National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 6, 2015

Vince Cicciarelli - Senior - Forward - Saint Louis  Saint Louis upped its unbeaten streak at Hermann Stadium to twenty games as a result of their 3-0 victory over Memphis. Ciciarelli converted a header to the far post after receiving a cross from Marco Heskamp and scored out of a breakaway with an assit from Anthony Brown to help the Billikens secure the win and improve to 2-0-0. Saint Louis will travel to face Akron on Friday, September 11 in what shapes up to be a very competitive early season college soccer matchup.  
Jon Gallagher - Sophomore - Forward - Notre Dame Gallagher gathered a loose ball at the top of the box and placed it into the lower left corner of the goal from fifteen yards out in Notre Dame's 2-0 win over South Florida. He also contributed two goals to lead the Irish past UAB 2-0. For his effort he was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.   
Darius Madison - Senior - Forward - UMBC Madison placed a shot into the upper right corner of the net from fourteen yards out with a double assist from Patrick Jean-Giles and Joseph Pratt to give UMBC the edge needed to defeat Ohio State 1-0. He also scored from twenty-four yards ouy to play a key role in UMBC's 2-1 win over Oakland. The Retrievers improve to 3-0-1. 
Mark Moulton - Junior - Midfielder - Nebraska Omaha Moulton skillfully and calmly placed a side volley into the left side of the goal to play a key role in the Mavericks' 1-0 win over highly regarded UC Irvine. Credit teammates Fazio Alihodzic and Emir Alihodzic with a double assist on the goal. He also contributed a goal and a helper on teammate Noor Hamadi's goal in Nebraska Omaha's 4-1 win over CSUN. The Mavericks under the direction of head coach Jason Mims are 4-0-0. 
Oliver Shannon - Sophomore - Midfielder - Clemson An enthusiastic crowd of 7,868 fans, including Shannon's father who is from the United Kingdom, was on hand to watch Clemson top in-state rival South Carolina 3-0. Shannon gave Clemson the early advantage when he scored in the 26th minute with a double assist from teammates Austin Burnikel and Iman Mafi. He made it 3-0 in the 51st minute of play when he scored unassisted. Clemson improves to 3-0-0 and has a big one coming up on Monday when they host undefeated and nationally ranked Coastal Carolina.  
Sam Hamilton - Junior - Midfielder - Denver The Pioneer captain placed a volley into the back of the net with an assist from teammate Karsten Hanlin in Denver's 2-2 tie with UC Santa Barbara. He also controlled and placed a rebound into the back of the net to score the Pioneers first goal in their 2-1 win over San Diego. Denver improves to 3-0-1. 
Chris Wehan - RS Junior - Midfielder - New Mexico Wehan had a very productive weekend. He scored out of a free kick from nineteen yards out and scored from twenthy yards out in New Mexico's 2-2 draw with San Diego. He also scored twice to lead the Lobo's in a come from behind 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara. New Mexico improves to 1-1-1.  
J.T. Kotowski - Junior - Midfielder - Bradley Kotowski was at the heart of a stout Bradley defensive effort that resulted in shutout wins over DePaul 1-0 and Milwaukee 1-0. He also converted on a bicyle kick in the 87th minute of play to give the Braves the edge they needed to prevail in the win over Milwaukee.  Bradley ups their record to 3-0-1 year to date.  
Miguel Gutierrez - Junior - Defender - Coastal Carolina Gutierrez was outstanding on both sides of the ball for the Chanticleers. The center back anchored a stout Coastal Carolina defense that shutout Charlotte 2-0. He also drove a bullet into the back of the net from ten yards out to produce the insurance goal for Coastal in the win over the 49ers. The Chanticleers are 3-0-0 season to date.  
Grant Lillard - Sophomore - Defender - Indiana The IU center back was rock solid on the defensive side of the ball in the Hoosiers 2-1 win over UAB and 2-0 win over South Florida. He also alertly placed a rebound into the back of the net in the contest with South Florida. Todd Yeagley stated, "Grant's level of play has been outstanding." Indiana improves to 3-1-0. 
MIcah Bledsoe - Junior - Goalkeeper - Lipscomb Bledsoe's play between the pipes was crucial in Lipscomb's 2-1 upset win over Xavier. He had a seven save evening including several very difficult stops and picked up his 12th career win in goal. The victory over Xavier was Lipscomb's first of the 2015 season after opening with two losses.  

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending August 30,2015

Pat Flynn - Junior - Forward - Bowling Green

Flynn scored from six yards out after receiving a cross from Bismark Agyeman and assisted on Joe Sullivan's goal in Bowling Green's 3-1 win over SIU. He also contributed a hat trick to power the Falcon offense in a 4-1 win over Western Illinois. Bowling Green will host Drexel on Thursday, September 3 and Cleveland State on Sunday, September 6.  

