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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 7, 2021

Playmakers Rose to The Occassion On Both Sides Of The Ball In Key Contests Coast To Coast.

Paul Mayer – Graduate Student – Forward – New Hampshire – Mayer is a difference maker for the Wildcat’s. This week he scored the goal that New Hampshire needed to defeat UMass Lowell 1-0 to conclude regular season play undefeated with a 15-0-2 overall record and 7-0-1 mark in America East action. The Wildcats secure the America East regular season title for the third straight year. New Hampshire will host UMBC on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Conference Tournament.
Walker Gillespie – Sophomore – Forward – Princeton – Gillespie did what all the best finishers do when he stayed focused and alertly sent the rebound of Daniel Diaz-Bonilla’s shot into the back of the net in the 85th minute of play to give the Tigers the edge they needed to defeat Penn 1-0. The win enabled Princeton to claim to Ivy League title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that accompanies it. The Tigers improve to 11-5-0 overall with a 6-0-0 mark in Ivy League play. Princeton concludes regular season play when they host Yale on Saturday, November 13.
Jesus Barea – Sophomore – Forward – Missouri State – Barea found the back of the net with a double assist from Nicolo Mulatero and Kian Yari and assisted on the goal scored by senior forward Josh Dolling to help power the Bears past always tough Loyola Chicago 2-1 in a Missouri Valley Conference game. Missouri State extends its win streak to 13 games and completes regular season play with a 15-1-0 overall record and 10-1-0 mark in conference play. Missouri State begins play in the MVC Tournament on Friday, November 12 against the winner of the Evansville vs Drake first round matchup.
Patrick Agyemang – Redshirt Junior – Forward – Rhode Island – Agyemang contributed two goals and an assist to help propel the Rams past Davidson 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. He scored out of a corner kick with a double assist from Cian Purcell and Edvin Akelsen and alertly sent the deflection of a shot by Akelsen into the back of the frame. He also contributed the helper on the goal scored by freshman forward Isak Oystese. Rhode Island improves to 10-4-2 and advances to the semifinals where they will face a Duquesne team that scored two goals in the last five minutes of regulation to top Saint Joseph’s 2-1.
Mauro Bravo – Senior – Midfielder – FIU – Bravo scored and assisted on the goal scored by teammate Matteo Gasperoni to help the Panthers upset Marshall 4-1 before a packed house at the FIU Soccer Stadium. The win enabled FIU to secure the CSUA regular season title and the number one seed in the upcoming CUSA Tournament. FIU improves to 12-2-2 overall with a 7-0-1 mark in conference play. It was an unexpectedly easy win for the Panthers over previously number one ranked Marshall.
Charlie Sharp – Junior – Midfielder – Western Michigan – Sharp played a key role in Western Michigan’s 4-3 win in overtime against Arkon. He was fouled in the box which created a penalty kick that senior midfielder Camden Jackman converted. Sharp also scored after receiving a pass from Dylan Sing and contributed a helper on senior forward Mike Melaragni’s game-winning goal in overtime. Western Michigan completed the 2021 season with a 7-6-5 overall record.
Nemo Philipp Sophomore – Midfielder – UC Santa Barbara – Philipp used his quickness and touch on the ball to create the window he needed to slot a left-footed shot into the right side of the goal from the top of the box in overtime in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament to give the Gauchos the edge they needed to top UC Davis 1-0. UCSB improves to 11-4-4 and advances to the Conference Championship final where they will host UC Irvine on Saturday, November 13.
Valentin Noel – Junior – Midfielder – Pittsburgh – Noel came through in the clutch for the Panthers with the fifth multi-goal game of his career. He found the back of the net in the early going and contributed the golden goal in overtime that Pitt needed to top a determined and always very competitive Virginia Tech team 2-1 to advance to the semifinal round of the ACC Tournament where they will host Notre Dame on Wednesday. Pitt improves to 11-4-1.
Dylan Gaither – Junior – Midfielder – Mercer – Gaither was a force on the offensive side of the ball putting three in the back of the net to led Mercer past Furman 4-0 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. Gaither now has 11 goals on the season. Mercer improves to 9-7-1 and advances to the Southern Conference Championship match where they will face a determined Belmont team that upset number one-seeded UNCG to punch their ticket to the final. The Southern Conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tourney will be on the line.
Dylan Teves – Junior – Midfielder – Washington – Teves is a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Huskies. This week he scored twice to help Washington top a good UCLA team 3-0 and contributed the assist on Nick Scardina’s game-winning goal over a very solid San Diego State team on the road. Washington picks up two solid Pac-12 wins to improve to 14-2-1 with a 6-2-1 mark in conference play. The Huskies have a big game coming up on Thursday when they travel to Corvallis to close out regular season play with a Pac-12 contest against Oregon State.
Luis Grassow – Junior – Defender – Kentucky – Grassow drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick served in by senior defender Mason Visconti and assisted on the goal scored by senior Bailey Rouse in Kentucky’s 3-0 win over Florida Atlantic. He also put in a solid ninety minute shift on the defensive side of the ball. Kentucky improves to 11-1-4 with a 3-1-4 record in CUSA play. The Wildcats begin play in the CUSA Tournament next week.
Colby Hegarty – Redshirt Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Northeastern – Hegarty had an eight save evening making the key saves that he needed to make to give his team the opportunity to defeat James Madison 2-1 and earn a spot in the CAA Conference Tournament where they will face Elon in a semifinal game on Thursday. Senior forward and team captain Benjamin Klingen scored twice to provide the offensive firepower that the Huskies needed to secure the win.
Gabriel Gjergji – Senior – Goalkeeper – Butler – Gjergji had a six save evening anchoring a Butler defensive that shutout St. John’s 1-0 in their final regular season contest to secure the number six seed in the Big East Tournament. The Bulldogs then tied St. John’s 0-0 and advanced past the Red Storm 4-2 in penalty kicks in the opening round of the Big East Tournament. Gjergil had five saves including a key stop in the penalty kick shootout to play a key role in the tournament win over the Red Storm. Butler advances to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament where they will face number two seed Providence on Thursday.
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