College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 28, 2014

Ricardo Velazco - Junior - Forward - Louisville Velazco is a playmaker.  He skillfully placed a shot just inside the left post from ten yards out and assisted on Tim Kubel's game-winner to play a key role in Louisville's 2-1 on the road win over in-state rival Kentucky.  He also found the back of the net twice to help the Cardinals top ACC foe Pittsburgh 4-1.  Louisville has now won four straight to improve to 5-1-1.   
Brandon Allen - Junior - Forward - Georgetown Allen netted two second half goals to propel the Blue and Gray past Butler 2-0 in a Big East Conference match-up.  Allen's first goal came out of a penalty kick after he was fouled in the box. He netted the insurance goal out of a coutner attack with a nice assist from sophomore forward Alex Muyl.  Georgetown is 5-1-3 with a 1-0-0 mark in Big East play.  
Kieran Roberts - Freshman - Forward - Radford  Roberts had a very productive week of play.  He drove a header into the back of the net out of a set piece in the 97th minute of play to propel Radford past Appalachian State 1-0 in overtime. Freshman Fraser Colmer contributed the assist. Roberts also netted a hat trick to help power the Highlanders past Presbyterian 6-1 in a Big South Conference contest.  
Conor Maloney - Sophomore - Forward - Penn State  Maloney continues to make things happen on he offensive side of the ball for the Nittany Lions. He scored twice to lead Penn State past the Pen Quakers 6-2 and contributed the assist on teammate Brandon Savino's goal.  He also scored the lone goal in Penn State's Big Ten Conference win over Michigan.  Maloney has now found the back of the net seven times so far this season. Penn State improves to 8-0-1.   
Alan Reiter - Senior - Midfielder - Davidson Reiter sent a one-timer into the lower left corner of the net from eighteen yards out after receiving a well played ball from Maxi Pragnell in Davidson's 2-1 win over Virginia. He also decisively placed a header into the top left corner of the frame out of a corner kick served in by teammate Luke Blades to help the Wildcats top Campbell 3-1 to improve to 5-0-2. Davidson is off to its best start since 1982.  
Zev Taublieb - Senior - Midfielder - Valparaiso  The Crusader captain's first goal of the 2014 campaign was a big one. Taublieb alertly controlled a rebound and then redirected it into the back of the net in overtime to give Valpo the edge they needed to top Loyola 1-0.  He repeated that feat scoring Valpo's first goal in ther 2-1 win over Belmont in a Horizon League contest.  The Brown and Gold improve to 5-1-2 overall and are 1-0-0 in conference play.  
Magnus Thorsson - Junior - Midfielder - Winthrop Thorsson, who hails from Reykavik, Iceland, scored twice to lead the Eagles past a good ETSU team 4-2.  He also drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick served in by teammate Pol Sole to help Winthrop top Liberty 2-0.  The Eagles have won four straight to improve to 7-2-0.  
Drew Murphy - Sophomore - Defender - UC Santa Barbara Murphy was a factor on both sides of the ball in UCSB's 1-0 win over San Diego State and 4-1 win over Drake.  He assisted on Nick DePuy's game winner in the contest with San Diego State and contributed a goal and an assist in the win over Drake.  Freshman forward Ludwig Ahl also scored twice in the match with Drake. The Gauchos are now 4-3-1.    
Devin Morgan - Senior - Defender - Cornell   Morgan converted a picture perfect header coming out of a corner kick with teammate Conor Goepel alertly contributing the assist when he controlled a clearance and sent it back into the box.  The goal proved to be the difference in the Big Red's 1-0 win over Hartwick.  Morgan also produced what proved to be the game winning goal in Cornell's 5-0 thumping of Buffalo. Cornell is now 6-2-1 overall. 
Jacob VanCompernolle - Senior - Defender - UNCW The senior back from Dallas, Texas converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by senior midfielder Mateo Cardona and utilized his left foot to drive a shot into the right far post with an assist from Brayden Smith to give the Seahawks the edge they needed to top Duke 2-1. UNCW also defeated William and Mary on the road 1-0 with Cardona netting the game winner to up their record to 7-1-1.  
Patrick Wall - Graduate Student - Goalkeeper - Notre Dame The Irish netminder was rock solid in goal in Notre Dame's 2-0 win over highly regarded North Carolina.  He had six saves including several that fell within the exceptional category.  Bobby Clark stated, "Pat Wall does it every week.  He's like an extra coach in your back four."  Clark added, "There's no question he's one of the reasons we won the game against North Carolina.  He's a game-changer and that's what a good goalkeeper is about."  Notre Dame improves to 4-1-2.  

