Miguel Named GLIAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
BAY CITY, Mich. – Becoming the first player to earn a conference award since Purdue Northwest moved to NCAA Division II and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this year, senior goalkeeper Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) made school history Monday morning when he was named the GLIAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
David logged his second shutout of the season this past Saturday at Pepsi Field in a scoreless draw with Bethel College (Ind.) at Dowling Park in Hammond. He finished the double overtime affair (110 minutes) with five saves.
“Miguel has worked extremely hard in training and thoroughly deserves this award,” said PNW men’s soccer coach Ryan Hayes. “Credit must go to the coaching staff for their work with Miguel. Additionally, credit should also go to both Noel Keeble and Evan Hillier (fellow PNW goalkeepers) for pushing Miguel to the level he is currently achieving. They are both right on his toes and healthy competition within the squad breeds constant improvement.
“Finally, and most importantly, although this is an individual award, for me the whole team should be recognized,” continued Hayes. “Miguel doesn’t receive this accolade if the team in front of him doesn’t work together collectively as a unit. In my opinion, the whole team and squad are acknowledged by Miguel receiving this award, so congratulations to Miguel and the team.”
The Pride are in the midst of a five-game home stand and play their second straight home game on Friday, September 15. The game against Tiffin University (Ohio) marks the first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game for Purdue Northwest and is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. CT start Friday at Pepsi Field.