Sept. 20, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Michigan State's Cyrus Saydee and Avery Steinlage and Penn State's Matheus Braga have been named the Big Ten men's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Saydee and Braga earn Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Steinlage receives Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Cyrus Saydee, Michigan State
M - Jr. - Lansing, Mich. - Everett
Michigan State's Cyrus Saydee earns his first weekly conference laurel after leading the 19th-ranked Spartans to wins against Big East foes Marquette and Notre Dame over the weekend. Saydee notched his first goal of the season and the lone goal of the contest in Michigan State's 1-0 win against the Golden Eagles on Friday. The junior then tallied assists on both of Michigan State's goals against the Fighting Irish on Sunday, helping the Spartans to a 2-0 road win. The two assists pushed Saydee's season total to five, good for second among Big Ten players.
Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Spencer Thompson (Sept. 13, 2010)
Matheus Braga, Penn State
M - Sr. - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Colegio Militar de Fortaleza
Penn State's Matheus Braga tallied four points on a goal and two assists in two games over the weekend to help the No. 23 Nittany Lions to back-to-back road wins, earning the second weekly honor of his career. Braga tallied a helper in Penn State's 2-0 win over Air Force on Friday before adding a goal and an assist in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 win against Denver on Sunday. Braga currently leads the Big Ten in assists, having recorded eight through six games.
Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matheus Braga (Oct. 5, 2009)
Defensive Player of the Week
Avery Steinlage, Michigan State
GK - Sr. - Grand Haven, Mich. - Spring Lake
Avery Steinlage receives the nod for Defensive Player of the Week after leading Michigan State to back-to-back shutout wins. Steinlage made seven saves in the Spartans' 1-0 win over Marquette on Friday before posting a six-save effort against Notre Dame on Sunday, leading Michigan State to the 2-0 win. The senior currently holds a scoreless streak of 336:24, spanning five games. The honor marks the fifth of Steinlage's career.
Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Avery Steinlage (Oct. 20, 2009)
2010 Big Ten Men's Soccer Weekly Honorees
O: Will Bruin, Jr., Indiana
D: Matt Lampson, So., Ohio State
O: Spencer Thompson, Sr., Michigan State
D: David Tiemstra, Jr., Ohio State
O: Cyrus Saydee, Jr., Michigan State
O: Matheus Braga, Sr., Penn State
D: Avery Steinlage, Sr., Michigan State