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 21, 2014

 Dominique Badji - Senior - Forward - Boston University  Badji drove a shot into the back of the goal after receiving a well played cross from teammate junior Richie Robinson and also provided the helper on freshman midfielder David Amirani's game winning goal to help propel Boston University past Northeastern 2-1.  He also scored twice to power the Terrier attack in their 2-2 tie with Princeton.  
Pat Flynn - Sophomore - Forward - Bowling Green  Flynn continues to come up with big plays for the Falcons.  His tenth goal of the year gave Bowling Green the edge they needed to top Michigan 1-0 in Ann Arbor. He followed that up with a two goal evening that included the game winner to lead BGSU past Eastern Illinois University 3-1 at Cochrane Field. The Falcons are 6-1-0 and have already matched their win total for the 2013 season.    
Som Essome - Sophomore - Forward - Virginia Tech  Essome was the catalyst on the offensvie side of the ball for the Hokies in their 2-0 win over Wake Forest.  He contributed the assists on the goals scored by Ricardo John and Niels Kirch.  The win was Virginia Tech's first over Wake Forest since joining the ACC. The Hokies also secured a 1-0 non-conference win over UNCG and are now 4-3-1 overall. 
Ethan Kutler - Sophomore - Midfielder - Colgate  Kutler had a five goal weekend.  He scored twice to help power Colgate to a 3-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson and notched a hat trick to lead the Raiders to a 3-1 victory over a very solid Siena team. Kutler has found the back of the net nine times so far this season.  Colgate improves to 3-3-1.  
Sean Davis - Senior - Midfielder - Duke Davis cureld a shot into the left side of the net out of a free kick from twenty-five yards out and assisted on freshman Cameron Moseley's game winner in Duke's 2-1 win over arch rival North Carolina before a full house at Koskinen Staduim in Durham.  
Leo Stolz - Senior - Midfielder - UCLA  Stolz skillfully controlled the ball then deftly placed a shot into the bottom left corner of the net from the 18 yard box to give the Bruins the edge they needed to top UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara.  The goal was Stoltz's third of the season to date. 
Jamie Dell - Senior - Midfielder - UNCW  Dell took advantage of the scoring opportunities that came his way finding the back of the net twice including the game winning goal in overtime to lead the Seahawks past ODU 2-1.  His first goal came out of a long throw in put in play by Jacob VanCompernolle.  Michael Mecham provided the assist on the game winner. UNCW also topped Campbell 1-0 with Colin Bonner netting the game winner. 
Zach Carroll - Junior - Defender - Michigan State  Carroll anchored a very solid and resilient Michigan State backline that shutout Maryland 1-0 in College Park in the 2014 Big Ten opener for both schools.   Jason Stacy netted the lone goal in the contest. The Spartan defense led by netminder Zach Bennett has now recorded five shutouts so far this year. The Spartans are now 4-1-1 overall.  
Marko Drljic - Senior - Defender - NJIT  Drljic and his NJIT teammates had a productive week topping LIU-Brooklyn 3-1 and upsetting nationally ranked Navy 1-0 to improve to 4-2-1.  Drljic alertly redireted a rebound of his own shot into the back of the net and assisted on teammate Jimmy Myers' goal in the win over LIU-Brooklyn. He also contributed the assist on Joshua Mercer's game winning goal in the win over Navy.  
Jack Alberts - RS Freshman - Defender - Marquette Alberts was in the right place at the right time for the Golden Eagles this week and came up with two big goals.  He converted a header from six yards out that was served in by sophomore Louis Bennett II in Marquette's 2-0 win over cross town rival Milwaukee before a capacity crowd at Valley Fields.  Alberts and Bennett teamed up again on an almost identical play with Alberts scoring on a header in Marquette's 2-0 win over a good NIU team. 
Callum Irving - Junior - Goalkeeper - Kentucky   Irving had another stellar week in goal for the Wildcats who shutout Xavier 1-0 and played Furman to a 0-0 scoreless tie.  In the contest with Furman, Irving had seven saves including several key stops at close range.  Kentucky has now recorded four straight shutouts and has not been scored upon in 414 minutes of play.   

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 14, 2014

Jamie Dubyoski - Junior - Forward - Navy  Dubyoski continues to make big plays for the Mids.  He scored the game-winning goal off a double assist from Derek Vogel and Brock Dubley in Navy's 2-1 win over highly regarded Maryland. He also drove a header into the back of the net in Navy's 3-1 win over CCSU and assisted on teammate Daniel Camuti's goal. The Mids improve to  3-1-1. 
Mason Robertson - Sophomore - Forward - Washington Robertson was at the heart of Washington's offense scoring twice in their 3 -1 win over UConn. HIs first goal came after he made a picture perfect move off the dribble to create the space he needed to drive a shot into the back of the frame. His second goal came out of a header after receiving a well played ball from Cristian Roldan.  He also assisted on one of teammate Darwin Jones' two goals in Washington's 3-1 win over Pennsylvania.   
Stefano Bonomo - Senior - Forward - California  Bonomo netted a hat trick and contributed an assist to lead the Golden Bears past Cleveland State 6-1.  California also topped Gonzaga 1-0 with freshman forward Jose Carrera-Garcia scoring the lone goal in the contest.  The Golden Bears have now won three straight after losing their season opener to improve to 3-1-0. 
Austin Meyer - RS Senior - Midfielder - Stanford  Meyer was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball in Stanford's 4-1 thumping of UC Santa Barbara.  His services out of set pieces played a part in three of the four Cardinal goals. Jeremy Gunn stated, "He's (Meyer) been working hard at it.  We had some fantastic deliveries tonight. Stanford improves to 3-1-0 year to date.  
Joe Dipre - Junior - Midfielder - Delaware Dipre netted what proved to be the game-winning goal when he drove a shot from thirty yards out that sailed just under the crossbar to give the Blue Hens a 3-2 come from behind win over Seton Hall.  He also netted the game-winning goal from fifteen yards with an assist from Nick DiRienzo to help power Delaware past St. Peter's 2-1.  The Blue Hens are 6-0-0.  
Devonte Small - Sophomore - Midfielder - Oregon State Small had a productive weekend of play in the Hensor/Zaher Nike Classic in Corvallis, Oregon. He netted the lone goal in Oregon State's 1-0 win over Siena with a double assist coming from Zach Striar and Khiry Shelton. He also alertly controlled a loose ball in the box and sent it into the back of the frame to help the Beavers top Duquesne 2-1 to up their record to 5-1-0.     
Garrett Halfhill - Senior - Midfielder - Xavier  Halfhill scored twice to help Xavier secure a 3-0 victory over crosstown rival Cincinnati 3-0 before a crowd of 2,178 fans at the XU Soccer Complex. Halfhill netted his first score with assists from Alex Ridsdale and Kyle Martin.  His second goal was a header out of a corner kick with a double assist from Will Walker and Martin.  Xavier has won three straight to improve to 3-2-0.   
Biko Bradnock-Brennan - Junior - Defender - Charlotte  Bradnock-Brennan, who is from Cork, Ireland, ancored a very effective and well organized Charlotte defense that recorded on the road shutouts against UNCG 2-0 and Winthrop 3-0. Bradnock-Brennan and 49er goalkeeper Austin Pack are a big part of a Charlotte defense that has allowed a total of only three goals to date. The 49ers improve to 3-1-0.   
Tyler David - Junior - Defender - Saint Louis  David's first career goal at Saint Louis was a big one.  His header out of a corner kick put in play by junior Marco Heskamp gave the Billikens the edge they needed to upset Louisville 1-0. David and fellow defender Anthony Manning were also part of a solid Saint Louis effort on both sides of the ball that resulted in a 3-1 win over Evansville.  The Billikens improve to 4-1-0.  
Liam Doyle - Junior - Defender - Ohio State Doyle was a difference maker for the Buckeyes on both sides of the ball in their 2-0 shutout win over Northwestern. Doyle converted a penalty kick and was a key part of a very well organized and solid Ohio State backline.  John Bluem stated, "We have a solid back four and Liam Doyle is a remendous player for us.  He has been the achor since he's arrived here and today we rallied around him."  The win was the first regular season win for Ohio State over Northwestern since the 2005 sesaon. 
Nico Campbell - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Valparaiso  Campell and his Crusader teammates picked up two solid wins this week. Campbell had a nine save evening in Valpo's 2-1 win in overtime agains Butler.  He also anchored a very solid Crusader defensive effort to play a key role in Valpo's on the road 1-0 upset win over Michigan State.  The win over the Spartans was Valpo's first ever win against a top ten ranked opponent.  
Callum Irving - Junior - Goalkeeper - Kentucky  Irving came up big for Kentucky making seven saves including several prime time stops that put his team in the position to upset Notre Dame 1-0 with freshman Stefan Stojkovic's contributing the game winning goal with just 25 ticks remaining in regulation. Irving also anchored a Kentucky defense that recorded a 2-0 shutout win over a good ETSU team. Kentucky gains a ton of momentum as they improve their record to 3-2-0. 

