves this week, earning two wins and a shutout.
Eric Schoenle, West Virginia, So., D
Scored the game-tying goal and then the gamewinner in a 3-2 victory against Seton Hall.