2017 Men's Soccer Players of the Week

October 30
(Offensive) Maxwell Trautman, Iowa Wesleyan University
Trautmann, a senior, helped the Tigers close out their season with a pair of conference wins last week. He opened the week with two goals in a 4-2 victory against Eureka, including the game-winner. Trautmann followed by setting up the only goal in a 1-0 win over MacMurray. 

(Defensive) Jordan Alberici, Fontbonne University
Alberici, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., grabs his second weekly award this fall. He was in net for the Griffins 1-0 win over Principia, that clinched the Griffins a SLIAC regular season title and the top seed in the tournament. Alberici made five saves in the contest and improves his record to 9-0 on the year.

October 23
(Offensive) Kaleb Keller, Principia College
Keller, a freshman from St. Louis, Mo., helped the Panthers stay near the top of the standings last week but also set a new program record for goals in a season. Keller scored all four of his team's goals in a 4-0 win over MacMurray. He then netted the only goal against Webster in a 1-1 tie, giving him 17 goals on the season. Principia is looking to make the conference tournament for the first time in six years.

(Defensive) Nick Lucas, Spalding University
Lucas, a freshman from Atlanta, Ga., allowed just two goals in 180-minutes of action last week. He started the week by stopping one of three shots on goal against Blackburn. Lucas then tallied nine saves in a 2-1 win over Greenville that kept the team's tournament hopes alive. He finished with a .769 save percentage on the week, stopping 10 of 13 shots.

October 16
(Offensive) Kornell Hilliard, Spalding University
Hilliard, a forward from Louisville, Ky., picks up his second nod as SLIAC Offensive Player of the Week this season. Hilliard helped the Golden Eagles to a pair of conference wins last week, including a 2-1 win over defending tournament champion Westminster. He tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-0 victory over MacMurray and was a constant threat in the match with eight shots. Hilliard closed out the week with both goals in a 2-1 win over Westminster, maintaining his SLIAC lead in total points. 

(Defensive) Justin Schmidt, Webster University
Schmidt, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., led the Gorlok defense to a pair of wins last week including a 1-0 shutout win over Westminster. Schmidt and the Gorloks blanked Westminster, who came in averaging five goals and 22.6 shots per conference game. The shutout win was also the Gorloks second conference shutout this season.

October 9
(Offensive) Kaleb Keller, Principia College
Keller, a freshman from St. Louis, Mo., was in the middle of the action in a pair of Principia wins last week. Keller scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Blackburn. The following game, a 3-2 win over Greenville, he drew a foul in the box that led to a penalty kick that helped put Principia up early. Keller then set up the game-winning goal just before half-time. 

(Defensive) Kyle Hertel, Webster University
Hertel, a sophomore from Sandpoint, Idaho, was stout in net for the Gorloks as they remain undefeated in conference play. Hertel made fives saves in a shutout win over Fontbonne and followed with two more saves in a 2-1 victory over Blackburn. Hertel finished with a .875 save percentage on the week, allowing just one goal in 180 minutes played.

October 2
(Offensive) Blake Smugala, Fontbonne University
Smugala, a junior midfielder, helped the Griffins to a pair of wins last week including a 6-0 victory over Eureka in their conference opener. Smugala tallied the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Harris-Stowe. Two days later he netted another game-winner, this time against Eureka in a 6-0 win.

(Defensive) Jordan Alberici, Fontbonne University
Alberici, a senior goalkeeper, moved his record to 5-0 on the season after picking up two wins last week in net for the Griffins. Alberici recorded a shutout with two saves in a win over Harris-Stowe. He continued his scoreless week with another 45-minutes of goal free minutes in net in a win over Eureka.

September 25
(Offensive) Jordan Allen, Blackburn College
Allen, a sophomore midfielder, helped the Beavers to a 4-2 win over Lincoln Christian last week, mounting a come from behind win for his team's second straight victory. After falling behind 2-0 Allen sparked the Beavers with a goal at the 26-minute mark. He followed with the game-tying goal at the 50-minute mark before setting up the game-winner late in the contest.

(Defensive) Tony Pitaro, Fontbonne University
Pitaro, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., recorded six saves in his team's effort against Illinois Wesleyan. Pitaro played all 90-minutes of the contest, finishing with a save-percentage of .750 for the game. On the season Pitaro has totaled 20 saves for the Griffins.

September 18
(Offensive) Caleb Carpenter, Greenville University
Carpenter, a freshman from Clinton, Miss., tallied two goals in the Panthers 3-1 win over Franklin last week. Carpenter put the Panthers up early in the game with a goal at the 11-minute mark. He netted the game-winner at the 62-minute mark. Carpenter scored both of his goals on just three shots in the game.

(Defensive) Finn Kola, Spalding University
Kola, a sophomore from Millfield, Ohio., guided Spalding to a 5-0 win over Berea. Kola led both defensively and offensively for Spalding. Defensively he was part of a team that allowed just three shots on goal while he added two goals offensively. 

September 11
(Offensive) Kaleb Keller, Principia College
Kaleb Keller, a freshman forward from St. Louis, Mo., continued his hot start to the season by tallying four goals and an assist in his team's 5-1 win over Monmouth. Keller scored two goals late in the first half before adding two more in the second-half as the Panthers secured their first win of the season in come from behind fashion. Keller now has a conference-high 11 points this fall.

(Defensive) Nick Holland, Greenville University
Holland, a sophomore from Ajax, Ontario, recorded eight saves and one shutout last week while allowing just one goal. The lone goal he allowed came after 75 scoreless minutes against Rose-Hulman, making two saves in the game. He followed with his first career shutout in a six-save effort against Coe. He finished the week with a .889 save percentage.

September 5
(Offensive) Kornell Hilliard, Spalding University
Kornell Hilliard, a sophomore forward from Louisville, Ky., stepped up for the Golden Eagles in the opening weekend by leading his team to a 9-0 win in their season opener against Bluffton. Hilliard played a role in all five of his team's first five goals, netting three and assisting on two more. Hilliard completed the hat trick in the 57th minute of the game and finished three goals on just four shots. 

(Defensive) Leslie Chu, Spalding University
Chu, a sophomore from New Albany, Ind., helped the Golden Eagles defense record a shutout in their 2017 opener. Chu also added his second career goal against Bluffton, netting the mark in the 67th minute. On the week the Spalding defense allowed just two goals in two games