National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 26, 2017

Sam Gainford - RS Senior - Forward - Akron  Gainford continues to be an impact player on the offensive side of the ball for Akron. He found the back of the net from twenty-five yards out and placed a shot into the left corner of the goal to play a key role in Akron's 3-2 win in overtime against Wisconsin. Senior forward Stuart Holthusen netted the game-winning goal for the Zips who improve to 18-3-1 and will face Louisville in the Elite Eight. .   
Jelani Pieters - RS Freshman - Forward - UNC   Pieters scored from inside the box to up UNC's lead to 2-0 over a game SMU team. Pieters' goal was set up by a nice move and pass from midfielder Cam Lindley. Jack Skahan contributed the first Tar Heel score. North Carolina improves to 16-3-1 and advances to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in the past ten seasons.  The Tar Heels will host Fordham in the Elite Eight.
Tate Schmitt - Junior - Midfielder - Louisville Schmitt continues to be a difference maker  for Louisville. He drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by defender Tim Kubel to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in Louisville's 2-0 win over Colgate. He also scored the game-winning goal in Louisville's 3-2 victory over San Francisco last weekend. Number four seed Louisville advances to the Elite Eight where they will host number five seed Akron. The Cardinals have advanced to the Elite Eight five times in the last eight seasons. .  
Brian White - Senior - Midfielder - Duke  The Duke captain has been an impact player all year.  He converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by midfielder Max Moser and assisted on Mathias Frick's goal out of a corner kick in Duke's 2-2 tie with Fordham. Duke's season ended with a 13-4-3 record after Fordham prevailed 8-7 in a penalty kick shootout. 
Mike Catalano - Senior - Midfielder - Wisconsin  Catalano scored from the middle of the box after Chris Mueller made a nice move and pass to set up the score. Catalano also scored from inside the box out of a free kick put in play by Mueller. A banner season came to an end for Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen with a 3-2 loss in overtime to Akron. 
Cory Thomas - RS Junior - Midfielder - Indiana Thomas sent a header into the net from six yards out after receiving a cross from teammate Rece Buckmaster in Indiana's 2-1 win over New Hampshire. The Hoosiers improve to 17-0-5 and advance to the Elite Eight where they will host fellow Big Ten Conference member MIchigan State. 
Bart Dziedzic - Sophomore - Midfielder - Fordham  Diedzic contributed the assist on teammate Jannik Loebe's goal and was at the right place at the right time to send a loose ball into the back of the frame from inside the box with just over three minutes left in regulation to tie the contest with Duke at 2-2 and send it into extra time. Fordham advances to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history by advancing past Duke after prevailing in a penalty kick shootout.  
Ema Twumasi - Sophomore - Midfielder - Wake Forest  Twumasi had a two helper evening assisting on the goals scored by forward Jon Bakero and midfielder Brandon Servania to help the Demon Deacons top Butler 2-0 to advance to the Elite Eight. Number one seeded Wake Forest improves to 19-1-2 and will host number nine seed Stanford in the Elite Eight for the third consecutive season. . 
Jimmy Fiscus - Senior - Defender - Michigan State The Spartan captain scored what proved to be the game-winning goal from close range out of a free kick with a double assist from John Freitag and Connor Corrigan to give Michigan State the edge they needed to top Western Michigan 2-1 in a very competitive college soccer contest. The Spartans improve to 13-3-3 while Western Michigan concludes a stellar season with a 17-4-1 record.  Michigan State will travel to face Indiana in the Elite Eight. 
Tanner Beason - RS Sophomore - Defender - Stanford Beason converted a penalty kick and was part of a  solid Stanford defense anchored in goal by Nico Corti that shutout Coastal Carolina 2-0 to advance to the Elite Eight.  The goal was Beason's fourth of the season. Senior forward Foster Langsdorf added the insurance goal for the Cardinal with an assist from Corey Baird. Stanford improves to 16-2-2 and advances to tangle with number one seed Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.. 
