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Sexton earns Offensive Player of the Week honors

GOAL: Caleb Sexton scored the first goal of Huntington’s 4–1 win over St. Francis in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Crossroads League released its weekly conference honors on Monday and Huntington University men’s soccer freshman Caleb Sexton earned his first recognition by being named as the league’s Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

The award comes on the heels of Sexton’s performance in Huntington’s 4–1 win over St. Francis in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Spring Arbor, Michigan, native got the Forester offense going early, burying a free-kick shot inside the top left corner past a leaping Cougar goalkeeper to give Huntington a 1–0 lead in just the third minute of play.

Sexton continued to help the Foresters pour it on as time progressed, assisting on goals by Ben Arnold in the 34th minute and Luke Unger in the 54th minute to put Huntington ahead 3–0.

The Foresters eventually added to their lead late for a 4–0 gap and took the game 4–1 when the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Sexton fired four shots in the game, two of which found their way on cage. Sexton was among five Foresters to record two shots on goal, tying for the game high in the category.

With the showing, Sexton improved his goal total to four and assist total to 10 on the season. His 10 helpers rank 19th in the NAIA.

“Caleb has come in and hit the ground running as one of the key pieces in the middle of the park for us,” said head coach Russ Lawson. “He brings a composure, a vision and an edge that keeps us on the ball creating scoring opportunities. On the year, he has four goals and 10 assists and, for a center midfielder, those are outstanding numbers. Caleb is used to competing at elite levels, and when you combine that with his team-first mentality, we are not surprised to see the positive influence he has had on our game.”

By winning on Saturday, Huntington, advanced to the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. The second-seeded Foresters will host third-seeded Bethel on Saturday at 2 p.m. at King Stadium. The victor will advance to the championship game on Nov. 16 against either top-seeded Spring Arbor or fourth-seeded Mt. Vernon Nazarene.