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Youssef Named WHAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

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DETROIT – Marygrove men’s soccer received its second Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Player of the Week honors of the season when the league recognized sophomore keeper Ayman Youssef in a release on Monday (Nov. 2). Youssef, a 6-3 keeper from Dearborn Heights, Mich., earned WHAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting a clean sheet in the Mustangs’ 1-0 overtime win at Madonna and a three-save performance in the Green and Gold’s 2-1 thrilling overtime win over No. 4 Northwestern Ohio.

Youssef’s shutout at Madonna marked his third clean sheet of the campaign and also helped the Mustangs lock up home field advantage in the first round of the upcoming WHAC playoffs. The sophomore turned away two Madonna shots, both big saves early in the local derby in Livonia, Mich. on Wednesday (Oct. 28).

After fellow keeper Austin Valentine (Westland, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor) started the match opposite No. 4 Northwestern Ohio on Saturday (Oct. 31), Youssef checked in at the half to earn the decision in net as the Mustangs went on to defeat one of the nation’s top teams, 2-1, in overtime.

The keeper switch at the half was by design as Valentine opened the match with tremendous play between the posts, giving way to Youssef who played the rest of the way to record three saves.

Youssef has posted solid numbers in his first season at Marygrove in a role that has the 6-3 sophomore splitting time with Valentine. On the season, Youssef has appeared in eight matches, starting seven, to record a1.05 goals against average, three shutouts and a 5-3-0 record.

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Abdoulie Jallow was the first to earn a WHAC Player of the Week award this season after a three-goal, two-assist stretch during the week of Oct. 5-11.


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