Mac Steeves - Junior - Forward - Providence  Steeves who hails from Needham, Massachusetts and his teammates had a productive weekend of play in which they recorded wins over Bryant 2-1 and Monmouth 2-0. Steeves found the back of the net twice in the contest with Bryant including the game-winner in overtime. He also scored twice in Providence's win over Monmouth. The Friars are off to a 2-0-0 start.   
Fabian Herbers - Junior - Forward - Creighton Fabers is a finisher. Against Michigan after receiving a pass from teammate Fernando Castellanos he utilized his touch on the ball and quickness to create the space he needed to drive a shot from the top of the box into the net to give Creighton the lone goal they needed to secure a 1-0 victory. He also scored unassisted and assisted on Timo Pitter's goal in Creighton's 4-0 win over Milwaukee.   
Alex Serwatka - RS Junior - Midfielder - Oakland

Serwatka had a hand in all three of Oakland's goals scoring twice and adding an assist to help the Golden Grizzlies top Western Illinois 3-0.  His first goal came in the thirteenth minute of play when he decisively drove a header into the back of the frame from ten yards out after receiving a well played long ball from teammate Matt Dudley. His second goal came off of a turnover from five yards out. Serwatka also contributed the assist on teammate Austin Ricci's goal.  

Lucas Diniz - Senior - Midfielder - Stetson Diniz is a scoring machine. He and his Stetson teammates hit the ground running opening the 2015 season with a 3-1 win over Georgia State on the road and a 3-0 win over UAB in Birmingham. Diniz scored twice in the win over Georgia State and contriubuted a hat trick in the victory over UAB. The Hatters are off to a great start.   
Napo Matsoso - Junior - Midfielder - Kentucky

Matsoso was a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats. He maintained his focus and scored the game-winning goal out of a counter attack in the last minute of regulation when he skillfully controlled a loose ball and slotted it into the far right side of the net to give Kentucky a 2-1 come from behind win over a good Valparaiso team.   

Matias Pyysalo - Sophomore - Midfielder - UCF

Pyysalo found the back of the net twice to play a key role in UCF's season opening 5-0 thumping of Florida Atlantic.  His first goal of the evening was out of a free kick from thirty yards out. His second score came when he alertly took advantage of a miscue in the box that he drove cleanly into the net. Pyysalo also contributed assists on the goals of teammates Neico Regent and Gorka Aperribay. 

Mikhail Doholis - Senior - Midfielder - Oregon State Doholis used his left foot to send a bullet into the top left corner of the goal from fifteen yards out to net the golden goal in overtime in Oregon State's 1-0 win over Marquette. He also made a nice run down the left side of the pitch before sending a cross into teammate Timmy Mueller who finished it to give the Beavers the edge they needed to top Michigan State 1-0. It was a very gutsy weekend for Oregon State. 
Brandon Aubrey - Junior - Defender - Notre Dame Aubrey, who was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, anchored a Fighting Irish defense that shutout Maryland 0-0 and Indiana 1-0 in two impressive contests. Notre Dame goalkeeper junior Chris Hubbard and senior midfielder Connor Klekota were also named to the All-Tournament team. 
Ben Kern - Senior - Defender - Air Force 

A record crowd was on hand at Cadet Soccer Stadium to see the Falcons top Army 1-0 in double overtime. From his outside-middle back position, Kern was a key factor on both sides of the ball for Air Force. He helped the defense shutout Army and his contribution on the offensive side of the ball included providing the assist on teammate A.J. Esparza's game-winning goal in overtime.   

Sam Strong - Freshman - Defender - UCSB 

The Santa Barbara native and center back helped anchor a tenacious Gaucho defense along with fellow freshman goalkeeper and Santa Barbara native Justin Vom Steeg that shutout a very attack oriented and highly regarded Stanford team. Junior forward Nick DePuy netted the game winning goal with an assist from midfielder Seo-In Kim as UCSB recorded an impressive 1-0 season opening win over the Cardinal.  

Richard Hall - Junior - Defender - NIU The defender from Billericay, England was solid on the defensive side of the ball and came up big for NIU when he drove a shot into the back of the frame in the 106th minute of play out of a free kick from thirty yards out to give the Huskies a 1-0 win over Green Bay. The Huskies will travel to Greenville, South Carolina next weekend to face Furman and the College of Charleston.  
Fernando Pina - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Coastal Carolina  Coastal Carolina took to the road to open the 2015 season with tough contests against Old Dominion in Norfolk and VCU in Richmond. Pina did all the things he needed to do in goal to help the Chanticleers come away with two good wins. He had seven saves in Coastal's 2-0 win over ODU and four saves in their victory over VCU. Pina and his Chanticleer teammates have tough contests on the horizon against Charlotte and Clemson.  

