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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending May 2, 2021

Playmakers Come Through In The Clutch To Help Their Teams Survive And Advance To The Third Round Of The NCAA Tournament. Close Contests Were The Norm During The Second Round.

El Mahdi Youssoufi – Junior – Forward – Saint Francis Brooklyn – Youssoufi scored from fifteen yards out in the 89th minute of play to tie St. Francis Brooklyn with Milwaukee and send the contest into overtime where Ivan Tapuskovic contributed the game-winning goal to give the Terriers a 2-1 win and their first appearance in the second round since 1978. Youssoufi also scored in the Terriers second round contest with Indiana during which Saint Francis Brooklyn gave the Hoosiers all they could handle before falling in a contest that required a penalty kick shootout to determine who prevailed after it was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of 110 minutes. The Terriers end the season with a 6-1-3 record.
Jacob Labovitz – Senior – Forward – Virginia Tech – Labovitz who is from Great Falls, Virginia converted two headers including the golden goal in overtime to help power the Hokies past a very good Oregon State team 2-1. Senior forward Kristo Strickler contributed the helper on the first goal. Junior Chris Little provided the helper on the second. Virginia Tech improves to 7-6-3 and advances to face number six seed Seton Hall in the third round of play on Thursday, May 6.
David Coly – Junior – Forward – American University – Coly placed a chip shot into the back of the net from outside the box after receiving a pass from midfielder Kyle Hellmann to help the Eagles advance past Jacksonville in a first round contest that was ultimately decided by a penalty kick shootout after it was tied 3-3 at the end of 110 minutes of play. He also one-timed a shot from within the box into the back of the frame in the 4th minute of play in a second round contests against Clemson to extend his scoring streak to six consecutive contests. American played well and held the lead for fifty minutes but eventually fell to number one seed Clemson 2-1 to conclude their season with a 5-2-2 record.
Milo Yosef – Redshirt Sophomore – Forward Marshall – Yosef scored twice for Marshall including the golden goal in overtime to propel The Thundering Herd into the third round of play with a 2-1 win in overtime against a game Fordham team. Junior midfielder Victor Dias contributed the helper on Yosef’s first goal. Yosef netted the game-winning goal in the 97th minute of the match after receiving a cross from senior forward Jamil Roberts. Marshall improves to 10-2-2 and survives and advances to face number one seed Clemson on Thursday, May 6.
Jon Koka – Sophomore – Forward – Missouri State – When Maryland forward Eric Matzelevich scored in the 84th minute of play it looked like Missouri State was headed for defeat. However Koka decided otherwise with two goals in the final five minutes of the match to enabled Missouri State to defeat Maryland 2-1. The Bears advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history where they will face Washington. Jesus Barea assisted on Kola’s first goal. Kola’s second goal came out of a quick counter attack.
Hugo Kametani – Junior – Forward – Omaha – Kamentani scored twice including what proved to be the game-winning goal to give Omaha the edge they needed to top a good UNCG team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The win was Omaha’s first in NCAA Tournament play. Omaha’s run in the tourney then came to an end when they fell to Stanford 1-0 in a game that was decided in overtime. Omaha ends a very productive season that they no doubt hope to build on with all of their starters slated to return.
Omar Hernandez – Sophomore – Midfielder – Wake Forest – Hernandez sent a curving ball into the back of the frame from outside the 18-yard box to give the Demon Deacons an early lead and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal three minutes into the second stanza when he utilized his left foot to bend a ball into the upper left corner of the goal. Wake Forest tops a good Coastal Carolina team 3-2 at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem to advance to the third round where they will tangle with Kentucky on Thursday in Cary, North Carolina.
Peter Mangione – Freshman – Midfielder – Penn State – Mangione is a playmaker. He contributed an assist on the goals scored by Alex Stevenson, Seth Kuhn and Tyger Evans to play a pivotal role in Penn State’s 4-1 win over Massachusetts. The Nittany Lions improved to 9-2-1 and punched their ticket to the third round of the NCAA Tourney where they will face number eight seed Georgetown in what promises to be an excellent college soccer game.
Zach Riviere – Junior – Midfielder – Georgetown – Riviere who is from Piscataway, New Jersey had a very productive evening converting a header played in by teammate Chris Hegardt and contributing an assist on Hegardt’s subsequent goal to help power the Hoyas past a very competitive High Point team 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown improves to 9-1-2 and advances to face Penn State on Thursday at WakeMed Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Bailey Rouse – Senior – Midfielder – Kentucky – Rouse contributed on both sides of the ball in Kentucky’s 2-0 win over New Hampshire. He headed in what proved to be the game-winning goal after receiving a cross from junior defender Trey Asensio and was part of a bend but don’t break Kentucky defense anchored by goalkeeper Enrique Facussee that limited a very competitive New Hampshire team to only three shots on goal. The Wildcats improve to 12-4-2 and advance to play a very good Wake Forest team on Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen.
Ryan Sailor – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Washington – Sailor drove a header into the back of the net served in by defender Charlie Ostrem to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in Washington’s 2-0 win over a very good Grand Canyon team. The helper was Ostrem’s 11th of the season. Sailor was also a part of a rock solid Washington defense that held Grand Canyon to a total of seven shots with only one being on goal. The Huskies improve to 11-3-0 and secure a spot in the Sweet Sixteen where they will play Missouri State.
Alec Smir – Junior – Goalkeeper – North Carolina – UNC advanced past Charlotte 4-1 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of 110 minutes of play. Smir came up big for the Tar Heels with two huge stops in the shootout. Things don’t get any easier for North Carolina who will face Stanford in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina is 7-4-4.
Chandler Hallwood – Redshirt Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Marquette – Hallwood had a seven save evening to anchor a solid Marquette defensive effort that enabled the Golden Eagles to advance past a very good LMU side 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was scoreless at the end of 110 minutes of play. Hallwood also had a huge stop in the penalty kick shootout. Marquette advances to the third round of play with another tough game against Indiana next on their dance card.

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