College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 2, 2016

Jon Gallagher - Junior - Forward - Notre Dame  Gallahger continues to play a key role in the Irish attack scoring twice to lead Notre Dame to a 2-0 win over Pitt. Gallagher has tallied a total of eight goals so far this season. Notre Dame improves to 8-1-0 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. 
Albert Ruiz - Junior - Forward - FGCU  In what will no doubt be one of the more unusual contests of the 2016 season, Ruiz exploded for three goals by the 9:02 mark of the contest as FGCU jumped out to what appeared to be an unsurmoutable 5-0 advantage. Rutgers responded with five goals of their own but FGCU added one more and prevailed 6-5. Ruiz has scored a total of eleven goals to date including two hat tricks. FGCU is among the hottest teams in the country having won seven straight to improve to 7-2-1.
Frederick Karman - GS - Forward - St. Mary's (Ca) Karman drove a rebound into the back of the net from close range and controlled a loose ball in the box and drove it into the back of the net in overtime to give the Gaels a 2-1 win over West Virginia in Morgantown. St. Mary's improves to 3-5-3 while West Virgina drops to 6-2-1.  
Frantzdy Pierrot - Junior - Forward - Coastal Carolina Pierrot netted the Chanticleers first goal in their 2-0 on the road win over the College of Charleston. He also scored twice including the game-winner to lead Coastal Carolina in a 3-2 come from behind win over Old Dominion. The Chanticleers gain momentum and imnprove to 4-4-1 overall. 
Ryan Sierakowski - Soph - Forward - Michigan State Sierakowski came up big twice this week for the Spartans netting the game-winning goals in their 1-0 win over Bowling Green and in thier 1-0 win over Ohio State in a Big Ten Conference game. All four of Sierakowski's goals this year have been game-winners. Michigan State improves to 7-2-0 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in conference play.  
Austin Dewing - Sophomore - Forward - Air Force Dewing scored twice to power the Falcons past Houston Baptist University 2-0. He also contributed an assist on teammate Klint Parker's goal in Air Force's 4-2 win over Incarnate Word. Dewing has recorded three two-goal games in Air Force's last five contests. The Falcons are 8-3-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in Western Athletic Confernce play. 
Ricky Chavez - Senior - Midfielder - UNCG Chavez placed a shot into the top corner of the net out of a free kick from twenty-five yards out in UNCG's 4-0 win over VMI and found the back of the net in overtime from twenty-five yards out to give the Spartans the edge they needed to top Furman 1-0. UNCG ups their record to 6-2-2 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in Southern Conference action. 
Chris Wehan - RS Senior - Midfielder - New Mexico Wehan scored twice in the first half of play to power the Lobos to a 4-1 win over FIU in a Conference USA contest. New Mexico is now 6-3-0 overall with a 1-1-0 mark in conference play.  
Mike Catalano - Junior - Midfielder - Wisconsin Catalano produced the insurance goal in Wisconsin's 2-0 win over Saint Louis and made a nice move through traffic to send a pass to teammate Sam Brotherton that Brotherton was able to blast into the back of the frame to give the Badgers the advantage they needed to top Rutgers 1-0 in a Big Ten contest.  Wisconsin is now 5-2-1 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in conference action. 
Jordan Wilson - Senior - Defender - Kentucky Wilson was at the heart of a solid Wildcat defense that shutout Charlotte 1-0. In addition his header in the 108th minute of play out of a corner kick served in by teammate Napo Matsoso was the difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in this crucial Conference USA matchup. Kentucky also tied Lipscomb 1-1 in a non-conference match. The Wildcats are now 6-2-2 overall with a 2-1-0 mark in conference contests.  
Matt Callahan - Senior - Defender - San Diego State The San Diego State co-captain was solid on both sides of the ball for the Aztecs in their 1-1 tie with Oregon State and their 1-0 win over Washington. Callahan was responsible for SDSU's lone goal in the draw with Oregon State. The Aztecs are 6-1-3 overall with a 1-0-1 mark in Pac-12 play. 
Scott Levene - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Connecticut Levene anchored a solid UConn defense that shutout Providence 1-0 and Tulsa 1-0 on the road. In the contest with Tulsa he had a five save evening that included a huge stop on a penalty kick. Connecticut has now won five straight to improve to 8-3-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.  


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - FGCU Forward Albert Ruiz - Week Ending October 2, 2016

Albert Ruiz  Junior  Forward  FGCU 

Ruiz has been a scoring machine for the high powered Eagle offense. He has placed the  ball in the back of the net a total of eleven times so far this year producing two hat tricks.

Last week, in what no doubt will be among the more unusual games of the 2016 season, Ruiz scored three goals from the run of play by the 9:02 mark in FGCU's contest with Rutgers to enable the Eagles to jump out to what appeared at the time to be an insurmountable 5-0 lead. However, the Scarlet Knights responded with five goals of their own to make a contest out of it and FGCU had to score one more time in order to depart New Jersey with a 6-5 victory. 

Ruiz is among the reasons why the Eagles, whose high octane offense has produced a total of thrty-one goals to date, have soared to win seven straight to improve to 7-2-1.

FGCU under the direction of head coach Bob Butehorn will travel to face FIU in Miami on Tuesday, October 4 and then tangle with Jacksonville in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 8.