Oct. 29, 2008
Michigan defenseman Michael Holody earned National Player of the Week honors, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Wednesday. The senior becomes the third Big Ten men’s soccer player to earn the award this season and in the month of October. Holody’s teammate Jake Stacy was honored on Oct. 8th, and Michigan State’s Avery Steinlage claimed the accolade on Oct. 22. Michigan becomes the only school in the country to garner the award twice this season. This past week, Holody stifled the nation’s leader in total points, No. 5 Akron’s Steve Zakuani, holding him scoreless in a slim 1-0 loss. Against No. 2 Northwestern, Holody and the Michigan backline held the Wildcats to one score and a mere two shots on goal, handing Northwestern its first loss of the season in a 3-1 victory. The Wolverines currently rank 18th in the latest NSCAA poll, up three spots from last week.