Novaes Wins Men's Soccer Player of the Week; Nuhu, Leifhelm Again Share Defensive Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Louis sophomore Leo Novaes was named Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Monday, while Fordham junior Rashid Nuhu and Rhode Island senior Nils Leifhelm were selected as Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Freshman Brady O’Connor of George Washington and Spencer Jones of Saint Louis shared the league’s Co-Rookie of the Week honor. The awards are for games played from Sept. 18-24.

 

Novaes scored the game-winning goal, his first career tally, against No. 5 Stanford in SLU's lone contest of the week. The Vinhedo, Brazil, native helped control the pace of the play from the midfield position, earning the Billikens a victory over the Cardinal, which entered the game 6-1-0.

 

An Accra, Ghana, product, Nuhu picked up a pair of shutout wins this week. The goalkeeper made two saves in both games against Manhattan and Bryant to earn his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season. He lowered his league-leading GAA to 0.54 and earned the A-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Week award for the second straight week.

 

Leifhelm posted his 20th career shutout in URI's 0-0 draw at No. 25 Brown Saturday night, and became just the fourth goalkeeper in program history with 20 career shutouts. He smothered a loose ball in front of the near post in the 86th minute to prevent Brown from scoring and came up with an overtime diving stop on a breakaway chance. The Münster, Germany product has not allowed a goal in his last 400 minutes played, including back-to-back clean sheets against nationally-ranked opponents to earn A-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week.

 

O'Connor scored the lone goal in George Washington's 1-0 win over NJIT on Saturday. He was taken down in the box chasing a cross in the 52nd minute and then stepped up and converted the penalty kick. It was his third goal of the season for the midfielder/forward form Baltimore, Md. All three goals have been game winners.  

 

Jones, a hometown forward, scored a key insurance marker in the win against Stanford, his first-career goal. The redshirt freshman scored in the 61st minutes, giving the Billikens a two-goal cushion for the final 29 minutes of the game.


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