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College Soccer News National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 5, 2014

Emil Ekblom – Sophomore – Forward – Syracuse  Ekblom continues to come up with big plays for the Orange.  He decisively placed a header into the top right corner of the net in overtime after receiving a cross from Oyvind Alseth to give Syracuse the edge they needed to secure a hard fought 1-0 on the road win over Virginia Tech. The goal was Ekblom's sixth of the season and fifth game winner.  Syracuse is 9-1-0.   
Darwin Jones – Senior – Forward – Washington Jones makes good things happen.  He scored out of a free kick from 28 yards out and slotted a shot into the back of the frame from the top of the box after receiving a through ball from Ian Lange in Washington's 3-2 win over California. He also took advantage of a turnover in the box which he one-touched into the goal in Washington's 3-1 win over Stanford. The Huskies improve to 9-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in Pac-12 Play.  
Darius Madison – Junior – Forward – Virginia  Madison helped the Cavaliers get back on track this week.  He placed a rebound into the back of the net from close range and drove a header into the net after receiving a cross from Eric Bird in Virginia's 2-1 come from behind win over James Madison.  He also controlled a rebound of his own shot and sent it into the net to help the Cavaliers top Pittsburgh 3-0 in ACC play. Virginia is 6-3-1 overall. 
Tyler Blackwood – Senior – Forward – South Florida  Blackwood, who transferred to USF from the University of Tampa, netted his first career goal at USF and contriubuted an assist to help the Bulls top Georgia Southern 3-0.  He followed that performance with a hat trick to power the Bulls past Temple 3-0.  South Florida is now 6-3-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference action.  
Nick DePuy – Sophomore – Forward – UC Santa Barbara DePuy played a key role in two solid UCSB Big West Conference wins.  He netted the game winning goal and contriubuted an assist on teammate Duncan Backus's goal to help the Gauchos top CSUN 2-1.  He also came up big for UCSB when with less than a minute remaining in regulation he drove a shot into the back of the net from 35 yards out to propel the Gauchos past UC Irvine 1-0. 
Khiry Shelton – Senior – Midfielder – Oregon State In one of the more unusual games of the 2014 season to date, Shelton netted a hat trick as well as teammate Timmy Mueller as Oregon State displayed a lot of determination and talent in topping California 6-2.  Shelton netted his first goal of the evening after receiving a through ball from Mueller.  Shelton also contributed the assist on Mueller's first goal of the evening.  Oregon State rebounds after a 1-0 loss to Stanford on Thursday to improve to 8-3-0. 
Yianni Sarris – Senior – Midfielder – Ohio State An opportunistic Sarris helped the Buckeyes get back on the winning side of the ledger. He scored from the top of the box netting the lone goal of the evening to give Ohio State a 1-0 win over highly regarded Louisville.  He also alertly took advantage of a turnover in the box to contribute a goal in the Buckeyes solid 3-2 win in Big Ten Conference play over Michigan State. Ohio State gains momentum and improves to 4-3-3.
Matt Danilack – Freshman – Midfielder – Dartmouth Danilack helped the Big Green secure wins over Vermont 2-1 and Princeton 2-1.  He scored in the win over Vermont and converted a header out of a free kick in overtime in the victory over Princeton. Dartmouth improves to 5-2-1 overall and is 1-0-0 in Ivy Legue action.  
Cole Missimo – Junior – Midfielder – Northwestern  Missimo had a one goal and two-assist game to help the Wildcats top Maryland 3-2 in overtime. Missimo netted the golden goal in overtime with a double assist from Joey Calistri and Brandon Medina.  He also assisted on the goals scored by teammates Henry Herrill and Calistri. Northwestern is now 5-1-4 overall with a 1-1-2 mark in Big Ten play.   
Daniel Grundei – Senior – Defender – Hofstra  Grundei was solid on both sides of the ball helping Hofstra top Binghamton 1-0 and Elon 2-0 to up their record to 5-3-2.  Grundei decisively controlled a rebound and then sent it into the back of the net to provide the lone goal in the win over Binghamton.  He also was part of a solid Hofstra defensive showing in both contests.  
Craig Nitti – RS Senior – Defender – LMU Nitti had a very productive weekend of play. The LMU center back converted a penalty kick to net the lone score for the Lions in their 1-1 tie with Santa Clara.  He also placed a shot into the top right corner of the goal out of a free kick from twenty-five yards out to help LMU secure a 3-1 win over San Francisco.  LMU improves to 4-3-3 overall.  
Charlie Lyon – RS Senior – Goalkeeper – Marquette Lyon anchors a tenacious Marquette defense that shutout Wisconsin 2-0 and tied highly regarded Georgetown 0-0 on the road to extend their program-record shutout streak to seven games.  Lyon was credited with three saves in the win over Wisconsin and five saves in the contest with Georgetown.  Lyon has not allowed a goal in 718:39 minutes of play.  The Golden Eagles are 6-2-1.   


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