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UW-Superior's Nilsen receives WIAC honor

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.

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.

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Other UWS athletes nominated were Chelsea Cossin (soccer - offense), Andrea McKay (soccer - defense) and Keely Deadrick (volleyball).

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