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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending August 29, 2021

the college soccer news team of the week recognizes key performers during the first week of the 2021 season.

Tommy Mihalic – Freshman – Forward – Indiana – Mihalic hit the ground running in his first contest as a Hoosier. Mihalic utilized his quickness and touch on the ball to create the angle and space within the box that he needed to slip a shot into the back of the frame from ten yards out. He also alertly followed up the rebound of his missed penalty kick and sent it into the back of the net to play a key role in Indiana’s come from behind 3-2 win over Indiana. Hoosier junior midfielder Ben Yeagley scored the game winning goal in overtime when he decisively collected a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box and cleanly drove it back into the net. Indiana hosts Butler on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
Rene White – Senior – Forward – NJIT – White scored twice and contributed the assist on Jose Escandon’s goal in NJIT’s 4-1 season opening win over Fairleigh Dickinson. He also converted a penalty kick in NJIT’s 2-2 tie with Rider. White now has forty career goals and 87 career points.
Isaiah Reid – Junior – Forward – Clemson – Reid scored off a text book give and go with James Brighton and one touch finish in Clemson’s 2-1 come from behind win over St. John’s. He followed that match up with a two goal evening to help the Tigers top USC Upstate 5-0. Clemson hosts in-state rival South Carolina on Friday.
Declan McGlynn – Junior – Forward – Seattle – McGlynn curled a shot in the upper left-hand corner of the net to to score what proved to be the difference maker in Seattle University’s 1-0 season opening win over Cal State Fullerton. He also made the run he needed to make to be at the right place at the right time on the back post to score in the Redhawks 3-1 win over UC Davis. McGlynn’s goal was set up by a double assist from Levonte Johnson and Noe Meza. Seattle is 2-0-0 and will travel east to face Charlotte on Thursday.
Tola Showunmi – Senior – Forward – New Hampshire – Showunmi contributed the game-winning goal in New Hampshire’s season opening 2-0 victory over Boston University. He also scored to give New Hampshire the edge they needed to top Colgate 1-0 before a record crowd of 3,317 at Wildcat Stadium. New Hampshire will host Providence on Friday.
Jerome Jolly – Sophomore – Midfielder – Xavier – Jolly was a difference maker on the offensive side of the ball for the Musketeers. He scored the lone goal of the contest out of a corner kick to give Xavier the boost they needed to top Eastern Illinois 1-0 in the Musketeers season opener. He also contributed the game-winning goal in Xavier’s 3-1 win over IUPUI. Xavier now travels to Bloomington where they will face Ohio State on Friday in the annual IU Credit Union Classic.
Gabriel Costa – Senior – Midfielder – SMU – Costa erupted for two goals within a fifteen second span to give the Mustangs a huge 3-1 season opening come from behind win over Stanford. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal by heading a deflected penalty kick and added a highlight reel goal from the midfield line that sailed over the Cardinal keeper into the back of the frame. It was a solid step forward and momentum builder for an SMU team that seeks to get back on track after a disappointing 2020 season. The Mustangs will host Houston Baptist on Thursday.
Lucas Meek – Redshirt Junior – Midfielder – Washington – Meek contributed the assist on teammate Dylan Teves’ golden goal in Washington’s come from behind win over a determined UC Davis team. He followed that match up by contributing the assist on the goals scored by teammates Nick Scardina and Michael Rojas in Washington’s 4-0 win over Cal State Fullerton. Meek also scored in the win over Cal State Fullerton after making a nice run at speed off the dribble down the right flank and skillfully chipping a shot into the back of the net. Washington will seek to remain in the win column when they host a good Grand Canyon side on Friday.
Veljko Petkovic – Junior – Midfielder – Pittsburgh – Petkovic scored twice in Pitts 7-0 season opening win over Duquesne. Luke Mort assisted on both goals. Petkovic also assisted on the goals scored by teammates Arturo Ordonez and Valentin Noel. It was Petkovic’s fourth career multi-goal evening.
Philip Hildebrandt – Junior – Defender – FIU – Hildebrandt was a difference maker on both sides of the ball for FIU. He was part of an FIU defense that shutout UCF in Orlando 4-0 in the Panther’s season opener. In that contest he contributed an assist on the goal scored by teammate freshman forward Bernardo Dos Santo Monteiro. He also effectively pushed into space along the right flank and sent a looping ball just inside the far post to give the Panthers the edge they needed to top in-state rival FGCU in overtime in a physical contest.
Sivert Haugli – Senior – Defender – Virginia Tech – Haugli scored out of a corner kick served in by Danny Flores and converted a penalty kick that resulted from a handball in the box to play a key role in Virginia Tech’s come from behind 3-2 win over defending national champion Marshall. Virginia Tech tied Kansas City 2-2 in their season opener. The Hokies return to the pitch on Friday against UCF.
Zeron Sewell – Senior – Defender – VCU – Sewell put in two full ninety minute shifts for a tenacious VCU defense. The Rams shutout Wake Forest 2-0 despite having to play a man down for 21 minutes. Sewell was also a key ingredient along with senior goalkeeper Mario Sequeira who had a career-high 13 saves in a hard fought 1-1 tie with North Carolina in Chapel Hill. VCU now travels south to Miami where they will tangle with an FIU team on Saturday that opened the season with two wins.
Eoin Gawronski – Redshirt Freshman – Goalkeeper – Temple – Gawronski took care of business between the pipes for Temple with a six brilliant six save evening that included a game-saving stop on a penalty kick in Temple’s 0-0 tie with Seton Hall in South Orange. He had a three save match including another stop of a penalty kick in overtime in Temple’s subsequent 0-0 tie with Rutgers in Piscataway. The Owls open the 2021 season with a 0-0-2 mark. Temple will seek to break into the win column when they host Manhattan on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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