MONTGOMERY, AL (dsroadrunners.com) — Tomide Adabale of Dalton State has been named the SSAC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while his teammate Diego Gonzalez has been selected as the SSAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The duo was chosen for their performances during the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4. As the conference selections, Adabale and Gonzalez will be nominated for the NAIA Men's Soccer Player of the Week awards.
In Dalton State's first-ever SSAC match—a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 10-ranked Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)—Adabale managed one of the Roadrunners' four shots on goal.
Adabale, a native of Nigeria, featured more prominently in the Roadrunners' second conference match, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Faulkner (Ala.), including the golden goal in double overtime.
The junior forward, who joined the Dalton State program after two years at NJCAA Georgia Military College, paces the SSAC with 38 points, 3.45 points per game, 17 goals, 1.55 goals per game, 4.00 shots per game and 3.55 shots on goal per game. He ranks sixth in the league with four assists and eighth with .36 assists per game.
Nationally, Adabale is among the top 10 in goals (2nd), points (3rd), shots on goal per game (3rd), points per game (6th) and goals per game (6th).
This is the first-ever SSAC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor for Adabale, who has 17 more points and eight more goals than his nearest SSAC competitor.
Dalton State Coach Kerem Daser said he is proud of his award winners. "I'm excited for Tomide," said Daser. "He scored two big goals for us this past weekend with a first half breakaway goal and a follow-up goal in overtime. Tomide has big potential and he is improving everyday. We are looking forward to many more goals from him."
Freshman goalkeeper Gonzalez allowed just two goals in 198 minutes of action on the week, as Dalton State secured overtime victories against No. 10 Auburn Montgomery and Faulkner.