National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 6, 2015

Chris Wehan - Redshirt Junior - Midfielder - New Mexico

Wehan, who is from Laguna Niguel, California, was named the Most Valuable Player and the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Grange and Ashwill Memorial Invitational in Albuquerque after a very productive four goal weekend. Wehan scored twice in New Mexico's 2-2 draw with San Diego and twice in their 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara.

A young Lobo team that appears to be gaining momemtum and confidence improves to 1-1-1. New Mexico will seek to improve its win total when they travel to California to face CSUN on Friday, September 11 and Loyola Marymount on Sunday, September 13.   

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending August 30, 2015

Mac Steeves - Junior - Forward - Providence 

It's highly unlikey that any player had more of an impact on his team's success or a more productive weekend than Mac Steeves. The junior forward who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 College Cup continued where he left off last year scoring twice including the game-winning goal in overtime to power the Friars in a come from behind 2-1 win over in-state rival Bryant in Providence's season opener. He followed that performance up with a two-goal evening to again play a key role in helping the Friars top Monmouth 2-0 to improve to 2-0-0.  

The Friars will seek to continue their winning ways when they travel to face Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday, September 4 and Rhode Island in Kingston on Monday, September 7.   


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 23, 2014

Leo Stolz - Senior - Midfielder - UCLA - 

Stolz led the way for the UCLA Bruins who had to come from behind to defeat a very determined San Diego team 2-1 in overtime on Sunday night.  The contest was the seventh of the year in which UCLA has gone into extra time. Stolz netted the equalizer in the contest and pumped new life into the Bruins when he drove a shot out of a free kick from thirty yards out into the bottom right corner of the net in the 55th minute of the game. He netted the game-winner seven minutes into the first overtime session when he drove a shot into the back of the net from the middle of the box using his left foot after freshman forward Abu Danladi set it up by beating his man and then dropping off a ball that Stolz ran onto and finished with his left foot. Stolz has scored a total of nine goals thus far in the 2014 season.  

Bruin head coach Jorge Salcedo stated, "The game winning goal was a great individual play by Abu (Danladi) and a really good finish from Leo."

UCLA improves to 12-4-4 overall and advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the past six seasons where they will host a familiar foe in Califonia on Sunday, November 30.  The Bruins were defeated by California 3-2 in overtime on October 10 in Berkeley and 1-0 on November 2 in Los Angeles when the two teams faced each other during regular season play.  


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 16, 2014

Jeff Salt - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Cal State Fullerton -

No player in the country likely had more of an impact on the success of his team this week than Cal State Fullerton netminder Jeff Salt. It began when the Titans defeated UC Riverside on the road 3-0 in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. In that match Salt had six saves including a momemtum changing stop of a penalty kick early in the match. Salt also had four saves in the championship match with UC Irvine that was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation and extra time. He made two saves in the ensuing penalty kick shootout which paved the way for Cal State Fullerton to prevail 3-2 in penalty kicks to claim the Big West Tournament Championship and the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts he was named the Big West Tournament MVP.

Salt has stopped seven of the eleven penalty kick attempts he has faced this season.  

It was an impressive outcome for the Titans from Cal State Fullerton who under the direction of George Kuntz won the the Big West Tournament Championship for the first time since the tourney began in 2008 and return to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since the 2000 season.

Cal State Fullerton and the rest of the country awaits the announcement of the NCAA Tournament selection committee on Monday, November 17 to find out who they will face in the NCAA Tournament.