College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 27, 2016

Mohamed Thiaw - Junior - Forward - Louisville Thiaw, who played two seasons at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College before transferring to Louisville this year, continues to make good things happen for the Cardinals. He alertly sent the rebound of his own shot into the back of the frame to net Louisville's first goal in their 3-1 win over Notre Dame and contributed a helper on freshman midfielder Cherif Dieye's goal in the final minute of the contest. Number four seed Louisville improves to 14-5-2 overall and continues along the road to the College Cup while Notre Dame concludes their season with a 12-7-2 overall record. 
Jon Bakero - Junior - Forward - Wake Forest Bakero got things off on the right foot for Wake Forest when he drove a shot into the back of the net in just the third minute of play after receiving a pass from midfielder Jacori Hayes to give the Deacons a 1-0 advantage and the ability to set the pace of the contest. He then netted the game-winning goal in the seventy-second minute of play when he redirected the shot of teammate Ema Twumasi into the right side of the goal from the top of the box to give Wake Forest the edge they needed to top a game SIUE team 2-1 and earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. SIUE concludes a very successful season with a 10-5-7 overall record.  
Austen Burnikel - Senior - Forward - Clemson Burnikel played a key role on the offensive side of the ball in Clemson's 3-1 Sweet Sixteen win over a very good University of Albany team. Burnikel scored from six yards out after receiving a pass from Oliver Shannon in the forty-fifth minute of play to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage over the Great Danes. He also converted a header in the eighty-first minute of the match with an assist from Diego Campos to net what proved to be the game-winning goal. In addition he assisted on midfielder Alex Happi's insurance goal in the eighty-fourth minute of play. Clemson improves to 14-3-5 overall and advances to the Elite Eight where they will tangle with Denver. Albany concludes a very successful season with a 13-6-2 overall record.   
Foster Langsdorf - Junior - Forward - Stanford  Langsdorf has come up big all year for the Cardinal. This week he headed in the game-winning goal in overtime (his seventh game-winner to date) to give the number five seed Stanford the edge they advantage they needed to top talented number twelve seed Virgina 1-0. The Cardinal out of the Pac-12 improves to 13-3-4 and advances to the Elite Eight where they will travel to face number four seed Louisville in "a something has to give type" contest between two very successful teams. Virginia concludes the 2016 season with a 11-4-5 overall record. 
Jeremy Kelly - Freshman - Midfielder - North Carolina North Carolina entered the season with the number one ranked recruiting class in the country. Freshmen Jeremy Kelly and Cam Lindley reinforced why the Tar Heel class was so highly regarded when they combined to give UNC the edge they needed on the offensive side of the ball to top a very good Syracuse team 1-0. After receiving a pass from Lindley, Kelly used his touch on the ball and quickness to create the angle that he needed to send a shot into the left corner of the goal from the top of the box. UNC improves to 13-3-3 overall and advances to face Providence while Syracuse closes out a very successful season with a 12-4-4 overall record. 
Chandler Crosswait - RS Senior - Midfielder - Denver Crosswait's first goal of the 2016 season came at an opportune time. He alertly drove the rebound of teammate Kortne Ford's header back into the frame to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead over Washington. Sophomore forward Andre Shinyashiki scored the second goal of the evening for Denver to give the Pioneers a 2-1 win over Washington and propel Denver into the Elite Eight. The Pioneers improve to 19-0-3 while Washington out of the Pac-12 concludes their season with a 14-7-0 overall record.  
Danny Green - Freshman - Midfielder - Providence  Providence came from behind to top Creighton in Omaha 2-1 to earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight. Griffin came up big for the Friars who made a nice move off the dribble to create the space and angle he needed to slot a shot into the back of the goal that gave Providence the edge they needed to secure a huge win.  The Friars continue to take care of business improving to 15-6-0 while Creighton ends the 2016 season with a 13-7-3 overall record. 
