KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- After leading the Auburn Montgomery men's soccer team to an undefeated week, including a victory over top-10 opponent Southern Poly, junior goalkeeper Vignir Johannesson was named the Defensive Player of the Week by both the NAIA and Southern States Athletic Conference.
The Kopavogur, Iceland native is the first Warhawk to be recognized as the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week since the award was split into offensive and defensive categories in 2007. It was the second time this season that Johannesson has been honored by the SSAC, and the third time overall.
"With all of the work he's put in the last two years, the recognition is well overdue," Head Coach Wulf Koch said. "He's been an outstanding goalkeeper for us. He trained extremely hard in the spring, and the results are noticeable here this fall. He certainly deserves the awards."
Johannesson made a total of six saves in AUM's victories over conference foes Lee and Southern Poly, helping the Warhawks improve their record to 11-2-1 (6-1 SSAC).
He has appeared in all but one game for AUM in 2012, posting a 10-2-1 record with a microscopic goals against average of 0.973.
Johannesson has recorded shutouts in seven of his 10 victories. With four matches remaining in the regular season, the seven clean sheets are tied for third most in the history of the men's soccer program during an individual season.
The Warhawks, who have won nine of their last 10 matches, return to action Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. matchup against William Carey.