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College Soccer News Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 22, 2023

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Played A Key Role In The Success Their Teams Had During The Week

Charlie Sharp – Senior – Forward – Western Michigan – Sharp contributed a helper on one of Dylan Sing’s two goals in Western Michigan’s 3-1 win over NIU. He also scored the game-winning goal in the Broncos 2-1 win on the road over nationally ranked Missouri State. The duo of Sharp and Sing among others continue to come up big for Western Michigan. Sharp has ten goals on the season and Sing has 12. Western Michigan improves to 11-1-3 with a 5-0-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Broncos will seek to extend their win streak when they host Belmont on Friday.
Brendan McSorley – Senior – Forward – Providence – McSorley helped the Friars secure solid Big East Conference wins over Connecticut 3-1and Butler 3-0. He scored twice including the game winning goal in the victory over UConn. He also scored what proved to be the game-winner in the win over Butler and contributed the assist on the first of sophomore forward Bruno Rosa two goals. McSorley has nine goals and one assist on the season. Providence is unbeaten in their last six contests to improve to 7-4-3 with a 4-1-2 mark in conference play.
Evan Southern – Redshirt Junior – Forward – James Madison University – Southern helped JMU get back in the win column. He scored JMU’s first goal with an assist from midfielder Rodrigo Robles in a come from behind 3-1 win over Old Dominion and found the back of the net three times in their subsequent 3-1 win over Georgia State. Southern’s hat trick was the first for a JMU player since 2019. The Dukes secure two wins in Sun Belt Conference play to up their overall record to 6-3-5 with a 2-2-3 mark in conference play. JMU resumes Sun Belt play when they host Georgia Southern on Friday.
Marcus Caldeira – Sophomore – Forward – West Virginia – Caldeira scored three times to help power the Mountaineers past in-state rival and Sun Belt Conference foe Marshall 5-2 before an electric crowd of over 3,000 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. It was a big win for the Mountaineers over previously number one ranked Marshall. Caldeira’s hat trick was the first for a West Virginia player since 2014. The Mountaineers also defeated Sun Belt conference member Coastal Carolina 2-0 on the road to improve to 11-0-1 with a 4-0-3 mark in conference play. West Virginia has a very challenging contest coming up on Friday against Kentucky in Lexington.
Stephan Moreira – Junior – Midfielder – SIUE – Moreira sent a bending ball into the back of the frame with a little over six minutes remaining to give SIUE the edge they needed to top Chicago State 2-1 on the road. He continued to make an impact by contributing a goal and assisting on the goal scored by Jacob Bilyeu in the Cougars 4-0 win over Southern Indiana. SIUE secures the OVC regular season title with a 7-0-1 mark in conference play and a 12-0-3 overall record. The Cougars seek to finish strong with OVC matches remaining against Lindenwood on Thursday and Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
Ousmane Sylla – Senior – Midfielder – Clemson – Sylla scored three times and contributed an assist on one of Alex Meinhard’s two goals to help power the Tigers past Boston College 6-0 on senior night. Clemson improves to 9-3-2 with a 4-2-1 mark in conference play. They close out regular season play on the road against ACC foe NC State on Friday in what could be a difficult contests for the Tigers.
Mason Visconti – Fifth Year Defender – Kentucky – Visconti added a little punch to Kentucky’s attack this week. He made a nice move to create the space he needed to send a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the goal to net Kentucky’s first goal in a come from behind 2-2 tie with Georgia State. He also converted a penalty kick and scored out of a free kick with an assist from Aboubacar Camara in Kentucky’s 2-0 upset win over Marshall before a sold out crowd at Hoops Family Field in Lexington. Kentucky gains momentum and improves to 4-6-4 with a 1-3-3 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.
Lasse Kelp – Sophomore – Defender – UMBC – Kelp drove a shot into the back of the frame out of a free kick from 25 yards out to net what proved to be the game-winner in UMBC’s 2-1 upset win over Vermont on the road in an America East contest. Kelp also put in a full ninety minute shift on the defensive side of the ball. The Retrievers are 7-3-3 overall with a 3-1-1 mark in conference play.
Pietro Grassi – Junior – Defender – UCLA – The Bruin center back placed a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick served in by senior defender Tommy Silva to give UCLA the edge they needed to secure a 2-1 come from behind win over San Diego State in Pac-12 competition. Grassi also put in a full ninety minutes of play in the win. UCLA is 6-3-3 overall with a 3-0-2 mark in conference play.
Olle Brorsson – Junior – Defender – Monmouth University – Brorsson scored both of Monmouth’s goals in a 2-0 win over Stony Brook in a Coastal Athletic Association contest. He converted a header out of a free kick with a double assist from Bastian Hatcher and Gabe Dahlin and drove a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick served in by Erik Reis. The Hawks improve to 7-3-4 with a 4-1-2 mark in conference play.
Jack Stoecker – Junior – Goalkeeper – Santa Clara – Stoecker had nine saves between the pipes to anchor a Santa Clara defense that shutout LMU 2-0 in a West Coast Conference contest. The Broncos are 5-6-2 overall with a perfect 3-0-0 mark in conference play. They continue WCC play with a game at home on Wednesday against San Francisco followed by San Diego on Saturday.
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