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College Soccer News – National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 25, 2016

Chris Arling – Sophomore – Forward – New Hampshire 

Arling scored twice to lead the Wildcat offense in a 3-0 win over Northeastern. In New Hampshire's 3-0 win over Yale he contributed an assist on teammate freshman midfielder Jack Dickinson's goal, scored from six yards out with a helper from Dickinson, and decisively drove a header into the back of the net out of a free kick served in by sophomore midfielder Alex Valencia. Arling has scored a total of nine goals so far this year. New Hampshire improves to 8-1-0.

Riggs Lennon – Senior – Forward – Creighton The senior transfer from the University of Virginia who is from Paradise Valley, Arizona tied a Creighton school-record when he found the back of the net four times to power the Bluejays past DePaul 4-1. His first goal came from the middle of the box after receiving a cross from Noah Franke. Goal two was a header out of a corner kick served in by Joel Rydstrand. Goal three was at close range with an assist from Akeem Ward. Lennon's fourth goal was a one-timer to the far post with Franke and Myles Englis contributing helpers. Creighton improves to 5-1-2 with a 2-0-0 mark in Big East action.   
Justin Dhillon – Senior – Forward – Cal Poly  Dhillon's fifth goal of the year was the game-winner in Cal Poly's 1-0 win over UCLA before a crowd of 7,032 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California. Dhillon sent a blast into the top right corner of the net from thirty yards out after receiving and controlling a pass from teammate sophomore defender Nick Carroll. Junior Eric Kam had two saves in goal to record the shutout for the Mustangs who are now 2-4-1 after a very competitive schedule to date that should prepare them well for Big West Conference play. 
Nils Bruening – Sophomore – Forward – North Carolina The Tar Heel forward wore out the back of the net Friday night with a four goal evening to lead UNC to a decisive 5-0 victory over Boston College. Goal one was a one-timer into the net after receiving a cross from Alan Winn. Goal two was another one-timer from within the box with helpers from Nico Melo and Winn. Goal three came after recieving a cross from Zach Wright. Bruening's final goal came off the far post with Jack Skahan and Wright contributing assists. UNC also topped William and Mary on Tuesday and is 7-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in ACC play.  It was a good weekend on the gridiron and on the soccer pitch for UNC. 
Arion Sobers-Assue – RS Sophomore – Forward – FGCU Few players in the country had a more productive week on the offensive side of the ball than Sobers-Assue. He posted a hat trick to lead the Eagles in a 5-1 thumping of FAU on Tuesday evening in Fort Myers.  He also scored from within the box after receiving a pass from senior forward Dylan Sacramento in FGCU's 4-1 win Saturday night on the road over NJIT in an Atlantic Sun Conference contest. Sacramento also netted two goals in the win over NJIT. FGCU has now won six straight to improve to 6-2-1 with a 1-0-0 mark in ASUN play.   
Mohamed Thiaw – Junior – Forward – Louisville  Thiaw, who was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College before transferring to Louisville this year, continues to be a difference maker for the Cardinals.  He scored the game-winning goal with an assist from junior back Tim Kubel to give Lousiville the edge they needed to top Saint Louis on the road.  Thiaw also scored twice in Louisville's surprising 6-1 thumping of Virginia. Louisville extended its winning streak to five games in a row to improve to 7-1-1 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in ACC play. 
Jalen Brown – Senior – Midfielder – Xavier  Brown is among the reasons why Xavier has won three out of their last four contests. He made a nice run down the left side of the pitch to put himself in position to one-time a shot into the back of the frame after receiving a pass from teammate Majed Osman. He also was credited with an assist along with Matt Nance on forward Matt Vasquenza's goal in the Musketeers 2-0 win on the road over Georgetown. Xavier is now 4-2-2 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in Big East play. 
Kurtis Turner – Senior – Midfielder – South Carolina   Turner has been an impact player since arriving on campus as a freshman. He scored South Carolina's first goal from twenty yards out with an assist from freshman forward Luca Mayr to help the Gamecocks secure a solid win over in-state rival Furman 3-0.  He also assisted on teammate Koty Millards goal in South Carolina's 3-1 victory over Georgia State. South Carolina has now won four straight to improve to 5-3-0. 
Julio Cervantes – Senior – Midfielder – Pacific Cervantes has been a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for Pacific. He netted the insurance goal with a double assist from Anthony Orendain and Tristan Blackman in the Tiger's 2-0 on the road upset win over San Diego State. He also scored Pacific's first goal with Blackman supplying the helper in their 2-0 win on the road over Cal State Fullerton. Cervantes has scored in three straight games for Pacific. The Tigers have won six straight to up their record to date to 7-2-0. 
Graham Smith – Junior – Midfielder – Denver  The Pioneer defensive midfielder contributued on both sides of the ball this week.  He was part of a solid Denver defensive effort that resulted in a 0-0 tie with Creighton on Wednesday night at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. He also scored the Pioneers opening goal and then added the game-winning goal to enable Denver to slip past Fort Wayne 4-3 in a closer than anticipated contest at home in the Pioneers season opening Summit League game. Denver is now 8-0-2 with a 1-0-0 mark in Summit League play. 
Tim Kubel –  Junior – Defender – Louisville  Kubel was part of a rock solid Louisville defense that shutout Saint Louis 1-0. He also contributed the assist on teammate Mohamed Thiaw's game-winning goal in that contest. Kubel followed that game up with a four assist evening to play a key role in Louisville's 6-1 win over a highly regarded Virginia team. The four assists established a new school record for assists in a single contest and upped his total to seven so far this year. Louisville has now won five straight to improve to improve to 7-1-1.  
Aaron Jones – Senior – Defender – Clemson  Jones contributed on both sides of the ball helping Clemson secure a 5-0 win over non-conference foe Gardner-Webb and a 2-1 win on the road over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech. He assisted on one of teammate Diego Campos' two goals in the win over Gardner-Webb and scored the Tiger's first goal in the contest with the Hokies when he surgically placed a shot around the Virgina Tech wall and into the netting out of a free kick from just outside the box. Clemson improves to 5-1-1 with a 1-1-1 mark in conference play. 
Alec Ferrell – RS Senior – Goalkeeper – Wake Forest  Ferrell along with backs Kevin Politz, Logan Gdula, Hunter Bandy and Sam Raden have been a part of a tenacious Demon Deacon defense that has not been scored on in 728:28 minutes while recording seven clean sheets in a row.  Ferrell had five saves in Wake Forest's 2-0 win over FIU and four saves in their 1-0 win over N.C. State in an ACC contest. The Deacons are now 7-1-1 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in ACC play. 


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