College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 23, 2014

Tyler Engel - Senior - Forward - North Carolina  Engel scored both of North Carolina's goals in their 2-1 win over a very talented Charlotte team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. His first goal was at close range after receiving a pass from teammate Verneri Valimaa. His game-winning goal came in the last minute of regulation when he alertly followed up, controlled, and then sent into the left corner of the goal the rebound of teammate Andy Craven's shot. Craven led the UNC attack with a hat trick in their first round 6-0 win over James Madison.  
Leo Stolz - Senior - Midfielder - UCLA  Stolz scored both goals to play a key role in UCLA's 2-1 come from behind win in overtime against San Diego. His first goal came out of a free kick from thirty yards out when he drove a shot into the bottom right corner of the frame. His game-winner was a blast from the middle of the box that was set up by a nice move and pass from teammate Abu Danladi. UCLA advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host California.  
Dominik Machado - Sophomore - Midfielder - Providence Machado scored twice to help power the Friars past Dartmouth 3-0 as Providence advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program. His first score came after he made a nice hustle move to be in position to drive a cross from teammate Thomas Ballenthin into the goal. His second score came after he won a ball at the top of the box and created the space he needed to slot the ball into the back of the net.  
Michael Sperber - RS Sophomore - Midfielder - UC Irvine Sperber combined with senior forward Cameron Iwasa to put together one of the more opportunistic and spectacular plays of the second round. Sperber controlled a Stanford clearance and sent a pass to Iwasa who then sent a through ball back to Sperber who drove it into the back of the net to give UC Irvine a 1-0 upset win over the sixth seeded Stanford Cardinal in the 97th minute of play. UC Irvine marches to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Providence. 
Oyvind Alseth - Sophomore - Midfielder - Syracuse Alseth had a role in both of Syracuse's goals in their 2-1 win over Penn State.  He assisted on Emil Ekblom's equalizer and netted what proved to be the game-winning goal as Syracuse came from behind to top Penn State to improve to 16-3-1 and to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the Georgetown Hoyas in Washington.  
Arun Basuljevic - Freshman - Midfielder - Georgetown  Basuljevic collected a loose ball in the box and blasted it into the back of the net with six seconds remaining in the second overtime period to give Georgetown a 2-1 win over a determined Old Dominion team. Brandon Allen also scored for the Hoyas who advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will tangle with the Syracuse Oragne. 
Will Walker - RS Senior - Midfielder - Xavier  Walker scored Xavier's first goal in their 2-1 win in overtime against Monmouth in the first round of play with assists from in Alex Ridsdale and Matt Vasquenza. Walker also converted the game-winning penalty kick in Indiana's upset win over the Indiana Hoosiers. Xavier improves to 15-5-2 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament play for the first time in the history of the program.   
Tim Kubel - Freshman - Defender - Louisville Kubel netted the game-winning goal for the Cardinals with under four minutes remaining in regulation in their 2-1 win over Saint Louis. The goal was Kubel's team-leading seventh of the 2014 seson. He also assisted on teammate Andy Brody's goal. Louisville improves to 11-7-3 and will now host UMBC in the Sweet Sixteen. 
Zach Carroll - Junior - Defender - Michigan State Carroll and fellow center back Ryan Keener anchored a rock solid Spartan defensive backline that shutout a very good Oakland team 1-0. Carroll also converted a header out of a corner kick to score the lone goal of the contest. Number three seeded Michigan State improves to 12-4-5 and earns the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host number fourteen seed Washington.    
Jose Ribas - Junior - Defender - Creighton  Ribas was a key part of a very solid Creighton backline that shutout a very potent Oregon State team 1-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the past four seasons. Freshman Lucan Stauffer scored the lone goal of the match for the Bluejays who improve to 15-3-2 and advance to host fellow Big East Conference member Xavier on Sunday, November 30 at Morrison Stadium. 
Scott Thomsen - Junior - Defender - Virginia  Thomsen assisted on Viginia's first two scores in their come from behind win over a good UNCW team. He made a nice move and served in a well played cross to help set up teammate Sam Hayward's momentum setting goal just prior to the end of the first stanza of play and contributed an assist on Jake Rozhansky's goal. The Cavaliers win 3-1 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Notre Dame.  
Billy Heavner - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - UMBC Heavner was outstanding between the pipes this week for UMBC. He anchored a Retriever defense that shutout Wake Forest 0-0 and then advanced 3-2 in penalty kicks. He also came up with the saves that he needed to make to enable the Retrievers to shutout number four seeded Maryland 1-0.  UMBC improves to 13-5-4 and is now unbeatern in their last eight games. The Retrievers advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program.  

