Notebook: Denver still rolling in Summit League soccer


Dillan Schorfheide

Cameron Behm tries to block a Green Bay attacker’s cross into the box during Eastern’s 1-0 loss to the Phoenix at Lakeside Field on Sept. 2.

The Eastern men’s team soccer saw mixed success along with many of the team’s Summit League counterparts heading into week three of the season.

Eastern (2-2-2) split its matches in the Bradley Invitational last weekend, losing 1-0 against Bradley Friday and downing Mercer 2-1 Sunday morning.

Eastern a lso tied a match 0-0 versus IUPUI yesterday, after sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Burke received a nomination, though not chosen, for Summit League Defensive Player of the Week yet again.

Meanwhile, Denver (4-0-1) continues to pull away from the Summit League pack, forcing a 1-1 draw against Colgate, then-ranked 13th in the country, then went off to secure a commanding 4-0 victory over North Florida.

Denver nabbed both the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, with senior Andre Shinyashiki taking home the former and redshirt senior Scott DeVoss acquiring the latter.

Shinyashiki received the honor for the second time this season after scoring four goals in three matches, while DeVoss led the Pioneers defense that allowed just 10 shots in the same three contests.

Denver moved up one spot to the 5th in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Poll this week.

Second behind Denver in the Summit League standings sits Oral Roberts (3-2-1) which forced a 0-0 draw against Houston Baptist last Friday and finished off Incarnate Word 3-0.

Oral Roberts freshman goalkeeper Miles Motakef recorded seven saves in the win Sunday.

Motakef ranks first in the Summit League with a .861 save percentage among keepers that have started in every contest.

Oral Roberts faces Gonzaga on Friday night.

Fort Wayne’s (3-2) hot streak ended this week as they dropped a match against Northern Illinois 4-2 on Friday.

Fort Wayne still ranks third in the conference despite the team ranking last in the preseason coaches’ poll.

The Mastodons take on Bradley Friday night.

Western Illinois (1-3-1) won its only match last week in a 1-0 contest against Dayton on Friday.

Despite being outshot 11 to 6, Western Illinois senior Daniel Kadima found the back of the net off a penalty kick rebound in the 70th minute.

Western Illinois faces Valparaiso on Saturday.

Omaha (1-3) finally found its first win of the season against Utah Valley by a score of 2-0 on Friday.

Omaha failed to score in its first three matches of the year, but sophomore Diego Gutierrez and freshman Martin Veys provided a goal apiece to open up the match in the first half.

The Mavericks take on UCLA today at 9 p.m.

Oscar Rzodkiewicz can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]