Rashid Nuhu - Junior - Goalkeeper - Fordham Nuhu made three saves in regulation and three saves in the ensuing penalty kick shootout to help Fordham prevail over number six seed Duke eight to seven in a penalty kick shootout to earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight to face North Caroilina. Nuhu also converted a penalty kick during the shootout. A determined Fordham team is 14-5-3 to date. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 19, 2017

Robin Schmidt - G.S. - Forward - New Hampshire The New Hampshire striker who hails from Cologne, Germany scored twice to help power the Wildcats past Fairfield 3-0 to secure their first ever win in the NCAA Tourney. UNH also advanced past Dartmouth in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout in which Schmidt's penalty kick clinched the shootout for the Wildcats. New Hampshire continues to make history as they advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Indiana. 
Mason Toye - Freshman - Forward - Indiana  Toye contriubuted a goal, his tenth of the season, to help Indiana top Old Dominion 3-0 to improve to 16-0-5 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  He also contriubed a helper on teammate Austi Panchot's goal. Toye continues to make an impact and create  big plays for the Hoosiers.  
Brandon Guhl - Sophomore - Forward - Butler  Guhl scored in the eighth and seventy-seventh minutes to lead Butler to a 2-0 win over Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Defender Kieran Geldenhuys assisted on both goals. Guhl also contributed what proved to be the game-winning goal in Butler's 3-2 win over number sixteen seed VCU. The Bulldogs improve to 14-4-2 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  
Eric Ohlendorf - Senior - Midfielder - Fordham  Ohlendorf's lone goal to date of the season was huge. He headed in a cross received from Jannik Loebe in the eighty-third minute of play. Ohlendorf's goal proved to be the l  differnce maker giving Fordham the edge they needed to upset number eleven seed Virginia 1-0 in Charlottesville. Fordham improves to 14-5-2 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program.   
Martin Melchor - Senior - Midfielder - Coastal Carolina Melchor assisted on senior forward Frantzdy Pierrot's game-winning goal in Coastal Carolina's 1-0 win over Mercer. Melchor followed that up with a two goal evening to help the Chanticleers upset number eight seed Clemson 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tourney. Coastal Carolina ups their record to 14-6-1 and earns the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  
Ken Krolicki - Senior - Midfielder - Michigan State  Krolicki had a three assist evening. He added a helper on the goals scored by forwards Ryan Sierakowski and Dejuan Jones and defender Michael Pimlott to help the Spartans top Virginia Teach 3-0 to improve to 12-3-3 and advance to the third round of the NCAA Tourney. 
Mike Catalano - Senior - Midfielder - Wisconsin Catalano made a nice move after receiving a pass from fellow senior Chris Mueller to create the space he needed inside the box to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in Wisconsin's 4-1 win over UIC. He also came through in the clutch for the Badger's when he converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Mueller to net the game-winning goal with seconds remaining in regulation in Wisconsin's 1-0 win over number twelve seed Notre Dame. 
Aram Ouligian - Junior - Defender - Colgate Ouligian headed in the game-winning goal with a little over two minutes left in regulation to enable Colgate to come from two goals down to top number thirteen seed Michigan 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tourney. Ryan Bellavance and Uyi Omorogbe netted the first two Colgate goals. Ouligian also contributed an assist on Bellavance's goal. The Raiders also defeated UMass 2-0 in first round of play. d. Colgate advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program. 
Ben Thornton - Junior - Defender - Western Michigan  Thornton provided the insurance goal with an assist from Brandon Bye in Western Michigan's 2-0 win over a good Albany team. He also was part of a solid Bronco defense that was responsible for the shutout. Western Michigan improves to 17-3-1 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.  
