CHICAGO --- Another stellar set of performances in goal has earned Holy Cross College's Iain McTurk (Copenhagen, Denmark) his second Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week award when the awards were announced Tuesday morning by the CCAC office.
"I'm very proud of Iain accomplishing this accolade once again," head coach Omar Gallo said. "Being recognized for this award once, let alone more than once, as a freshman is unheard of. Iain is listed as a freshman, but shows the leadership and determination of a senior. His work ethic is paying off for him on the field which I am glad the rest of the conference is noticing. He really has grown in such a short time at Holy Cross which excites me for the years to come."
McTurk, the top defensive player during the week ending Sept. 29, picked up the honor this week after allowing only one goal in two league affairs over the previous seven-day period. The freshman goalkeeper stopped nine shots on goal, including eight in the second half, in a 1-0 victory over University of St. Francis on Tuesday.
Had it not been for a shot off one of his teammates' body, McTurk might have secured his third collegiate shutout on Saturday. Instead, he had to settle for yielding one goal, while stopping one shot in a 2-1 victory over Trinity Christian College.
The win was McTurk's eighth in goal this season, which tied a school record. As a team, Holy Cross is 10-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.
"I can't express how proud I am right now," continued Gallo. "We can only go as far as our goalie will take us and right now he's taking us to new heights. Our main goal at the moment is to clinch a play-off spot and we believe with Iain at the helm that he can help guide us to consecutive postseason appearances."
McTurk is the first men's soccer player at Holy Cross to win the CCAC Defensive Player of the Week award twice in one season.