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College Soccer News Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 12, 2023

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes PLayers Who Were Difference Makers During The Week

Luis Mueller – Senior – Forward – California Baptist – Mueller played a key role in enabling CBU to win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in back-to-back seasons. He contributed the assist on senior midfielder Georg Bjarnason’s goal and scored with a double assist from freshman midfielder Drew Hardin and senior forward Leo Mendez in CBU’s 2-0 win over Utah Tech and scored twice in the Lancer’s 2-1 win over UNLV in the tournament final. California Baptist improves to 9-5-4 and punches their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row.
Alvaro Garcia-Pascual – Junior – Forward – Marshall – Garcia-Pascual scored the Thundering Herds first goal in their 3-0 win over Kentucky in the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. He followed that up by scoring twice including the game-winning goal and providing the helper on Aymane Sordo’s goal in Marshall’s 3-2 win over West Virginia in the championship contest before a record crowd of over 3,000 fans at Hoops Family Field. Marshall improves to 17-2-0.
Eric Lagos – Senior – Forward – Yale – Lagos scored Yale’s first two goals to lead the Bulldogs past Harvard 4-0 in the semifinals of the Ivy League Conference Tournament. He also contributed the game-winning goal in Yale’s 2-1 win over Brown in the championship matchup. Lagos has eight goals and two assists on the season. The Bulldogs win the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, improve to 10-5-3, and return to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 2019.
Charlie Sharp – Senior – Forward – Western Michigan – Sharp was a difference maker for the Broncos once again. He scored twice and contributed a helper on the goal scored by defender Jonathan Robinson in Western Michigan’s 3-1 win in overtime over NIU in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. He also scored both of the Broncos goals in their 2-1 win over a very competitive Missouri State team in the championship contest. Western Michigan wins both the MVC regular season and tournament titles and extends their unbeaten streak to 18 games. Sharp has 15 goals and 8 assists on the season.
Ignacio Abeal Pou – Junior – Forward – SIUE – Abeal Pou had a huge three goal performance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. He scored both of the Cougars goals in their 2-0 win over Lindenwood and contributed the lone goal in their 1-0 win over Incarnate Word in the championship match. The Cougars claim the inaugural Ohio Valley Conference Championship, punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016, and remain unbeaten with a 16-0-3 record.
Ousmane Sylla – Senior – Midfielder – Clemson – Sylla had another productive week for the Tigers. He scored twice including the goal that proved to be the game-winner in Clemson’s larger that anticipated 5-1 win over Louisville in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. He also converted the equalizer after receiving a pass from Joran Gerbet in Clemson’s subsequent 1-1 tie with North Carolina in the championship match that was ultimately decided by a penalty kick shootout in which the Tiger’s prevailed 5-3 with Sylla converting his opportunity at the line to secure the ACC Tournament Championship.
Kenji Mboma Dem – Senior – Midfielder – Dayton – Kenji Mboma Dem came up big for the Flyers scoring twice and assisting on the goal scored by forward Manny Day to help propel Dayton past Davidson 3-1 in the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament. He also scored with an assist from Day in the Flyers 2-1 win over VCU in the championship match. Dayton improves to 8-6-6. Mboma Dem has eight goals and three assists on the season.
Pierce Infuso – Senior – Defender – Hofstra – Hofstra topped Delaware 4-1 in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament and Monmouth 2-1 in the championship game. Infuso, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament, was a key part of a solid Pride defense in both wins. Hofstra improves to 13-3-4 and wins the CAA Tournament for the third year in a row.
Sekou Agard – Junior – Defender – Mercer – Agard came through in the clutch when he scored the equalizer out of a corner kick in the 80th minute of play in Mercer’s 1-1 tie with ETSU in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. Mercer then prevailed 4 to 3 in a penalty kick shootout to advance to the championship contest where they topped Furman 2-0 to win the Southern Conference Tournament title and secure an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Agard was a key ingredient on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears putting in a full 110 minutes of play in the semifinal and a full 90 minutes in the championship contest.
Ian Pilcher – Junior – Defender – Charlotte – Pilcher contributed on both sides of the ball for the 49ers putting in a full 90 minute shift on the defensive side of the ball in their 3-1 win over FAU in the AAC semifinals and in their 2-1 win over host SMU in the AAC championship contest. Pilcher also scored Charlotte’s first goal with a decisive play out of a free kick in the win over SMU. Charlotte improves to 12-3-1 and secures the AAC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Nathanael Sallah – Junior – Goalkeeper – Omaha – Sallah anchored a stout Omaha defense that shutout Oral Roberts 1-0, a team that they lost to twice during regular season play, and Kansas City 2-0, a team they tied twice during regular season play, to win the Summit League Tournament. He recorded three saves in the win over Oral Roberts and had a stellar seven save contest in the victory over Kansas City. Sallah and his Maverick teammates improve to 8-7-4 and win the Summit League Tournament for the first time since 2017.
Jonny Mennell – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Xavier – Mennell put in a rock solid performance in goal for the Musketeers. He had four saves in Xavier’s 1-0 win over Providence in the Big East Tournament semifinals and had an impressive seven save day in the Big East Championship match against number one seed Georgetown in which Xavier prevailed 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. The Musketeers win their first ever Big East Tournament title and return to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 2014.
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