Rio Grande’s Filho honored by MSC

Randy Payton Special to OVP

November 12, 2013

COLUMBIA, Ky. - Rio Grande’s Luiz Filho and Cumberland’s Ian Hamilton are the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is the second of the season for both Filho and Hamilton. Filho also earned the award on Sept. 30 while Hamilton picked up the honor on Oct. 28.

Filho scored three goals in the RedStorm’s 6-0 win over Bluefield (Va.) to earn Mid-South Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

The hat trick is the sixth of the season for the Sao Paulo, Brazil, sophomore forward. Filho’s scoring enabled Rio Grande to advance to the Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals later this week.

Filho leads the conference and the NAIA in points (55) and goals (26) this season. He is tied for the conference lead with six game-winning goals.

No. 6-ranked Rio Grande improved to 13-2-2 overall with last week’s win.

The RedStorm are the No. 2 seed in the MSC Tournament and faces third-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) on Friday in Columbia, Ky.

Hamilton’s play between the pipes helped the Bulldogs to a 2-1 overtime win over Cumberlands (Ky.) last week and earned him the Mid-South Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

The Chester, Ohio, junior goalkeeper finished the match with eight saves while allowing just the one goal. Hamilton helped the fifth-seeded Bulldogs upset No. 4-seed Cumberlands in the tournament quarterfinals.

Hamilton is second in the Mid-South and 27th in the NAIA with 91 saves this season. He ranks sixth in the conference with a 2.21 goals against average.

Cumberland improved to 6-12-1 overall.

The Bulldogs advance to the MSC Tournament semifinals to face top-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Friday in Columbia, Ky.

This week’s MSC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week awards concluded the weekly honor for the 2013 season.