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College Soccer News Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 8, 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

Noah Holmes – Graduate Student – Forward – High Point – Holmes had a three goal and one assist week for the Panthers. He netted High Point’s first goal in their 2-1 win on the road over Radford followed by a two goal and one assist evening in their 4-0 on the road win over Longwood. The Panthers secure two Big South Conference victories to improve to 6-2-2 overall with a 3-0-0 record in conference play.
Jason Shokalook – Junior – Forward – Akron – Shokalook continues to be a force on the offensive side of the ball for Akron scoring twice in the Zips 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky and twice in their subsequent 3-0 win over Big East foe DePaul. Shokalook has ten goals and four assists on the season for the Zips who are now 8-0-4 overall with a 2-0-2 mark in conference play.
Lucca Dourado – Senior – Forward – UCF – Dourado has been an impact player for UCF since arriving in Orlando as a freshman in 2020. This week he found the back of the net twice to lead the Knights past Georgia Southern 2-0 in a Sun Belt Conference matchup. Dourado now has 33 career goals. UCF continues what has so far been a banner season with a 6-1-2 overall record and 2-1-0 mark in Sun Belt play.
Samuel Sarver – Junior – Forward – Indiana – Sarver scored twice with senior Hugo Bacharach contributing the helpers to help the Hoosiers secure a much needed 2-1 Big Ten on the road win over a very good Penn State team. The Hoosiers now stand at 4-3-4 overall with a 1-1-2 mark in conference play. Indiana will seek to build on the momentum of the win over Penn State when they host non-conference foe Evansville on Wednesday before resuming Big Ten play on Sunday with a match at home against Ohio State.
Ousmane Sylla – Senior – Midfielder – Clemson Sylla contributed an assist on Nathan Richmond’s goal in Clemson’s 4-1 win over non-conference foe Winthrop. He also scored Clemson’s first and third goals with Richmond providing the helper on his first goal and Brandon Parrish the assist on his second goal to play a key role in the Tiger’s 4-0 win over nationally ranked ACC opponent Louisville. Clemson improves to 8-3-1 overall with a 3-2-0 mark in conference play. The Tigers have a difficult ACC game coming up with Syracuse on the road on Sunday.
Alvaro Heredia – Sophomore – Midfielder – NJIT – Heredia came up with the big play the Highlanders needed to upset nationally ranked Vermont 1-0 when he alertly sent the rebound of teammate Navio Sanchez’s blocked shot into the back of the net. NJIT secures a big win in America East play to improve to 5-4-3 overall with a 2-0-1 mark in conference play.
Jansen Wilson – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Belmont – Wilson powered the Bruins past Bradley 3-1 in Peoria in a MVC matchup. He scored twice contributing what proved to be the game-winner and the insurance goal out of a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Defender Alex Clayton scored the Bruins first goal. Belmont wins its third straight contest to improve to 6-3-2 with a 2-2-0 in conference play.
Adem Hamdaoua – Senior – Midfielder – Santa Clara – Hamdaoua came up with the big play Santa Clara needed to upset Portland 1-0 when he drove a shot into the upper left corner of the goal from the top of the box. Hamdaoua has four goals including two games winners and three assists on the season. Santa Clara secures a big West Coast Conference win to improve to 4-5-2 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in conference play. Things don’t get any easier for the Broncos who travel to face Stanford on Monday and then resume WCC play with a contest on the road Saturday against a very good Loyola Marymount team.
Maximus Jennings – Junior – Defender – Georgetown – Jennings was a key part of a Hoyas defense that shutout Princeton 3-0 and Big East foe UConn 3-0. A stout Georgetown defense held Princeton to five shots on goal and Connecticut to six shots on frame. Jennings also scored out of a corner kick with a double assist from Kyle Linhares and Diego Letayf in the win over UConn. The Hoyas are 8-1-1 overall with a 4-0-0 record in conference play. They continue Big East play when they travel to face a good Providence College side on Saturday.
Luke Tandy – Graduate Student – Defender – Furman – Tandy was a solid ingredient on the defensive side of the ball in Furman’s 2-0 shutout over USC Upstate and 1-0 shutout of Southern Conference opponent VMI. Tandy also scored out of a free kick from 30 yards out to provide the Paladins lone goal in the win over VMI. Furman improves to 7-3-1 overall with a 4-0-1 mark in Southern Conference play.
Galen Flynn – Redshirt Sophomore – Defender – Saint Louis – Flynn contributed an assist on the goal scored by Seth Anderson in the Billikens 2-0 win over George Washington and put in a full ninety minute shift in their subsequent 1-0 win over George Washington in which Diego Konincks provided the game-winner in the 85th minute of play. Saint Louis extends their unbeaten streak to seven games to improve to 6-3-2 overall with a 4-0-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.
Edu Rodriguez – Junior – Goalkeeper – Rhode Island – Rodriguez made six saves including a stop at point blank range to anchor a tenacious URI defense that shutout a very good Fordham team 1-0 in an A-10 matchup. Rhode Island improves to 3-5-3 with a 1-3-1 mark in conference play.
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