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Ollie Smith Tabbed Crossroads League Player Of The Week
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Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 12, 2017

AVON, Ohio — Ollie Smith, a sophomore winger on the Goshen College men's soccer team, earned Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday for his play from September 4-10.

Smith took part in eight of Goshen's 10 goals last week, racking up three goals and five assists. He assisted twice in a 4-3 loss to Holy Cross on Monday, scored twice and assisted twice in a 5-0 win over Rochester on Wednesday, and added a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Calumet on Saturday. He was arguably involved in a ninth goal as well—the remaining score in the Roosevelt match came about as a result of his free kick, but the intervening clearance prevented him from getting an assist.

Smith leads the team with six assists through six games, tying the most assists by any Maple Leaf in the last six years, and his four goals are one shy of the 2017 team lead held by Stuart Aeschliman. The York, England, native, led the team with five goals as a freshman in 2016.

Goshen's lone match this week comes against the University of Saint Francis of Joliet, Illinois, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at GC's John Ingold Athletic Complex.

Combined with the offensive player of the week honors bestowed on Aeschliman last week, the Maple Leafs have claimed the same conference weekly honor in two straight weeks—the first time that has happened for any Goshen team since Dean Nafziger won defensive player of the week honors in men's soccer twice in November 2014.

Three Goshen athletes (Smith, Aeschliman and Escalante) have won conference player of the week honors in the past two weeks: that is a first for the Maple Leafs since Alisha Christner, Dean Nafziger and Ryan Smith turned the trick in three different sports from September 9-16, 2013. Melanie Meyer, Stacy Wyse and Billy Funk also accomplished that feat in October of 2012. Erin Helmuth, Jacob GunderKline, and Samuel Jones, all track and field athletes, were the last Goshen trio to do that in the same sport from February 6-13, 2012.

Since the conference expanded its Player of the Week program to every sport in the fall of 2010, no Goshen athlete has won the same conference award in consecutive weeks.

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.