 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 23, 2014

Tyler Engel - Senior - Forward - North Carolina  Engel scored both of North Carolina's goals in their 2-1 win over a very talented Charlotte team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. His first goal was at close range after receiving a pass from teammate Verneri Valimaa. His game-winning goal came in the last minute of regulation when he alertly followed up, controlled, and then sent into the left corner of the goal the rebound of teammate Andy Craven's shot. Craven led the UNC attack with a hat trick in their first round 6-0 win over James Madison.  
Leo Stolz - Senior - Midfielder - UCLA  Stolz scored both goals to play a key role in UCLA's 2-1 come from behind win in overtime against San Diego. His first goal came out of a free kick from thirty yards out when he drove a shot into the bottom right corner of the frame. His game-winner was a blast from the middle of the box that was set up by a nice move and pass from teammate Abu Danladi. UCLA advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host California.  
Dominik Machado - Sophomore - Midfielder - Providence Machado scored twice to help power the Friars past Dartmouth 3-0 as Providence advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program. His first score came after he made a nice hustle move to be in position to drive a cross from teammate Thomas Ballenthin into the goal. His second score came after he won a ball at the top of the box and created the space he needed to slot the ball into the back of the net.  
Michael Sperber - RS Sophomore - Midfielder - UC Irvine Sperber combined with senior forward Cameron Iwasa to put together one of the more opportunistic and spectacular plays of the second round. Sperber controlled a Stanford clearance and sent a pass to Iwasa who then sent a through ball back to Sperber who drove it into the back of the net to give UC Irvine a 1-0 upset win over the sixth seeded Stanford Cardinal in the 97th minute of play. UC Irvine marches to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Providence. 
Oyvind Alseth - Sophomore - Midfielder - Syracuse Alseth had a role in both of Syracuse's goals in their 2-1 win over Penn State.  He assisted on Emil Ekblom's equalizer and netted what proved to be the game-winning goal as Syracuse came from behind to top Penn State to improve to 16-3-1 and to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the Georgetown Hoyas in Washington.  
Arun Basuljevic - Freshman - Midfielder - Georgetown  Basuljevic collected a loose ball in the box and blasted it into the back of the net with six seconds remaining in the second overtime period to give Georgetown a 2-1 win over a determined Old Dominion team. Brandon Allen also scored for the Hoyas who advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will tangle with the Syracuse Oragne. 
Will Walker - RS Senior - Midfielder - Xavier  Walker scored Xavier's first goal in their 2-1 win in overtime against Monmouth in the first round of play with assists from in Alex Ridsdale and Matt Vasquenza. Walker also converted the game-winning penalty kick in Indiana's upset win over the Indiana Hoosiers. Xavier improves to 15-5-2 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament play for the first time in the history of the program.   
Tim Kubel - Freshman - Defender - Louisville Kubel netted the game-winning goal for the Cardinals with under four minutes remaining in regulation in their 2-1 win over Saint Louis. The goal was Kubel's team-leading seventh of the 2014 seson. He also assisted on teammate Andy Brody's goal. Louisville improves to 11-7-3 and will now host UMBC in the Sweet Sixteen. 
Zach Carroll - Junior - Defender - Michigan State Carroll and fellow center back Ryan Keener anchored a rock solid Spartan defensive backline that shutout a very good Oakland team 1-0. Carroll also converted a header out of a corner kick to score the lone goal of the contest. Number three seeded Michigan State improves to 12-4-5 and earns the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host number fourteen seed Washington.    
Jose Ribas - Junior - Defender - Creighton  Ribas was a key part of a very solid Creighton backline that shutout a very potent Oregon State team 1-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the past four seasons. Freshman Lucan Stauffer scored the lone goal of the match for the Bluejays who improve to 15-3-2 and advance to host fellow Big East Conference member Xavier on Sunday, November 30 at Morrison Stadium. 
Scott Thomsen - Junior - Defender - Virginia  Thomsen assisted on Viginia's first two scores in their come from behind win over a good UNCW team. He made a nice move and served in a well played cross to help set up teammate Sam Hayward's momentum setting goal just prior to the end of the first stanza of play and contributed an assist on Jake Rozhansky's goal. The Cavaliers win 3-1 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Notre Dame.  
Billy Heavner - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - UMBC Heavner was outstanding between the pipes this week for UMBC. He anchored a Retriever defense that shutout Wake Forest 0-0 and then advanced 3-2 in penalty kicks. He also came up with the saves that he needed to make to enable the Retrievers to shutout number four seeded Maryland 1-0.  UMBC improves to 13-5-4 and is now unbeatern in their last eight games. The Retrievers advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the history of the program.  

