KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Richard Isberner of the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) has been tabbed National Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Kyle Breckan of Cornerstone (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.
Isberner and Breckan were selected based on their performances from Sept. 24 - 30 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Isberner, a 6-1 senior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, tallied six goals and one assist (13 points) in two Rio Grande wins last week.
The two-time reigning Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week put home four goals in the 5-0 victory over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Sept. 26. In the NAIA Game of the Week against top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Sept. 29, Isberner notched the game-winner in overtime to send Lindsey Wilson to its first loss since 2010. He finished his day with two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win.
In NAIA statistical rankings, Isberner is second in goals per game (1.5), second in points per game (3.4), sixth in goals (12) and 10th in points (27).
Breckan, a 6-foot senior goalkeeper from Barrington, Ill., posted two shutouts last week for the Golden Eagles. On Sept. 26, Breckan stood strong with a 1-0 overtime shutout over Aquinas (Mich.), the only Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference team “receiving votes” in the latest Coaches’ Poll. He compiled six saves in 104 minutes. He followed that with another 1-0 blanking, this time against Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 29.
Breckan, who ranks 34th in the NAIA in goals against average (0.94), is 6-1-1 on the year with 41 saves in 861:28 minutes.