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 16, 2015

Gerald Ben - Junior - Forward - Oakland Ben controlled a loose ball in the the box and drove it into the back of the net with thirty-five ticks remaining on the clock in the second overtime period to lead Oakland past Cleveland State 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Horizon League Tourney.  He also assisted on Joey Tinnion's goal and converted a penalty kick to help the Golden Grizzlies top Wright State 2-1 to claim the Horizon League Championship.
Alex Adelabu - Senior - Forward - Dartmouth  Adelabu scored twice to help power the Big Green past Brown 3-0 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney. HIs first goal came after he posted up in the box and received a pass from teammate Tyler Dowse. Adelabu's second goal was a header coming out of a free kick. He also assisted on teammate Tommy Johnson's goal. Dartmouth is 11-4-2 overall.     
Jabari Danzy - RS Junior - Midfielder - SIUE Danzy scored what proved to be the game winning goal after receiving a cross from defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin in SIUE's 2-1 win over Bradley in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. He also netted the game winning goal in the championship game when he finished a header in the 108th minute of play with Kendall-Moullin again providing the assist to propel the Cougars past Missouri State 1-0. 
Paul Clowes - Junior - Midfielder - Clemson Clemson advanced past Wake Forest and Notre Dame in penalty kicks and defeated Louisville 2-0 in double overtime to win the ACC Tournament Championship. Clowes assisted on teammate Bobby Belair's goal in the contest with Notre Dame and scored with three seconds remaining in regulation in the match with Louisville to send the game into overtime where Ara Amirkhanian netted the game winner. The ACC Championship is Clemson's first since the 2001 season. 
Gregg Hauck - RS Freshman - Midfielder - UMBC  The defensive midfielder scored from twenty-two yards out in UMBC's 3-1 win over Vermont in the semifinals of the America East Conference Tournament. In addition, his well played chip shot from eighteen yards out proved to be the game winner in UMBC's 2-1 win over Hartford in the championship match. The Retrievers improve to 12-5-3 and have now won three consecutive America East Titles. 
Sebastiaan Blickman - Sophomore - Midfiedler - Bucknell Number five seeded Bucknell topped number four seeded Lehigh 4-0, advanced past number two seeded Navy in penalty kicks, and defeated number one seeded Boston University 3-2 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney. Blickmank scored both goals in the win over Boston University. Coach Brendan Nash stated, "Sebastiaan came up big." 
Jannik Loebe - Freshman - Midfielder - Fordham  Number six seeded Fordham advanced past number three seeded VCU in penalty kicks, defeated number two seeded Saint Louis 2-1, and topped number one seeded Rhode Island 1-0 to secure the program's second-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. Loebe netted the game winning goals in the contests with Saint Louis and Rhode Island. 
Andy Cormack - Senior - Defender - St. Francis Brooklyn Cormack came up big once again for the Terries when he placed a shot into the top left corner out of a free kick from twenty yards out in the 94th minute of play to enable St. Francis Brooklyn to top the Red Flash from Saint Francis University 2-1 in the championship match of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Terriers advanced to the championship match by defeating Bryant 2-0 with Vincent Bezecourt scoring both goals. 
Will Suedois - Sophomore - Defender - FGCU Suedois was part of a solid FGCU backline that shutout Northern Kentucky 2-0 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. He also netted the lone goal in the championship match against North Florida when he pushed forward from his right back position and utilized his left foot to place a shot into the back of the net from eighteen yards out. FGCU earns a berth in the NCAA Tourney for the third time in the past four season. 
David Macsicza - Junior - Defender - Old Dominion  Macsicza and his ODU teammates had a productive week of play topping New Mexico 2-1, Charlotte 2-1 and South Carolina 2-1 to claim the Conference USA Championship. Macsicza was solid on the defensive side of the ball and contributed a goal in the win over Charlotte and assisted on teammate Geoffrey Hill's goal in the victory over South Carolina. 
Daniel Simpson - RS Senior - Defender - James Madison Simpson was at the heart of a very solid James Madison backline that shutout number three seeded Hofstra 2-0, number two seeded UNCW 2-0 and number one seeded Delaware 1-0 to claim the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship. The championship is the Dukes first since the 2001 season. Simpson was named the MVP of the CAA Tournament. 
Jeff Salt - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Cal State Fullerton Salt was superb between the pipes for the Titans who shutout UC Riverside 3-0 and advanced past UC Irvine in penalty kicks after the contest was knotted at 0-0 at the end of regulation and overtime.  In the contest with UC Riverside he had six saves including a key stop of a penalty kick. In the match with UC Irvine Salt had four saves and made two saves in the penalty kick shootout. The Titans win their first Big West Conference Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2000.  

