Point Park's Paul Carr named NAIA Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 20, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University sophomore center back Paul Carr has been named the NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week, the NAIA office announced on Tuesday (Sept. 23).
Carr, from Sheffield, England, led an outstanding defensive effort for the Pioneers in an upset of then-No. 7 Rio Grande on Sept. 20. Point Park (5-2-0, 1-0-0 KIAC) knocked off Rio Grande (5-1-2), 2-1, in a KIAC game and held the RedStorm scoreless the first 87 minutes in building a 2-0 lead.
Defending was the key for Point Park in that victory, which was perhaps the biggest regular-season win in the history of the program. When Rio Grande was making its final push to tie the score in the final three minutes, Carr kept Point Park in front by coming off a line to knock a ball away.
The strong defensive effort had the Pioneers earn the victory despite trailing in possession and also in the shot advantage, 21-9. The win propelled Point Park to its first-ever national ranking of No. 22 in this week's NAIA Top 25 Poll.
Point Park gave up three goals in the three games last week. The Pioneers earned a 2-1 victory at West Virginia Tech and also lost, 1-0, to Geneva.
The national defensive player of the week award was the first of Carr's career. He was also recognized on the conference level as the defensive star for the week as the KIAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 15-21. The conference players of the week are candidates for the national, weekly awards.
Carr is a two-year starter at center back for the Pioneers, who have a record of 17-9-1 in that time.
Point Park is off until hosting Cincinnati Christian for a KIAC game on Oct. 4. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.