National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Player of the Week - Wisconsin Goalkeeper Philipp Schilling - Week Ending November 12, 2017

Philipp Schilling  Red Shirt Senior  Goalkeeper Wisconsin 

Team captain Schilling was brilliant between the pipes for the Badgers with seven saves including several key stops to play a key role in Wisconsin's 4-0 win over Big Ten regular season winner Michigan in the semifianls of the conference tournament. Schilling followed that performance up with seven saves during regulation as Wisconsin and Indiana played to a scoreless tie after 110 minutes of play. The Badgers then prevailed 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout during which he made a key stop and converted a penalty kick. 

John Trask pretty much summed things up when he stated, "Phil is as good of a goalkeeper as there is in the country and he proved that today." 

Wisconsin claimed their first Big Ten title in twenty-three years, improved to 11-4-4 overall, and punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. 



College Soccer News - National Player of the Week - Wake Forest Forward Jon Bakero - Week Ending November 5, 2017

Jon Bakero  Senior Forward  Wale Forest 

Bakero is a finisher. He drove a header into the back of the net after receiving a cross from Brandon Servania and sent a one-timer into the far-post that was set up by passes from Logan Gdula and Luis Argudo to lead the Demon Deacons past Virginia Tech 3-0 in an ACC Tournament Quarterfinal contest.

Bakero is a playmaker who has scored thirteen times so far this year and contributed thirteen assists.

Wake Forest improves to 16-1-1 and advances to face a very good Clemson team in what shapes up to be an exciting ACC Tournament Semifinal match on Wednesday, November 8. 


College Soccer News - National Player of the Week - VCU Midfielder Rafael Andrade Santos - Week Ending October 29, 2017

Rafael Andrade Santos Senior Midfielder  VCU

Santos scored twice to play a key role in VCU's 3-0 upset win over Maryland. His first goal was a picture perfect rocket into the back of the frame from thirty yards out. His second shot was a well placed one-timer into the back post from five yards out that was set up by a pass from Eli Lockaby and a subsequent cross from Slad Haji.

Santos also contributed a goal and an assist in VCU's 2-1 win over Atlantic-10 foe Rhode Island. He sent a blast into the lower left corner of the goal from eighteen yards out and was credited with the assist on teammate Francesco Amorosino's game-winning goal in the win over Rhode Island.

VCU improves to 10-4-0 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in conference play.

The Rams will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face St. Bonaventure to close out regular season play.

College Soccer News - National Player of the Week - SMU Forward Garrett McLaughlin - Week Ending October 22, 2017

Garrett McLaughlin Sophomore Forward SMU 

McLaughlin had a very productive four goal week for the Mustangs. He scored twice in SMU's 2-0 win over Oral Roberts and netted both of SMU's goals in their 2-0 on the road win over Cincinnati.

McLaughlin has recorded multiple goals in three of the Ponies last four matches and has found the back of the net a total of twelve times so far this year.

SMU is now 12-2-0 overall with a 4-1-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.

McLaughlin (12g, 2a) and teammate Mauro Cichero (9g, 7a) have powered an SMU offense that has netted a total of thirty goals to date while the SMU defense led by backs Jordan Cano, Talen Maples, Eddie Munjoma, Philip Ponder, Jared Rice and goalkeeper Michael Nelson have limited opponents to a total of nine goals to date. 

SMU will travel to face USF in Tampa on Sunday, October 29 in what shapes up to be a crucial AAC contest.