DENVER – (Aug. 28) Seattle U’s Nathan Aune has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27. Kansas City’s Eric McWoods earned the league's Offensive Player of the Week honor.
Aune, a senior defender from Arlington, Wash., was instrumental in a pair of home shutouts to open the 2017 season. Against Loyola Marymount, he played all 90 minutes in the back and helped to hold the Lions to just four shots in a 1-0 win. On Sunday against 20th-ranked New Mexico, he helped contain the Lobos to just six shots on the night and scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute to give the Redhawks their 18th-consecutive home win.
Seattle U takes its 2-0-0 record on the road this week, traveling to face Portland on Friday, Sept. 1. Kick off from Merlo Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Other offensive nominees: Air Force’s Tucker Bone scored the Falcons’ first goal in a 3-2 win over 23rd-ranked Florida Gulf Coast … UIW’s Marjan Gamsjaeger headed in the game-winner off a set piece in the first overtime to give the Cardinals a 2-1 win at Central Arkansas … UNLV’s Danny Musovski scored a goal to tie the game in the first half and assisted on the second equalizer in an eventual 3-2 double-overtime win at Portland … Utah Valley’s Connor Salmon provided the long ball on the Wolverines’ winning goal to earn the assist in a 1-0 win over 16th-ranked Akron.
Other defensive nominees: Air Force’s Trey Pujats helped the Falcons secure a pair of home wins to open the 2017 season, also earning an assist in Sunday’s win over Florida Gulf Coast … UIW’s Brendan Brown allowed two goals with an .857 save percentage as the Cardinals went 1-1 on the road to open the season … Kansas City’s Filippo Errico posted a pair of shutouts in goal as UMKC opened the season with back-to-back wins over Central Arkansas and Northwestern … Utah Valley’s Giovanny Vazquez scored on a header in the 54th minute to give the Wolverines a 1-0 win over Akron on opening night.