Awards

Awards

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 11, 2018

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week reflects key individual performers across the country in a week which was highlighted by conference tournaments and the automatic berths that accompany them. 

Marcel Zajac

Junior

Forward 

Akron 

Zajac was a force on the offensive side of the ball as Akron defeated SIUE 2-1, West Virginia 3-1 and Western Michigan 3-0 to claim the MAC Conference Tournament Title.  He netted the game-winner against SIU, contributed an assit in the win over West Virginia, and scored twice in the win over Western Michigan.  

Tate Schmitt

Senior

Forward

Louisville 

Schmitt was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament after contributing a goal and two assists as the number four seeded Cardinals topped number one seed Wake Forest 2-1 and number two seed North Carolina 1-0 to win the ACC Tournament.  

JJ Williams

Junior

Forward 

Kentucky

Williams sloted a shot into the back post that was set up by a cross from Kalil Elmedkhar in Kentucky's 2-1 win over Marshall.  He also netted the lone goal in Kentucky's 1-0 win over Charlotte in the CUSA Championship match.  Williams has found the back of the net a total of sixteen times so far this year. 

Laurence Wyke

Senior

Midfielder

Furman

Wyke was solid on both sides of the ball as Furman claimed the Southern Conference Tournament title with wins over ETSU 2-1 and UNCG 3-0.  Wyke scored the game-winner in overtime out of a corner kick in the game with ETSU.  He also contributed the helper on one of Emery May's two goals in the contest with UNCG. 

Cory Thomas

RS Senior

Midfielder 

Indiana 

Thomas was a catalyst in the center of the park for the Hoosiers who captured the Big Ten Tournament by advancing past Maryland in a penalty kick shootout and Michigan 3-0 in the championship contest. Thomas converted his penalty kick in the shootout against Maryland and scored in the win over Michigan. 

Daniel Aguirre

Sophomore

Midfielder 

UC Riverside

Aguirre is among the reasons why UC Riverside's magical run continues.  He scored with an assist from Antonio Lokossou in the Highlanders 3-2 win over CS Fullerton.  He also converted his penalty kick in the pk shootout as UC Riverside advanced past UC Davis after the game  was scoreless at the conclusion of regularion and overtime.  

Hannes Burmeister

Senior

Midfielder

Georgia State 

Burmeister scored three times to help power Georgia State past rival  Georgia Southern 4-2 to secure GSU's first ever Sun Belt title and return to the NCAA Tourney field for the first time since 2011.  The Panthers defeated Coastal Carolina 2-1 to advance to the championship match. 

Oliver Harris 

Senior 

Midfielder 

Colgate 

Harris was a difference maker as Colgate defeated American 3-2, Lehigh 2-1 and Army 1-0 to claim the programs third straight Patriot League Championship. He contribututed two assists in the win over American and scored twice in the win over Lehigh. 

Jacob Graiber

RS Sophomore

Defender 

UIC 

Graiber was rock solid playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for the Flames who advanced past IUPUI in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout and then topped Wright State 3-1 to win the Horizon League Championship. Graiber was named the  Tournament MVP. 

Brendan McDonough

Senior

Defender

Georgetown

McDonough was part of a Hoyas defense that shutout Providence 4-0 and Marquette 2-0 to capture the Big East Championship. McDonough also converted a header out of a corner kick served in by teammate  Kyle Zajec in the championship game. 

Josh Bauer

Sophomore

Defender 

New Hampshire

Bauer was part of a Wildcat defense that shutout UMass Lowell 2-0 and UMBC 5-0 to win New Hampshire's first ever America East Tournament championship.  For his efforts he was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.  

George Tasouris 

RS Freshman

Goalkeeper

Grand Canyon

Tasouris had a total of twenty-two saves between the pipes to solidify a stout Grand Canyon defense that shutout Utah Valley 1-0, Air Force 1-0, and San Jose State 1-0 to claim  the WAC Tournament Championship for the first time in the history of the program.    

Pablo Gatinois

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Rider 

Gatinois anchored a stout Rider defense that shutout Iona 2-0, Fairfield, 2-0 and Quinnipiac 1-0 to secure the program's third MAAC Championship in the past four seasons.  He posted a career high ten saves in the championship contest with Quinnipiac.   

 

Grand Canyon Goalkeeper George Tasouris - College Soccer News National Player of the Week - Week Ending November 11, 2018

George Tasouris RS Freshman Goalkeeper Grand Canyon

Tasouris has been at the heart of a GCU defense that has not allowed a goal in the past 320 minutes of play.

Last week he had a total of twenty-two saves as Grand Canyon posted clean sheets over Utah Valley 1-0, Air Force 1-0 and San Jose State 1-0 to win the WAC Tournament and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

For his work between the pipes, Tasouris was named the WAC Tournament MVP.

The Lopes under the leadership of head coach Schellas Hyndman will keep what has been a special season alive when they travel to face UC Irvine out of the Big West Conference on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.