National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Wake Forest Forward Jon Bakero - Week Ending November 27, 2016

Jon Bakero Junior Forward Wake Forest 

Bakero who hails from Sitges, Spain scored in the third minute of play when he decisively sent a shot into the back of the net after receiving a cross from midfielder Jacori Hayes to give Wake Forest an early 1-0 lead over a very determined SIUE team that had previously advanced past Michigan State and Butler in NCAA Touranment play.

Bakero then netted what proved to be the game-winning goal in the seventy-second minute of the contest when he redirected teammate Ema Twumasi's shot on goal back into the net from the top of the box to give Wake Forest the edge they needed to advance past SIUE 2-1.

Bakero has scored six goals and contributed three assists so far this year for the number two seeded Demon Deacons who improve to 17-2-3 overall and now advance to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row where they will tangle with fellow Atlantic Coast Conferene member Virginia Tech next Saturday with a trip on the line to the College Cup (Final Four). The Hokies upset number seven seed Indiana 2-1 in overtime to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight and set up the match with Wake Forest.  


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Providence Forward Julian Gressel - Week Ending November 20, 2016

Julian Gressel Senior Forward Providence

Gressel is a difference maker for the Friars. This week he scored the insurance goal in Providence's first round 2-0 win over Delaware.

He also contributed two goals to help Providence upset number one seed Maryland 5 to 4 in College Park in the second round on the NCAA Tournament. The loss was Maryland's first of the 2016 season. In an improbable finish the Friars scored four unanswered goals in the second half of play to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face fellow Big East Conference member Creighton who topped number sixteen seed Kentucky 3 to 2.

Providence improves to 14-6-0. 

Gressel has scored a total of twelve goals so far this year including five game-winners. 


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Colgate Forward Ethan Kutler - Week Ending November 13, 2016

Ethan Kutler  Senior  Forward  Colgate  

Kutler's five goal performance in the Patriot League Tournament established a new Patriot League Tournament record. He scored three times in Colgate's 3-2 win over Army. He contributed another goal in Colgate's 3-1 win over Loyola and netted the lone goal for Colgate in their 1-1 tie at the conclusion of double-overtime with American in the Patriot League Tournament final. Colgate then prevailed 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout to secure the Patriot League Championship and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  

The Raiders claim its first Patriot League title since the 2011 campaign and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time.  Colgate will learn their opponent in the NCAA Tournament when the tournament pairings are announced on Monday at 1 p.m. 


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Akron Forward Stuart Holthusen - Week Ending November 6 2016

Stuart Holthusen Junior Forward Akron

Holthusen scored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Akron past Grand Canyou 3-2. He also scored twice to power Akron past Western Michigan 3-0. The Zips improve to 9-5-4 overall with a 1-1-3 record in the Mid-American Conference and secure their 12th straight MAC regular season championship.

Holthusen has recorded five career multi-goal games for Akron. 

The Zips will return to the pitch on Friday, November 11 when they again host Western Michigan in the MAC Tournament.