Strutz garners MSC Defensive accolades
Monday, October 23, 2017
Strutz garners MSC Defensive accolades
Bennet Strutz posted 154 shutout minutes and collected four saves in two outings to earn MSC Defensive Player of the Week honors. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland goalkeeper Bennet Strutz registered 154 shutout minutes in two matches for Cumberland, earning Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors, as announced Monday by the league office.

The Leverkusen, Germany, native recorded two saves in 64 minutes at Shawnee State, exiting the match with CU ahead, 6-0, in the second half. The junior posted two more saves in a full 90 minutes against the University of Pikeville, his sixth shutout of the year, in a 5-0 victory.

Strutz lowered his goals-against-average to 0.90 with 12 goals allowed in 14 matches while making 32 saves this season.

Cumberland, ranked 24th nationally, has won three straight matches overall and stands unbeaten in nine of its last 10 outings heading into Wednesday’s Mid-South Conference regular season finale at Life University. The Phoenix also host fifth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field for Senior Day.