National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending August 31, 2014

Joao Ramalho - Redshirt Sophomore - Forward - East Tennessee State University

No player in the country had a greater impact on his team's success over the first weekend of play than ETSU forward Joao Ramalho who hails from Monte Santo, Brazil.  He got the Bucs back on track after they fell behind early to William and Mary by netting goals in the 32nd and 46th minute of the match off assists from Emmanuel Wilson and Daniel Adelman. Teammate Warren Austin then scored the third ETSU goal and the Bucs pulled out a solid 3-2 win over the Tribe in the first evening of play in the VCU Invitational in Richmond, Virginia.  Ramalho then followed that performance up with a two goal evening to lead ETSU to a 2-1 upset win over host VCU.  

ETSU head coach Bo Oshoniyi stated, "This weekend was a big step for Joao (Romalho)."  Oshoniyi who is in his first season as the head coach of the Bucs then added, "We needed someone to step up and put the ball in the back of the net, but what I am even more excited about is how hard he is working defensively.  He has been contributibuting well on both sides and I think he is starting to see some of the benefits of it wich defense leading to some great scoring opportunities."  

ETSU which is a member of the Southern Conference will host non-conference foe Radford on Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m. 

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending December 1, 2013

Patrick Mullins - Senior - Forward - Maryland

Mullins continues to be a force and catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Terps.  His selection as the CSN National Player of the Week reflects his work this week as well as what he has accomplished during a brilliant four year tenure in College Park. This week he completed his last contest at Ludwig Field as a Terp in style by netting what proved to be the game-winning goal to lead Maryland past U.C. Irvine 1-0.  Mullins' goal was set up by teammate Tsubasa Endoh who made a nice move to create the space he needed to send a cross that Mullins cleanly placed in the back of the net for his sixteenth score so far this year.   

Number five seeded Maryland now travels to the west coast for a rematch with a number four seeded California team that topped the Terps 3-2 in overtime on September 1.  The Terps and the Golden Bears will square off in what has all the makings of an exciting Elite Eight contest which is scheduled to get underway at Goldman Field in Berkeley on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30 EST. 

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 24, 2013


Alec Sundly - Senior - Midfielder - California - 

Sundly, who hails from Calistrano Beach, California, is a playmaker who continues to make good things happen for the Golden Bears. On Sunday he played a key role in California's 3-1 win over Bradley in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  During the contest with Bradley he found the back of the net twice for the Golden Bears and assisted on teammate Steve Birnbaums goal. Teammates Seth Casiple and Connor Hallisey provided the helpers on Sundly's goals.  Sundly has now scored a total of eight goals to date and contrbuted two assists.

After closing out regular season play with loses to Washington and Stanford, the Golden Bears get back in the win column in style improving their record to 13-4-2.  California regains momentum and now advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host a very good Coastal Carolina team out of the Big South Conference on Sunday, December 1.  

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 17, 2013

Kevin Correa - Junior - Forward - St. Francis Brooklyn - 

No player in the country had a greater impact on his team's success in a conference tournament than Correa whose productivity on the offensive side of the ball propelled the number four seeded St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers past number one seeded Central Connecticut State 2-0 in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference on Friday and past number three seeded Bryant 3-2 in the championship match. The title was the first for the Terriers since the 1998 season.  

Correa's first goal against Central Connecticut was a left footed blast out of a free kick from the top of the box that found its way into the top right corner of the goal.  His second goal was a right footed shot from the right side of the box into the left side of the goal after receiving a well played pass from teammate Gabriel Bagot.  Terrier head coach Tom Giovatto stated, "Kevin (Correa) was brilliant for us this afternoon.  He was able to score off his left, where he has been dangerous all season long and later finished a scoring chance with his right."

In the contest with Bryant, Correa used his left foot to bend in a shot out of a free kick from just outside the box.  His second goal of the game, and fourth of the NEC tournament, came out of a free kick outside of the box that deflected off a defender into the left corner of the net.  

Correa was named the Most Valuable Player of the NEC Tournament.  Correa and his teammates now await the annoucement of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committe which is slated for Monday, November 18 at noon in order to learn who they will face in the NCAA Tournament. The first round of play is scheduled for Thursday, November 21.