Bob Broenendijk - Junior - Defender - Pacific Groenendijk contributed on both sides of he ball for Pacific. He collected the rebound of teammate Diego Villapudua's shot and sent it back into the net in Pacific's 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.  He also was part of a very solid Pacific defense that played Stanford to a scoreless tie at the end of 110 minutes of play. Pacific's season came to an end when in the second round of the NCAA Tourney when they were topped by the Cardinal in a penalty kick shootout.  
Michael Nelson - RS Senior - Goalkeeper - SMU Nelson continues to come up with the stops needed to put SMU in position to prevail. The three-time American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year had six saves in goal in SMU's 2-0 win over Central Arkansas. He had six saves including a huge save in overtime in the Mustang's 2-1 victory over Georgetown. SMU improves to 17-2-1.  

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 12, 2017

Emmanuel Hamzat - Senior - Forward - Omaha  Hamzat makes good things happen on the offensive side of the ball for Omaha. The Mavericks topped Western Illinois 2-0 in the semifinals of the Summit League Tourney and advanced past Denver 9-8 in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout after in was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Hamzat contributed the helper on one of teammate Fred Frimpong's two goals in the win over WIU and converted two penalty kicks in the eleven-round shootout in the contest with Denver. Omaha wins their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. 
Antonio Bustamante - Junior - Forward - William and Mary Bustamante produced a hat trick in two of William and Mary's three contests in the CAA Tournament. This week he placed three in the back of the net to power the Tribe past UNCW 4-2 in the CAA Championship match. William and Mary also topped number one seed James Madison 1-0 in the tournament semifinal. Bustamante has found the back of the net a total of fifteen times year to date. William and Mary improves to 11-4-5 and is NCAA Tourney bound. 
Ivan Sakou - Senior - Forward - Lipscomb  Sakou played a key role in Lipscomb's run to the ASUN Championship. He scored a total of three goals during the tourney helping the Bison advance past NJIT in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was tied 3-3, FGCU 2-1 and Jacksonville 2-1 to claim the program's first ever ASUN Championship and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow stated, "Ivan has had a great tournament. Without him we don't win it."
Ali Tounkara - Senior - Midfielder - St. Francis Brooklyn  Tounkara had a four goal NEC Tournament. He scored twice to lead St. Francis Brooklyn to a 5-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in the NEC Championship contest. He also found the back of the net twice to power the Terriers past Robert Morris 3-0 in the tournament semifinals. St. Francis Brooklyn under the guidance of Tom Giovatto improves to 14-4-1 and wins the NEC Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.  
Niklas Brodacki - Senior - Forward - Central Arkansas  Brodacki scored the lone goal for the Bears who advanced past host Bradley 8-7 in a penalty kick shootout in the semifinals of the MVC Conference Tournamnet after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of 110 minutes of play. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime with a double assist from teammates Jake Bates and Chris Holmes to give Central Arkansas a 1-0 win in the championship match against Missouri State. Central Arkansas earns their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.  
Matthew Mooney - Senior - Midfielder - Massachusetts Mooney converted a header with an assist from Konrad Gorich and assisted on Davis Smith's goal as UMass topped VCU 3-1 in the championship match of the A-10 Tournament. UMass defeated Fordham 1-0 in the semifinals with Gorich netting the lone goal of the evening. Mooney was named the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament. The Minutemen improve to 15-3-3 overall after winning both the A-10 regular season and tournament titles.  
Ricardo Hernandez - Sophomore - Midfielder - Presbyterian  Hernandez and his number six seeded Presbyterian College teammates won their first ever NCAA Tournament berth at the Division I level by advancing past  number two seed Radford 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout and number one seed High Point 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout after both contests were scoreless to claim the Big South Tournament Championship.  Hernandez converted the deciding penalty kick for the Blue Hose in both contests. Senior Connor Behrend was outstanding in goal for Presbyterian. 
