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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 12, 2021

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Individuals Who Played A key Role In The Success Their Teams Achieved During The Week.

Alessandro Campoy – Fifth-Year Senior – Forward – UCF – Campoy scored four times to power UCF past FGCU 6-2. He placed a rebound in the back of the net, headed in a corner kick, made a nice run to finish a shot with a double assist from Kevin Andrews and Gino Vivi, and scored from the top of the box after receiving a pass from teammate Mauricio Villalobos. Campoy became the fourth UCF player and the first since Heikki Ritvanen did so in 1998 to score four times in a single game. UCF improves to 2-3-0 and will begin AAC Conference play when they travel to play Memphis on Saturday. l
Liam O’Brien – Senior – Forward – Belmont – O’Brien came through in the clutch for the Bruins placing a header into the back of the frame out of a free kick in the first half of play and driving a header into the net after receiving a well played pass from teammate Jack Shaw in overtime to power Belmont past Georgia State 2-1. O’Brien also had two shots on goal earlier in the week in Belmont’s 1-0 win over SIUE. The Bruins have now won three straight to improve to 3-2-0. Belmont has a difficult challenge coming up on Tuesday when they face local foe Lipscomb in what should be a spirited college soccer match.
Bojan Kolevski – Sophomore – Forward – Cleveland State – Kolevski helped Cleveland State get into the win column this week contributing a goal after receiving a through ball from Julian Pellegrini in their 3-2 win over St. Bonaventure and netting a hat trick and contributing the helper on the goal scored by Jannis Schmidt in their 4-1 win over Green Bay in Horizon League play. Cleveland State improves to 2-2-0 with a 1-0-0 mark in league play. The Vikings will host Horizon League opponent Detroit Mercy on Saturday.
Tyler Bagley – Fifth Year Senior – Midfielder – Cornell – Bagley was a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Big Red placing a shot into the upper left corner of the goal out of a free kick from 18-yards out and providing the helper on the goal scored by teammate Matthew Concalves in Cornell’s 2-1 win over Saint Joseph’s. He also played a key role in Cornell’s 4-3 win over UC Santa Barbara scoring from just outside the 18-yard box, converting a penalty kick, and contributing the assist on teammate Henry Hylbert’s game-winning goal out of a corner kick. The Big Red has now won three straight after a season opening 2-1 loss in overtime on the road to Wake Forest.
CJ Neville – Senior – Midfielder – Loyola Marymount – Neville made the most of his first action of the 2021 season sending a blast into the right upper shelf of the frame and driving a shot into the lower left corner of the net to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in Loyola Marymount’s 3-2 come from behind win over a game UC Riverside team. The Lions also topped CSUN 2-1 earlier in the week. Loyola Marymount has a tough test coming up on Friday when they travel to face UC Santa Barbara in what should be an exciting contest.
Ethan Homler – Junior – Midfielder – Binghamton – Homler came up with the big plays that the Bearcats needed to top Siena 1-0 and Canisius 3-1 on the road. Homler’s penalty kick and a solid defensive effort by the Binghamton backline that limited Siena to just three shots on goal gave the Bearcats the edge they needed to top Siena. Homler also converted a penalty kick and contributed an assist on teammate Noah Luescher’s goal in the win over Canisius. Binghamton is now 4-1-0 and will return to the pitch on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they travel to face Syracuse.
Dylan Sing – Junior – Midfielder – Western Michigan – Sing had a very productive week of play alertly controlling and sending a loose ball back into the frame to net the Bronco’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Butler. He followed that up by placing a shot into the bottom right corner of the frame from inside the box after receiving a pass from freshman forward Roni Sylejmani and converting a header served in out of a corner kick by senior midfielder Caden Jackman to help power the Broncos past Dayton 3-0. WKU improves to 2-2-1 and will seek to keep their win streak alive when they host Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday.
Cesar Sancho – Redshirt Junior – Defender – Presbyterian – Sancho was a difference maker for the Blue Hens making an impact on both sides of the ball. He was part of a Presbyterian backline that defended well in a 2-1 win over South Carolina. The win was the program’s first ever over South Carolina. Sancho also came up big for the Blue Hens when he converted a header out of a corner kick served in by sophomore forward Niklas Hoener. Presbyterian has won three straight to improve to 3-1-1. The Blue Hens will host Wofford on Tuesday and will open Big South play on Friday against High Point.
Daniel Wu – Junior – Defender – Georgetown – Wu’s return to the pitch after missing the 2020 season due to injury has been a big plus for the Hoyas. He was part of a Georgetown backline that held Santa Clara to only three shots on goal in route to a 1-0 win. Wu and his Hoya teammates also held Maryland to only one shot on goal in a subsequent 1-0 win over a very good Terp squad. Georgetown is 5-0-0 and will travel to Omaha to face Creighton on Saturday in a Big East Conference contest.
Esai Easley – Senior – Defender – Grand Canyon – Easley was part of a rock solid Lopes backline along with Miguel Prado and Alejandro Fernandez Alcaide that shutout Oregon State 1-0 in Corvallis. Easley was also a key ingredient in another solid Grand Canyon defensive effort and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with an assist from Shaun-Chris Joash and Marco Afonso in a subsequent 1-0 win over Saint Mary’s. Grand Canyon improves to 4-1-0 and will seek to enhance their record when they travel to face Cal Poly on Thursday in their last non-conference match before beginning the grind of WAC play.
Til Zinnhardt – Junior – Defender – Tulsa – Zinnhardt along with netminder Alex Lopez were key ingredients in a Tulsa defense that held Marquette to only three shots on goal in the process of securing a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles. He also put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball for Tulsa and contributed an assist on teammate Wyatt Takayoshi’s goal in a 5-1 win over Michigan State. Tulsa improves to 5-0-0 during which time they have scored 12 goals while allowing only two. Tulsa opens AAC play on Saturday in Tampa, Florida against USF.
George Marks – Senior – Goalkeeper – Clemson – Marks anchored a Clemson defense that shutout South Florida 3-0 and NC State 2-0. He posted three saves in the win over the Bulls and had an impressive six save evening in the win over the Wolfpack in Raleigh. Marks is a vital ingredient in a Tiger defense that has posted four straight shutouts and has only allowed a total of one goal to date in five contests. Clemson improves to 5-0-0 and will host Georgia Southern on Tuesday and ACC foe Boston College on Friday.
Will Meyer – Redshirt Senior – Goalkeeper – Akron – Count Meyer among the reasons why Akron is 4-0-1 and off of to a great start. He had an impressive six save contest including several game-saving stops in Akron’s 2-1 win over an explosive Pitt team. He also had six saves including several excellent diving stops that enabled the Zips to secure a 1-1 tie with a highly regarded Indiana University team. Akron will seek to keep their momentum intact when they travel to Columbus to tangle with Ohio State on Wednesday.

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