Newport News, Va. – Davidson’s Alan Reiter has been named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week, while goalkeepers Bobby Edwards and Nils Leifhelm of Saint Joseph’s and Rhode Island, shared A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for matches played from Sept. 22-28.
Reiter led Davidson to a pair of victories last week, including a come-from-behind win over No. 2 Virginia on the road. In addition to scoring the game-tying goal in the Wildcats’ win over the Cavaliers, the senior from Westport, Conn. scored the eventual game-winner in the Wildcats 3-1 victory at Campbell over the weekend. Reiter leads the team in both goals (4) on total points (10) through the first seven contests. Off to its best start since beginning the 1982 season 9-0-4, Davidson is unbeaten at 5-0-2 on the year. The Wildcats were ranked 20th in last week’s Soccer America Poll.
A native of Munster, Germany, Leifhelm allowed just one goal in a pair of double-overtime draws against Bryant (1-1) and Albany (0-0). Leifhelm recorded a career-high 12 saves against Albany, which is the second most by any A-10 goalkeeper this season. The Albany shutout was the fourth season and he and the Rams are unbeaten over the last five games (3-0-2). In addition, Leifhelm has allowed just two goals over his last 569:15 played.
Edwards made a season-high six saves to lead the Saint Joseph's men's soccer team to a scoreless draw with NJIT on Saturday evening. NJIT put offensive pressure on the Hawks early in the second half, as Ansel Ueshiro and Marko Drljic launched back-to-back shots on goal just 14 seconds apart in the 58th minute of play. However, Edwards (3-0-3) made the pair of saves, and two more in the 64th and 78th minute. The rookie had additionally made two first-half saves. Earlier in the week, Edwards made three first-half saves in the 14th, 23rd, and 45th minute to secure the win and to earn his second collegiate shutout against Siena on Wednesday.