National Team Of The Week

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

Eric Kronenberg - Sophomore - Forward - Denver  Kronenberg played a key role in two big season opening wins for Denver. He skillfully redirected a pass received from teammate Ryan Dodson to send it into the upper left portion of the frame in Denver's 2-0 win over CSUN.  In Denver's 2-1 win over Navy he utilized his left foot to drive a shot into the back of the net from the top of the box in overtime.   
Darwin Jones - Senior - Forward - Washington  Jones was at the center of a pressure packed Washington offense that dominated Gonzaga 4-0 on he road.  He converted two penalty kicks while giving notice that he and his teammates are going to be a difficult force to contend with.  A good crowd should be on hand at Husky Soccer Field when Washington hosts Seattle U. on Thursday. 
Salvador Bernal - Senior - Forward - UNLV Bernal had an outstanding evening to lead UNLV to 4-3 come from behind win over a good Bradley team.  He netted a hat trick and contributed the assist out of a corner kick on defender Kyle Mellies' game winning goal.  UNLV also topped Western Illinios to begin the season with two wins for the first time since 2008.    
Joao Ramalho - Redshirt Sophomore - Forward - ETSU Ramalho was a dynamo on both sides of the ball helping ETSU pick up excellent season opening wins over William and Mary 3-2 and VCU 2-1 in the VCU Invitational in Richmond.  He scored twice in both contests capping off a great season opening weekend for the Bucs and their new head coach Bo Oshoniyi.   
Connor Maloney - Sophomore - Forward - Penn State  Maloney scored the lone goal off an assist from sophomore Mark Wadid to give Penn State the edge they needed to top Oakland 1-0.  He also scored twice to lead the Nittany Lions past St. John's 3-0.  Bob Warming stated, "Connor was just great, not just his two goals, but his run and dummy unselfish run gave Mikey (Minutillo) his goal.  
Ricky Garbanzo - Senior - Midfielder - Coastal Carolina  Garbanzo was at the heart of a Coastal Carolina rally that enabled the Chanticleers to come from two goals down on the road to stun Connecticut 3-2.  He assisted on the goals scored by teammates Oliver Guequen and Louis Dargent and headed in the game winning goal after receiving a cross from freshman defender Elis Bjornsson.   
Michael Salazar - Redshirt Juior - Midfielder - UC Riverside Salazar, who is from Cayo, Belize, netted a hat trick and contributed an assist on teammate Johnny Tovar's goal to power the Highlanders to a 5-1 victory over Pacific in their 2014 season opener.  UC Riverside now travels to Albuquerque to where they will square off with New Mexico and American in the Lobo Invitational.  
  Ryan Zinkhan - Senior - Midfielder - Virginia   The Cavalier midfielder from Fredericksburg fired a low shot just inside the post from twenty yards out in overtime to give Virginia a 1-0 win over Old Dominion. Credit senior midfielder Eric Bird with a nice assist on the play.  Virginia now travels to Oklahoma to face Tulsa and UAB this weekend.   
Ian Svantesson - Junior - Defender - UAB  Svantesso has been a rock solid member of the Blazer  backline since arriving on campus.  He had a productive weekend of soccer helping UAB secure season opening wins over Memphis 3-1 and Mercer 2-1. He contributed the third goal in the win over Memphis and netted the game winner in the 86th minute in the match with Mercer. 
Jordan Murrell - Senior - Defender - Syracuse  Murrell was part of a Syracuse defense that shutout Niagara 3-0 and St. Mary's (Calif.) 3-0 to with the inaugural Central New York Soccer Classic.  He contributed the assist on teammate Louis Cross' goal in the game with Niagara and scored a goal out of a free kick in the match with St. Mary's and was named the Defensive MVP of the Tourney.
Ryan Keener - Senior - Defender - Michigan State  The Spartan center back and captain anchored a solid Michigan State defense that recored shutouts over SMU 1-0 and Florida International 3-0.  His header out of a corner kick played in by midfielder Jason Stacy gave Michigan State the edge on the offensive side of the ball that they needed in the win over SMU.   
Connor Sparrow - Junior - Goalkeeper - Creighton Sparrow anchored a solid Creighton defense that recorded a 2-0 shutout over Stanford and a 1-0 shutout over Santa Clara.  He had three saves in the match with Stanford and five saves in the contest with Santa Clara to open the season with two clean sheets. Creighton will seek to extend their winning streak when they host Western Illinois Friday night.