Pair of Golden Eagles Garner Weekly Awards
Oct. 21, 2013
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University center back Axel Sjoberg (Stockholm, Sweden) was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week, and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, highlighting the men’s soccer team’s headlines Monday.
In addition the Sjoberg’s accolades, goalkeeper Charlie Lyon (St. Charles, Ill.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after the Golden Eagles improved to 9-3-1 overall over the weekend and extended its lead atop the league standings to five points with a perfect 5-0-0 mark.
Sjoberg, a redshirt sophomore, was once again key cog on the backline in a 1-0 shutout Saturday at Providence, as Marquette registered its seventh shutout of the season, including fourth in five BIG EAST matches. Lyon matched his single-game season high with seven saves in the win over Providence while notching his 17th career clean sheet.
Golden Eagles Movin’ On Up
MU, which has won its last four matches, was ranked as high as No. 14 (TopDrawerSoccer.com) this week in the first batch of polls that were released Monday. It is MU’s highest ranking of the regular season after being listed as high as No. 8 (College Soccer News) in the preseason polls.
Here’s a breakdown of where Marquette has landed in this week’s national rankings:
Marquette Represented on Mid-Season Player Rankings
Leading scorer C. Nortey (16 points, 7 goals, 2 assists), a striker from Accra, Ghana, was the highest-ranked MU player at No. 11 overall, followed by Axel Sjoberg (No. 23), Charlie Lyon (No. 56) and senior midfield maestro Bryan Ciesiulka (No. 59).