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College Soccer News Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 24, 2013

Wojciech Wojcik – Senior – Forward – Bradley

Wojcik contributed to all three Bradley scores with an assisit and two goals including the game-winning goal in overtime to play a key role in the Brave's 3-2 win over Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tourney. He also scored Bradley's lone goal in their 3-1 loss to California in the second round of play.  

Tim Kreutz – RS Junior – Forward – Michigan State

Kreutz tallied his fourth game-winning goal and ninth of the season out of a free-kick with a double assist from Kevin Cope and Adam Montague in the second overtime period to give the Spartans the edge they needed to top Louisville 1-0.  Cope sent a ball into the box that Montague flicked to Kreutz who deposited it just inside the left post.  

Coco Navarro – Freshman – Forward – Marquette 

Navarro's game-winning goal with twenty-five seconds remaining in the first overtime period enabled Marquette to defeat Akron 1-0 and secured the program's first ever win in NCAA Tourney play. The goal was set up when senior Adam Lysak played a back-heel pass to defender Paul Dillon who lofted a cross into the top of the six-yard box that Navarro side-volleyed into the back of net.   

Miguel Gonzalez – Senior – Forward – Seattle University

Gonzalez helped engineer what may have been the the biggest upset in the first round of play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament when he scored from ten and twenty-five yards out to lead the Redhawks to a 2-1 come from behind win in Omaha over Creighton. Seattle's historical season in which they earned their first berth in the NCAA Tourney at the Division I level came to an end when they were defeated 4-2 by Washington in the second round of play.   

Leo Stolz – Junior – Midfielder – UCLA 

Stolz was again the catalyst for the Bruins with three assists in UCLA's 4-0 win over Elon in the second round of the NCAA Tourney.  Victor Chavez scored twice for UCLA and Joe Sofia and Aaron Simmons each added a single goal.  The number one seeded Bruins advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will host a very good Connecticut team.  

Ricky Greensfelder – RS Freshman – Midfielder – Wake Forest

Greensfelder's first-career goal proved to be the game-winning goal in Wake Forest's 2-1 win over a very determined Navy team.  Greensfelder also assisted on teammate Sean Okoli's goal.  The game-winner came off the left foot of Greensfelder after receiving a nice cross from teammate Chris Duvall.  Wake Forest advances to the Sweet Sixteen to face number three seeded Notre Dame.

Eric Bird – Junior – Midfielder – Virginia 

Bird continues to make things happen for the Cavaliers.  He drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by teammate sophomore Scott Thomsen and assited along with teammate Patrick Foss in junior Ryan Zinkhan's first half goal out of a free kick.  Bird has scored a total of seven times so far this season.  Virginia advances to the Sweet Sixteen and will host #9 seeded Marquette in what looks to be a very interesting matchup.  

Alec Sundly – Senior – Midfielder – California 

Sundly was the catalyst in Californa's 3-1 win over the Bradley Braves scoring twice and contributing the assist on teammate Steve Birnbaum's goal. Seth Casiple and Connor Hallisey contributed the helpers on Sundly's goals. California gets back in the win column and improves to 13-4-2.  The Golden Bears advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host Coastal Carolina.  

Shawn McLaws – Junior – Defender – Coastal Carolina 

McLaws anchored a bend but don't break Coastal Carolina backline that contained a multi-dimensional Charlotte offense to enable the Chanticleers to secure a 1-0 win over the 49ers to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to tangle with #4 seeded California.  Coastal Carolina out of the Big South Conference ups their record to date to 19-4-0.   

Andrew O'Malley – Senior – Defender – Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish captain was a key part of a Notre Dame defense that shutout Wisconsin 4-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament play. O'Malley and his teammates improve their record to 13-1-6 overall and will now host fellow ACC member Wake Forest on Sunday, December 1 in what should be a very competive match.  

Drew Hutchins – Senior – Goalkeeper – Stanford 

Hutchins did a little bit of everything to help Stanford advance past LMU in penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA Tourney.  He pushed forward in the closing seconds of the match and assisted on teammate Zach Batteer's last second goal that sent the match into overtime.  During the shootout he converted a penalty kick and made two big saves.  Hutchins also recorded the shutout in goal in Stanford's 1-0 win over C.S. Northridge in the second round to send the Cardinal into the Sweet Sixteen. 

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