College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 9, 2016

Logan Paynter - RS Sophomore - Forward - Lipscomb Paynter scored at close range out of a corner kick and netted the game-winning goal when he skillfully placed a shot just inside the left post with just a few ticks remaining in regulation to enable the Bison to top USC Upstate in an Atlantic Sun Conference match. Credit teammate Ivan Alvardo with setting both goals up with very nice assists. Lipscomb improves to 6-5-1 with a 2-2-0 mark in conference play.  
Riggs Lennon - Senior - Forward - Creighton Lennon continues to be a difference maker for Creighton. This week he headed in the game-winning goal out of a corner kick to give the Bluejays the edge they needed to top Butler 1-0 in a key Big East Conference contest. Lennon has scored a total of nine goals including three game-winners to date for Creighton. The Bluejays up their record to 7-1-3 overall with a 3-0-1 mark in league play. 
Ivan Abramovic - RS Freshman - Forward UMass Lowell Abramovic scored twice to help power the River Hawks to a convincing 4-0 victory on the road over UMBC. He slotted a shot into the upper right corner of the frame after receiving a through ball from Wuilito Fernandez and also drove a shot into the back of the net from fifteen yards out with Fernandez again providing the helper. The win was UMass Lowell's first ever over UMBC. The River Hawks continue to soar with a 8-0-2 record and a 1-0-1 mark against Amercia East Conference teams.  
Zach Pagani - Senior - Forward - Colgate Pagani scored both of Colgate's goals in their 2-1 win over Boston University. He also scored the Raiders first goal when he placed the rebound of teammate Jared Stroud's header into the back of the twine in Colgate's 4-3 overtime win against Bucknell. The Raiders are now 8-3-0 with a 3-1-0 record in Patriot League play.  
Brian Saramago - Freshman - Forward - Loyola Maryland  Saramago was a catalyst for the Greyhounds on the offensive side of the ball.  He and teammate Barry Sharifi combined to proved the assist on freshman Shane Kasti's game-winning strike in the Greyhounds 1-0 win over American. He also produced a hat trick in Loyola's 3-3 tie with Boston University. The vastly improved Greyhounds improve to 5-5-1 overall with a 3-0-1 record in Patiot Leage play. 
Brandt Bronico - Senior - Midfielder - Charlotte The 49er linkman who hails from High Point, North Carolina converted two penalty kicks to lead Charlotte over New Mexico 2-1 in a key Conference USA match. Credit redshirt sophomore forward Daniel Bruce with the footwork and play within the box that drew both of the penalty kicks. The 49ers pick up a nice CUSA win to improve to 7-2-0 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in league play.  
Matt Crawford - Junior - Midfielder - Saint Joseph's Crawford scored twice and assisted on teammate Derek MacKinnon's game-winning goal in the Hawks 3-1 come from behind win over Rhode Island.  He also contriubed the helper on MacKinnon's match-winner in Saint Joseph's 2-1 win over George Mason. Crawford has scored seven goals and contributed three assists so far this year.  The Hawks are now 6-5-1 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. 
Kwame Awuah - Senior - Midfielder - Connecticut The UConn stalwart scored twice to help power the Huskies in a 5-0 thumping of Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference contest. Connecticut has now won six straight to improve to 9-3-0 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in conference play.   
Alexis Souahy - Junior - Defender - Bowling Green Souahy scored twice in the second half of play to help the Falcons secure a 2-1 come from behind victory over Northern Kentucky. Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols stated, "Alexis is dangerous on set pieces. He's able to get on all of them. Even when he's not scoring, he's creating something." Souahy was also part of a solid Bowling Green defensive effort that shutout West Virgina 1-0 in Morgantown. Bowling Green improves to 8-3-1 with a 1-0-0 mark in MAC contests.  
Brad Ruhaak - Senior - Defender - Akron Ruhaak anchored a very solid Akron backline along with fellow senior back Danilo Radjen that shutout what has been a very productive Buffalo offense in a 4-0 win. Ruhaak also decisively drove a header in the back of the frame out of a corner kick to record Akron's first goal in this Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Akron improves to 6-3-1 overall with a 1-0-0 mark in MAC play.  
Bernardo Mattos - Senior - Defender - Albany Mattos was a key part in an Albany defense that enabled the Great Danes to contain a very good Syracuse attack and secure a 2-1 win over Syracuse. He also was at the heart of an Albany defense that shutout a potent Vermont offense in route to a 4-0 victory in an American East Conference contest. Mattos missed the first four contests of the season but since his return the Great Dane defense has gelled. Albany head coach Trevor Gorman stated, "We'll take our defenders any day of the week." Albany is 6-3-2 overall with a 1-0-1 mark in league play.  
Cory Brown - Junior - Defender - Xavier Brown converted a header after receiving a cross from defender Josh Grant to lift the Musketeers to a 1-0 win on the road over a determined Cleveland State team. Senior forward Jalen Brown was credited with the assist on the goal. Brown also was at the center of an Xavier defense that shutout St. John's 2-0. Jalen Brown and Majed Osman provided the goals in that contest. Xavier is now 6-3-2 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in Big East action. 
Jon Wendt - Junior - Goalkeeper - Air Force Wendt made several huge saves including a stop of a penalty kick to anchor an Air Force defense that shutout Grand Canyon 1-0 on the road in a Western Athletic Conference contest. Midfielder Tucker Bone scored the lone goal of the evening before a crowd of 3,800 fans.  The Falcons are looking good with a 9-3-0 overall record and a 3-0-0 mark in league play.