GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its conference student-athlete of the week awards for Sept. 26 and for the first time in program history two Gallaudet University men's soccer players swept the honors. Junior midfielder Angel Ortiz (New York, N.Y.) was named NEAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week while freshman goalie Noah Means-Simonsen (Louisville, N.Y.) was selected as NEAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. These are the first honors for both honorees.
Ortiz guided the Bison to a pair of NEAC wins behind seven points on two goals and three assists last week. Ortiz helped the Bison build an early lead during a road victory over Saint Elizabeth last Friday with a goal on a penalty kick shortly before halftime, before adding another strike from 40 yards out midway through the second half and also assisting on two other scores on the day. Ortiz would then assist on the opening and ultimately game-winning goal during a 2-0 victory over Penn College on Sunday, helping the Bison improve to 2-2-1 in NEAC play.
Means-Simonsen came up big in goal for the Bison, posting a shutout and totaling seven saves with a .875 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average during a 2-0 week. The freshman opened the week with four saves in an 8-1 NEAC victory over Saint Elizabeth Friday, before making three more saves to secure a shutout in a 2-0 conference win over Penn College Sunday. Means-Simonsen now leads the conference in saves with 61 for the Bison, who improved to 3-5-1 overall.
These are the first NEAC honors for the men's soccer program this season. The last time a Gallaudet Bison earned NEAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week honors was Oct. 24, 2011, when Karlis Intsons was named offensive player of the week. There have only been three NEAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week awards in Gallaudet program history since it joined the conference in 2010.
Gallaudet will host Keuka College (3-2-2, 1-1-2 NEAC) in a NEAC game at Hoy Field this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.