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College Soccer News National Team Of The Week – Week Ending December 1, 2013

Patrick Mullins – Senior – Forward – Maryland

Mullins was again at the heart of the Maryland attack netting what proved to be the game-winning goal after teammate Tsubasa Endoh set the score up with a nice move and well played cross.  The goal was Mullins' sixteenth so far this year and gave the Terps a 1-0 win over UC Irvine. 

Adam Montaque – Junior – Forward – Michigan State 

Montaque came off the pine to place a left-footed shot into the upper left-hand corner of the goal after receiving a cross from sophomore midfielder Jay Chapman.  The goal was Montaque's fifth of the season and gave the Spartans the edge they needed to upset Georgetown 1-0. 

Michael Gamble – Sophomore – Forward – Wake Forest

Gamble contributed a goal and an assist in Wake Forest's 4-2 loss to Notre Dame.  Sean Okoli provided the helper on Gamble's goal while Gamble contributed the assist on teammmate Tolani Ibikunle's score. The Demon Deacons conclude the season with a 10-6-5 record.   

Cyle Larin – Freshman – Midfielder – Connecticut 

Larin scored twice to help Connecticut come from behind to top number one seeded UCLA in a match that required penalty kicks to determine who advanced.  Larin placed a deflection of teammate Allando Matheson's shot in the back of the net and also placed a deflection in the goal coming after a free kick into the box. 

Alec Sundly – Senior – Midfielder – California 

Sundly's hustle once again resulted in a key play for the Golden Bears. He made a nice back post run to be at the right place at the right time in order to take advantage of the opportunity to place the rebound of teammate Omid Jalali's shot into the back of the net. California topped Coastal Carolina 1-0 to advance to the Elite Eight.  

Michael Calderon – Senior – Midfielder – New Mexico

Calderon makes good things happen for the Lobos.  This week he assisted on the goals scored by teammates defender Riley McGovern and midfielder Oniel Fisher to play a key role in New Mexico's 2-0 win over Penn State. The Lobos advance to the Elite Eight to face Washington. 

Patrick Hodan – Sophomore – Midfielder – Notre Dame 

Hodan received a pass out of a short corner kick and created enough space off the dribble to fire a shot into the back of the net in Notre Dame's 4-2 win over Wake Forest. He has now scored a goal in four consecutive contests.  The Irish improve to 14-1-6 and advance to the Elite Eight.  

Kevin Cope – RS Senior – Defender – Michigan State

The Spartan captain and center back was part of a solid Michigan State defensive effort that shutout a very talented Georgetown team 1-0. Cope joined backs Rylan Thelen and Wesley Curtis and goalkeeper Zach Bennett to keep the Hoyas attack in check.    

Scott Thomsen – Sophomore – Defender – Virginia 

Thomsen drilled a shot into the upper 90 out of a free kick from 24 yards out to get the Cavaliers on the board and to start the momentum that carried Virginia to a 3-1 win over Marquette. He joined backs Zach Carroll, Kyler Sullivan, and Kevin McBride and keeper Calle Brown as part of a determined Cavalier defensive effort.    

Michael Harris – Senior – Defender – Washington

There is no doubt about the fact that Harris' flip throw has been a valuable addition to the Washington offense. This week he utilized it to send a throw-in into the six yard box which teammate Ian Lange was able to head into the back of the net to give the Huskies a 1-0 win over Stanford. Harris has a total of ten assists so far this year. 

Zack Steffen – Freshman – Goalkeeper – Maryland 

Steffen came up big for the Terps recording five saves including several game-saving stops to anchor a stout Maryland defense that shutout a very good U.C. Irvine team 1-0 to advance to the Elite Eight where they will face number four seeded California   


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