A former Waxahachie Indians soccer standout that helped the team to its first-ever district championship received a collegiate player-of-the-week accolade on Monday.
Kade Tomlinson, a 2017 Waxahachie graduate and goalkeeper at NAIA Division-I Shawnee State (Ohio), joined Nicklas Nancke, of Cumberland University (Ky.), as the Mid-South Conference men's soccer players of the week.
The weekly honor was the first for both student-athletes.
Tomlinson was named the conference defensive player of the week after he led Shawnee State to a 2-1 record over the weekend with 18 saves in 298 minutes of action. He also recorded seven saves in a pair of shutout victories, as well as 11 saves in a 1-0 loss against Siena Heights University (Mich.).
The sophomore goalkeeper transferred from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to Shawnee State over the summer.
While a member of the Waxahachie Indians soccer team, Tomlinson was named a Texas Association of Soccer Coaches All-State honorable mention, joining Tyson Beechum (2nd team) as the first two men's soccer players to receive placement on the TASCO all-state team.
Tomlinson moved into goal during his junior season and allowed more than one goal in just two matches throughout his senior campaign. He recorded 11 shutouts in 21 matches with 10 goals allowed for an impressive 0.49 goals-against average.
In his junior season, Tomlinson recorded seven shutouts in 15.5 games with 13 goals allowed (0.84 goals-against average).
Nancke, a defender at Cumberland University, is from Aarhus, Denmark. After entering in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 win against Union, Nancke scored a match-tying goal in the 83rd minute and then assisted on the golden goal in the 102nd minute.
According to the players-of-the-week announcement, "Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees."