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Fernandes, Cochrum win player of the week

Wednesday, October 24, 2007  
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By Tyler Hancock

Oklahoma Christian University’s Brian Cochrum and Cristian Fernandes earned Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks. The Eagles have strung together five straight victories thanks in large part to the duo’s success.

Fernandes earned SAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 8-14 with a record tying performance against St. Gregory’s University. In a 6-1 Eagle victory, Fernandes accounted for five of the team’s goals.

The five goals were the most in a game since Trey Truesdell scored five times against Southwest Baptist University (Mo.) in 1998. Magness Karlsson also had five goals in a game against LeTourneau University (Mo.) in 1989.

Fernandes scored the game winning goal against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in a 1-0 Eagle victory.

The sophomore from Maringa, Brazil leads Oklahoma Christian with 14 goals and 30 points in 12 games played this season. Fernandes has nearly tripled his output from last year.

In his freshman campaign, Fernandes netted five goals to go with eight assists. He earned the 2006 SAC Newcomer of the Year award and was named to the All-SAC second team.

Cochrum earned SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 1-7. The Eagles picked up a 2-0 victory over Newman University (Kan.) and a 3-2 victory over John Brown University during that span.

The junior from Arlington, Texas recorded two saves in the 2-0 victory at Newman for his second shutout of the season. At John brown he recorded 12 saves, nine of those coming in a scoreless first half. For the season Cochrum has recorded 54 saves in 12 games played.

Cochrum added a third shutout last Saturday in the 1-0 win over Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“Brian has played really well for us the last few games,” Eagles head coach David Scott said. “He’s had some big saves at key times in games to keep the momentum going for us. He’s done a great job.”

Last season, Cochrum started all 19 games for the Eagles and had seven shutouts including a string of four straight. He grabbed 96 saves on the year while allowing just 1.19 goals per game.

The Eagles will face Southern Nazarene University tomorrow night. The Crimson Storm enter the contest ranked No. 5 in the nation.

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