BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Investors Group Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week for the period ending September 12th, 2016.
MALE: Milan Beader (Oakville, Ont.) – 1st yr – York Lions – Soccer
Rookie Milan Beader (Oakville, Ont.) is the Investors Group OUA Male Athlete of the Week after he helped the Lions men’s soccer team to a pair of victories over the rival No. 7 ranked McMaster Marauders and the Waterloo Warriors.
After trailing McMaster 2-0 early in the match, Beader completed the Lions dramatic comeback scoring in the 48th minute to give York a 3-2 lead. The Lions would score four goals in just a ten minute span with Beader’s marker standing as the eventual game winner in a 4-2 victory.
The first-year business & society student-athlete followed that up the following night with his second goal in two nights, beating the Warriors keeper in the 85th minute to give the Lions a little breathing room in an eventual 3-0 win.
Beader, a 6’4” forward, is now tied for seventh in OUA with three goals in five games.
The Abbey Park High School grad will have his sights set on top spot when the Lions return to action on Saturday at home in a rematch with the Marauders.
FEMALE: Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner (Richmond Hill, Ont.) – 4th yr. – McMaster Marauders – Rugby
McMaster centre Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner (Richmond Hill, Ont.) has been selected as the Investors Group OUA Female Athlete of the Week after leading the Marauders women’s rugby team to a big season opener victory against the visiting University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Whiteley-Hoffelner, a fourth-year sociology major, was McMaster’s leading try scorer in their 81-0 victory over the Varsity Blues, scoring four tries for 20 points.
If the first week was an indication, the former Aurora Highschool standout, appears poised to demolish her season totals of five tries for 25 points from a season ago.
Whiteley-Hoffelner and the Marauders will now head out on the road as they travel to York Stadium to take on the Lions on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.