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College Soccer News – Men’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending september 4, 2022

The Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers During The Week.

Stephen Afrifa – Senior – Forward – FIU – Afrifa was a difference maker on the offensive side of the ball scoring twice to give FIU the edge they needed to secure a signature 2-1 on the road win over North Carolina. The Panthers also topped St. John’s 1-0 earlier in the week to improve to 2-1-0 after a season opening loss to Akron. FIU hosts North Florida on Tuesday and travels to face a better than their current record indicates New Hampshire team on Saturday.
Ilijah Paul – Sophomore – Forward – Washington – Paul had a productive week of play. He scored with an assist from forward Chris Meyers in the Huskies 2-1 win over an always competitive Central Arkansas team and contributed three goals in Washington’s 4-1 win over a previously unbeaten Utah Valley team. The Huskies travel to Tampa to face South Florida on Tuesday.
Steven Hernandez – Freshman – Forward – UNCG – The freshman forward from Winston Salem, North Carolina came up big for the Spartans with a goal in the first half of play and two in the second stanza in UNCG’s 5-1 win over Coastal Carolina. The Spartans face a difficult challenge when they host a very good High Point University team on Tuesday followed by a contest with VCU in Richmond on Saturday.
Spencer Hanks – Sophomore -Forward – UMBC – Hanks has been among the reasons why the Retrievers are off to a 4-0-0 start for the first time since 2013. Hanks, who missed the 2021 season due to a torn ACL, contributed the game-winner in UMBC’s 4-1 win over St. Francis Brooklyn and scored the Retrievers’ first goal in their 2-1 win over FDU. The Retrievers also topped Lehigh 2-0 during the week. Hanks has five goals and one assist in UMBC’s first four contests.
Brage Aasen – Senior – Forward – Quinnipiac – Aasen scored twice to lead the Bobcats past Vermont 2-0. He also contributed an assist on both of the goals that senior forward David Bercedo scored in Quinnipiac’s subsequent 3-2 win over Hartford. Quinnipiac bounces back from a season opening loss to Boston College to improve to 2-1-0. The Bobcats travel to tangle with Northeastern on Tuesday and return home to face CCSU on Saturday.
Dyson Clapier – Sophomore – Forward – Akron – Clapier had a very productive week of play scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on the goals scored by forward Josh Hallenberger and midfielder Johnny Fitzgerald in Akron’s come from behind win over VCU. Clapier also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Akron’s 5-1 victory over Wright State. The Zips host Michigan State on Monday and travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana on Friday.
Jannis Schmidt – Senior – Midfielder – Cleveland State – Schmidt scored twice to propel the Vikings to a 2-1 come from behind win over UIC. He also contributed a goal in their subsequent 4-2 win over Army. Cleveland State improves to 3-0-0 and is off to their best start since 1982. The Vikings have a chance to secure a signature win when they host nationally ranked Marshall on Wednesday.
Peter Mangione – Sophomore – Midfielder – Penn State – Mangione placed a header into the net that was set up by a pass from freshman defender Matthew Henderson and converted a penalty kick to play a key role in Penn State’s 3-2 win over West Virginia. The Nittany Lions will seek to up their win total when they travel to face George Mason on Monday and host Princeton on Friday.
Conor Kelly – Graduate Student – Midfielder – NC State – Kelly powered the Wolfpack attack with a three goal evening in their 4-0 win over Wofford and netted the lone goal in NC State’s 1-1 tie with Mercer. The Wolfpack travel to face Radford on Monday and then begin ACC play on Saturday against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
Riley Ferch – Senior – Midfielder – UCLA – Ferch was the catalyst on the offensive side of the ball scoring twice and contributing the assist on junior forward Andre Ochoa’s goal in UCLA’s 5-2 win over Liberty. The Bruins will seek to extend their current three game win streak when they host Grand Canyon on Monday. UCLA then takes to the road for the first time this year when they travel to face Portland on Saturday.
Antino Lopez – Junior – Defender – Duke – Lopez was again a rock solid ingredient in a Duke defense along with goalkeeper Eliot Hamill that shutout Michigan 3-0. The Blue Devils are 3-0-0 and have not allowed a goal in their three games to date. Lopez and his Duke teammates have a difficult challenge coming up on Saturday when they take to the road for the first time this year to tangle with ACC foe Louisville.
Timo Hummrich – Graduate Student – Defender – Fordham – Hummrich scored after receiving a cross from freshman forward Nathan Simes and contributed the assist on Simes’ game-winning goal in Fordham’s 2-1 on the road win over LIU. Hummrich also was a solid contributor on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams secure a win over LIU for the first time since 2000. Fordham hosts Manhattan on Tuesday and UMBC on Friday.
Ronan Wynne – Junior – Defender – Denver – Wynne drove a header out of a corner kick served in by midfielder Sam Bassett into the back of the net and put in a solid 90 minute shift on the defensive side of the ball to help the Pioneers top Maryland 2-0 in College Park. Things don’t get any easier for the Pioneers with a contest coming up on Monday in Washington against Georgetown.
Gabriel Gjergil – Fifth Year Senior – Goalkeeper – Butler – Gjergil had a seven save evening in goal to anchor a stout Butler defense that shutout Marshall 1-0. The shutout was Gjergil’s second of the 2022 season and 18th during his tenure at Butler. Butler also secured a 2-1 win over Oakland. The Bulldogs are now 3-0-0 and will travel to Columbus to face Ohio State on Friday.
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