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Quartet of Men's Soccer Players Earn GLIAC Postseason Honors

Quartet of Men's Soccer Players Earn GLIAC Postseason Honors
Friday, November 2, 2018
Quartet of Men's Soccer Players Earn GLIAC Postseason Honors

HAMMOND, IND. – Four members of the Purdue Northwest men’s soccer team were awarded All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for their on-field accomplishments during the 2018 season. Forward Enrique Serna (Majadahonda, Spain/Colegio San Jaime), defender Grant Ugarte (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn), and midfielder Isaiah Nieves (Lyons Township, Ill./Lyons Township) were honored as a part of the All-GLIAC second-team, while midfielder Daniel Freedman (Newcastle, England/Monkseaton Academy) was an honorable mention all-conference.

“I am really proud of these four. I feel these awards show a great collective group effort and aren’t possible without support from team members performances,” head coach Ryan Hayes said.”

Serna was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for Sep. 4-10 after scoring a goal each in a pair of matches, leading the Pride to a win and draw. It was the first time a men’s soccer player for PNW earned an All-GLIAC honor.

Head Coach Ryan Hayes on Enrique Serna

“Enrique scored a lot of key goals when we needed it this year and he is a very technical player.”

Ugarte was named Player of the Week for Oct. 8-14 after helping anchor a defense that held a high-powered Parkside offense to one goal as PNW took down the Rangers 2-1 at Dowling Park.

Head Coach Ryan Hayes on Grant Ugarte

“Grant is a dominating force on the back line that got better and better as the season progressed.”

Nieves ended the season with the third-most shots in the conference with 46, and led the Black and Gold with six goals on the season.

Head Coach Ryan Hayes on Isaiah Nieves

“Isaiah is a consistent attacking threat through his goals and assists all season.”

Freedman had three goals including a game-winner against Truman State and had nine shots on goal in 1409 minutes of action during his first season with the Pride.

Head Coach Ryan Hayes on Daniel Freedman
“Dan is a consistent performer who you can always rely on for a strong performance.”

The Pride ended the season with a 9-7-1 record and earned a #3 seed in the 2018 GLIAC tournament.