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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending April 11, 2021

The College Soccer News National Team Of The Week Recognizes Impact Players On Both Sides Of The Ball From Coast To Coast Who Came Through In The Clutch For Their Teams.

Gino Vivi – SophomoreForward UCF – Vivo helped the Knights secure the top seed in the upcoming American Athletic Conference Tournament by scoring twice in UCF’s 3-0 win on the road over Memphis. Anderson Rosa contributed the assist on Vivi’s first goal and Josiah Ramirez added the helper on the second. UCF wins their sixth consecutive match to improve to 7-3-0.
Alexander Dexter – SeniorForward Pittsburgh – Dexter scored out of a corner kick in just the fourth minute of play with a double assist from Raphael Crivello and Veljko Petkovic. Dexter also contributed the assist on the goals scored by forward Luke Peperak and midfielder Filip Mirkovic in Pitt’s 5-0 win over Virginia. The Panthers are now 13-2-0 and earn the program’s first ever ACC Coastal Division championship.
Sebastian Chalbaud – Junior – Forward – High Point – Chalbaud made a nice move off the dribble to create the space and the angle he needed to drive a shot into the top corner of the goal and scored with a nice helper from junior midfielder Alex Abril to propel HPU past UNC Ashville 5-1. The Panthers close out Big South regular season play with a 10-1-0 overall record and 8-0-0 mark in conference play.
Danny Bloyou – Junior – Forward – Penn State – Bloyou alertly sent a rebound into the back of the net, assisted on freshman Tyger Evans’ goal and sent a blast into the back of the frame from six yards out to lead Penn State past Ohio State 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions advance to the semifinals where they will host Michigan on Wednesday, April 14.
Victor Bezerra – Sophomore – Forward – Indiana – Bezerra played a key role in IU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern. He converted a penalty kick that was created when Herbert Endeley was fouled in the box and skillfully slotted a shot into the back of the frame that was set up by a heads up play and pass from junior midfielder Joe Schmidt. Indiana improves to 8-1-0 and advances to host Maryland in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tourney on Wednesday, April 14.
Billy Hency – Junior – Midfielder – Loyola Chicago – Hency is a playmaker who makes good things happen for the Ramblers. This week he drove a volley into the back of the net from just inside the 18-yard box and added the helper on Andrew Schweinert’s goal to play a key role in Loyola Chicago’s 2-0 on the road win over previously undefeated Missouri State. The Ramblers secure a momentum building win to up their record to 6-3-2 with a 5-2-1 mark in MVC play.
Amir Cohen – Sophomore – Midfielder – Temple – Cohen netted the game-winning goal in overtime out of a counterattack to give the Owls a hard fought 3-2 win over Temple in an AAC matchup. He also converted a penalty kick in the Owls 2-1 win in Dallas over SMU. Temple improves to 5-4-1 and will face Tulsa in the first round of the AAC tournament on Thursday, April 15.
Jack Haywood – Junior – Midfielder – Butler – Haywood contributed the game-winning goal in Butlers 3-2 come from behind win over Big East foe Creighton and provided an assist on the goals scored by teammates Jack Streberger and Ethan King. Butler finishes the spring season with a 4-6-2 overall record and 4-2-2 mark in conference play.
Noel Caliskan – Sophomore – Midfielder – Loyola Marymount – Caliskan scored the game-winning goal for the Lions out of a breakaway in the 89th minute of the match with senior forward Duhaney Williams contributing the helper. He also scored in the 90th minute of play in LMU’s 3-1 on the road win over WCC foe Saint Mary’s. Junior forward Ronaldo Brown scored LMU’s first goal. The Lions secure the WCC championship for the first time since 2013.
Ethan Manheim – Redshirt Freshman – Defender – VCU – Manheim had a very productive week for the Rams. He directed a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by senior Toranosuke Abe in VCU’s 2-1 win over George Washington and scored after receiving a cross from from freshman midfielder William Hitchcock to help the Rams defeat George Mason 2-0. VCU closes out the regular season with a 4-3-2 overall record and 3-2-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.
Joe Hafferty – Senior – Defender – Oregon State – Hafferty, a four-year starter, was part of a bend but don’t break Oregon State defense that did what they needed to do to contain a very good Stanford team in route to a 3-2 win at Lorenz Field in Corvallis. The Beavers secure a resume building win over the Cardinal and improve their record to 8-4-0 with a 5-4-0 mark in Pac-12 play.
Scott Gulden – Junior – Defender – Lipscomb – Gulden assisted on the goals scored by defender Hayes Wood and forward Honore Kalala and was a solid contributor on the defensive side of the ball helping Lipscomb top Liberty 2-0 in a quarterfinal match in the ASUN Tournament. The Bisons improve to 6-4-2 and advance to the ASUN semifinals where they will face Jacksonville on Thursday, April 15.
Kendall Burks – Junior – DefenderWashington – Burks came up big for the Huskies when he decisively converted headers out of corner kicks in the 13th and 16th minutes of play to pave the way for a 5-1 win over UCLA. Dylan Teves contributed the assist on the first goal. Charlie Osterm was responsible for the assist on Burks second header. Washington improves to 10-2-0 and will face Stanford on the road next Saturday with the Pac-12 title on the line.
TJ Bush – Redshirt Senior – Goalkeeper – James Madison – Bush who hails from Herndon, Virginia recorded seven saves in goal to anchor a very solid JMU defense that shutout UNCW 2-0. Bush now has 29 career shutouts. James Madison improves to 5-0-1 with a 4-0-0 mark in Colonial Athletic Conference action.
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