Lyons Named MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan senior striker Shane Lyons returned to action last week to score two goals and assist a third, registering five points in two games, earning Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors.
Lyons had a hand in both Bronco goals in WMU's 2-1 double overtime comeback win at Wright State Sept. 18. His team trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, Lyons smashed a left-footed strike for the game-tying goal in the 68th minute. Lyons then assisted the game-winning goal in the 101st minute, as Western Michigan pulled off its first ever road victory at Wright State in five all-time meetings in Dayton. With the win, the Broncos also recorded their seventh win in the first eight games, marking the program's best start since 1984.
On Sept. 21, Lyons scored Western Michigan's lone goal as the Broncos narrowly fell on the road against Big Ten counterpart Michigan State, 2-1.
A 2010 First Team All-MAC selection, Lyons was the Broncos' leading scorer the last two seasons, but missed the final 10 games of 2011 after suffering an ACL tear. Due to rehab of the ACL injury, Lyons had missed the previous four matches prior to his three-point appearance at Wright State, which were his first goal and assist of the season.
"I couldn't be happier for Shane," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "He has spent a lot of time on the sidelines recovering from his knee injury and it's great not only to have him back playing but playing such a pivotal role in the teams success."
Western Michigan is currently the MAC leader for total wins (7) and winning percentage (.777).
For Lyons, it was the second time in his career he has been named MAC Player of the Week, also earning the honor once last season. He is the second Bronco to collect the weekly nod this year, as Darren Jones was named POTW on Sept. 5.