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College Soccer News Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 23, 2023

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers For Their Teams During The Week

CJ Coppola – Sophomore – Forward – Saint Louis – Coppola contributed the lone goal of the evening to give Saint Louis the edge they needed to top Oral Roberts 1-0. He also scored the game-winning goal with an assist from freshman midfielder Carlos Leatherman in the Billikens 2-1 win over Atlantic 10 foe Fordham before a standing room only crowd of over 6,000 fans at Hermann Stadium. Saint Louis is now 4-1-3 with a 1-0-1 record in A-10 play.
Jelldrik Dallmann – Graduate Student – Forward – SMU – Dallmann scored twice and goalkeeper Cole Johnson had six saves including a huge stop on a penalty kick to lead the Mustangs past South Florida in Tampa. Dallmann has six goals and one assist so far. SMU improves to 7-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.
Ryan Carmichael – Senior – Forward – Hofstra -Carmichael, the 2022 CAA Player of the Year, scored and assisted on the goal scored by junior midfielder Teddy Baker in the Pride’s 3-0 win over LIU. He also netted both of Hofstra’s goals in their subsequent 2-1 win over William and Mary in a CAA matchup. Carmichael has seven goals and four assists on the season. The Pride is 6-1-2 overall with a 1-0-2 mark in conference play.
Josemir Gomez – Sophomore – Forward – IUPUI – Gomez found the back of the net twice to help power the Jaguars past Oakland 2-1 in an Horizon League contest. He is responsible for four of the nine goals that IUPUI has scored to date. The Jaguars improve to 4-3-1 overall with a perfect 3-0-0 mark in Horizon League play.
Alex Harris – Freshman – Forward – Cornell – Harris scored twice to lead Cornell past highly regarded Syracuse 2-1 and provided a helper on the goal scored by senior forward Matthew Goncalves in the Big Red’s subsequent 1-1 tie with Ivy League foe Harvard. Cornell continues what has so far been a roller coaster up and down season when they welcome Brown to Ithaca on Saturday.
Quenzi Huerman – Graduate Student – Midfielder – North Carolina – The All-Big East First Team transfer from Seton Hall placed a shot into the net after taking advantage of a Duke turnover at the top of the box to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in UNC’s 2-1 win over the Blue Devils. The Tar Heels remain undefeated with a 4-0-3 overall record and 1-0-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. UNC has a tough ACC contest coming up on Friday when they travel to face Pitt.
Roberto Ordonez – Junior – Midfielder – Cal State Fullerton – Ordonez earns back-to-back spots on the College Soccer News Team of the Week with another productive week of play during which he converted a penalty kick to give the Titans the separation they needed to top a very competitive LMU team 1-0 on the road. He also contributed a helper on the goals scored by Sulaiman Bah and Mario Carlos in Cal State Fullerton’s 2-0 win over a good San Diego side. The Titans are unbeaten in their last seven contests to improve to 6-2-2.
Jorge Lopez – Freshman – Midfielder – Grand Canyon – Lopez scored twice and sophomore forward Bright Nutornutsi contributed a goal and two helpers in Grand Canyon’s 3-1 win over Houston Christian. Lopez has scored four times in GCU’s last three contests. The Lopes have a difficult contest coming up on Wednesday against SMU in Dallas before beginning WAC play at California Baptist on Sunday.
Sam Bassett – Junior – Midfielder – Denver – Bassett had a productive week of play for the Pioneers. He scored both of Denver’s goals in their 2-0 win over Summit League opponent St. Thomas and contributed the helper on Oje Ofunrein’s equalizer in the 84th minute of play in their subsequent 2-2 tie on the road with Seattle. Denver is 5-1-3 with a 1-0-0 mark in Summit League play.
Jad Smaira – Junior – Defender – Holy Cross – Smaira was at the heart of a solid Holy Cross defense that shutout Massachusetts 1-0 and Patriot League foe Army 2-0. Smaira put in a full 180 minutes of play during the week helping the Crusaders improve to 3-4-2 and gain momentum that they can build on.
Hosei Kijima – Senior – Defender – Wake Forest – Kijima scored what proved to be the game-winning goal out of a free kick to help Wake Forest top Clemson in a crucial ACC contest. The goal is Kijima’s first of the 2023 season and seventh of his career. Wake Forest also topped Liberthy 3-1 with junior midfielder Roald Mitchell contributing two goals. The Demon Deacons are 5-1-3 with a 1-1-1 mark in conference play.
Blake Gillingham – Redshirt Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Creighton – Gillingham had a nine save week in goal during which the Bluejays had a scoreless tie on the road against Tulsa and a 2-1 win on the road in Big East play with DePaul.
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