National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - FGCU Forward Albert Ruiz - Week Ending October 2, 2016

Albert Ruiz  Junior  Forward  FGCU 

Ruiz has been a scoring machine for the high powered Eagle offense. He has placed the  ball in the back of the net a total of eleven times so far this year producing two hat tricks.

Last week, in what no doubt will be among the more unusual games of the 2016 season, Ruiz scored three goals from the run of play by the 9:02 mark in FGCU's contest with Rutgers to enable the Eagles to jump out to what appeared at the time to be an insurmountable 5-0 lead. However, the Scarlet Knights responded with five goals of their own to make a contest out of it and FGCU had to score one more time in order to depart New Jersey with a 6-5 victory. 

Ruiz is among the reasons why the Eagles, whose high octane offense has produced a total of thrty-one goals to date, have soared to win seven straight to improve to 7-2-1.

FGCU under the direction of head coach Bob Butehorn will travel to face FIU in Miami on Tuesday, October 4 and then tangle with Jacksonville in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 8.    


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Louisville Forward Mohamed Thiaw - Week Ending September 25, 2016

Mohamed Thiaw  Junior  Forward Louisville 

Thiaw is a difference maker who continues to come up with big plays for the Cardinals. This week he scored the lone goal with an assist from defender Tim Kubel to give Louisville they needed to defeat Saint Louis 1-0  Tuesday night at Herman Stadium.  Thiaw also scored twice to power Louisville to a 6-1 win over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia on Saturday night in the friendly confines of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

The junior college All-American who transferred to Louisville this year has scored seven times so far this season including four game-winning goals.  Louisville has won five straight contests to improve to 7-1-1 with a 3-0-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.   

The Cardinals will travel to Boston to face Boston College on Friday at 7p.m.  


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - New Mexico Forward Niko Hansen - September 18, 2016

Niko Hansen Senior Forward   New Mexico  

Hansen has been a force on the offensive side of the ball for New Mexico. This week he powered the Lobo attack netting three goals to lead New Mexico past UC Irvine 3-1. Hansen has scored a total of six goals so far this year and contributed an assist in route to helping the red hot Lobos win five straight to improve to 5-2-0 after opening the season with tough 1-0 losses to Indiana and Notre Dame.

Hansen and his Lobo teammates will seek to keep their win streak alive when they travel to Lexington on Sunday, September 25 to tangle with Kentucky in what shapes up to be a crucial CUSA contest.  


College Soccer News - National Player Of The Week - Butler Forward David Goldsmith - September 11, 2016

David Goldsmith Senior Forward Butler

Goldsmith had an impressive and productive weekend of play leading Butler to a 4-2 win Friday afternoon over UC Santa Barbara during which he assisted on teammate Mitch Ostrowski's goal and scored twice. Goldsmith's first goal of the contest was a header after receiving a pass from freshman midfielder Isaac Gailford. HIs second goal was a shot from fifteeen yards out with an assist from sophomore midfielder Jared Timmer.

Goldsmith also scored twice to play a key role on the offensive side of the ball in Butler's 3-0 win over Oregon State on Sunday afternoon.

Butler improves to 4-0-1 and will begin Big East Conference play when they travel to face Villanova on September 17.