Oct. 14, 2013
BIG EAST Release
CINCINNATI - A trio of Xavier University men's soccer players earned weekly awards after helping lead the Musketeers to an undefeated week (2-0) last week. Eric Osswald (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty/USF) and Jalen Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebuf Jesuit) were named BIG EAST Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week, respectively, while Will Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
Last week was huge for the Blue and White, as they picked up the program's first BIG EAST victories (home and road) and also knocked off a nationally-ranked team in the Hoyas of Georgetown. Xavier's win over GU handed the Hoyas (9-3-1, 2-1-1 BIG EAST), who lost in the 2012 College Cup Championship game, their first conference loss of the season. The victory also gave XU it's first home BIG EAST win, the first win over a ranked opponent this season and the first win over a nationally ranked opponent since the Musketeers defeated No. 8 Charlotte in the first round of the A-10 Tournament on Nov. 10, 2011.
The Musketeers (6-5-2, 2-2-0 BIG EAST) return to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they take on No. 22 St. John's in Queens, N.Y. in a match that is slated to start at 7 p.m.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
C. Nortey, Marquette, F, So.
Nortey scored two more game-winning goals last week, helping Marquette defeat two nationally ranked league opponents. He scored the golden goal in a 3-2 double-overtime win against Butler. He followed that effort by scoring the only goal of the match in a 1-0 decision against Creighton. The striker has scored the game-winner in all four of Marquette's league contests this season.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Paul Dillon, Marquette, B, Sr.
Dillon helped the Golden Eagles to a pair of wins against nationally ranked foes, which included one shutout. He helped offensively with a pair of assists in a 3-2 double-overtime win against Butler and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Creighton.
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week
Eric Osswald, Xavier, GK, Sr.
Osswald helped the Musketeers to a 2-0 week by making five saves in a 3-0 win against DePaul and four saves in a 2-1 triumph over Georgetown. The win over DePaul was the first BIG EAST win for Xavier.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
Jalen Brown, Xavier, MF, Fr.
Brown notched the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory at DePaul. The Musketeers' week also included a 2-1 win against Georgetown. Brown had five shots on goal for the two games.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Vincent Mitchell, Butler, M, So.
Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win against Seton Hall. Also scored in a 3-2 loss to Marquette.
Bakie Goodman, Georgetown, F, Fr.
Tallied the only goal of the game in the second half of a 1-0 win at Providence in a 1-1 week.
Manny Andrade, Providence, F, So.
Posted the only goal of the game in the 107th minute of a 1-0 double-overtime victory at DePaul.
John Jlopleh, Villanova, F, Fr.
Scored the first goal of his career in a 2-0 victory against St. John's. The Wildcats were 1-1 for the week.
Will Walker, Xavier, MF, Jr.
Scored both goals in a 2-1 win against Georgetown. The Musketeers had a 2-0 week.