Eric Nilsen of the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team has been named the offensive athlete of the week by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the week ending Sept. 4.
Nilsen, a senior from Duluth, was instrumental in the Yellowjackets picking up a pair of non-conference victories on the road to start the season.
“I think I’m no different than most coaches in that I lean heavily on my seniors,” UWS coach Joe Mooney said. “On Sunday, we pulled Eric aside and told him that he had to shoot more and become a bigger part of our attack and he did that. He stepped up when we asked him to. It’s a great honor and a great way for him to start his season.”
Nilsen was held scoreless in the first game of the year, a 3-0 shutout of the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sept. 3. He had a couple of near-misses in the contest and led the team with four shots. On Sunday, with the Yellowjackets down a goal, Nilsen tied the score at 2-2 with 6:45 to play in regulation and then scored the winning goal at 4:44 of overtime to give UWS a 3-2 win over Concordia University Wis.
UWS (2-0) plays at St. John’s today then at 3 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota-Morris.
Other UWS athletes nominated were Chelsea Cossin (soccer – offense), Andrea McKay (soccer – defense) and Keely Deadrick (volleyball).