National Player Of The Week

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.   

College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 10, 2013

Cyle Larin - Freshman - Midfielder - Connecticut - 

Larin, who hails from Brampton, Ontario, is an impact player who has added an additional dimension to the Connecticut attack. The impact that Larin is making is reflected in the fact that he has scored a total of ten goals to date and has scored in six of UConn's last seven games.

This week Larin scored twice to lead Connecticut past SMU 5-0 in an American Athletic quarterfinal contest played at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.  HIs first goal was from the top of the box where he controlled a rebound and put it into the net. His second goal was a chip shot over the top of the SMU keeper after receiving a through ball from teammate Adria Besco.    

Larin is among the reasons why the Huskies have a twelve game unbeaten streak and are 10-2-5 overall.  Connecticut will return to the field of play on Friday, November 15 when they square off with the University of Cental Florida in the semifials of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending November 3, 2013

Tyler Riggs - Senior - Forward - Kentucky -

The Wildcat forward had a very productive week of play that included the game-winning goal in Kentucky's 2-0 win over Marshall in Huntington and a three-goal second stanza in Kentucky's 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic University on senior day.  Both contests were must win matches for the Wildcats who improved their overall record to 6-8-2 with a 3-3-2 mark in Conference USA play which enabled them to secure a spot in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament.  

In the contest with Marshall, Riggs drilled a shot just inside the near post from the top of the box with a double assist from teammates Bryan Celis and Napo Matsoso that set up the scoring opportunity.  In the match with FAU, Justin Laird and Bryan Celis contributed the assists on Riggs' first goal, Matsoso and Laird were responsible for the helpers on the second score, and Ryan Creel and Sam Miller contributed the assists on Riggs' third goal.  

Regarding Riggs' three goal effort, UK head coach Johan Cedergren stated, "It was great for Riggs to get a hat trick. It just shows the kind of quality player he can be when he is really switched on."  Cedergren added, "A game like today, where he is switched on and is working really hard and is fighting for his team, there are few guys out there that are better.  He is going to be huge for us going into the conference tournament."

Riggs stated, "Seemed like everything I touched went positive.  I am so thankful and it couldn't have come at a better time."  Riggs has a total of five goals so far this season which gives him a total of twenty-eight career goals during his tenure to date at Kentucky.  

Kentucky returns to the pitch on Tuesday, November 5 when they host Wright State at the UK Soccer Complex.