DeLand, Fla. - Stetson sophomore goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl (Blaichach, Germany) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week for men's soccer, the conference office announced Monday. Schnabl moved into a tie for third place on the Stetson career list with his eighth career shutout as the Hatters beat A-Sun rival Mercer 1-0 in overtime Sunday evening. This is the first such award of Schnabl's career.
Schnabl, a 2010 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team and All-Tournament Team honoree, recorded a clean sheet for the third time in 2011 and the eighth time overall, moving past former teammate Logan Potter and into a third place tie with Tim Riek '02 for career shutouts at Stetson. Kevin Johnson '93 is second with 10 shutouts while Ed Funcheon '89 holds the record with 11; just midway through his sophomore year the program record appears extremely attainable for Schnabl. He made two saves in the win over Mercer and denied several more long crosses and services by the Bears in a driving rainstorm.
"This is an extremely well-deserved honor for Andreas," Hatters Head Coach T. Logan Fleck said. "In Sunday's match, Mercer floated numerous scoring chances in the air towards our goal but he commanded his 18-yard box like we know he can. Andreas is a key ingredient to our success as a team going forward."
The Hatters (4-5-1, 1-1-0 Atlantic Sun) face a key conference road trip this coming weekend with a 7:00 pm Friday kickoff at defending A-Sun tournament champion ETSU and a 12:00 pm Sunday start at current second place holder USC Upstate. The matches can be seen on ASun.TV (if made available by ETSU/USC Upstate); links to Live Stats will be available at GoHatters.com.
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