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Aeschliman, Escalante Sweep CL Men's Soccer Player Of The Week Honors
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Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 5, 2017

AVON, Ohio — Goshen College swept the Crossroads League's weekly awards in men's soccer, with junior goalkeeper Johan Escalante claiming defensive player of the week honors and freshman forward Stuart Aeschliman winning offensive player of the week recognition. The awards were announced Tuesday rather than the usual Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

Escalante, a junior from Orlando, Florida, played 176 minutes of shutout defense last week before being lifted for a backup in the final minutes of a 3-0 win over Roosevelt. He made 10 saves on 10 shots against him and carried a personal shutout streak of 206 minutes into this week.

The Maple Leafs' pair of clean sheets last week marked their first back-to-back non-conference shutouts since wins over Bluffton and Manchester in 2012. The pair of shutouts in the first three games hadn't been accomplished by a Goshen defense since 2009.

Aeschliman, a freshman from Salem, Oregon, scored his first two career goals and had an assist in his first two career matches. He became the first Goshen player with two goals in the first three matches since Daniel Martin in 2012, which was also the last time GC started 2-1.

The MVP of the 2016 High School All-American Game, Aeschliman also got a head start on repeating his victory when he scored three times in a loss to Holy Cross on Monday. That game will count toward the conference award to be given September 11.

Aeschliman's conference award is the first of his career; Escalante was previously named CL player of the week on October 24, 2016. The last Goshen man to win offensive player of the week was Isaac Huerta, who won both the conference and national awards on October 5, 2015.

Goshen's last sweep of weekly awards in a sport was March 2, 2015, when Michael Walker was named baseball pitcher of the week and Vincent Caschera was named player of the week for position players. Forward Cody Felton and netminder Ryan Troyer were the last Maple Leafs to sweep men's soccer honors on October 6, 2008.

Goshen (2-2) plays at home twice this week, meeting Rochester at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Calumet at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Maple Leaf women also play at home on both occasions, following Wednesday's game and preceding Saturday's.

The Crossroads League selects one or more players of the week each week in the league's 15 sponsored sports, based on nominations from each of the league's 10 member schools. Winners are eligible for NAIA national player of the week consideration.