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Little Axe, Helker give OC sweep of Heartland men’s soccer honors

OC freshman goalkeeper Evan Helker has been named as the Heartland Conference defensive player of the week.
OC freshman goalkeeper Evan Helker has been named as the Heartland Conference defensive player of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 16, 2013) – After one of the more dramatic games in recent Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer history, two Eagles were honored Wednesday as the Heartland Conference players of the week.

Goalkeeper Evan Helker took the league’s defensive honor, while forward Brandon Little Axe shared the offensive honor with Billy Forbes of Lubbock Christian (Texas). The awards came two days after OC’s 4-3 overtime win at Dallas Baptist (Texas).

Helker, a freshman from Edmond, had two strong performances in goal during the past week. Against NCAA Division II No. 23-ranked West Texas A&M on Thursday, he made nine saves and surrendered the only goal on a penalty kick in the 84th minute as OC fell 1-0.

In the wild win at Dallas Baptist, Helker faced 21 shots and stopped 12 of them, matching the highest single-game save total by any Heartland Conference goalkeeper this season.

Helker now ranks fifth in the conference in saves with 43, in eight appearances, and is third in saves per game at 5.38.

Little Axe, a sophomore from Norman, had a hand in every goal scored by OC in the win at Dallas Baptist, which snapped a five-game skid for the Eagles. He scored on goal and his three assists tied the single-game school record in that category.

His last assist, on the winning goal by Ricardo Chinchilla less than three minutes into overtime, came after DBU had tied the game with :01 left in regulation.

Little Axe is tied for sixth in the conference with three assists and is eighth in goals (four) and points (11).

Helker and Little Axe are the second and third OC players to receive the weekly men’s soccer award from the Heartland this season, joining midfielder Domenico DeGrazia, who took the offensive award four weeks ago.

OC (3-6-1, 1-2 Heartland) will host Texas A&M International in a conference game on Saturday at 5 p.m.