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Erlandson named Offensive Player of the Week

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Crossroads League announced its weekly awards on Monday and Huntington University men’s soccer junior Jake Erlandson earned the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor for his efforts over the last week of action.

Erlandson’s performances last week helped the Foresters to victories over Crossroads League opponents Marian and Bethel, both of which featured game-winning tallies by the 6-foot-1 native of Waynesville, Ohio.

Last Wednesday against the Knights, Erlandson found the back netting in the 19th minute. His strike would be the only ball to cross the goal line in the contest, giving Huntington a 1–0 win.

Then, on Saturday at Bethel, Erlandson lifted the Foresters to victory on an overtime penalty kick for a 2–1 triumph.

Erlandson, who plays center back for head coach Russ Lawson’s squad, now leads Huntington with seven goals. Of those seven tallies, six have made the difference in the game, which leads the NAIA. With the two goals last week, Erlandson’s goal streak now stands at four games.

Additionally, the psychology major has helped guide his team defensively. In the Foresters’ 13 games this season, only 11 balls have been deposited into the Huntington net, a testament to Erlandson’s defensive play in addition to his offensive contributions.

Erlandson will look to build on his goal-scoring streak and nation-leading game-winning goal count when the Foresters, who currently own a 9–2–2 overall record, bring their 3–0–1 Crossroads League record into a conference tilt against St. Francis on Wednesday. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at King Stadium.