National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 24, 2013

Wojciech Wojcik - Senior - Forward - Bradley

Wojcik contributed to all three Bradley scores with an assisit and two goals including the game-winning goal in overtime to play a key role in the Brave's 3-2 win over Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tourney. He also scored Bradley's lone goal in their 3-1 loss to California in the second round of play.  

Tim Kreutz - RS Junior - Forward - Michigan State

Kreutz tallied his fourth game-winning goal and ninth of the season out of a free-kick with a double assist from Kevin Cope and Adam Montague in the second overtime period to give the Spartans the edge they needed to top Louisville 1-0.  Cope sent a ball into the box that Montague flicked to Kreutz who deposited it just inside the left post.  

Coco Navarro - Freshman - Forward - Marquette 

Navarro's game-winning goal with twenty-five seconds remaining in the first overtime period enabled Marquette to defeat Akron 1-0 and secured the program's first ever win in NCAA Tourney play. The goal was set up when senior Adam Lysak played a back-heel pass to defender Paul Dillon who lofted a cross into the top of the six-yard box that Navarro side-volleyed into the back of net.   

Miguel Gonzalez - Senior - Forward - Seattle University

Gonzalez helped engineer what may have been the the biggest upset in the first round of play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament when he scored from ten and twenty-five yards out to lead the Redhawks to a 2-1 come from behind win in Omaha over Creighton. Seattle's historical season in which they earned their first berth in the NCAA Tourney at the Division I level came to an end when they were defeated 4-2 by Washington in the second round of play.   

Leo Stolz - Junior - Midfielder - UCLA 

Stolz was again the catalyst for the Bruins with three assists in UCLA's 4-0 win over Elon in the second round of the NCAA Tourney.  Victor Chavez scored twice for UCLA and Joe Sofia and Aaron Simmons each added a single goal.  The number one seeded Bruins advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will host a very good Connecticut team.  

Ricky Greensfelder - RS Freshman - Midfielder - Wake Forest

Greensfelder's first-career goal proved to be the game-winning goal in Wake Forest's 2-1 win over a very determined Navy team.  Greensfelder also assisted on teammate Sean Okoli's goal.  The game-winner came off the left foot of Greensfelder after receiving a nice cross from teammate Chris Duvall.  Wake Forest advances to the Sweet Sixteen to face number three seeded Notre Dame.

Eric Bird - Junior - Midfielder - Virginia 

Bird continues to make things happen for the Cavaliers.  He drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by teammate sophomore Scott Thomsen and assited along with teammate Patrick Foss in junior Ryan Zinkhan's first half goal out of a free kick.  Bird has scored a total of seven times so far this season.  Virginia advances to the Sweet Sixteen and will host #9 seeded Marquette in what looks to be a very interesting matchup.  

Alec Sundly - Senior - Midfielder - California 

Sundly was the catalyst in Californa's 3-1 win over the Bradley Braves scoring twice and contributing the assist on teammate Steve Birnbaum's goal. Seth Casiple and Connor Hallisey contributed the helpers on Sundly's goals. California gets back in the win column and improves to 13-4-2.  The Golden Bears advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host Coastal Carolina.  

Shawn McLaws - Junior - Defender - Coastal Carolina 

McLaws anchored a bend but don't break Coastal Carolina backline that contained a multi-dimensional Charlotte offense to enable the Chanticleers to secure a 1-0 win over the 49ers to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to tangle with #4 seeded California.  Coastal Carolina out of the Big South Conference ups their record to date to 19-4-0.   

Andrew O'Malley - Senior - Defender - Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish captain was a key part of a Notre Dame defense that shutout Wisconsin 4-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament play. O'Malley and his teammates improve their record to 13-1-6 overall and will now host fellow ACC member Wake Forest on Sunday, December 1 in what should be a very competive match.  

Drew Hutchins - Senior - Goalkeeper - Stanford 

Hutchins did a little bit of everything to help Stanford advance past LMU in penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA Tourney.  He pushed forward in the closing seconds of the match and assisted on teammate Zach Batteer's last second goal that sent the match into overtime.  During the shootout he converted a penalty kick and made two big saves.  Hutchins also recorded the shutout in goal in Stanford's 1-0 win over C.S. Northridge in the second round to send the Cardinal into the Sweet Sixteen. 

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 17, 2013

Pete Caringi - Senior - Forward - UMBC

Caringi found the back of the net twice and contributed an assist to play a key role in UMBC's 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship match.  His first goal was a header after receiving a cross from back Jordan Becker.  His second goal was a header inside the right post after receiving a cross from midfielder Malcolm Harris.  UMBC improves to 16-1-2.  