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 9, 2014

Robert Kristo - Senior - Forward - Saint Louis  Kristo is a finisher who has been coming up with big plays for Saint Louis since arriving on campus in 2011. His eleventh goal of the 2014 season and 38th carrear score was a blast to the far post out of a free kick that gave Saint Louis the edge they needed to secure a 1-0 win over VCU at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. The Billikens improve to 12-3-2 overall with a 5-1-2 mark in A-10 play. 
Tyler Miguel - Sophomore - Forward - UC Riverside Miguel's first two goals of the 2014 season were big ones for the Highlanders. The opportunistic sophomore found the back of the net twice to provide the offense UC Riverside needed to top UC Irvine 2-0 on the road to secure the Big West South Division regular season title. Miguel alertly took advantage of a turnover in the box to net his first goal. He also netted the insurance goal from within the box after receiving a pass from teammate Philipp Dominique. 
Cameron Porter - Senior - Forward - Princeton Porter is a goal scoring machine. This week he drove a shot into the top left corner from fifteen yards out to help Princeton top American in a non-conference matchup. He also scored and contributed an assist to help power the Tigers past Penn 3-2 in an Ivy League contest. Porter has thirteen goals so far this year and three assists. Princeton improves to 10-3-3 with a 4-1-1 mark in conference play.   
Jordan Jones - Freshman - Forward - Oregon State Big plays create big wins. Jones took advantage of the scoring opportunities that came his way netting two key goals to help Oregon State upset California once again this year. Jones finished a header after receiving a cross with a double assist on the play credited to Brenden Anderson and Devonte Small. Jones also sent a strike into the bottom left corner of the frame from the top of the box in the 4-3 victory over California. Another freshman, Timmy Mueller provided the game winning goal for the Beavers.   
Zach Batteer - Senior - Forward - Stanford Batteer was a difference maker in Stanford's 2-0 win over California. He converted a header served into the center of the box by Austin Meyer and displayed both hustle and skill when he contributed the assist on teammate Jordan Morris' goal. Batteer has four goals this year and twenty career goals to date. The Cardinal also defeated Oregon State 2-1 to improve to 12-2-3 overall with a 5-1-3 mark in Pac-12 play. 
Lucas Diniz - Junior - Midfielder - Stetson Diniz scored twice to lead the Hatters past FAU 4-0 in a non-conference contest to close out regular season play with an 8-6-2 overall record and a 4-2-0 mark in A-Sun conference play. His first goal came from within the box after receiving a cross from teammate Jeppe Moe. Diniz's second score came out of a corner kick with Moe again contributing the assist. Diniz has scored seven goals and contributed nine assists so far this year.  
Mael Corboz - Junior - Midfielder - Maryland Corboz opened the scoring for the Terps off an assist from Alex Shinsky as Maryland closed out regular season play with a 3-2 win over Rutgers to secure the regular season Big Ten Title in their inaugural year as a member of the conference. He also converted a penalty kick in Maryland's 2-0 win over Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tourney. The Terps now advance to play Michigan State. 
Patrick Hodan - Junior - Midfielder - Notre Dame Hodan provided the assist out of a corner kick on teammate Brandon Aubrey's goal and scored unassisted from sixteen yards out to help the Irish topple Virginia 3-0 in a quarterfinal match in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Notre Dame improves to 11-4-3 and advances to face the Clemson Tigers.
Ken Krolicki - Freshman - Midfielder - Michigan State  Krolicki scored twice to lead the Spartans past Indiana 3-2. His first score was a bullet from twenty-five yards out with an assist from midfielder Dewey Lewis. Krolicki's second goal came from twelve yards out after he made a nice move in the box to create the angle he needed to find the back of the net.  Michigan State also topped Penn State 1-0 with senior forward Tim Kreutz driving a clean one-timer into the back of the net for the game winner.    
Vincent Keller - Junior - Defender - Creighton The Bluejay co-captain played a key role on both sides of the ball in Creighton's 3-0 win over Providence to secure the Big East regular season title and the number one seed in the conference tourney.  Keller scored what proved to be the insurance goal with an assist from Fabian Herbers and was part of a very solid Bluejay defensive effort. Creighton improves to 14-2-2 with a 7-1-1 record in Big East play.    
Jordi Lluch - Junior - Defender - Winthrop  Lluch was at the heart of a Winthrop defense that shutout Radford 1-0 on the road in a Big South Conference match. The Eagle center back anchored a stout defense that limited Radford to just four shots. Winthrop finished regular season play with a 12-4-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in conference play. The Eagles recorded their first twelve win season since the 2008 campaign.  
Nils Leifhelm - Freshman - Goalkeeper - Rhode Island Leifhelm had twelve saves that included a key stop of a penalty kick to play a huge role in Rhode Island's 1-0 win over Duquesne. The Rams improve to 11-4-3 overall and finish regular season Atlantic 10 play with a 7-1-0 record to earn their first regular season title since 2005. Leifhelm finished regualr season play with eight shutouts while anchoring a defense that only allowed a total of four goals in conference play.  

