Marquette Players Collect Weekly Awards

Jack Alberts
Sept. 22, 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Three Marquette University men's soccer players were awarded for their on-field performances last week. Charlie Lyon, Jack Alberts and Axel Sjoberg were all recognized as the team improved its record to 5-2-0 after recording its fifth-straight shutout in back-to-back 2-0 victories over Milwaukee (Sept. 17) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 20).

Redshirt freshman Jack Alberts came away with three weekly awards. He was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week in addition to be named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.

For the second week in a row, Sjoberg has taken home the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award and redshirt senior goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was picked to the BIG EAST Honor Roll, the league announced today.

Sjoberg, a redshirt junior and the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was again the key cog of an MU defense that has not conceded a goal in 508:39 minutes and recorded a school record fifth consecutive shutout with a 2-0 road win at NIU Saturday. Sjoberg was assigned the task of marking Milwaukee's All-American striker Laurie Bell where the Golden Eagles won 2-0 Wednesday. The shutout against Milwaukee marked the Golden Eagles fifth consecutive clean sheet at Valley Fields dating back to last season, a school record. MU's defense has not conceded a goal at home in 561:40 minutes going into this Saturday's BIG EAST opener vs. Providence. This marks the third week in a row that an MU center back has received the award. Redshirt sophomore John Pothast received the award on Sept. 8.

 

 

Alberts won two weekly awards after scoring his first two career goals (both game-winners) last week. The two scores came off headers from free kicks from Louis Bennett II. In the 2-0 win against Milwaukee, Alberts' first collegiate goal came in the 15th minute, and in the 2-0 win against NIU, his game-winner broke a 0-0 stalemate that had stretched to the 82nd minute. Alberts has also been a contributor on the backline that has recorded five straight shutouts.

Lyon was tabbed to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after recording a school record fifth straight shutout in a 2-0 win Saturday at Northern Illinois. Lyon has not allowed a goal in 508:39, breaking his previous school record (424:18) set back in 2012. The St. Charles, Illinois native made a diving save on All-American Laurie Bell's penalty kick attempt in the 81st minute of a 2-0 shutout over crosstown rival University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as Lyon preserved the shutout and helped MU reclaim the Milwaukee Cup trophy. The last goal allowed by Lyon at home was vs. Seton Hall on Nov. 3, 2013. Lyon now has 25 career shutouts (52 games played), which ranks fourth among all active players in NCAA Division I and three shy of matching the all-time school record.

Marquette is moving up in the rankings after another impressive week of play. In the TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings, MU is now ranked No. 13 and College Soccer News has the Blue & Gold in the 14 slot in its top 30 rankings. Marquette also ranks tied for fifth in the nation in team shutout percentage at 0.71 and tied for 11th in the country in team save percentage at 0.88. Bennett II ranks tied for ninth in all of NCAA Division I in total assists with four on the season.

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