MARIETTA, Ga. – Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer player Dennis Kramer was chosen as the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week for his play during the week of Oct. 1-7. He was earlier named the Southern States Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the first time Kramer has earned either of the weekly awards and he is the first-ever Southern Polytechnic soccer player to garner the national honor.
Kramer, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior goalkeeper from Berlin, Germany, helped lead Southern Poly to a pair of SSAC victories last week by allowing just one goal and making three saves. He picked up a win in the Hornets’ 2-1 triumph 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 SPSU’s 3-0 blanking of Truett-McConnell College.
On the season, Kramer has started every one of Southern Poly’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.
The Hornets, ranked ninth in the country at the NAIA level, are 8-2 overall this season and 4-1 in the conference. SPSU is 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.