MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 21 Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (6-1-2, 3-0-2 GLIAC) freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Kliebe competed in all 200 minutes for the Wildcats between the post over the weekend. He stopped four shots on Friday en route to a 1-0 road victory over Ashland University. On Sunday, the Wildcats traveled to Saginaw Valley state University where Kliebe and the NMU defense defended 27 shot attempts, 11 on-goal to fight to a scoreless draw.
Getting the start in each of the past six matches, Kliebe has begun his freshman campaign on a record-breaking pace. The Wildcats have shout out their opponents in each of the past five matches and have not allowed a goal in 512:41. Kliebe has accounted for 448:27 of that shutout time. He leads the conference in goals against average with a 0.17 and save percentage which sits at .971.
Kliebe is the second Wildcat to earn a weekly GLIAC award this season after junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) did so on September 17. Overall, it is the fifth time in program history that an NMU Men's Soccer student-athlete has earned the weekly honor.
The Wildcats will return to the NMU Soccer Field on Wednesday for a midweek matchup with Northwood University. The contest is set for 3:30 p.m. and will begin NMU's final homestand of the season which will last four matches. On Friday, the Wildcats will play host to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a 3:30 p.m. start time.