Rio's Hewitt-Fisher wins MSC Player of the Week honors
Louisville, Ky. --- University of Rio Grande sophomore midfielder/forward Oliver Hewitt-Fisher has been named the Mid-South Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending September 18.
The weekly conference award is the first this season for Hewitt-Fisher. It is the second weekly honor for a Rio player this season as sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi (Ottawa, Ontario) was the MSC Defensive Player of the Week back on August 30.
Hewitt-Fisher, a native of Swansea, Wales, scored three goals and had one assist last week in helping lead the RedStorm to a 2-0 week. He scored one goal in the 4-0 MSC win over West Virginia Tech and had a huge game in Rio's come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime victory over Illinois Tech on Saturday night. Hewitt-Fisher scored two goals, including the game-tying marker in the 48th minute and assisted on the game-winner in the extra session that clinched the improbable win for Rio Grande.
"Oliver Hewitt-Fisher played an unbelievable game (on Saturday night)," said Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey. "If you just based it on Saturday's performance (he was worthy), he was instrumental in the comeback and us getting the result against Illinois Institute, two goals and an assist and then a goal against West Virginia Tech, he's played very well."
"He's been asked to play multiple positions which, is a credit to his ability to play the game and be versatile," Morrissey added. "I'm really proud of his efforts and its good recognition for him."
He now has seven goals on the season, which ties him for team leadership. With the seven goals, he ranks fifth in the conference and 14th in the NAIA in that department. He has a total of 15 points on the season, which is 17th best in the nation.
No. 2 ranked Rio Grande is 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in Mid-South Conference play, tied with Lindsey Wilson for the top spot.
The RedStorm are back in action against former American Mideast Conference foe Mount Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday (September 22). Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. at Mount Vernon.