WWU sets single-season record with fifth GNAC Player of the Week selection. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
WWU's Wolter Named GNAC Defensive Player
of the Week
November 6, 2018
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – For the second time this season, Western Washington University redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brandon Wolter has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Wolter (Vancouver, WA/Union) earned the honor for games played Oct. 29-Nov. 4, helping lead the Vikings to a 2-0 week to close out the 2018 regular season with wins over No. 1 nationally-ranked Simon Fraser and Concordia. He made four saves in the two games, allowing only one goal playing all 180 minutes in net. He made a save in tough save on a header from close quarters in the 90th minute in the contest vs. Concordia in Portland on Saturday night to preserve the 1-0 shutout.
He was also the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Week award for Oct. 1-7, becoming the ninth player in program history to record multiple GNAC Player of the Week honors in a career.
The Defensive Player of the Week selection by Wolter marks the fifth for the Vikings in 2018, setting a program record since joining the league in 2001. The Vikings previously had four Player of the Week selections in 2016, 2014, 2010, 2008 and 2003. Wolter is one of three Vikings to be recognized as a GNAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week this season, joining Georg Cholewa (Offense – Sept. 3-9) and Jeremiah Lee (Defense – Sept. 10-16 & Oct. 22-28).
Wolter started 17 of WWU’s 18 games in goal, recording a 10-6-1 record. Through the end of the regular season he ranks 2nd in the GNAC in both goals against average (1.08) and shutouts (7). His seven shutouts are tied for 2nd-most in WWU single-season history, and 1.08 goals against average is tied for 11th-best.
WWU ended the season on a five-game winning streak to finish with a 11-6-1 overall record and placed 2nd in the GNAC with a 7-4-1 conference mark.
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