College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 1, 2013

Pete Caringi III, Senior, Forward, UMBC 

Caringi had a very productive weekend of play.  He scored twice to power the Retrievers to a 3-1 win over Seattle University.  He also scored twice in UMBC's 3-1 victory over UNLV.  Caringi was named the MVP of the Springhill Suites Arundel Mills BMW Kick-Off Classic.  

Christian Volesky, Junior, Forward, SIUE 

Volesky helped the Cougars secure a 2-1 win over Santa Clara and a 2-0 win over San Jose State.  He netted the game winning goal with six minutes remaining in the second overtime period in the contest with Santa Clara and scored twice in the match with San Jose State.  

Zach Batteer, Junior, Forward, Stanford 

Batteer's two goal performance in Stanford's 3-3 tie with Maryland was good enough to earn a spot on the team of the week.  His second goal of that contest was highlight reel material as he utilized his quickness, creativity, and touch on the ball to weave his way through three defenders to create the space needed to finish.    

Sagi Lev-Ari, Junior, Forward, Cal State Northridge 

The Matadors began the season with a 3-0 win over Albany and a 4-1 victory over Memphis to claim the championship of the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament.  Lev-Ari put three in the back of the net in the match with Memphis becoming the first Matador since 2005 to record a hat trick.   

Goffin Boyoko, Senior, Midfielder, UCSB  Boyoko scored twice to help power the Gauchos past Northwestern 3-1 on Friday night. His first score was a header out of a free kick served in by teammate Drew Miller.  His second score was a one timer into the back of the net with an assist from Achille Campion.  Boyoko also netted the game-winning goal in UCSB's 1-0 win over UIC.  
David Graydon, Sophomore, Midfielder, Saint Louis    Graydon played a key role in Saint Louis' season opening come from behind 3-1 win over Oral Roberts contributing two key and well played assists.  The first set up set up teammate Francisco Vizcaino's equalizer and the second teammate Kingsley Bryce's game-winning goal.  The Billikens secured their first season-opening win since 2005.  
Michael Calderon - Senior - Midfielder - New Mexico 

The Lobos put on a display of offensive firepower in a 7-2 win over Villanova in their season opener before an energized crowd of 2,791 on a beautiful night in Albuquerque.  Calderon was at the center of the attack scoring twice and contributing an assist. Teammates James Rogers and Niko Hansen also found the back of the net twice.    

Steve Birnbaum, Senior, Defender, California

Birnbaum is a difference maker for the Golden Bears. He converted a penalty kick in California's 2-0 win over Georgetown.  He also scored Cal's first goal and assisted on teammate Alec Sundly's game winning goal in overtime in their 3-2 win over Maryland.  No team had a more productive weekend of play than California.  

Chris Ager, Senior, Defender, Boston College

Agner converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by teammate Diego Medina-Mendez and netted the game-winner with thirty-four seconds remaining in the first overtime period to play a huge role in Boston College's season opening 2-1 win over rival Boston University.  

Bryan Gallego, Junior, Defender, Akron

Gallego anchored a tenacious Akron defense that shutout host College of Charleston 2-0 and Furman 1-0 to win the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic. For his effort Gallego was named the Tournament MVP. The Jared Embick era at Akron gets off on the right foot with two solid on the road wins.  

 

Earl Edwards Jr, Junior, Goalkeeper, UCLA

Edwards anchored a stout Bruin defense that recorded a scoreless draw with Notre Dame and shutout Indiana 1-0 in the IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington.  He had five saves in the contest with Notre Dame as UCLA became the first team in 24 matches to shutout the Irish.  He also had three saves including a stop of a penalty kick in the contest with Indiana.