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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Simons Tabbed as Honorable Mention GNAC POW

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 10/08/2012
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Sioux Falls men’s soccer junior goalkeeper Kyle Simons was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference honorable mention defensive player of the week on Monday after posting seven saves to help USF earn a 1-1 tie with the University of Mary on Saturday afternoon at USF Field.

It is the first weekly honor of Simons’ career.

In his first season as USF’s starting keeper, Simons has been a solid force in the net and kept the Cougars in nearly every match despite a lack of goal support (1.1 per contest). 

Backed by Simons’ stellar play, USF earned a 1-1 tie with the University of Mary on Saturday. The Cougars and Marauders combined for a total of 28 shots during the 110-minute marathon, but two overtimes were not enough as the match resulted in USF’s first tie of the season.

USF now stands at 1-8-1 and 1-5-1 in GNAC play.

The visiting Marauders pressed late for the game-winner, but Simons stood tall and turned away a pair of shots by Mary’s Aaron McElwee in the 66th and 77th minutes to preserve the tie.

The Colorado Springs, Colo., native has been in between the pipes for all but three minutes this season (916:18). Simons’ .691 save percentage is seventh in the GNAC, while he is currently ranked second in the league in saves per match (6.5).

Simons is the first Cougar to win a GNAC defensive award this season, as Brice Holiday was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week back on Sept. 24.

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