NEW ORLEANS – Junior Zeiko Harris was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. This is the defender’s second honor this season, and the Mountaineers fourth defensive honor this year.
‘We are happy for Zeiko to get this recognition for all his efforts,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “It takes a team to earn wins and shutouts but he is certainly a strong force and leader in our defense, which translates to success. I am sure he will be grateful and use this as continued motivation to keep working hard.”
Harris anchored the Mountaineer backline that held Central Arkansas scoreless on Sunday for App State’s first conference win and fifth shutout of the season. The Sandys Parish, Bermuda native has started every game for the Mountaineers so far this season, playing the full 90 minutes in every shutout for App State.
The Appalachian defense currently ranks eighth nationally in save percentage (.851) and shutout percentage (.600), while its .685 goals against average leads the Sun Belt. The Mountaineers have only allowed seven goals through 920 minutes of play.
App State was recently ranked 6th in the Southeast region by United Soccer Coaches, the fifth week in a row the Mountaineers have been ranked in the top 10 of the region. The 7-2-1 Mountaineers are back in action Saturday, hosting Sun Belt opponent Howard at 7 p.m.