Shinyashiki and Smith Earn Summit League Player of the Week Honors
Andre Shinyashiki takes third-straight player of the week honor, Smith earns the first of his career
Oct. 30, 2017
ELMHURST, Ill. - Junior Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week and senior co-captain Graham Smith (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has been named the Summit League Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Shinyashiki earned his third-straight Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring with 16 seconds in regulation to send Denver's match against Omaha to extra time on Saturday. The goal was his league-leading ninth of the campaign and his league-leading fifth in Summit League matches.
Smith's league honor was the first of his career, playing centerback for a Pioneers squad that earned a road draw and cleansheet at [RV/RV] New Mexico and a 2-1 win over Omaha on Saturday. The Pioneers allowed just two shots on goal against a Maverick's squad that entered the match as the top scoring offense in the Summit League. The co-captain also converted from the penalty spot in extra time to keep Denver perfect in Summit League play heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
UP NEXT: The Pioneers will close out the 2017 regular season on Saturday when Denver heads to Western Illinois. DU needs at least a point from the match to hold the No. 1 seed in the Summit League Men's Soccer Championships. Saturday's kickoff is set for 11 a.m. MT.
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