National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending October 4, 2015

Nick DePuy - Junior - Forward - UC Santa Barbara

DePuy and his UCSB teammates had a productive week of play recording key Big West Conference wins on the road over UC Irvine 3-1 and CSUN 2-1 in overtime. DePuy scored what proved to be the game-winner from close range after receiving a pass from Randy Mendoza in the victory over UC Irvine. He scored twice including the game-winner in overtime in the win over CSUN. DePuy's first goal in the contest with CSUN was a header that was set up by a cross from Andy Perez. The game-winning goal occurred when DePuy controlled the rebound of teammate Ahinga Selemani's shot and alertly returned it into the net from close range. 

DePuy has now netted a total of ten goals year to date. The Gauchos are 13-0-3 all-time when DePuy finds the back of the net.

UC Santa Barbara improves to 7-3-1 with a 2-0-0 mark in Big West Conference action. The Gauchos will seek to keep their current three game winning streak and undefeated record in conference play alive when they host UC Riverside on Thursday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.  

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 27, 2015

Kyle Bjornethun - Junior - Defender - Seattle University

Bjornethun who is from Snohomish, Washington came up big for the Redhawks when he scored two times in a two minute span with time running out in regulation to give Seattle a 2-1 come from behind win over Oregon State in Corvalis. His first goal came at the 88:24 minute mark after he controlled a ball in the box and slotted it into the back of the frame with an assist from Hamza Haddadi.  His second score came at the 89:45 minute mark when he converted a picture perfect header after receiving a cross served in by Michael Roberts.

Bjornethun was also a key factor in Seattle's 2-1 win over Washington before a record breaking crowd at Championship Field in Seattle. David Olsen and Hamza Haddadi contributed the goals for Seattle in that win.  

Seattle secures two wins over highly regarded opponents to improve to 7-2-0 year to date. The Redhawks will seek to keep the magic alive and Championship Field rocking when they host Kansas City next Friday and Air Force on Sunday in Western Athletic Conference action.  

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 20, 2015

Gordon Wild - Freshman - Forward - USC Upstate

Wild has been a scoring machine for the USC Upstate Spartans.  USC Upstate is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.  On Wednesday Wild recorded a hat trick netting two goals out of free kicks and a third out of a corner kick as the Spartans overcame a two-goal deficient in the final nineteen minutes of play to top Winthrop 5-4. Teammate sophomore midfielder Leon Schwarzer scored twice to also play a key role in the win.

At the concluson of the contest Spartan head coach Greg Hooks stated, "I've been around the game of soccer for over thirty-six years and this might be the wildest game I have ever been a part of."  He added, "I can't say enough about how our guys kept fighting once we got down two goals midway through the second half."

Wild also scored twice in USC Upstate's 3-2 victory over Gardner-Webb including a picture perfect bending free kick from thirty yards out. Schwarzer also contributed a goal in that win.  

Wild is currently leading the NCAA in goals scored with twelve so far this year. 

USC Upstate improves to 4-2-0 and will return to the pitch on Friday when they travel to face Davidson out of the Atlantic 10 Conference.      


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 13, 2015

Fabian Herbers - Junior - Forward - Creighton 

Herbers continues to be a difference maker and an opportunistic force on the offensive side of the ball for the number one ranked Creighton Bluejays. This week his heads up play enabled him to net the lone goal in Creighton's 1-0 win over a very competitive Michigan State team on the road in East Lansing. Herbers has five goals including three game-winners and three assists to date and is among the reasons why Creighton is undefeated with a 5-0-0 mark.

Herbers and his Creighton teammates will seek to keep their unbeaten streak alive when they welcome Tulsa to Morrison Stadium on Saturday, September 19.