NEW YORK - Creighton men's soccer juniors Eric Miller and Alex Bolowich claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively, the league announced Monday. Sophomore Timo Pitter also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
The weekly conference honor bestowed solely on athletic performance is a career first for both Miller and Bolowich. The classmates each claimed a scholar-athlete weekly award a season ago. The weekly awards are the first given to Creighton men’s soccer student-athletes by the BIG EAST.
Miller won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring the Creighton backline on the opening weekend, helping the Bluejays record a pair of shutout wins over No. 14 Tulsa (2-0) and Cal Poly (3-0). He also scored a rare goal, just the second of his career in Omaha, against Cal Poly on a redirected header from freshman Fabian Herbers.
Bolowich shined for Creighton in the pair of shutouts to open the 2013 season to claim BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week accolades. Bolowich blanked No. 14 Tulsa in the Jays’ opener with seven saves. He played only the first half against Cal Poly, making two stops. Bolowich currently leads the conference in goals against average (0.00), save percentage (1.000), saves (9) and shutouts (1) in 135 minutes of action this season.
Pitter earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after leading the Creighton attack on the opening weekend with a pair of goals and an assist. He scored one goal and assisted on the other in a 2-0 win against No. 14 Tulsa. Pitter added a goal in a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly. He currently is tied for the league lead in shot attempts and ranks in a tie for second in both points (5) and goals (2) in the conference.
Creighton hosts Socctoberfest on Friday, Sept. 6 when the Bluejays battle Columbia at 7:30 p.m. inside Morrison Stadium.
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