From NASL Reports
HARRISONBURG, Va., June 28, 2011 -- Former James Madison soccer players Nick Zimmerman (2005-08) and Matt Glaeser (2003-05) have been named Players of the Week in the North American Soccer League.
Zimmerman, a forward for the Carolina RailHawks, was selected Offensive Player of the Week. Glaeser, a goalkeeper for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, was chosen Defensive Player of the Week.
Zimmerman scored two goals in the RailHawks’ 5-1 win at Atlanta on June 25. He broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the night in the 21st minute. After taking a pass from Floyd Franks, he turned to attack the goal and had nothing but space in front of him. After a few touches, he uncorked a masterful left-footed strike into the far-side netting to give the RailHawks a 2-1 lead.
Zimmerman struck for his second goal in the 65th minute. Again he found himself with nothing but space just inside right side of the area. Again, he teed it up on his left foot. Atlanta goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer got his hands to the shot, but it had too much pace and it zipped into the net.
"It’s a great honor and I’m extremely grateful," said Zimmerman. "The team performed well on Saturday and we were able to come away with the three points. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches because without them the award is not possible. Now we will get back to training this week and prepare for Montreal on July 3rd."
"It’s a well deserved honor for Nick," said RailHawks Head Coach Martin Rennie. "He does a lot for the team that sometimes goes unnoticed outside of the team, so it’s great for him to get this recognition. He is having a very strong season, and he is very capable of having more games like Saturday night."
Glaeser made five saves on his way to holding the Puerto Rico Islanders offense to one goal and securing a point for the Strikers on Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.
"This honor is a show of the form Matt has been in over the last few weeks. He has been a consistent factor in our current six-game unbeaten streak, and if he keeps performing at this level we will continue to create opportunities to move this team forward," said Head Coach Daryl Shore.
Glaeser has been a key contributor to the Strikers on their current six-game unbeaten streak. He currently leads the NASL in goals-against average (0.57) and is tied for first with four shutouts.
Zimmerman, a native of Tampa, Fla., was a four-year starter for the Dukes in midfield. He earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as a senior in 2008 and was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection (2007, 2008).
Glaeser, a native of Fredericksburg, Va., and a former all-state goalie at James Monroe High School, was a reserve goalkeeper at JMU for three seasons (2003-05). He finished his collegiate career at Hartford, where he was the America East Conference and NSCAA Northeast Region Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007.