Lee's Halsall Named Defensive Player Of The Week
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Lee's Tom Halsall has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Felipe Silva of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) has been tabbed National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Halsall and Silva were selected based on their performances from Oct. 22 - 28 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Halsall, a 6-foot-2 freshman goalkeeper from Manchester, England, was instrumental in two key victories for the Flames last week. His efforts helped Lee to earn a berth in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament. Halsall posted three saves in the 4-1 victory against Truett-McConnell (Ga.) on Oct. 24. In a road match at No. 12 Southern Poly (Ga.) on Oct. 27, he earned a 1-0 shutout as he halted four shots on goal. The shutout was just the third time this year (in 15 matches) that Southern Poly was held scoreless.
On the season, Halsall is 7-7-1 overall with 54 saves and a 1.78 goals against average.
"I'm really happy for Tom and this very nice honor," said Lee head coach Paul Furey "He has worked hard all season, though he experienced a few bumps along the way. I'm sure he will credit his defense and teammates in sharing in this because that is the type of team player he is."
Saturday's win earned the Flames the final spot in the SSAC playoffs which begin this weekend. Furey will take his club to Mobile for a Saturday, 5 p.m. battle with No. 1 seed University of Mobile.
Silva, a 5-foot-8 junior forward from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, ended his week with five goals, three assists and 13 points in a 2-0 week for the Trojans. In the 8-0 win over Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) on Oct. 24, he went for a pair of goals and helped out on two others. Three days later, Silva had a hat trick to go along with one assist in the 10-3 win over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.). Silva has compiled four matches of two-or-more goals on the season.
Silva ranks fifth in the NAIA in total assists (14), eighth in total points (44) and 21st in total goals (15). The 44 points sets a Hannibal-LaGrange single-season record.
Offensive Nominees: William Awagu, LSU Shreveport (La.); Hugo Gonzalez, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Stiven Ospina, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Joe Sbarro, Benedictine (Kan.); Loic Miliani, Belhaven (Miss.); Kyler Grimes-hopkins, Ottawa (Kan.); Devin Moore, Taylor (Ind.); Tim Krautheim, Ashford (Iowa); Yazeed Davids, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Francis Tabi, Point Park (Pa.); Victor Cruz, William Penn (Iowa); Lucas Cordeiro, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Tyler Fischer, Aquinas (Mich.); Juan Sebastian Lara, St. Thomas (Fla.); Chris Ochieng, Milligan (Tenn.); Stephen Owusu, Science & Arts (Okla.); Mikey Wall, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Jonathan Cabale, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Septi Danciu, Concordia (Ore.); Jesus Avalos, Calumet (Ind.); Emmanuel Onywera, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Alex Vukic, Menlo (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Reece Harris, Park (Mo.); Zach Chambers, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Bradley Abrahamsen, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Casey Clark, Doane (Neb.); Lorenzo Munoz, Wiley (Texas); Ben Clark, Tabor (Kan.); Nate Byarlay, Baker (Kan.); Kevin Miller, Taylor (Ind.); Patrick Kinsella, Ashford (Iowa); Mitchell Kelman, Point Park (Pa.); Mason Bandy, William Penn (Iowa); Ryan Mcentee, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Jesper Kallqvist, Northwestern Ohio; Sully Shattuck, Cumberland (Tenn.); Kyle Coleman, Warner (Fla.); Michael Eggen, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Daniel Dunleavy, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Jorge Gonzalez Giron, Bryan (Tenn.); Pablo Garcia, John Brown (Ark.); George Bundy, Evergreen (Wash.); Alex Cozzi, San Diego Christian (Calif.).