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College Soccer News Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 26, 2023

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers For their Team During The Week. This is The Final Men’s Team Of The Week For The 2023 Season.

Logan Farrington – Senior – Forward – Oregon State – Farrington scored twice and assisted on the goals scored by Amanu Famos and Vicente Castro to help the Beavers roll past SMU 7-1 in Dallas. Farrington who transferred to Oregon State this year from Milwaukee has fifteen goals and seven on the season. The Beavers improve to 10-5-5 and advance to the Elite Eight.
Ryan Kingsford – Graduate Student – Forward – Loyola Marymount University – Kingsford provided the lone goal of the contest when he sent a volley into the back of the frame in the 67th minute of the match in LMU’s 1-0 win over a James Madison team that had previously topped Pittsburgh and Georgetown. Kingsford’s goal was set up by a nice combination of passes from forwards Jovan Prado and Tyger Smalls. LMU punches their ticket to the Elite Eight and will travel to Morganton to face West Virginia on Saturday.
Collins Oduro – Freshman – Forward – Indiana – Oduro skillfully sent a left-footer into the upper left corner of the goal from about six yards out after receiving a perfect cross from senior forward Maouloune Goumballe to score the the lone goal in Indiana’s 1-0 win over Virginia in Charlottesville. The Hoosiers advance to the Elite Eight where they will face Notre Dame. Indiana is once again playing their best soccer of the year when it counts the most.
Martin Vician – Graduate Student – Forward – North Carolina – Vician drove a header into the net in the 86th minute of play out of a free kick put in play by Quenzi Huerman to knot the score at 2-2 with Hofstra and give the Tar Heels new life. The contest remained 2-2 at the conclusion of regulation and two overtime periods. UNC then prevailed in penalty kicks. Five Tar Heels including Vician made their pks and UNC netmineder Andrew Cordes made a big stop in the shootout.
Yutaro Tsukada – Senior – Forward – West Virginia – Tsukada is an opportunistic goal scorer. This week he intercepted a pass that resulted in a deflection that teammate Marcus Caldeira controlled. Caldeira then played a through ball that Tsukada ran onto and deposited into the back of the frame from within the box to give West Virginia an early 1-0 lead over Vermont. The goal was Tsukada’s tenth on the season and his sixth in the last six contests. Max Broughton also scored and West Virginia advanced past the Catamounts 2-1. The Mountaineers will host LMU on Saturday in the Elite Eight.
Ousmane Sylla – Senior – Midfielder – Clemson – Sylla came up with what proved to be the only goal of the game when he took advantage of the opportunity to place the deflection of teammate Alex Meinhard’s goal into the back of the net to give the Tigers the edge they needed to advance past a very good New Hampshire team 1-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Sylla is a playmaker who has twelve goals and ten assists on the season. Clemson improves to 12-3-5 and moves forward to the Elite Eight where they will host a Stanford side on Saturday that advanced by topping number one seed Marshall 3-0.
Noah Adnan – Senior – Defender – Stanford – Adnan was a factor on both sides of the ball for the Cardinal in a 3-0 win over number one seed Marshall in Huntington. Adan and senior defender Ryan Dunn contributed the assists on redshirt sophomore forward Jackson Kiiil’s goal. Adan also among the key ingredients in a solid Stanford defense that limited a very productive Marshall attack to only two shots on goal. The Cardinal are now 11-3-5 and advance to the Elite Eight with another contest on the road against Clemson on Saturday.
Jansen Miller – Senior – Defender – Indiana – Miller made several potentially goal saving clears as a solid part of a stout Indiana defense that shutout Virginia 1-0 in Charlottesville. The Hoosiers improve to 15-4-4, extend their win streak to eight games. and secure a spot in the Elite Eight for the third time in the past four seasons.
Pape Mar Boye – Freshman – Defender – Clemson – Pape Mar Boye put in a solid 90 minute shift as a key ingredient in a Clemson defense that shutout a multi-dimensional New Hampshire offense 1-0. The Tiger defense that also features backs Adam Lundergard, Shawn Smart, Gael Gibert and Arthur Duquenne and goalkeeper Joseph Andema has not allowed a goal in their two NCAA tournament games. Clemson moves forward to face Stanford at Historic Riggs Field on Saturday in the Elite Eight.
Max Broughton – Junior – Defender – West Virginia – Broughton put in a solid 90 minutes of play on the defensive side of the ball for the Mountaineers and drove a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick served in by junior defender Frederik Jorgensen to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in West Virginia’s hard fought 2-1 win over a determined Vermont squad. The Mountaineers improve to 16-2-4 and advance to the Elite Eight were they will host Loyola Marymount University on Satruday.
Massimo Oedekoven Pomponi – Senior – Goalkeeper – Loyola Marymount – Pomponi returns to the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the second week in a row after a ten save evening between the pipes to anchor a bend but don’t break LMU defense that shutout visiting James Madison 1-0. The shutout was LMU’s eighth of the season. The Lions up their record to 10-4-6 and move forward to the Elite Eight where they will face West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday.
Bryan Dowd – Senior – Goalkeeper – Notre Dame – Dowd had seven saves in goal including a crucial stop during the penalty kick shootout in which the Irish prevailed 4-2 to survive and advance to the Elite Eight after their contest with Western Michigan was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play despite the fact that the Irish had to play a man down for a large portion of the match. Dowd, a three-year starter, has ten shutouts on the season with a 0.66 goals against average. The Irish are 12-2-5 overall and advance to the Elite Eight where they will host Indiana on Saturday.
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