Aaron Lombardi - Senior - Midfielder - San Francisco Lombardi had a four assist week. He assisted on the goals scored by teammates Matt Orr and Tawwab Emiola in San Francisco's 3-0 win over Pacific and contributed the helpers on Sean Bowman's two goals to help the Dons top LMU 2-1. Lombardi has nine assists so far this year. San Francisco secures the WCC Championship winning their sixth straight contest to improve to 9-8-0 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in conference play.  
Declan McCabe - Senior - Midfielder - Georgetown McCabe converted the game-winning goal in overtime out of a free kick to give the Hoyas the edge they needed to top a game Xavier team 2-1 in overtime in the Big East Conference Championship contest. He aslo contributed a helper on teammate Achara's goal in Georgetown's 2-1 semifinal win over Saint John's. The Hoyas improve to 14-3-2 and return to the NCAA Tournament field. 
Nathan Aune - Junior - Defender - Seattle Aune made an impact on both sides of the ball as a key part of a solid backline and a defense anchored by RS junior goalkeeper Josh Adachi. Seattle topped CSU Bakersfield 3-0, advanced past tournament host UNLV in a penalty kick shootout, and defeated San Jose State 2-1 to secure the WAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tourney. Aune scored out of a corner kick served in by Sergio Rivas in the win over San Jose State.  Seattle improves to 14-3-4.  
Joel Leon - RS Senior - Defender - UIC  Leon was at the center of a solid UIC backline that secured a 3-1 win over Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tourney semifinals and a 2-0 win over number one seed Green Bay in the championship contest to punch the Flames ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Leon converted a penalty kick in the win over Cleveland State. He was recognized as the Tournament MVP. 
Fox Slotemaker - Senior - Defender - Old Dominion Slotemaker was part of a tenacious ODU defense anchored by netminder Mertcan Akar that ran the table at the CUSA Tournament with shutout wins over South Carolina 1-0, Marshall 1-0 and Charlotte 1-0 to claim the CUSA title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Monarchs improve to 12-5-2 overall and become the twelfth team under the direction of head coach Alan Dawson to go dancing.   
Jordan Cano - Senior - Defender - SMU Cano converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Jared Rice to get the Mustang's on the board in their 2-1 win over UCF in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. He also scored in SMU's 4-0 victory over Temple in the AAC semifinals.  The Mustangs win both the AAC regular season and championship titles and return to the NCAA Tournament field with an impressive 15-2-1 overall record.  
Jeremy Booth - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Mercer Booth was a force between the pipes for Mercer in the Southern Conference Tournament. He had three saves in regulation and two saves in the penalty kick shootout as the Bears topped ETSU 4-3 in the shootout after the contest was scoreless after 110 minutes of play. Booth also had four saves in the penatly kick shootout in which Mercer prevailed 3-2 over UNCG after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regularion and overtime. Mercer claims the Southern Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tourney for the second straight season.  
Phillip Schilling - RS Senior - Goalkeeper - Wisconsin Schilling had a seven save performance in goal in Wisconsin's 4-0 win over Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. He then anchored a rock solid Badger defense with seven saves in regulation and a key save in the penalty kick shootout as Wisconsin topped Indiana 4-2 in penalty kicks after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. Schilling also converted a penalty kick in the shootout. The Badgers win the Big Ten Conference Championship and improve to 11-4-4 overall. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 5, 2017

Danny Muscovski - Senior - Forward - UNLV Muscovski powered the Rebel attack scoring twice in their 4-1 win over Grand Canyon  Timo Mehlich assisted on his first goal and Marquis Pitt provided the helper on the second. Muscovski has found the back of the net fourteen times so far for the Rebels who improve to 10-9-0 overall with a 7-3-0 mark in WAC play.  
Ben Wignall - Senior - Forward - Fairfield Wignall was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball playing a key role in Fairfield's 3-0 win over Rider University. He netted the Stags second goal of the evening after receiving a cross from teammate Diallo Simon-Ponte. The victory secured the MAAC Regular-Season Title for Fairfield.   
