SEWARD, Neb. – A standout in the shutout victory over Dakota Wesleyan, freshman Iker Casanova has been recognized as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday (Oct. 6). This marks the fourth GPAC weekly award of 2020 for the Concordia University Men’s Soccer program. Moises Jacobo (twice) and Federico Andrea Simonetti have also garnered GPAC honors this season.
A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Casanova has quickly stepped into a starting role at center back. He’s played an instrumental role in shutouts in three of the past four outings for Concordia (currently on a five-game win streak). In last week’s 2-0 victory over Dakota Wesleyan, Casanova and the Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just three shots (one on goal). Through six games, Concordia has surrendered only one goal within the run of play (the other four have come via penalty kicks). Casanova, a journalism and public relations major, has started all six games.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0 GPAC) will return to action on Saturday when they will host Jamestown (1-2, 1-2 GPAC) at 3:30 p.m. CT.