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Portage's Josh Gonzalez

In this Sept. 2, 2015, photo, Portage's Josh Gonzalez, left, and Lake Central's Naser Tahareweh battled for position during a Duneland Athletic Conference match. Gonzalez has tallied nine goals and six assists during his sophomore season at Manchester University.

In the midst of a lengthy scoreless streak in net, Indiana Tech sophomore Edwin Rosado earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors back-to-back weeks earlier this month.

His scoreless streak reached 465 minutes before giving up a goal in a 2-1 double-overtime loss to University of Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday. Northwestern Ohio is ranked No. 21 in the nation in the latest NAIA poll.

Rosado, an E.C. Central graduate, recorded a pair of shutouts to help his team push its winning streak to five games, resulting in the player-of-the-week honor Oct. 15.

He also earned the award Oct. 8 after he made a season-high eight saves to defeat No. 24 Madonna 1-0.

Rosado (6-1-1) matched his season-high with eight saves in a 3-0 victory over Lawrence Tech on Oct. 13.

Gonzalez leads Manchester University soccer

Manchester University sophomore and Portage graduate Josh Gonzalez has piled up the goals, and the honors.

Gonzalez was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week on offense in Week 2. He was also recognized as the United Soccer Coaches’ Division III National Men’s Players of the Week that week.

He earned the recognition by helping Manchester to a couple of solid victories. He recorded his first career hat trick, plus an assist, in a 4-2 win over Baldwin Wallace on Sept. 7. He added a goal and two assists the next day in an 11-0 victory over Blackburn. Gonzalez scored the game-winner in both.

More recently, Gonzalez added a pair of goals in a 4-0 shutout at Franklin on Oct. 10 and a goal and an assist in a 5-0 shutout at Mount St. Joseph on Oct. 13.

Henderlong part of dominant women’s soccer team

The Spring Arbor University’s women’s soccer team, the top-ranked NAIA program in the country, lost its first game of the season Saturday at No. 17 Marian. The loss ended a 32-match unbeaten streak and an 11-game winning streak.

But the Cougars still have 11 shutout victories and Crown Point graduate Malorie Henderlong has served as a main contributor on defense.

A junior center back, Henderlong not only helped her team to a 6-0 homecoming victory over St. Francis on Sept. 29, but she also scored the first two goals of her career.

Henderlong and the Cougars have consistently shut down opponents and they outshot St. Francis 38-1 in the game. 

Henderlong’s play earned her the first Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week honor of her career on Oct. 1.

Spring Arbor (13-1-1), of Michigan, has allowed just five goals all season.

O’Dell playing significant minutes 

Chesterton graduate Jared O’Dell is earning plenty of playing time with the IUPUI men’s soccer team.

O’Dell, a senior midfielder, has played in 13 games overall this season. He has started  six of the past seven for the Jaguars, who went 2-3-1 in games O'Dell started with two of them finishing in overtime.

O’Dell played a season-high 98 minutes in a 1-0 double-overtime win against Oakland on Sept. 29. He also added another 79 minutes in a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Cleveland State on Oct. 13.

Crown Point grad one of top runners for Marian

Matt Wielgus has consistently finished up front this season for the Marian men’s cross country team, an NAIA program.

Wielgus, a Crown Point graduate and a Knights sophomore, helped the Indianapolis school to a fourth-place finish out of 18 teams at the Eagle Cross Country Invite on Oct. 5 at Benedictine University in Illinois.

Wielgus was the third finisher for Marian, clocking in at 26 minutes, 50.0 seconds to earn 22nd place overall.

He also finished third on the team in the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His time of 26:56.99 was good for 64th place. Marian took 11th place out of 19 teams in the event.

The Times welcomes information about local athletes for inclusion in Region Collegians. E-mail Heather Rule at hlrule@outlook.com.

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