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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending February 28, 2021

Difference Makers Came Through In The Clutch For Their Teams In A Very Competitive Week That Included Several Upsets.

Tony Pineda – Junior – Forward – West Virginia – Pineda was responsible for two of the Mountaineers goals in their season opening on the road 3-0 win over a good Charlotte team. West Virginia will host Northern Illinois on Saturday, March 6. The win was the first at West Virginia under the guidance of new head coach Dan Stratford.
MD Myers – Sophomore – Forward – High Point – Myers placed two in the back of the frame for the third consecutive contest for High Point. This week he scored both of the Panthers goals in their 2-1 win over Wofford. High Point improves to 3-0-0 with a tough contest on the road on Monday, March 1 against Liberty followed by a Big South matchup with Presbyterian on Sunday, March 7.
Dante Polvara – Sophomore – Forward – Georgetown – Polvara drove a header out of a corner kick served in by Aidan Rocha into the back of the net and converted a penalty kick as Georgetown returned to the pitch after a long absence to secure a 3-0 season opening win over Villanova University. The Hoyas host Big East member Seton Hall on Wednesday, March 3.
Alex Meinhard – Redshirt Freshman – Forward – Tulsa – Meinhard had a proficient two goal and one assist evening to play a big role in Tulsa’s 3-1 win over UCF. The Golden Hurricane improve to 2-0-0 and will seek to build on their success to date when they travel to Tampa to square off with American Athletic Conference foe South Florida on Saturday, March 6.
Nkusuwila Zula – Junior – Forward – UIC – Zulu scored twice to help the Flames come from a goal down to top IUPUI 2-1. UIC now set their sites on a match with Green Bay in Green Bay on Saturday, March 6. UIC improves to 3-0-1.
Noah Luescher – Senior – Midfielder – Binghamton – Luescher scored from close range out of a throw in with an assist from Michael Bush and drove a shot into the upper-left corner of the frame out of a free kick to power the Bearcats past Albany 2-1 in their season opener. Binghamton returns to the pitch on Friday, March 5 to face a good NJIT team.
Rory O’Driscoll – Sophomore – Midfielder – New Hampshire – O’Driscoll came through in the clutch scoring the game-winner in overtime in New Hampshire’s season opening 2-1 win over UMass Lowell. He also contributed the helper on senior defender Victor Menudier’s goal. New Hampshire will resume play when they host Northeastern on Saturday, March 6.
Lucas Meek – Redshirt Junior – Midfielder – Washington – Meek played a pivotal role in Washington’s 2-0 win over Pac-12 opponent California. He drew a foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick conversion by teammate Dylan Teves and added the insurance goal for Washington when he decisively sent a header into the back of the net after receiving a cross from Charlie Ostrem.
Idris Alabi – Redshirt Junior – Defender – Dixie State – Alabi scored twice to lead Dixie State past Incarnate Word 2-1. The win was Dixie State’s first ever win at the Division I level and their first victory as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Trailblazers will seek to keep the momentum alive when they host Seattle on Saturday, March 6.
Bryce Washington – Senior – Defender – Pittsburgh – Washington’s penalty kick proved to be the game-winner in Pitt’s 1-0 spring season opening win over Duquesne. He was also a key part of a solid Panther defensive effort. Pittsburgh improves to 8-1-0. The Panthers will tangle with North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 5.
Djibril Doumbia – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Old Dominion – Doumbia had a seven save evening in route to anchoring a Monarch defense that shutout William and Mary 1-0 in their season opener. ODU travels to Birmingham to face UAB on Saturday, March 6.
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