Nov. 7, 2011
ELMHURST, Ill. - Defender John DeLeon of the Oakland men's soccer team earned Summit League Defensive Player of the Week honors, announced by the league-office on Monday. It is the first time the freshman from Novi, Mich. has won the award, and the fourth time that an OU player has earned the honor this season.
"I am proud to see John recognized for his steady and solid play against IUPUI," said head coach Eric Pogue. "John is a great story this year. He has worked hard and seen his playing time increase as a result. Since getting his opportunity to shine a few weeks back he has been very consistent for us."
DeLeon played all 90 minutes in Oakland's 2-0 shutout win over IUPUI on Saturday. The young defender made a key play when he cleared a ball off the line in just the fourth minute.
"The goal-line save by John was a huge boost to the team in the first half," said Pogue. "The entire back line and the whole team in general put in a great defensive effort against a hungry IUPUI team."
With the win over IUPUI, Oakland secured a spot in The Summit League Championship. The Golden Grizzlies will face regular season champions Western Illinois in the semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.