Forrest White - Junior - Midfielder - Virginia Tech White came through in the clutch for the Hokies when he came off the pine to drive a bending ball into the back of the net from eighteen yards out in the ninety-seventh minute of play to net the game-winner in Virginia Tech's 2-1 win over number seven seed Indiana in Bloomington. The Hokeis keep what has been a magical season alive and earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. 
Colton Storm - Senior - Defender - North Carolina The Tar Heel captain was a key element in a rock solid North Carolina defensive effort that shutout Syracuse 1-0 on the road to advance to secure a spot in the Elite Eight. UNC will now host an unseeded Providence team that has advanced past Delaware, number one seed Maryland on the road, and highly regarded Creighton on the road to earn a trip to Chapel Hill to sqaure off with Storm and his Tar Heel teammates on Friday night at Fetzer Field. 
Ben Lundgaard - Junior - Goalkeeper - Virginia Tech  Lundgaard, who is a team captain and leader, had nine saves in goal to play a key role on the defensive side of the ball for Virginia Tech in their 2-1 upset win over number seven seed Indiana on the road. The Hokies advance to the Elite Eight where they will face fellow ACC member Wake Forest on Saturday in Winston-Salem.  
Colin Miller - RS Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Providence  Miller, the 2016 Big East Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, did the things he needed to do to place Providence in position to secure a 2-1 win over Creighton. He had an impressive career-high nine save evening to help the Friars earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament for the second time (the first time was in 2014) in the history of the program. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 20, 2016

Sergio Camargo - Senior - Forward - Syracuse Camargo, who transferred to Syracuse for his senior season after three seasons at Coastal Carolina, played a key role in the Orange's 3-0 win over Dartmouth. He assisted on teammate Chris Nanco's goal and scored in the twenty-fourth minute after receiving a pass from Johannes Pieles and again in the sixtieth minute after making a nice move to create the space he needed to place a shot into the right corner of the net. Syracuse improves to 12-3-4 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen. 
Brian Wright - Senior - Forward - Vermont Wright contributed a hat trick and assisted on teammate Stephen Lamanna's goal to help propel Vermont past Rider 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also assisted on teammate Jon Arnar's goal in Vermont's 2-1 loss in overtime to Virginia in Charlottesville. Vermont closes out a very sucessful 2016 season with a 14-7-1 overall record. Virginia improves to 11-3-5 overall and advances to the Sweet Sixteen. 
Tucker Hume - RS Senior - Forward - North Carolina Hume scored twice including a picture-perfect game-winning header in the 105th minute of the contest to give the Tar Heels the edge they needed to top a very good FGCU team 3-2. Hume aso the scored in hte thirtieth minute of the contest with a double assist from Nico Melo and Zach Wright. Melo had a three assist evening for the number nine seed Tar Heels who improve to 12-3-3 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will tangle with number eight seed Syracuse. FGCU ends a banner season with a 14-4-3 overall record.  
Afonso Pinheiro - Junior - Forward - Albany Pinheiro is a playmaker. He played a key role in the University of Albany's 3-0 win over Boston College by contributing the assist on teammate Nico Solabarrieta's first half goal and scored in the eighty-third minute with Solabarrieta returning the favor by contributing the helper. Number fourteen seed Albany improves to 13-5-2 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday where they will face Clemson at historic Riggs Field. Boston College concludes the 2016 campaign with a 9-9-3 overall record. 
Julian Gressel - Senior - Midfielder - Providence Gressel contributed the insurance goal in Providence's 2-0 win over Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Touranment. He also scored twice as Providence netted four unanswered goals in the second half of play to upset number one seed Maryland 5-4 in the second round. The Friars improve to 14-6-0 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen to face Creighton while Maryland sustains their first loss of year to close out the 2016 season with an 18-1-2 overall record.  
Nico Quashie - Freshman - Forward - Virginia Tech Quashie made the most of his time on the pitch in two NCAA Tourney games this week. He placed a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by Elias Tamburini to score the game-winning goal that enabled the Hokies to advance past ETSU 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tourney. He also netted the game-winner out of a breakaway in the eighty-eighth minute to give Virginia Tech the edge they needed to upset number ten seed Charlotte. The Hokies improve to 12-4-4 and advance to face Indiana. Charlotte concludes the 2016 season with a 12-4-2 record.  