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 16, 2015

Gerald Ben - Junior - Forward - Oakland Ben controlled a loose ball in the the box and drove it into the back of the net with thirty-five ticks remaining on the clock in the second overtime period to lead Oakland past Cleveland State 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Horizon League Tourney.  He also assisted on Joey Tinnion's goal and converted a penalty kick to help the Golden Grizzlies top Wright State 2-1 to claim the Horizon League Championship.
Alex Adelabu - Senior - Forward - Dartmouth  Adelabu scored twice to help power the Big Green past Brown 3-0 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney. HIs first goal came after he posted up in the box and received a pass from teammate Tyler Dowse. Adelabu's second goal was a header coming out of a free kick. He also assisted on teammate Tommy Johnson's goal. Dartmouth is 11-4-2 overall.     
Jabari Danzy - RS Junior - Midfielder - SIUE Danzy scored what proved to be the game winning goal after receiving a cross from defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin in SIUE's 2-1 win over Bradley in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. He also netted the game winning goal in the championship game when he finished a header in the 108th minute of play with Kendall-Moullin again providing the assist to propel the Cougars past Missouri State 1-0. 
Paul Clowes - Junior - Midfielder - Clemson Clemson advanced past Wake Forest and Notre Dame in penalty kicks and defeated Louisville 2-0 in double overtime to win the ACC Tournament Championship. Clowes assisted on teammate Bobby Belair's goal in the contest with Notre Dame and scored with three seconds remaining in regulation in the match with Louisville to send the game into overtime where Ara Amirkhanian netted the game winner. The ACC Championship is Clemson's first since the 2001 season. 
Gregg Hauck - RS Freshman - Midfielder - UMBC  The defensive midfielder scored from twenty-two yards out in UMBC's 3-1 win over Vermont in the semifinals of the America East Conference Tournament. In addition, his well played chip shot from eighteen yards out proved to be the game winner in UMBC's 2-1 win over Hartford in the championship match. The Retrievers improve to 12-5-3 and have now won three consecutive America East Titles. 
Sebastiaan Blickman - Sophomore - Midfiedler - Bucknell Number five seeded Bucknell topped number four seeded Lehigh 4-0, advanced past number two seeded Navy in penalty kicks, and defeated number one seeded Boston University 3-2 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney. Blickmank scored both goals in the win over Boston University. Coach Brendan Nash stated, "Sebastiaan came up big." 
Jannik Loebe - Freshman - Midfielder - Fordham  Number six seeded Fordham advanced past number three seeded VCU in penalty kicks, defeated number two seeded Saint Louis 2-1, and topped number one seeded Rhode Island 1-0 to secure the program's second-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. Loebe netted the game winning goals in the contests with Saint Louis and Rhode Island. 
Andy Cormack - Senior - Defender - St. Francis Brooklyn Cormack came up big once again for the Terries when he placed a shot into the top left corner out of a free kick from twenty yards out in the 94th minute of play to enable St. Francis Brooklyn to top the Red Flash from Saint Francis University 2-1 in the championship match of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Terriers advanced to the championship match by defeating Bryant 2-0 with Vincent Bezecourt scoring both goals. 
Will Suedois - Sophomore - Defender - FGCU Suedois was part of a solid FGCU backline that shutout Northern Kentucky 2-0 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. He also netted the lone goal in the championship match against North Florida when he pushed forward from his right back position and utilized his left foot to place a shot into the back of the net from eighteen yards out. FGCU earns a berth in the NCAA Tourney for the third time in the past four season. 
David Macsicza - Junior - Defender - Old Dominion  Macsicza and his ODU teammates had a productive week of play topping New Mexico 2-1, Charlotte 2-1 and South Carolina 2-1 to claim the Conference USA Championship. Macsicza was solid on the defensive side of the ball and contributed a goal in the win over Charlotte and assisted on teammate Geoffrey Hill's goal in the victory over South Carolina. 
Daniel Simpson - RS Senior - Defender - James Madison Simpson was at the heart of a very solid James Madison backline that shutout number three seeded Hofstra 2-0, number two seeded UNCW 2-0 and number one seeded Delaware 1-0 to claim the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship. The championship is the Dukes first since the 2001 season. Simpson was named the MVP of the CAA Tournament. 
Jeff Salt - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Cal State Fullerton Salt was superb between the pipes for the Titans who shutout UC Riverside 3-0 and advanced past UC Irvine in penalty kicks after the contest was knotted at 0-0 at the end of regulation and overtime.  In the contest with UC Riverside he had six saves including a key stop of a penalty kick. In the match with UC Irvine Salt had four saves and made two saves in the penalty kick shootout. The Titans win their first Big West Conference Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2000.