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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 9, 2022

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

Alec Hughes – Junior – Forward – Massachusetts – Hughes scored three times in the first half to help power Massachusetts past George Washington 4-1 on the road. HIs hat trick was the first by a Minutemen since the 2015 season. Massachusetts also had a scoreless tie with Saint Joseph’s to remain unbeaten with a 6-0-6 record on the season. Hughes has eight goals and two assists so far this year. The Minutemen travel to face Vermont on Tuesday then return home to host A-10 foe St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
Liam Butts – Senior – Forward – Penn State – Butts scored twice within a three minute span in the first half of play to propel the Nittany Lions past Michigan State 4-1 in a Big Ten matchup. Butts headed the rebound of teammate Sean Bettenhausen’s blocked shot into the net and headed in a cross served in by Andrew Privett. Penn State improves to 5-3-3 with a 2-0-2 mark in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions continue conference play on Friday when they travel to Bloomington to tangle with Indiana.
Malachi Jones – Freshman – Forward – Lipscomb – Jones powered the Lipscomb attack with a two goal and one assist evening in a 3-1 non-conference win on the road over an always competitive Mercer team. Jones utilized his speed and touch on the ball to contribute an assist along with Luca Naumann on the goal scored by Javanne Smith and found the back of the net twice during the second stanza with assists from Alejandro Lopez and Adam McAleenan. Lipscomb is 9-1-1 on the season with a 4-0-0 mark in ASUN play. Lipscomb resumes ASUN play when they travel to Deland, Florida to face Stetson on Saturday.
Eliot Goldthorp – Sophomore – Midfielder – Hofstra – Goldthrop found the back of the net three times in the second stanza of play in Hofstra’s 5-1 win over Columbia. He also converted a penalty kick in the Pride’s subsequent 2-1 come from behind win over UNCW in a CAA contest. Hofstra is now unbeaten in their last eight games to stand at 8-2-1 overall with a 4-1-1 mark in CAA play. Goldthorp has ten goals and three assists on the season. The Pride hosts Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday and Elon on Saturday.
Lucas Meek – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Washington – Meek scored twice and contributed an assist on Nick Scardina’s goal to play a key role in Washington’s 3-0 win over Stanford. He also provided a helper on midfielder Gio Miglietti’s game-winning goal in the Huskies subsequent 1-0 win over California. Washington secures two good Pac-12 wins to up their record to 11-0-1 with a 4-0-0 mark in conference play. The Huskies will host Gonzaga on Friday in a non-conference matchup.
Kyoji Hata – Senior – Midfielder – Campbell – Hata was a key factor in Campbell’s 5-1 win over Longwood and 3-1 win over UNC Ashville in Big South Conference play. He contributed an assist on the goals scored by Gerard Broussard and Jamie Lamb in the win over Longwood and scored and assisted on the goals scored by Daniel Hernamdez and Jalen James in the win over UNC Ashville. The Camels are undefeated in their last five contests to improve to 7-2-3 with a 3-0-1 mark in conference play. They continue Big South play when they host High Point on Wednesday and travel to face Radford on Saturday.
Nick Richardson – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Maryland – Richardson was a difference maker for the Terps in their 3-2 come from behind win on the road over Rutgers. He contributed assists on the goals scored by Hunter George and Malcolm Johnston and converted the game-winner with an assist from Johnson. Richardson also contributed the helper on teammate Stefan Copetti’s goal in the Terps subsequent 1-1 tie with Northwestern. Maryland in 7-1-3 with a 3-0-2 mark in Big Ten play. Maryland resumes conference play when they host Wisconsin on Friday.
Ryan Becher – Senior – Midfielder – UMBC – Becher contributed a helper on the goals by Taylor Calheira and Jordan Ehart and scored twice in UMBC’s 5-1 win over UMass Lowell in an America East Conference contest. The win put the Retrievers back in the win column halting a three game losing streak. UMBC will seek to build on the momentum created when they travel to face Delaware on Tuesday and Bryant on Saturday. The Retrievers are 6-4-1 with a 1-2-0 mark in conference play.
Lewis Green – Senior – Defender – Missouri State – Green continues to contribute on both sides of the ball for the Bears. This week he put in a solid 90 minutes on the defensive side of the ball and scored out of a corner kick put in play by senior midfielder Zack Hargreaves to help Missouri State top Belmont 2-0 in a Missouri Valley Conference contest. The shutout was Missouri State’s seventh on the season. The Bears are 7-1-2 with a 3-0-0 mark in MVC action. Missouri State travels to Chicago to face UIC on Saturday.
Maxwell Keenan – Junior – Defender – Wisconsin – Keenan came through in the clutch for the Badgers when he placed a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal after receiving a pass from Tim Bielic to score what proved to be the game-winner in Wisconsin’s 2-1 come from behind win over Michigan. Keenan has five goals and two assists on the season. Wisconsin claims their first Big Ten win of the year to improve to 4-5-1 with a 1-3-0 mark in conference play. The Badgers host Drake on Monday and travel to College Park to tangle with Maryland on Friday.
Mads Westergren – Sophomore – Defender – SMU – Westergren drove a shot into the top left shelf of the goal to score what proved to be the game-winner in the Mustangs 2-1 win over UCF in Orlando. He put in a full 90 minutes of play on defensive in that contest and is SMU’s subsequent 1-0 win at home over UAB. The Mustangs secure two good American Athletic Conference wins to improve to 8-2-0 with a 4-1-0 mark in conference play. SMU has a big conference game on Saturday on the road against Charlotte.
Connor Drought – Senior – Defender – Cornell – Drought made an impact on both sides of the ball helping Cornell secure impressive wins on the road over ACC opponent and nationally ranked Syracuse 2-1 and Ivy League foe Brown 2-1 to improve to 9-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in Ivy League play. Drought was an active part of the attack in the win over Syracuse and contributed the assist on junior forward Matthew Goncalves’ game-winner with 17 seconds remaining in the win over Brown. Cornell has won eight consecutive contests on the road.
Tucker Mann – Junior – Goalkeeper – St. Thomas (MN) – Tucker had a twelve save evening to anchor a stout St. Thomas defense in a scoreless 0-0 tie with nationally ranked Denver. It was a productive and gutsy evening of play for Mann and his teammates in a Summit League contest. The Tommies who are in their second year of play at the Division I level took a step forward to improve to 2-7-2 with a 1-0-1 mark in Summit League play. Mann and his St. Thomas teammates will seek to build on the result with Denver when they travel to face Omaha on Saturday.
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