Alex Happi - Senior - Midfielder - Clemson  Happi scored in the eighty-fifth minute with an assist from Iman Mafi and skillfully drove a half-volley into the upper right corner of the net just outside the box in overtime to lead Clemson to a 2-1 come from behind win over a determined South Carolina team. Clemson improves to 13-3-5 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the University of Albany. South Carolina closes out the 2016 season with an 11-8-1 overall record. 
Jacori Hayes - Senior - Midfielder - Wake Forest Hayes makes good things happen. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Wake Forest's 2-0 win over Coastal Carolina when he received a ball from Ema Twumasi and made a text book play to loft a shot into the back of the net. Hayes has scored eight goals so far this year including five game-winners. The number two seeded Demon Deacons improve to 16-2-3 overall and advance to host SIUE in the third round of the NCAA Tourney on Sunday. Coastal Carolina concludes the 2016 season with a 10-7-3 overall record. 
Billy McConnell - Senior - Defender - Indiana  McConnell's header out of a corner kick served in by Tanner Thompson deflected off an Akron defender and into the back of the net to give IU the goal they needed to top Akron 1-0 to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth time under the direction of Todd Yeagley and the thirty-sixth time in the history of the program. Indiana improves to 12-1-7 while Akron closes out the 2016 campaign with a 13-6-3 overall record. McConnell was also part of a solid Hoosier defensive effort.  
Tomas Hilliard-Acre - Junior - Defender - Stanford    Hilliard-Arce was part of a solid Stanford defense that shutout Pacific 2-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where the Cardinal will host number twelve seed Virginia. He also converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by Jared Gilbey. Foster Langsdorf scored the first Stanford goal. The Cardinal continues to impress improving to 12-3-4 overall while Pacific under the direction of head coach Ryan Jorden concludes a very successful season by all measures with a 13-4-2 overall record. 
Kyle Dal Santo - Junior - Goalkeeper - SIUE Dal Santo had six saves including two stops in a penalty kick shootout as SIUE advanced past Michigan State nine to eight in penalty kicks after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime. Dal Santo followed that up with a five save evening including a key stop in a penalty kick shootout as SIUE advanced past Butler five to four in penalty kicks after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. SIUE improves to 10-4-7 overall and advances to the Sweet Sixteen to face number two seed Wake Forest on Sunday. Butler ends a very successful 2016 season with a 13-5-2 overall record. 

College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 13, 2016

Foster Langsdorf - Junior - Forward - Stanford Langsdorf converted a header in overtime to give the Cardinal the edge they needed to top California 2-1. The goal was Langsdorf's fifth game-winner in the 2016 campaign. Stanford improves to 11-3-4 overall with an 8-1-0 mark in conference play to secure the Pac-12 Conference title for the third consecutive season. 
David Goldsmith - Senior - Forward - Butler  Goldsmith continues to be an impact and difference maker for Butler. He contributed an assist on teammate Eric Leonard's game-winner in Butler's 2-1 win over Creighton in the Big East Tournament final. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Big East Tournament semifinals to give the Bulldogs the edge they needed to top Villanova 1-0. Butler imnproves to 13-5-1 and returns to the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2010. 
Ethan Kutler - Senior - Forward - Colgate Kutler scored a total of five goals in the Patriot League Tournament to help the Raiders top Army 3-0, Loyola 3-1 and to prevail in a penalty kick shootout over American in the championship contest after the score was knotted at 1-1 at the conclusion of regulation and overtime. Colgate earned its sixth Patriot League title and advances to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time.   
Danny Musovski - Junior - Forward - UNLV Musovski scored twice including the game-winner to lead the Rebels past Air Force 2-1 in the championship game of the WAC Tournament.  He also assisted on teammate Spencer Jackson's game-winner in UNLV's 1-0 win over Utah Valley. UNLV earns their seventh berth into the NCAA Tourney.   