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 2, 2014

Andy Craven - Senior - Forward - North Carolina  Craven earns another spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week after recording a hat trick to lead the Tar Heels past Georgia Southern 6-2. The trifecta increased Craven's goal total year to date to eleven. Craven's first goal was set up when he made a nice run and received a text book cross from teammate Alex Olofson. His second score came from eight yards out when he alertly sent a deflection into the net. His third score came from fifteen yards out after he made a nice move to create the space needed to finish.   
Nick DePuy - Sophomore - Forward - UCSB

DePuy netted the lone goal of the contest in overtime after receiving a cross from Ismaila Jome to give a very focused UC Santa Barbara side the edge they needed to defeat UC Davis 1-0.  He also scored from fifteen yards out and drove a header into the back of the frame from ten yards out with Ludwig Ahl providing the assist on both goals to help power the Gauchos past Cal Poly on the road before a sold out crowd at Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo. 

Andy Bevin - Senior - Forward - West Virginia  Bevin had another very productive week of play in which he played a key role in two Mountaineer wins. He contributed the assist out of a free kick on teammate Mike Desiderio's game winning goal in West Virginia's 1-0 win over Penn. He also netted a hat trick to lead the Mountaineers past Buffalo 3-0. West Virginia is now 10-6-1 overall with a 2-1-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. 
Brandt Bronico - Sophomore - Midfielder - Charlotte Bronico scored the lone goal in Charlotte's 1-0 win over Wake Forest and also netted what proved to be the game winning goal with an assist from Monbo Bokar in Charlotte's 4-1 victory over Florida Atlantic. The 49ers continue to play well on both sides of the ball and improve to 13-2-1 overall with a 5-1-1 mark in CUSA action. 
Adam Najem - Sophomore - Midfielder - Akron Najem played a key role in two Akron wins. He contributed a hat trick to lead the Zips past Cleveland State 5-0 in a non-conference contest and converted a crucial penalty kick in Akrons's 2-1 win over Northern Illinois in an MAC matchup. Najem has scored ten goals to date including four game winners. The Zips improve to 10-5-1 with a 3-1-0 mark in MAC play.  
Jamie Dell - Senior - Midfielder - UNCW Dell has had a banner season for the Seahawks. He became the first UNCW player since 2005 to score ten goals in a single season when he found the back twice to lead the Seahawks past Drexel 3-0. His first goal came when he skillfully placed a shot just inside the near post after receiving a chip pass from junior forward Colin Bonner. His second score came out of a breakaway that was also set up by Bonner. UNCW improves to 12-3-2 with a 5-2-1 mark in CAA play. 
