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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending May 9, 2021.

The Final Spring Season Team Of The Week Spotlights The Performance of Individuals Who Came Through In The Clutch As Teams Battled In The Sweet Sixteen To Secure A Spot In The Elite Eight On Monday In The 2020-2021 NCAA Tournament.

Maouloune Goumballe – Sophomore – Forward – Indiana – Goumballe scored from inside the box to provide what proved to be the game-winning goal in Indiana’s 2-1 come from behind win over a very competitive Marquette team. Sophomore forward Herbert Endeley scored the equalizer for the Hoosiers after receiving a pass from sophomore forward Victor Bezerra. Indiana takes care of business and advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time under the guidance of head coach Todd Yeagley. The Hoosiers will face a surging Seton Hall team on Monday.
Kyle Holcomb – Junior – Forward – Wake Forest – Holcomb is a difference maker for Wake Forest. He found the space and angle he needed to score twice from within the box to help power the Demon Deacons to a 2-1 win over Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. Holcomb has eight goals to date in the 2020-2021 season. Wake Forest improves to 13-2-2 and advances to the Elite Eight where they will tangle with fellow ACC member North Carolina on Monday in Cary, North Carolina.
Andrea Borg – Sophomore – Forward – Seton Hall – Borg came through in the clutch for Seton Hall when he controlled a loose ball in the ball out of a corner kick and sent it into the back of the frame to knot the score 2-2 with Virginia Tech. Borg also converted his pk during the ensuring penalty kick shootout in which the Pirates prevailed 7-6. Seton Hall advances past a very good Virginia Tech team to secure a spot in the Elite Eight where they will face Indiana.
Nick Scardina – Sophomore – Forward – Washington – Scardina made the run he needed to make to be in the right place at the right time to decisively drive the rebound of redshirt freshman midfielder Gabe Threadgold’s shot into the right corner of the net in Washington’s 2-0 win over the Missouri State Bears. The goal was Scardina’s sixth of the year. The Huskies took control of the contest in the second half to earn a spot in the Elite Eight on Monday against Pittsburgh.
Max Schneider – Sophomore Midfielder Marshall – Schneider drove a bending ball into the upper left corner out of a free kick from 30 years out to help Marshall advance past number one seed Clemson in a contest that was subsequently decided by a penalty kick shootout after it was tied 1-1 at the end of 110 minutes of play. The Thundering Herd under head coach Chris Grassie move forward to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Marshall faces Georgetown on Monday with a berth in the College Cup on the line.
Kyle Linhares – Freshman – Midfielder – Georgetown – Linhares was a key contributor in Georgetown’s 3-2 win over a very good Penn State team. He provided the helper on the goals scored by midfielder Zach Riviere and forward Martin Ngoh. The defending national champions improve to 10-1-2 and advance to the Elite Eight where they will face Marshall.
Nick Blacklock Sophomore – Midfielder – Virginia Tech – Blacklock gave the Hokies an early 1-0 advantage when his shot from outside the box found its way into the the back of the frame. He scored again in the second half. Senior forward Jacob Labovitz contributed the assist on both of Blacklock’s goals. The Hokies’ season came to an end when they were topped 7-6 in a penalty kick shootout after the match was tied 2-2 at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Virginia Tech made its 5th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Veljko Petkovic – Sophomore – Midfielder – Pittsburgh – Petkovic continues to be a vital part of a high octane Panther attack. Petkovic scored twice and teammates forward Alexander Dexter and midfielder Valentin Noel each contributed a goal to power Pitt past a very talented UCF team 4-0. The Panthers out of the ACC improve to 15-3-0 and advance to face Washington out of the Pac-12 on Monday with a trip to the College Cup on the line.
Hosei Kijima – Freshman Defender – Wake Forest – Kijima contributed on both sides of the ball assisting on the two goals scored by forward Kyle Holcomb in Wake Forest’s 2-1 win over Kentucky. He also contributed to a bend but don’t break Demon Deacon defensive effort. Wake Forest improves to 13-2-2 and advances to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons where they will face Atlantic Coast Conference foe UNC on Monday.
Joe Pickering – Graduate Student – Defender – North Carolina – Pickering’s header out of a corner kick put in play by junior midfielder Milo Garvanian proved to be the difference maker for the Tar Heels who upset number four seed Stanford 1-0. Pickering was also part of a tenacious North Carolina defense that kept a very talented Cardinal team off the board. UNC improves to 9-4-3 and advances to the Elite Eight for the ninth time since 2008 where they will tangle with Wake Forest at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Andreas Nota – Senior – Goalkeeper – Seton Hall – Villanova advanced past Virginia Tech 7-6 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was deadlocked 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time. Nota came through in the clutch for the Pirates in the shootout making two key stops and scoring the clinching penalty kick. Seton Hall earns a spot in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988. The Pirates will seek to keep what has been a magical season alive when they square off with number three seed Indiana out of the Big Ten on Monday.
Sam Fowler – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Washington – Fowler had a very impressive six save evening to anchor a Washington defense that shutout a very good Missouri State team 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Huskies improve to 12-3-0 and now face number two seed Pitt on Monday in a contest that will test Washington’s mettle and tenacity on the defensive side of the ball.
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