ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Adrian goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulous its Defensive Player of the Week in men's soccer for games played through Oct. 14.
Giantsopoulous, a freshman from Markham, Ontario, Canada, came up with 25 saves and allowed only one goal for the week as the Bulldogs split a pair of MIAA games. He had 10 saves in a 1-0 overtime win over Hope, and then came up with 15 stops in a 1-0 double overtime loss to Kalamazoo. Giantsopoulous is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Giantsopoulous leads the MIAA in goals-against average (1.14), saves (105), save percentage (.875), and saves per game (8.08).
Although, he is only two back of the lead-league in shutouts, his recent shutout streak of 293:35 was snapped in the double overtime loss at Kalamazoo. Until that goal, Giantsopoulous logged nearly five hours without allowing a goal and last allowed a goal in a game against league-leading Calvin College at the beginning of October.
Giantsopoulous has blanked his last three opponents in regulation play.