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 7, 2014

Reilly Maw - Sophomore - Forward - William and Mary  Maw placed a header into the lower left corner of the goal out of a corner kick and placed a shot into the upper ninety from the top of the box to lead the Tribe past Pittsburgh 4-0.  He also contributed an assist on both of the goals scored by teammate senior midfielder Chris Albiston.  William and Mary improves to 2-2-0.   
Andy Craven - Senior - Forward - North Carolina   Craven has returned to the pitch for the Tar Heels this year after missing the 2013 season due to injury and has hit the ground running. This week he alertly controlled the rebound of his own shot and sent it into the back of the net to give the Tar Heels the edge they needed to top a very good Old Dominion side.  He also scored unassisted to enable UNC to top an always tough VCU team 1-0. North Carolina improves to 3-1-0.  
Lewis Hawke - Sophomore - Forward - Furman  Hawke settled a ball played in out of a corner and drilled it into the back of the net in the 99th minute of play to give Furman a 2-1 win over North Florida.  He also scored in Furman's 5-0 win over Georgia State.  For his efforts he was named the MVP of the Gray Griffin Memorial Tournament.  The Paladins improve to 3-1-0,  
Sagi Lev-Ari - Senior - Forward - CSUN  Lev-Ari continues to be a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Matadors who picked up wins this week over UAB 2-0 and Tulsa 2-1 in overtime.  He scored off a throw-in from six yards out in the match with UAB and drove in the game winning goal in the 92nd minute in the contest with Tulsa.  Lev-Ari now has thrity-five career goals for the Matadors who improve to 2-2-0.  
David Olsen - Freshman -  Forward - San Diego State     Olsen converted a clutch penalty kick in the 87th minute of play to give the Aztec's a 2-1 win over Clemson.  He also scored twice including the game winning goal off an assist from Forrayah Bass to lead the Aztecs past Denver 4-3.  SDSU has now won three straight to improve to 3-1-0.  
Fredrik Borenstein - Freshman - Midfielder - Duquesne  Borenstein, who hails from Gjettum, Norway, had a productive weekend of play for the Dukes.  He collected a rebound out of a corner kick and returned it into the back of the net to help Duquesne top Binghamton 3-2 in the opening day of the Duquesne invitational. He also netted the game winning goal in the 105th minute of play to give Duquesne the edge they needed to top a good Bowling Green team 1-0.  
Wuilito Fernandes - Sophomore - Midfielder - UMass Lowell  Fernandes converted a header out of a corner kick served in by teammate Carlos Ruiz to help the River Hawks top St. Francis Brooklyn 3-1.  He also drove a shot into the far corner of the goal from the top of the box to lead UMass Lowell to a 2-0 win over LaSalle.  He was named the MVP of the Morgan Stanley Windjammer Classic.  The River Hawks improve to 2-2-0. 
Mahamoudou Kaba - Senior - Defender - South Carolina  The Gamecock center back converted a penalty kick and anchored a tough South Carolina defense along with backs Braeden Troyer, Reid Grayson, and Ive Burnett and goalkeeper Marco Velez that shutout Mercer 2-0.  South Carolina begins the season at 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2004 campaign. 
Conor Osborne - Senior - Defender - American   Osborne was productive on both sides of the ball as American made their presence known at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque.  The Eagles upset UCLA 2-1 on sophomore forward Dale Ludwig's golden goal in overtime and topped UC Riverside 1-0 with Michael Cherry netting the game winner and Osborne providing the assist.  American is now 3-1-0.  
John Pothast - RS Sophomore - Defender - Marquette  The Marquette center back was as key part of a very solid Golden Eagle defensive effort that enabled Marquette to shutout Gonzaga 2-0 and to shutout Oregon State 1-0.  He contributed an assist on Alex McBride's goal in the contest with Gonzaga. The Golden Eagles bounce back to secure two wins to improve to 2-2-0.   
Alex Bono - Junior - Goalkeeper - Syracuse  Bono continues to be a difference maker between the pipes for Syracuse.  He anchors an Orange defense that has recorded four shutouts to date.  This week the Orange topped Rutgers 1-0 and St. John's 1-0 to improve to 4-0-0.  Ian McIntyre stated, "He's (Bono) really that calming presence for us, it's nice to know that when we need him, he'll make the fantistic save and he's done that the past two games."