SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A rookie midfielder and a sophomore goalkeeper from Oral Roberts collected the initial Summit League men's soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2019 season, announced by league officials on Tuesday. Reed Berry scored a pair of goals in his collegiate debut to garner the offensive accolade, while Miles Motakef earned the league's initial defensive accolade for the second-consecutive season.
The duo's efforts helped the Golden Eagles open the campaign with a 4-1 victory over Drake. Berry opened the scoring in the 17th-minute with his first collegiate goal, then added an insurance goal in the second half after the Bulldogs had cut the deficit to 2-1.
Motakef, who earned a pair of defensive honors as a rookie in 2018, was credited with three saves as the Golden Eagles were the only Summit League squad to break into the win column during the opening weekend of play.
Reed Berry, Oral Roberts
Fr. | MF | Allen, Texas
- Scored a pair of goals in collegiate debut, leading ORU to 4-1 victory over Drake
- This is the first weekly honor for Berry
Also nominated: Daisuke Otsuka, Western Illinois.
Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts
So. | GK | Georgetown, Texas
- Made three saves in season-opener
- Goalkeeper on the 2018 All-Summit League Newcomer Team
- This is the third weekly honor of Motakef's career
Also nominated: Tim Trilk, Western Illinois.
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