The Oglethorpe men's soccer team saw a pair of members earn SAA Player of the Week honors Monday, as senior goalkeeper Luke Whelan earned the SAA Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award and junior midfielder Ryan Marcano the SAA Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award. Both players performed exceptionally well in the Stormy Petrels' weekend sweep at the Seahawk Classic in St. Mary's City, Maryland. Oglethorpe defeated host St. Mary's 2-0 and knocked off Salisbury 1-0 in the weekend's two games.
Whelan had an outstanding weekend at the Seahawk Classic. Whelan did not allow a goal in 180 minutes of action. He recorded a total of seven saves in a pair of shutouts. Whelan stopped three shots in the win over St. Mary's and four in the victory over Salisbury. On the season, Whelan is second in the SAA in goals against average (0.50), third in save percentage (.857), and fifth in saves (12).
Marcano continued his outstanding run for the Petrels last weekend at the Seahawk Classic. He scored two goals in as many games and tallied an assist. He recorded a goal and an assist in the game against St. Mary's on Saturday. He then came back with a lone goal against Salisbury on Sunday. After being involved in all three goals Oglethorpe scored on the weekend, Marcano now is tied for the league lead in goals (3) and points (7).
"I'm very proud of both of these guys, and of how they played this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin. "Luke is one of the most talented goalkeepers I've ever coached. He works hard every day to improve his craft, and his hard work is definitely paying off. Ryan is a very physically gifted player. He's been adapting well to our possession-oriented style of play. He has gelled quite well with his new teammates in a short period of time."
The Petrels will be back in action on Wednesday, when they take on Truett McConnell in their home opener at 5 p.m. After that, they'll welcome No. 19 Lynchburg to the Oglethorpe Track and Field Sunday at 1 p.m.