UW-Superior's Elder, Royce are WIAC Athletes of the WeekThe Yellowjackets (5-4-2, 1-0-1 WIAC) host Northland College today (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
It was a clean sweep for the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team in the WIAC award voting this week, as senior forward Ben Royce (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and junior goalkeeper Matt Elder (New Hope, Minn.) earned WIAC Offensive and Defensive Athletes of the Week awards, respectively.
The honors come after the Yellowjackets went 2-0-1 on the road last week and climbed back to above the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of the season.
Royce, the leading scorer for the Yellowjackets a season ago, had points in all three games. He scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Bethel on Sept. 24. On Saturday at UW-Oshkosh, Royce again was the lone goal scorer as the Yellowjackets tied the Titans 1-1 in double overtime.
On Sunday Royce assisted on the first goal of the match, the eventual game-winning goal in a 2-0 win at Ripon.
Elder brings home the weekly defensive honor for the second time this season, having also won the award for the week of Sept. 4.
Last week Elder made three saves and picked up his third shutout of the season in the 1-0 win at Bethel. As good as he was against the Royals, he was even better against Oshkosh on Saturday, stopping 15 of the 16 shots fired his way in the 1-1 tie. The Titans entered the game ranked No. 11 in the nation and Elder and company shut them down, and gained a valuable WIAC point in the process.
“Last week was a big week for us for a number of reasons,” UWS coach Joe Mooney said. “We knew we needed to get on a little bit of a roll here and we knew that we were going to have to do it in some tough places to play on the road.
“We came out as a team and played extremely well and the play and leadership of Ben and Matt were huge factors. They have both been so good in the leadership department all season long. I can’t think of two players more deserving of these awards then Matt and Ben.”
The Yellowjackets (5-4-2, 1-0-1 WIAC) host Northland College today (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.