Filho and Piccone earn MSC weekly honors

October 1, 2013

COLUMBIA, Ky. — University of Rio Grande’s Luiz Filho and Campbellsville University’s Max Malachiyev are the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is Malachiyev’s second this season and third of his career. Filho earns his first conference weekly award of his career.

Filho posted back-to-back hat tricks in two RedStorm wins to earn Mid-South Offensive Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.

The Sao Paulo, Brazil, sophomore forward, recorded his first career three-goal game in a 6-0 win over Mid-South foe Bluefield College on Wednesday. Filho duplicated his Bluefield performance on Sunday with three more goals in the RedStorm’s 6-0 win over Point Park (Pa.) University.

With his six-goal week, Filho moves into a tie for second in the conference with nine goals and fourth in the MSC with 19 points. He ranks 12th in goals and 25th in points this season in the NAIA.

No. 3-ranked Rio Grande improves to 7-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Mid-South.

Malachiyev allowed just one goal while stopping seven shots in a pair of Campbellsville wins last week to earn Mid-South Defensive Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.

The Moscow, Russia, sophomore goalkeeper, recorded a save in the Tigers’ 3-1 win at Georgetown College on Wednesday. Malachiyev followed with his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Bluefield on Saturday.

Malachiyev ranks third in the Mid-South with a 1.15 goals against average. His 31 saves ranks sixth in the conference.

With last week’s wins, Campbellsville improves to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the MSC.

University of Rio Grande junior Brittany Piccone is the Mid-South Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is Piccone’s first of the season.

The Crooksville, Ohio, native earned a runner-up finish on Saturday in the 41-woman Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Invitational.

Piccone ran the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes and 44 seconds - 10 seconds off the winning time. Her time helped the RedStorm to a third-place team finish.

Rio Grande returns to action on Friday at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by Cedarville University.