September 27, 2010

Matt Hedges Named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler junior Matt Hedges, who helped the #17-ranked Bulldogs to back-to-back wins in Wisconsin, has been named Horizon League Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20.  The Butler defender shared the league’s weekly honor with Eric Nock of Loyola.  

Hedges tallied game-winning goals in each of Butler’s wins on the two-match trip to Wisconsin.  He had the second goal in Butler’s 2-1 victory at Green Bay, while helping limit the Phoenix to just two shots in the match.  The reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year then nailed the first goal in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 win two days later at Milwaukee, while helping the Bulldogs record their fourth shutout of the season.

The two goals in two matches gave Hedges four on the season, including three game-winners.  He’s currently second on the team in scoring with nine points.

Hedges’ performance for the Bulldogs in Wisconsin further earned him National Player of the Week honors from TopDrawerSoccer.com, and he was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Nock helped Loyola to Horizon League wins over Detroit and Cleveland State in the Ramblers’ two matches last week.  He recorded his first career hat trick in Loyola’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland State.

Butler, 7-0, will begin a four-match homestand with a league contest against Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 1.  The match at the Butler Bowl will start at 4 p.m. (ET).