Redhawks jump into rankings; Bjornethun named national player of week

Redhawks jump into rankings; Bjornethun named national player of week

Kyle Bjornethun is honored with two national player of the week awards as the Redhawks jump into the rankings. (John Aranson/SU photo)
Kyle Bjornethun is honored with two national player of the week awards as the Redhawks jump into the rankings. (John Aranson/SU photo)

(SU release) Seattle University men’s soccer’s Kyle Bjornethun (Snohomish, Wash.) has been named both the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week as well as College Soccer News National Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 21-27, 2015.

The junior defender netted both the equalizer and the game-winner in the final 1:36 as the Redhawks earned their second consecutive 2-1 win over a ranked team at No. 13 Oregon State on Sunday. He played all 180 minutes in defense over the weekend as Seattle U also defeated No. 10 Washington at home on Thursday, holding the Huskies to only a penalty kick goal.

UNLV’s Jason Khamvongsa was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Rebels to a 1-0 shutout over Gonzaga, the team’s sixth straight win.

In the first NCAA RPI rankings of the year, SU debuted at No. 16 while also breaking into two national polls (No. 15 in Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 and No. 16 in College Soccer News Top 30).

The Redhawks remain home to open their conference schedule this weekend, hosting UMKC on Friday, Oct. 2 and Air Force on Sunday, Oct. 4. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network, which can be viewed for free online, iPhone, or tablet, while Friday’s match will be streamed on GoSeattleU.com.

Other Offensive Nominees: Zach Hill (Air Force), Christian Duarte (CSU Bakersfield), Alberto Sanchez-Garcia (Grand Canyon), Pandelis Popgeorgiev (UMKC), Rico Laitinen (UTRGV), Karson Payton (Utah Valley)

Other Defensive Nominees: John Wendt (Air Force), Nick Clever (CSU Bakersfield), Leo Castillo (UTRGV), Alex Neff (Utah Valley)

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