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Ram’s Albarran Named Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week

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Bluefield College's Erik Albarran is the Mid-South Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor was the first of the season and of career for Albarran and first for Bluefield College since entering the Mid-South Conference this fall in all 15 varsity sports.

Albarran scored four goals in two Mid-South Conference wins for Bluefield to earn MSC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The Houston, Texas, freshman midfielder scored his first career hat-trick in a come-from-behind 6-4 win over University of Pikeville to begin the week. Albarran contributed the lone goal in the Rams' 1-0 win over St. Catharine College to run the Bluefield winning streak to three straight matches.

Against the Bears Albarran brought the Rams back from a goal down twice as BC played the final 30 minutes with just 10 men. He then scored the final goal in what was a dramatic win as Bluefield scored three times in the final eight minutes and 45 seconds to win its second conference game. On Saturday the 5-foot-8 midfielder scored the lone goal giving Bluefield its first season with three conference victories in modern history as they moved into fifth place in the MSC with a 3-3-0 mark, the win also moved BC one win away from tying last year's mark of eight overall victories in a single season.

In his first season Albarran ranks first on the team in goals (12) and points (26) while accounting for .483 percent (14-of-29) of the Rams goals this season and is one goal away from tying the single season individual mark for goals (13) in a season in modern history at Bluefield College set by Eric Pozzani in 2007.

Albarran is tied for third in the MSC with 12 goals and sixth in the conference with 26points this season. Nationally, he ranks 23rd in total goals and 21st with three game-winning goals.

Bluefield improves to 7-7 overall this season and 3-3 in the MSC with last week's wins.

The next MSC Player of the Week award is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

NOTES FROM THE RIDGE….

BC: Bluefield College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located on 82 acres of land in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia offering 22 majors with 61 percent of faculty holding Doctorate degrees and 94 percent of its students earning financial aid.

RAMS: As part of its educational experience, the college fields 15 teams in its intercollegiate athletic program, including seven for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis) and eight for women (basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball).

MID-SOUTH: Bluefield College is in its first season as a member of the Mid-South Conference (MSC), which is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The MSC is a 16-member conference that offers championships in 17 sports, featuring schools in six states that have combined for 17 national championships with teams from Belhaven (MS), Bethel (TN), Bluefield (VA), Campbellsville (KY), Cumberland (TN), Faulkner (AL), Georgetown (KY), Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson (KY), Shawnee State (OH), St. Catharine (KY), Union (KY), Pikeville (KY), Rio Grande (OH), Cumberlands (KY), Virginia-Wise (VA).