DENVER – UT Rio Grande Valley's William Akio and Utah Valley's Joseph Wheelwright have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 1 - 7.
Akio, a junior forward from Nairobi, Kenya (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), played a big role in UTRGV going 2-0 on the week. After picking up an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over Kansas City, he set up both goals in a 2-1 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday. His four assists in WAC play lead the league and his seven assists overall also give him the league lead. He is also tied for the lead in game-winning goals with three.
Wheelwright, a redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper from Pleasant View, Utah (Sunset HS), was strong in net to help lead the Wolverines to a pair of wins on the road. On Friday at California Baptist, he made four saves to earn his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. He followed that up with five saves and one goal allowed in a 2-1 win at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. His 0.86 goals against average is fourth in the WAC this season.
Other offensive nominees: Air Force's Austin Dewing scored a goal in the Falcons' 3-1 win at California Baptist … CSU Bakersfield's Ryan Goldsmith put in the game-winner in the 'Runners' 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Air Force … Grand Canyon's Jackson Jellah scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at 25th-ranked Seattle U … Utah Valley's Austin Buxton scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 1-0 win at California Baptist.
Other defensive nominees: Air Force's Nick Blessing played all 180 minutes for the Falcons in a 1-1 trip to California … CSU Bakersfield's Rodrigo Sarmiento earned the shutout with seven saves in a 1-0 upset of seventh-ranked Air Force … Grand Canyon's George Tasouris allowed just one goal and made 14 saves on the weekend, including a shutout win at Seattle U on Sunday … San José State's Eduardo Miranda was instrumental in the Spartans picking up a pair of wins at home … UT Rio Grande Valley's Antone Jarvis anchored the UTRGV defense that allowed just one goal in a pair of home wins.