Colin McAtee - RS Junior - Midfielder - Michigan McAtee contributed a goal and an assist to help power the Wolverines past a good Oakland team 3-1. He also netted what proved to be the game winning goal off an assist from Ahinga Selemani to propel Michigan past Big Ten rival Michigan State 3-2 on the road to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy. McAtee has scored a total of eight goals so far this year. The Maize and Blue improve to 6-7-3 with a 3-2-2 mark in Big Ten play. 
Michael DiCesare - Senior - Midfielder - UMBC  DiCesare, a reserve midfielder, took advantage of the opportunity he was afforded on senior night and netted three goals to lead UMBC past Vermont 5-1. His first goal came from close range when he sloted a shot inside the near post after receiving a pass from Michael Scott. His second goal was from six yards out after receiving a well played ball from Kay Banjo. His third score came when he controlled and then sent a rebound of teammate Marquez Fernandez's shot into the back of the net to secure a hat trick.  
Corey Baird - Freshman - Midfielder - Stanford Baird and his teammates took to the road to secure a tie and a win in Pac-12 play. Baird scored twice in Stanford's 2-2 tie with UCLA. He recovered the rebound of Bobby Edwards' shot and skillfully slotted it back into the back of the net. He also sent a volley to the near post with Edwards and Zach Batteer combining for the assist. The Cardinal also defeated San Diego State 1-0 with redshirt senior Austin Meyer netting the game winner to improve to 10-2-3 overall with a 3-1-3 mark in Pac-12 play.     
Sergio Campbell - Senior - Defender - Connecticut Campbell anchored a stout Connecticut defense that shutout Ivy League foe Yale 1-0 in overtime and shutout American Athletic Conference opponent South Florida 1-0 to improve to 9-6-2 overall with a 6-1-1 marke in conference play. The win over South Florida avenged an earlier season loss to the Bulls and gave the revitalized Huskies the top seed in the upcoming American Athletic Conference Tournament.   
Phanuel Kavita - Senior - Defender - Clemson  Kavita was an important part of a very solid Clemson Tiger defense that shutout South Florida 3-0 and North Carolina State 2-0. Kavita also converted a penalty kick in the win over South Florida. A hot Clemson team is 5-0-1 in their last six contests to improve to 10-6-1 overall with a 5-2-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference action.  
Borga Angoitia - Senior - Goalkeeper - Quinnipiac Angoitia continues to be a force between the pipes for the Bobcats. He had five saves in goal to anchor a Quinnipiac defense that shutout Siena 2-0. In that contest he also was credited with the assist on teammate Machel Baker's insurance goal. He also had eight saves in goal as the Bobcats topped Iona 2-1 to secure the regular season MAAC title. Angoitia's play in goal is among the reasons that Quinnipiac is undefeated in their last eleven contests with a 9-4-4 overall record and 6-0-3 mark in conference play.