Stuart Holthusen - Senior - Forward - Akron  Holthusen earns a repeat nod as a member of the CSN National Team of the Week as he and fellow senior Sam Gainford continue to power a high-octane Zip attack. Holthusen converted a penalty kick in Akron's 2-0 win over Marshall and scored twice in their 4-0 victory over NIU. Akron is 14-3-1 with a 4-1-0 record in MAC action. 
Arthur Bosua - Senior - Forward - Columbia Bosua contributed a helper on teammate Kynan Rocks goal in Columbia's 3-0 win over Sacred Heart. He also powered Columbia's attack with a sensational four goal effort in the Lion's 6-0 woodshedding of Harvard in an Ivy League contest. Columbia is now 10-2-3 overall with a 4-1-1 record when facing members of the Ancient Eight.   
Jon Bakero - Senior - Forward - Wake Forest  Bakero sent a header into the  back of the frame that was set up by a Brad Dunwell through ball and a cross from Brandon Servania  as Wake Forest topped Virginia Tech 3-0 in an ACC Tourney Quarterfinal contest. Bakero also netted the Demon Deacons third goal of the game with a double assist from Luis Argudo and Logan Gdula.  
Jannik Loebe - Senior - Forward - Fordham   Loebe came up big for the Rams when he drove the game-winning goal into the back of the frame after receiving a cross from Janos Loebe to give Fordham a 3-2 win over Dayton in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tourney. Loebe also contributed an assist in Fordham's 3-2 win over UMass in their final regular season contest. .  
Jakob Strandsater - Junior - Midfielder - Radford Strandsater netted Radford's first and third goals with Victor Valls providing the assist on both scores to help the Highlanders secure a 4-2 win over Liberty. The win gave Radford the number two seed in the upcoming Big South Tournament. The Highlanders are 10-4-3 overall with a 5-1-2 mark in conference play. 
Alex Underwood - Senior - Midfielder - Denver Underwood cleanly placed what proved to be the game-winning goal into the bottom left corner of the frame after receiving a pass from Ryan Barlow to give Denver the edge they needed to top Western Illinois 1-0. The Pioneers improve to 10-6-1 with a perfect 5-0-0 mark in Summit League play to secure their fifth consecutive regular season title.  
Alistair Johnston - Sophomore - Midfielder - St. John's  Johnson converted a header and scored out of a free kick to help lead the Red Storm to a 3-1 victory over Creighton in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals. Harry Cooksley had a three assist evening in the win. St. John's also tied Providence 0-0 earlier in the week. The surging Red Storm are unbeaten in their past eight contests to improve to 9-6-3 overall.  
Nicolo D'Amato - Senior - Midfielder - CS Fullerton The Titan captain scored what proved to be the game-winner out of a free kick just outside the eighteen yard box and assisted on the goal scored by Samuel Goni to play a key role in CS Fullerton's 2-1 win over UC Riverside. The Titans  advance to the Big West Conference Tourament final and now stand at 10-7-3 overall. 
Mark Segbers - Senior - Midfielder - Wisconsin Segbers' goal in the eighty-seventh minute of play which was set up by a nice move and pass from teammate Chris Mueller gave the Badgers the edge they needed to top Maryland 2-1  in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tourney. Wisconsin improves to 9-4-4 and keeps their season alive.  
Rashid Tetteh - Junior - Defender - High Point Tetteh was part of another solid defensive effort on the part of the Panthers who topped Longwood 1-0 to record their fifth consecutive win and third shutout in a row to improve to 9-5-2 overall with a 7-1-0 record against Big South Conference competition.  
Jeff Caldwell - Senior - Goalkeeper - Virginia Caldwell was a force in goal for the Cavaliers with a four save evening and two stopped penalty kicks to play a key role in helping Virginia advance past Louisville 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. The Cavaliers also topped Boston College 5-0 earlier in the week. Virginia advances to the Semifinals of the ACC Tourney where they will tangle with Notre Dame.