SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its men’s soccer players of the week Tuesday for games played Oct. 1-7. Mercer forward Trevor Martineau and goalkeeper JR DeRose were honored as the league’s offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Mercer went 2-1-0 last week, with wins over Winthrop and North Florida.
Martineau kicked off the week with a two-goal performance in a 2-1 win over Winthrop on Oct. 1. He opened the scoring in the 49th minute and netted a brace in the 89th minute to seal the victory. The Montreal, Quebec, native found the back of the net once again in the 31st minute of the 2-0 win over North Florida on Oct. 7. Martineau currently leads the league in points (23), goals (eight) and assists (seven). His 23 points ranks fifth nationally, while his eight goals are the 12th-most in the nation. Martineau has tallied a point in all but three games this season.
The weekly award is Martineau’s seventh of his career and the fourth this season.
DeRose played every minute in goal for the Bears in its three games, recording a pair of victories. The Peoria, Illinois, native made a pair of saves as the Bears defeated Winthrop on Oct. 1, allowing just one goal. DeRose put on a standout performance in the win over North Florida on Oct. 7. He recorded five saves without allowing a single goal, picking up the shutout win.
The weekly honor is DeRose’s second of his career, with both coming this season.
The Bears will open conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 15, when they travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to face off with Wofford at 7 p.m.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Ares Marlonsson (Belmont), Anderson Velazquez (VMI) and Ole Berg (Wofford).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Nicolo Dini (Belmont) and Casey Penland (UNCG).
2019 SoCon Men’s Soccer Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Sept. 10 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Sept. 17 Emery May, Sr., F, Furman
Sept. 24 Hauk Andreas Fossen, Fr., F, ETSU
Oct. 1 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Oct. 8 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
2019 SoCon Men’s Soccer Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 JR DeRose, R-Jr., GK, Mercer
Sept. 10 Cole McLagan, R-Jr., D, Furman
Sept. 17 Jack Shiels, Sr., D, Furman
Sept. 24 Josh Perryman, R-So., GK, ETSU
Oct. 1 Joe Pickering, R-Jr., D, ETSU
Oct. 8 JR DeRose, R-Jr., GK, Mercer