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SPU’s Pearman is GNAC Soccer Player of the Week
PORTLAND, Ore. – Seattle Pacific senior Jon Pearman, who played a significant role in two home shutouts, received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for men’s soccer on Monday.
From his center back position, Pearman has helped the Falcons’ defense compile a current streak of 233 scoreless minutes. They won 2-0 on Oct. 11 while limiting Montana StateBillings to only 10 shots.
On Oct. 13, SPU played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Northwest Nazarene. The Falcons yielded just seven shots during the 110-minute affair, none of them during extra sessions.
A graduate of Cactus High School in Glendale, Ariz., Pearman was a first-team All-America selection last year. He was also honored as the 2011 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.
The ninth-ranked Falcons (9-1-3) are away this week for their final regular-season road trip. They play the two newest GNAC men’s soccer members, visiting U-Mary on Thursday in Bismarck, N.D. and Sioux Falls on Saturday.
Falcons Frosh Emma Holm Gets GNAC Award
PORTLAND, Ore. – Freshman Emma Holm, who helped Seattle Pacific surrender only one goal in two impressive home victories, received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for women’s soccer on Monday.
Holm anchored the defense that held Northwest Nazarene to a single score in SPU’s 4-1 win on Oct. 11. The Crusaders were limited to just seven shots.
On Oct. 13, Holm fueled the Falcons to their fourth shutout with a 3-0 triumph over Montana State Billings. The win moved SPU ahead of the Yellowjackets and into second place in the GNAC standings.
“Emma was incredible this week,” SPU coach Chuck Sekyra said. “I thought that she was one of the top three players on the field in both games against Nazarene and Billings. She was steady and made some game-changing plays.”
A product of Kirkland’s (Wash.) Lake Washington High School, Holm is one of only three players to start every game for the Falcons. She is the lone freshman in that trio.
The SPU women (10-2-2) are in the midst of a five-game winning streak. They are undefeated in its last nine outings with a 7-0-2 record during that span.
The three-time defending champion Falcons have a 7-1-2 conference record and trail league-leading Western Washington by four points.
Seattle Pacific travels to Lacey, Wash. to clash with SaintMartin’s on Thursday at 2 p.m. before returning home for a 1 p.m. Saturday game against Western Oregon. That is the final regular-season game at Interbay Stadium for the Falcons.