Nick Hinds - Freshman - Midfielder - Akron Hinds scored twice to lead the Zips past Buffalo 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference Championship game to secure Akron's 13th MAC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the 31st time. He also contributed an assist in Akron's 4-0 win over Western Michigan in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.  
Oscar Rivero - Senior - Midfielder - UIC Rivero contributed a goal in UIC's 2-1 win over Milwaukee. He also scored the game-winner to help the Flames defeat a very good Wright State team 1-0 to secure the 2016 Horizon League Championship and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 
Ian Harkes - Senior - Midfielder - Wake Forest Harkes has been a key factor for the Demon Deacons all year. He contributed a goal and an assist to help Wake Forest top Clemson 3-1 in the ACC Tournament Final. For his effort Harkes was named the ACC Tournament MVP. The Demon Deacons secure the ACC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, avenge a regular season loss to Clemson, and improve to 15-2-3 overall. 
Chris Wehan - RS Senior - Midfielder - New Mexico  Wehan had a productive week of play scoring once in New Mexico's 3-0 win over FIU in the CUSA Championship contest. He also contributed a goal in the Lobo's 2-1 win over Charlotte. For his efforts he was named the CUSA Tournament MVP.  The Lobos improve to 12-6-2 overall and secure their first CUSA Championship since joining the conference three years ago.   
Patrick Hickman - RS Senior - Defender - CSUN HIckman was a key part of a solid CSUN defense that tied Sacramento State 0-0 in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament and then prevailed in a penalty kick shootout. The Matadors also topped Cal State Fullerton 2-1 to claim the Big West Tournament Championship and secure the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  
Thomas de Villardi - Senior - Defender - Delaware de Villardi contributed on both sides of the ball as Delaware topped the College of Charleston 2-1 and William and Mary 2-1 to win the CAA Tournament Championship to earn the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. He assisted on Thibault Philippe's goal in the win over the College of Charleston and was rock solid on the defensive side of the ball in both contests. de Villardi was named the MVP of the CAA Tournament. 
Austin Ledbetter - Senior - Defender - SIUE Ledbetter contributed a goal in SIUE's 2-1 win over Evansville in the MVC Tournament semifinals. He also was a key part of an SIUE defense that shutout Missouri State 1-0 in the championship contest. SIUE head coach Mario Sanchez stated, "This kid (Ledbetter) is rock solid and the backbone of this team."  SIUE improves to 10-4-5 overall and secures the MVC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. 
Eli Roubos - Junior - Defender - FGCU Roubos scored twice including the game-winner to help FGCU top Jacksonville in the ASUN championship final. The Eagles improve to 14-3-2 overall and head into the NCAA Tournament with momemtum.   
Jeremy Booth - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Macon Booth anchored a Mercer defense that shutout Wofford 2-0 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament and upset ETSU in the championship match when they advanced on penalty kicks after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. Booth made the key stops he needed to make including a key stop during the shootout to put the Bears in position to prevail. Booth was named the Tournament MVP and Mercer earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. 

College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 6, 2016

Andre Shinyashiki - Sophomore - Forward - Denver Shinyashiki scored twice to lead the Pioneers to a 2-1 come from behind win over a very competitive Portland team. He converted a header from four yards out after receiving a cross from Karsten Hanlin and sent a shot into the back of the frame from sixteen yards out after making a move to create the space he needed to score with defender Graham Smith contributing the assist. Denver closed out regular season play with a 15-0-2 overall record.  
Albert Ruiz - Junior - Forward - FGCU Ruiz scored twice to play a key role in FGCU's 3-2 win over Lipscomb. Ruiz leads the country in goals scored to date having placed the rock into the back of the net a total of nineteen times year to date. The Eagles improve to 13-3-2 and advance to the ASUN Championship Final next Saturday. 
Eric Lynch - Senior - Forward - Wright State  Lynch placed a shot into the back of the left side of the net from thirty yards out and assisted on sophomore midfieler Jackson Dietrich's insurance goal to help Wright State top Valparaiso 2-0 to improve to 11-5-2 overall with a 7-1-1 mark in Horizon League play. Lynch has a total of six goals so far and six assists. Wright State clinced the Horizon League regular season title outright for the first time ever. 
