Holt, Omondi earn na­tional hon­ors

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS -

For the first time in pro­gram his­tory, the John Brown Univer­sity men’s soc­cer team cap­tured a sweep of the NAIA Na­tional Player of the Week se­lec­tions as se­nior Adam Holt was cho­sen for the de­fen­sive award while ju­nior Kelvin Omondi was tapped for the of­fen­sive, the na­tional of­fices an­nounced on Tues­day (Sept. 26) af­ter­noon.

With a nine-save ef­fort and al­low­ing just one goal, Holt, a Tulsa, Okla., na­tive, helped the Golden Ea­gles (4-3-0) to up­set No. 1 Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan by a 2-1 fi­nal. Mak­ing nu­mer­ous game-pre­serv­ing stops, Holt’s evening was high­lighted by a goal line clear and a div­ing save in the 84th minute. Holt, and the Golden Ea­gles, have a 3-0-1 record against OKWU when they held the rank­ing of No. 5, No. 3, No. 6, and No. 1, re­spec­tively, over the past four meet­ings.

This is the sec­ond time Holt has been se­lected at the na­tional level, with the first com­ing af­ter his 1-0 clean-sheet ef­fort over Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan in 2015.

Omondi earned his first na­tional of­fen­sive hon­ors with a three-goal week, in­clud­ing a pair of gamewin­ners. Against OKWU, Omondi net­ted the dag­ger with just three min­utes left when ju­nior Ryan Wil­liams played a ball from the back mid­field all the way up the left wing to Omondi. Af­ter tak­ing the ball deep into the at­tack­ing area, Omondi beat his de­fender one-on-one and cut into the box, un­leash­ing an eight-yard rip, stun­ning the home crowd and send­ing the Golden Eagle bench into a frenzy. Against Texas A&M – Texarkana, Omondi pot­ted his sixth and sev­enth goals of the sea­son, both out­stand­ing unas­sisted ef­forts, to take over the con­fer­ence lead in game-win­ning goals on the sea­son.

“I’m proud of the ef­fort our team has given over the past cou­ple weeks, and that group ef­fort has re­sulted in some fun re­sults,” head coach Bren­ton Ben­ware said. “It’s great to see Kelvin and Adam hon­ored on a na­tional level; both played a big role in lead­ing their team and se­cur­ing some big re­sults for us. I’m ex­cited to see how they con­tinue to step up as we pur­sue big­ger things this sea­son.”

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