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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 16, 2022

The Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Made A Significant Contribution To the Success Their Teams Had During The Week

Ryan Wittenbrink – Redshirt Senior – Forward – Indiana – Wittenbrink scored and contributed assists on the goals scored by Joey Maher and Herbert Endeley in IU’s 4-2 win over Big Ten foe Penn State. Wittenbrink has scored six goals and contributed five assists on the season for the Hoosiers who improve to 6-2-4 with a 2-1-3 mark in conference play. Indiana has a difficult Big Ten matchup on the road against Wisconsin on Tuesday followed by a challenging non-conference contest at home with Kentucky on Saturday.
Nick Scardina – Junior – Forward – Washington – Scardina continues to add an additional dimension to an explosive and balanced Washington offense. This week he scored the Huskies first two goals in a 3-0 win over Gonzaga. Imanol Rosales contributed the assist on Scardina’s first goal. Rosales and Lucas Meek provided helpers on the second. Washington improves to 12-0-1. The Huskies have a difficult match coming up on Friday when they travel to Corvallis to face Pac-12 foe and nemeses Oregon State.
Clarence Awoudor – Freshman – Forward – Oregon State – Awoudor broke the ice for Oregon State when he scored with a double assist from Adrian Molina-Dias and Mouhament Thiam. He also assisted on the subsequent goals scored by Thiam and Ellis Spikner to help the Beavers upset previously undefeated Portland 3-2. Oregon State will have a chance to pick up another signature win when they host Pac-12 foe Washington on Friday.
Finn Ballard McBride – Junior – Forward – UC Santa Barbara – McBride makes his second appearance on the College Soccer News Team of the Week after he scored his seventh and eighth goals of the 2022 season to power the Gauchos past Sacramento State 2-0 on the road. In both cases McBride made the run he needed to make to be in position to finish. Sophomore midfielder Lucas Gonzalez assisted on the first goal and senior midfielder Sam Fletcher added the helper on the second. UCSB improves to 8-2-4 with a 3-0-2 mark in Big West Conference play.
Alvaro Torrijos – Junior – Midfielder – Tulsa – Torrijos was a factor in all three of Tulsa’s goals in their 3-0 win over Memphis. He contributed the assist on the goals scored by midfielder Sergio Baena and defender Mariano Fazio and scored from twenty yards out after receiving a cross from freshman midfielder John Dalby. Tulsa rebounds from a loss last week to South Florida in Tampa to improve to 7-2-2 with a 3-2-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Golden Hurricane continue conference play on Saturday with a contest in Philadelphia against Temple.
Jefferson Amaya – Freshman – Midfielder – High Point – Amaya placed a shot into the right side netting from way outside the box out of a free kick in the 86th minute of play to give the Panthers the edge they needed to top rival Campbell 1-0 on the road. High Point improves to 5-3-4 with a 3-0-2 mark in Big South Conference play. The Panthers travel to College Park on Monday to tangle with Maryland before returning home to host UNC Ashville in a Big South match on Friday.
Shakur Mohammed – Sophomore – Midfielder – The 2021 ACC Freshman of the Year sent a header into the back of the frame with an assist from Amir Daley and scored after receiving a cross from Luke Thomas to provide the punch on the offensive side of the ball that Duke needed to top Notre Dame 2-0. Mohammed has seven goals and two assists on the season. Duke is now 9-0-3 with a 4-0-2 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils host George Washington on Tuesday and then resume ACC play on Friday when they welcome Pittsburgh to Koskinen Stadium.
Basit Umar – Freshman – Midfielder – Dayton – Umar had a productive week of play in Dayton’s 2-2 non-conference on the road tie with a highly regarded Kentucky team and 3-1 win over VCU in Atlantic 10 competition. He scored Dayton’s second goal in the match with Kentucky and added the insurance goal in the win over VCU. He also put in a full ninety minutes of play in both games. Dayton improves to 9-0-4 with a 3-0-3 record in conference play. The Flyers have a difficult A-10 game coming up on Saturday against a good Saint Louis team.
Hayes Wood – Senior – Midfielder – Lipscomb – Wood was a difference maker in Lipscomb’s 2-1 on the road win over Stetson in ASUN play. Wood sent a header into the back of the frame that was set up by a cross from defender Noah Gulden. He also scored out of a corner kick put in play by Luca Naumann when he sent the rebound of his own header into the net. Lipscomb ups their record to 10-1-1 with a 5-0-0 mark in ASUN play. The Bisons play non-conference foe Memphis on Tuesday before resuming ASUN play on Saturday when they host North Florida.
Ben Stitz – Senior – Midfielder – Penn – Stitz is among the reasons why Penn has won eight straight to improve to 9-1-1 with a 3-0-0 mark in Ivy League play. He scored twice in the Quakers 3-0 non-conference win over Monmouth. He also contributed the assist on Leo Burney’s game-winning goal in the 89th minute in Penn’s subsequent 3-2 win over Ivy League foe Cornell. Stitz has eight goals and three assists on the season. Freshmen midfielder Aaron Messer and forward Stas Korzeniowski provided the other two goals in the win over Cornell. The Quakers travel to Philadelphia to face Drexel on Tuesday and host Brown on Saturday.
Sean Suber – Senior – Defender – Charlotte – The Charlotte captain contributed an assist on the goals scored by teammates Luke Johnson and Matthew Kirk and put in a full ninety minute performance on the defensive side of the ball in Charlotte’s 3-1 win over SMU in an important AAC matchup. The 49ers are 8-1-2 overall with a 2-1-2 mark in conference play. Charlotte has another tough conference contest on their dance card against UCF in Orlando on Tuesday.
Samuel Mar Kristinsson – Sophomore – Defender – Old Dominion – Mar Kristinsson’s header out of corner kick served in by freshman midfielder Louis Beckett proved to be the game-winning goal in ODU’s improbable and gutsy 2-1 Sun Belt Conference on the road win over Marshall. He was also part of a bend but don’t break Old Dominion defense that was outshout 25 to 8 but held on to secure the win. ODU improves to 5-4-2 overall with a 2-1-1 mark in conference play. The Monarchs resume Sun Belt play when they host South Carolina on Wednesday.
Keagan McLaughlin – Senior – Goalkeeper – Ohio State – McLaughlin took care of business in goal for the Buckeyes in two Big Ten Conference contests. He had four stops including one at close range in Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Michigan and seven stops in their subsequent 2-1 win over Northwestern. The Buckeyes improve to 8-1-4 with a 3-1-1 mark in Big Ten play. Ohio State travels to play Penn State on Friday in what looks to be a difficult Big Ten matchup.
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