National Player Of The Week

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending October 13, 2013

C Nortey - Redshirt Sophomore - Forward - Marquette -

Nortey is a difference maker who continues to come up with the big plays the Golden Eagles need to prevail.  He scored the game-winning goal in overtime with assists from Adam Lysak and Bryan Ciesiulka to give Marquette the edge they needed to come out on top of a solid Butler side 3-2. He also netted what proved to be the game-winning goal after making a nice run to the near post where he received a perfectly weighted cross from senior back Paul Dillon in Marquette's1-0 win over highly regarded Creighton.  

After missing the 2012 season due to injury Nortey has returned to the pitch and is proving himself to be the impact player that everyone expected him to after a banner freshman season in 2011.  He has scored seven goals to date including the game-winning goals in each of Marquette's four Big East Conference wins so far this year.  

Marquette appears to be gaining momentum.  The Golden Eagles are 8-3-1 overall and now head down the home stretch of the 2013 regular season with a dance card in front of them that includes several difficult opponents. Their next hurdle is an on the road matchup with a significantly improved Providence Friar squad on Saturday, October 19.  


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending October 6, 2013

Harrison Shipp - Senior - Forward - Notre Dame -

Shipp played a key role in two key Notre Dame wins this week to become the first player to be named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week twice in the same season since former Fighting Irish great Joseph Lapira in 2006. Shipp scored two unassisted goals to lead Notre Dame to a 2-1 win over a very good Clemson team at historic Riggs Field before a crowd of over 3,000 fans.  Notre Dame mentor Bobby Clark stated, "What can you say about Harry (Shipp)?  He's an unbelievable player.  He's always played well for us, but this is the best he's ever played"  Clark added, "He's a captain and a great senior and he's a great example to all of our players."

The Irish captain also contributed the helpers on the goals scored by junior forward Vince Cicciarelli and sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan in Notre Dame's 2-0 win over an always tough Indiana University team.  

The Fighting Irish have another tough match in front of them when they host the University of Maryland on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. eastern time in a game that will be broadcast live by the ACC Digital Network and that can also be seen without cost on College Soccer News.  

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 29, 2013

Aaron Horvat - Sophomore - Forward - Milwaukee -

Horvat tied the Horizon League and Milwaukee record when he scored four goals to power the Panthers past the University of Detroit 5-3.  He also became the first Milwaukee player since Neil Dombrowski in 2005 to record a hat trick. Panther head coach Kris Kelderman who is in his second season at the helm of the program stated, "Aaron had a fantastic performance today. Not only did he score four times, but they were all really nice goals.  The build-up on all of his goals was very nice combination play, but he finished with beautiful goals."  

Horvat's first goal of the evening was a header off an assist from teammate Austin Toth.  He netted his second goal after receiving a well played cross with a double assist from Rami Younes and Robbie Boyd.  Junior midfielder Luke Goodnetter assisted on Horvat's third goal and the fourth was unassisted.  

UWM is off to an impressive 7-0-1 start.  The Panthers will place their undefeated record on the line when they travel to Nebraska to face Omaha on Wednesday, October 2.   


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending September 22, 2013

Harrison Shipp - Senior - Forward - Notre Dame -  

Shipp who hails from Lake Forest, Illinois and is the Irish team captain has recorded at least one point in each of Notre Dame's last four contests. This week he scored the game-winning goal from ten yards out and assisted on teammate Leon Brown's goal in Notre Dame's 3-0 win over the Michigan Wolverines.  He also netted the equalizer after receiving a cross from teammate Vince Cicciarelli in Notre Dame's 1-1 tie on the road with Boston College.  

The Irish remain unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-3 overall record and a 1-0-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.  They return to the pitch on Friday when they host Duke in an ACC matchup.