MARIETTA, Ga. – Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer player Dennis Kramer was selected as the Southern States Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play during the week of Oct. 1-7. It marks the first time Kramer has earned the weekly award.
Kramer, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior goalkeeper from Berlin, Germany, helped lead Southern Polytechnic to two Southern States Athletic Conference wins last week by allowing just one goal and making three saves. He picked up a victory in Southern Poly’s 2-1 win over Southern Wesleyan University, which is rated No. 17 nationally in the NAIA, and then played nearly 78 minutes in combining on a shutout in the Hornets’ 3-0 blanking of Truett-McConnell College.
On the season, Kramer has started every one of SPSU’s 10 matches and played all but 51 minutes in goal. He has posted two shutouts and combined on three others, recording 16 saves and giving up just six goals. Within the SSAC, Kramer ranks second in goals against average at 0.64 per game, which is also eighth in the nation among NAIA goalkeepers.
Southern Poly, ranked No. 9 in the country at the NAIA level, is 8-2 overall this season and 4-1 in conference play. The Hornets are on the road this Thursday for a SSAC contest against Faulkner University. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern) in Montgomery, Ala.