SEWARD, Neb. – In three starts this season, Federico Simonetti has come through with three shutouts. On Tuesday (Sept. 13), the Concordia University Men’s Soccer goalkeeper was recognized as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player of the Week. The native of Crema, Italy, reeled in the same award on Aug. 30 and has collected three GPAC weekly honors in his career.
In last week’s action, Simonetti helped the Bulldogs earn a road win over York College, 2-0, and a home victory over Bellevue University, 1-0. While in goal for all 180 minutes, Simonetti made a combined seven saves, including six in the win over the Bruins, a squad that was ranked No. 12 in the NAIA preseason poll. His work also helped Concordia survive 17 corner kicks in the matchup with Bellevue. Now in his third season inside the program, Simonetti has appeared in 25 games while making 23 starts. As the team’s primary keeper in 2020, Simonetti posted a goals against average of 1.070 and was named Second Team All-GPAC.
Simonetti and the Bulldogs (4-1) will host Bethany College (Kan.) today (Sept. 13) at 8 p.m. CT in the team’s final nonconference game of the 2022 regular season.