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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 26, 2021

Impact Players Made Their Presence Known In A Week Of Highly Competitive Play

Bryan Iliohan – Junior – Forward – California Baptist – Iliohan scored twice in California Baptist’s 4-2 win over St Thomas out of the Summit League. He also scored all three of the Lancers goals in their Western Athletic Conference season opening 3-1 win over UNLV. Iliohan placed a shot into the far side of the net after running onto a long pass from Danny Garcia, drove a header into the net served in by Luis Mueller, and completed a hat trick after creating the seam he needed off the dribble to send a shot into the frame from within the box. California Baptist improves to 6-1-1 and will continue WAC play on Friday when they travel to San Antonio to tangle with Incarnate Word.
Theo Collomb – Sophomore – Forward – UNCG – Collomb helped UNCG secure one of the best wins in the history of the program when he put two picture perfect shots into the back of the net in the Spartans 3-1 win over Clemson. He followed that performance up with three goals and two assists in the first half of play to power UNCG past VMI 7-0. UNCG is undefeated in their past five games to improve to 6-2-1 overall with a 1-0-0 mark in Southern Conference play. The Spartans have a challenging contest coming up with Coastal Carolina on Tuesday in Conway, South Carolina.
Tola Showunmi – Senior – Forward – New Hampshire – Showunmi continues to provide firepower to the Wildcats offense. This week he scored New Hampshire’s first two goals in a 5-0 win over Quinnipiac. He also scored with an assist from midfielder Linus Fallberg in their 4-1 win over Hartford. New Hampshire is 9-0-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in America East play. Showunmi is a key part of a New Hampshire attack that has outscored its opponents 20 to 3 so far this season. The Wildcats host Harvard out of the Ivy League on Tuesday and resume America East play with a match at home on Friday.
Tyler Young – Redshirt Sophomore – Midfielder – Campbell – Young was a factor in Campbell’s 3-2 win over UNCW and 3-1 win over Radford. He sent a curving ball into the net out of a corner kick to give the Camels an early advantage in the win over UNCW and one-touched a shot into the back of the frame from inside the box that was set up by a double assist from Kemy Amiche and Jake Morris to net Campbells first goal in their season opening Big South Conference win Radford. The Camels are 6-2-1 and will face Elon on the road in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday.
Edrey Caceres – Freshman – Midfielder – Marquette – Caceres jump started a Golden Eagle offense that had been awol for four contests when he placed a shot into upper left corner out of a set piece in the first half of play and and threaded another goal into the net in the second stanza after receiving a cross from Zyan Andrade to help power Marquette to a huge 3-1 win on the road over Seton Hall in Big East Conference action. Marquette returns to the win column and will seek to build on their 4-4-0 overall record when they host a surging Providence team on Saturday.
Joe Britto – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Charlotte – Britto was a difference maker in Charlottes 3-0 win over South Carolina in its 2021 Conference USA season opener during which he assisted on the goals scored by teammates Kameron Lacey and Preston Popp and converted a penalty kick. The 49ers improve to 5-2-0 and host Wofford on Tuesday before resuming CUSA play on Saturday against FIU in Miami.
Brett St. Martin – Senior – Defender – Maryland – The Terp center back and team captain was a rock solid presence on the defensive side of the ball putting in two full ninety minutes of play in Maryland’s 2-0 win over High Point and 2-1 win over Big Ten opponent Ohio State. St. Martin is a key part of a bend but don’t break Maryland defense that has held opponents to a total of seven goals to date. The Terps improve to 7-1-0 with a 2-0-0 record in Big Ten play. They have a big game coming up on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they host Rutgers.
Kipp Keller – Junior – Defender – Saint Louis – The Billiken center back put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball and his header out of a corner kick put in play by John Klein proved to be the game-winning goal in Saint Louis’ Atlantic Ten 4-0 win over George Mason. Keller’s play is among the reasons why Saint Louis remains unbeaten with a 5-0-3 overall record and 2-0-0 mark in A-10 play. The Billikens travel to face Kansas City on Tuesday night and then return home to host Fordham in a conference contest.
Melker Anshelm – Redshirt Junior – Defender – James Madison – Anshelm was a difference maker on both sides of the ball this week for the Dukes. He was a key part of a JMU backline that shutout in-state foe Virginia 1-0 and scored the game-winner in overtime out of a corner kick after it was tapped to him by midfielder Clay Obara. The win halted a 20-match winless streak against Virginia. Anshelm also put in a full ninety minute shift in JMU’s subsequent 2-0 shutout CAA opponent Elon. James Madison improves to 7-2-0 and will face George Washington on Tuesday in Washington.
Kendall Burks – Junior – Defender – Washington – For the second week in a row a Washington defender has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. This week it is Burks who was a key ingredient on both sides of the ball for the Huskies in wins over crosstown rival Seattle 2-1 and Portland 2-0. In the win over Seattle, Burks flicked a header into the back of the net out of a throw in with a double assist from defenders Charlie Ostrem and Ryan Sailor. He also contributed a header after receiving a long ball out of a free kick put in play by midfielder Dylan Teves that bounced off a Portland player and into the goal. Washington is now 7-0-0.
Luka Gavran – Redshirt Junior – Goalkeeper – St. John’s – Garvan came up with the stops that he needed to make to put his team in position to win. He had a five save evening between the pipes to play a key role in the Red Storms 2-0 win over Creighton in Big East Conference action. St. John’s gains momentum with five straight wins to improve to 6-2-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in conference play. The Red Storm travel to face Princeton out of the Ivy League on Tuesday followed by a crucial Big East matchup on Saturday with UConn in Storrs.
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