Key figures in their team's ride to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Championship, Olivet Nazarene University's Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) have been named the league's top offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, after their performances during the seven-day period ending Nov. 11.
For Chambers, it marked the second time in three weeks that the freshman goalkeeper has been recognized.
Gunderson played a role in each of Olivet Nazarene's three goals on Wednesday in a 3-1 semifinal-round victory over Saint Xavier University to earn the offensive honors. That night, the sophomore midfielder scored one goal and provided a pair of assists.
On Saturday, Gunderson was one of four Tiger players to score in a shootout period against Cardinal Stritch University. Neither team registered a goal through two overtime periods only to have Olivet Nazarene score on each of its first four attempts in the 4-1 shootout to advance.
Chambers allowed only the one goal in the shootout and the one goal against Saint Xavier to earn CCAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He stopped six shots against Saint Xavier before recording five saves against regular-season champion Cardinal Stritch, not to mention the three saves during the shootout.
With the two decisions, Olivet Nazarene (13-4-4) claimed its second CCAC Tournament Championship in school history and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.