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Andrew Gutman named National Player of the Week


Then-junior, now senior defender Andrew Gutman celebrates after scoring a goal against Santa Clara last season at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Gutman was named National Player of the Week Monday.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Senior defender Andrew Gutman was ranked the second best player in the nation coming into the season and through four games, he has lived up to that praise. 

His performance in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington this weekend, which featured two ranked opponents, has earned him the National Player of the Week award from College Soccer News. 

On Friday against No. 22 Dartmouth, IU had a free kick just outside the box in which Gutman put himself in front of the ball, hoping something would happen. He redirected it off his shoulder and into the net. 

Later in the match, Gutman sent a picture perfect ball from midfield that went through the Dartmouth defense to sophomore Griffin Dorsey for an easy goal. IU went on to win 3-0

On Sunday, Gutman once again put himself in the front of the ball on an IU corner kick. This time, he used his head for the lone goal in the match to knock off No. 18 UConn

The Hoosiers are now 3-1 on the season, with all four games being against ranked teams. College Soccer News also released team standings that has the Hoosiers ranked second behind Wake Forest, the only team to defeat IU so far this season. 

Next up, Gutman and the Hoosiers will play Virginia Commonwealth University at Bill Armstrong Stadium at 8 p.m on Friday. 

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