Stuart Holthusen - Junior - Forward - Akron Holthusen had a very productive week. He scored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Akron over Grand Canyon 3-2. Holthusen also found the back of the net twice to power the Zips past Western Michigan 3-0. Akron improves to 9-5-4 overall with a 1-1-3 mark in Mid-American Conference play. 
Lewis Suddick - Freshman - Midfielder - Butler Suddick has been a difference maker this year for Butler. He scored twice to help power the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over Xavier. Suddick has netted eleven goals so far this year and contributed two assists.Butler improves to 11-5-1 with a 6-3-0 mark in Big East Conference play. The victory over Xavier secures the number two seed in the conference tournament for the Bulldogs and a bye into the tournament semifinals.  
Dale Ludwig - Senior - Midfielder - American  Ludwig converted a header from just outside the six yard box off a corner kick served in by Joe Iraola. He also decisively drove a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick put in play by teammate Danny Kaiser to lead American to a 3-1 win over Lehigh in a Patriot League contest. American head coach Todd West stated, "Dale (Ludwig) showed tonight why he should be this year's PL Player of the Year." American improved to 10-5-4 overall and claimed the Patriot League Regular Season Title with a 7-1-1 mark in league play. 
Jullian Gressel - Senior - Midfielder - Providence Gressel earns a repeat nod as a member of the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. He is a playmaker and impact player who netted the lone goal of the evening when he alertly placed a loose ball into the back of the net to give the Friars the edge they needed to top a game St. John's side 1-0. The goal was Gressel's eleventh of the season and fifth game-winner. The Friars have won eight in a row to improve to 12-5-0 with a 7-2-0 mark in Big East Conference action. 
Jakob Strandsater - Sophomore - Midfielder - Radford Strandsater scored twice and assisted on teammate Michael Walsh's goal to power Radford past UNC Asheville 3-0 in a Big South Conference contest. Strandsater has a total of five goals and six assists year to date. The Highlanders improve to 13-3-1 overall with a 7-1-0 mark in conference play. Radford has now won three consecutive Big South Regular Season Titles. 
Zeiko Lewis - Senior - Midfielder - Boston College Lewis played a key role in two Boston College wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. He scored both of Boston College's goals in their 2-2 tie with Virginia Tech and converted his penalty kick in the penalty kick shootout in which the Eagles prevailed to advance. He also netted the lone goal in Boston College's 1-0 upset win over North Carolina in the Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Boston College improves to 8-7-2 overall. 
Tim Kubel - Junior - Defender - Louisville Kubel was solid on both sides of the ball.  He was a key part of a Louisville defense that shutout Virginia 1-0. He also skillfully placed a shot just inside the left post from twenty-three yards out to net the game-winning goal for the Cardinals. Louisville improves to 10-3-5 overall and advances to the semi-final round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. 
Jimmy Fiscus - Junior - Defender - Michigan State Fiscus' diving header of the defection of teammate Ryan Sierakowski shot produced what proved to be the game-winner for the Spartans who topped Penn State 2-1 in the first ever Big Ten Tournament game played at DeMartin Stadium. Fiscus was also part of a solid Michigan State defense that limited Penn State to only one shot on goal. The Spartans improve 13-4-1 and advance to the semin-final round of the Big Ten Tourney.  
Liam McNally - Senior - Defender - South Florida  McNally along with goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic among others was part of a tenacious South Florida defense that contained a very good Temple attack to secure a 1-0 shutout. Freshman Luis Garza netted the lone goal of the evening for South Florida. The Bulls improve to 9-6-2 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in American Althletic Conference action.  
John Wendt - Junior - Goalkeeper - Air Force Wendt recorded six saves in goal while anchoring a very solid Air Force defense that shutout a very competitive Seattle side 1-0. Junior midfielder Trey Pujats scored the lone goal of the contest for the Falcons who improve to 12-6-1 with a 6-3-1 mark in WAC play.