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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 18, 2022

The Team Of The Week REcognizes Players Who Played A Key Role In The Success That Their TEams Had During The Week

Jack Sarkos – Senior – Forward – Lehigh – Sarkos took advantage of the opportunities that came his way with a three goal evening to lead Lehigh to a 4-0 victory over American in their 2022 Patriot League opener. He also assisted on the goal scored by midfielder Jason Pynadath. Lehigh will seek to build on the momentum created by the win over American when they host Delaware on Tuesday and travel to Baltimore on Saturday to resume Patriot League play against Loyola Maryland.
Levonte Johnson – Senior – Forward – Syracuse – Johnson drove a volley into the back of the frame to net the lone goal in Syracuse’s 1-0 win over Niagara. He continued to be a difference maker in Clemson’s subsequent 2-1 on the road ACC win over number one ranked Clemson by assisting on the goal scored by teammate Jeorgio Kocevski and contributing the game-winning goal. Syracuse improves to 6-0-1 during which they have only allowed a total of two goals. The Orange will seek to build on the success they have enjoyed to date when they travel to face a good Colgate team on Tuesday followed by an ACC match at home on Saturday against Virginia.
Stephen Afrifa – Senior – Forward – FIU – Afrifa is an opportunistic goal scorer. He took advantage of two Tulsa turnovers and utilized his ball control skills to score twice in FIU’s easier that expected 3-0 win over Tulsa in the Panthers first ever AAC contest. The Panthers are 4-2-0 with a major test of their mettle coming up on Friday when they travel to Dallas to tangle with SMU in a key AAC matchup for both programs.
Chase Gilley – Junior – Forward – Robert Morris – Gilley made the runs he needed to make to be in position to finish the opportunities that came his way. The result was a three goal performance by Gilley in the first stanza of play in Robert Morris’ 5-0 win over Milwaukee. Junior forward Hugo Kadima contributed the assist on Gilley’s first two goals while freshman midfielder Anass Hadran and sophomore midfielder Gabe Norris provided helpers on this third goal. The Colonials secure their second win in a row in Horizon League play. Robert Morris hosts Saint Francis on Wednesday and resumes Horizon League play on Saturday when they welcome Purdue Fort Wayne to Moon Township.
Xavier Green – Senior – Midfielder – Ohio State – Green was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Buckeyes in a 3-3 tie on the road with Akron and a 2-1 win at home over Big Ten foe Indiana. Green scored unassisted in the contest with Akron and scored the Buckeyes first goal off a nice give and go with forward
Devyn Etling in the win over Indiana. The Buckeyes take to the road to play Cleveland State on Wednesday and travel to College Park for another huge Big Ten matchup on Sunday. Ohio State is 5-0-2.
Jackson Temple – Senior – Midfielder – Rutgers – Temple scored twice and contributed two assists to help power Rutgers past Albany 5-1. He also scored in the Scarlet Knights 4-2 season opening Big Ten win over Northwestern. Jackson has scored four goals and has four assists to date. Rutgers is 4-1-2. The Scarlet Knights resume Big Ten play with a match in Madison on Friday against Wisconsin. Rutgers is 4-1-2 overall.
Max Murray – Junior – Midfielder – Vermont – Murray had another productive week of play contributing what proved to be the game-winning goal in Vermont’s 2-1 win over Cornell when he alertly controlled and sent a rebound into the back of the net. He also scored the Catamounts first goal in their 2-1 win over UC Irvine. He has now scored a goal in three consecutive contests. Vermont improves to 5-1-1. The Catamounts play at Sienna on Wednesday and began America East play when they host Binghamton on Saturday.
Chris Rindow – Senior – Defender – Maryland – The Terp center back was a factor on both sides of the ball in Maryland’s 2-1 Big Ten opening win over Michigan. He converted a header with an assist from forward Hunter George and was a solid contributor on the defensive side of the ball putting in a full 90 minute shift. The Terps will be tested when they continue Big Ten play with contests in College Park against Penn State on Tuesday and Ohio State on Sunday.
Tommy Silva – Sophomore – Defender – UCLA – Silva made his presence known on both sides of the ball for the Bruins in a scoreless tie with Stanford on the road and a 2-1 win on the road over California. Silva was part of a bend but don’t break UCLA defensive effort that was anchored in goal by sophomore Nate Crawford that kept the Cardinal off of the board. He contributed an assist on the goals scored by forwards Kevin Diaz and Jose Contell in the win over California. The Bruins improve to 4-2-1.
Vidar Ragnarsson Freshman Defender Presbyterian – Ragnarsson drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick served in by sophomore midfielder Niklas Hoener to enable the Blue Hose to secure a 3-2 on the road win over Wofford. Presbyterian remains undefeated with a 5-0-0 record. The Blue Hose will put their unbeaten record on the line when they travel to face Clemson on Monday followed by their season opening Big South match on the road against Radford on Saturday.
Kasper Lehm – Senior – Defender – Elon – Lehm was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for Elon. He assisted on the goals scored by teammates Sam Durand and Mason Duval in Elon’s 2-0 on the road win over Furman. He also contributed the assist on Calle Edelstams’s goal in Elon’s 2-0 on the road CAA win over Delaware. Lehm has also been a solid part of a Phoenix defense that has not allowed a goal in 311 minutes of play. Elon is off to a solid 5-1-0 start. The Phoenix host Duke on Tuesday and travel to face CAA foe Monmouth on Saturday.
Russel Shealy – Redshirt Senior – Goalkeeper – Syracuse – Shealy has anchored a Syracuse defense that has only allowed two goals in seven games. This week he came up with the big stops that he needed to make to give his team the opportunity to shutout Niagara 1-0 and to top a highly regarded Clemson team 2-1 on the road. He had two saves in the win over Niagara and five including a couple of game saving stops in the win over Clemson. Syracuse will seek to keep the momentum that they have generated intact when they travel to face Colgate on Tuesday followed by an ACC match at home against Virginia on Saturday.
Greg Monroe – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – Siena – Monroe is among the reasons why Siena is off to their best start since 2014 with a 4-1-1 record. This week he had a rock solid 11 save contest to play a key role in the Saints 2-0 on the road win over a determined Merrimack team. Midfielder Junior Kone and forward Bilal Hersi scored in the second half of play to provide the punch that Siena needed on the offensive side of the ball. The Saints have a challenging week ahead with a contest at home on Wednesday against Vermont followed by a road trip to Providence to face Brown on Saturday.
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