Aug. 27, 2012
IRVING, Texas - UAB striker Kofi Gyawu is this week's Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after leading the league in points while scoring and assisting on game-winners during the Blazers' two matches. Daniel Withrow of Marshall has been named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after he made five saves and earned a shutout against Wright State.
C-USA Offensive Player of the Week - Kofi Gyawu, UAB, Sr., F, Lilburn, Ga.
Gyawu began his final season at UAB in grand fashion, leading the Blazers to a pair of home victories. After he battled through several nagging injuries in 2011, the Lilburn, Ga., native began his senior year with a bang, leading the team in goals (2), points (5), shots (8), shots on goal (5) and assists (1) through two contests last week. In the season-opening match against Mercer Friday night, Gyawu recorded the first goal of the season and assisted on the game winner in the 2-1 win. He followed that by scoring the game-winner in the 2-1 victory over Georgia Southern, as the 20th-ranked Blazers are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2005 campaign. This is Gyawu's second Offensive Player of the Week honor for his career.
C-USA Defensive Player of the Week - Daniel Withrow, Marshall, Sr., GK, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Withrow was solid in net for Marshall as it blanked 2011 Horizon League finalist and preseason favorite Wright State, 2-0, in Charleston, W.Va., opening night. The senior faced 10 Raider shots and saved all five that were put on target. Withrow led the team from the back as it faced a Raider onslaught late in the second half, but managed his defense well and made some key saves late in the contest. The award is the second of Withrow's career.
2012 C-USA Offensive Players of the Week
2012 C-USA Defensive Players of the Week
- A27 Daniel Withrow, Marshall