Adam Lysak - RS Senior - Forward - Marquette

Lysak scored the Golden Goal off an assist from Louis Bennett II to lead Marquette to a 1-0 win over Butler in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament .  He also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Marqauette's 3-2 win over a gutsy Providence team to enable the Golden Eagles to claim their first ever Big East Tournamnet Championship. Marquette improves to 12-5-2.  

Jason Waterman - Junior - Forward - Elon

Waterman converted a header out of a corner kick with a double assist from teammates Samuel McBride and Daniel Lovitz to help power Elon past Georgia Southern 5-1 in the semifianl round of the Southern Conference Tourney.  He also scored in the 102nd minute of play to give Elon a 1-0 win over Wofford to up their record to 15-4-2 and secure a third consecutive automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney.  

Kevin Correa - Junior - Forward - Saint Francis Brooklyn 

Correa scored two second half goals to power the Terriers past number one seeded Central Connecticut 2-0 in a semifinal contest in the Northeast Conference Tournament.  He also scored twice to play a key role in helping St. Francis top Bryant 3-2 in the championship match.  The number four seeded Terriers claimed the NEC Championship for the first time since the 1998 campaign to earn the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  

Zac Portillos - Senior - Midfielder - Akron

Portillos scored twice and contributed a helper in Akron's 4-1 win over Western Michigan in the championship match of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.  He also contributed an assist in Akron's 3-0 win over West Virginia in the tourney semifinals.  Akron improves to 16-3-1 and will make its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  

Leo Stolz - Junior - Midfielder - UCLA

Stolz scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season to lead the Bruins past San Diego State 3-0.  His first goal resulted when he created space off the dribble and placed a shot into the bottom left side of the goal.  His second score was off a rebound of a shot from teammate Victor Chavez.  The Bruins completed regular season play with a 11-3-4 overall record.  

Enrique Cardenas - Senior - Midfielder - UC Irvine  

Cardenas scored his team leading eighth goal and fourth game-winner in UC Irvine's 2-0 win over UC Davis.  He also assisted on Cameron Iwasa's game-winning goal in the Anteaters' 1-0 win over Cal State Northridge in the championship match of the highly competitive Big West Conference.  The Anteater backline led by senior center back Marco Franco and redshirt sophomore netminder Michael Breslin were also rock solid.  UC Irvine has won seven straight to improve to 14-4-3.  

Thomas Allen - Senior - Defender - Charlotte 

Allen anchored a solid Charlotte backline that helped the 49ers top UAB 2-1, Kentucky 1-0 and Tulsa 1-0 to win the Conference USA Championship. Charlotte improves to 12-5-3 and has now won eight consecutive games during which time they have allowed a total of only two goals.  Allen was named the Defensive MVP ot the CUSA Tourney.   

Alex Herrera - Senior - Defender - George Mason

Herrera converted a penaly kick to give the Patriots the edge they needed to top Saint Louis 1-0 to secure the A-10 Championship for the first time since the 2008 season.  He also assisted on teammate Timi Mulgrew's game-winning goal in George Mason's 3-2 win over VCU. For his efforts he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament.  

Andrew Stone - Senior - Defender - Milwaukee

Stone alertly one-timed a rebound into the back of the net in Milwaukee's 2-0 win over Oakland. He also converted a header out of a corner kick served in by teammate Luke Goodnetter to help the Panthers top UIC 2-0 in the Horizon League Tournament Championship match.  A very talented Milwaukee team improves to 15-2-2 and earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.  

Tal Bublil - Senior - Defender - Drexel

Bublil was at the heart of a stout Drexel defensive effort that enabled the Dragons to shutout William and Mary 1-0 to win their first ever CAA Tournament title.  He also contributed an assist in Drexel's prior contest in which they advanced past Delaware in penalty kicks.  The Dragons under the direction of Doug Hess are NCAA Tourney bound for the second year in a row.  

Borja Angoitia - Junior - Goalkeeper - Quinnipiac

Angoitia was outstanding in goal helping Quinnipiac advance past past Iona and Monmouth in penalty kicks to claim their first ever MAAC Championship to punch their first ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Angoitia had six saves in the match with Iona and five saves in the contest with Monmouth. In both matches he made a crucial stop in the penalty kick shootout and also converted a penalty kick in each shootout himself.    

Brentton Muhammad - Senior - Goalkeeper - South Florida

Muhammad had ten saves in regulation and four during the penalty kick shootout to play a huge role in enabling South Florida to advance past Connecticut to claim the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship.  He was also solid between the pipes in the Bull's 1-0 win over Temple and 2-1 victory over Rutgers. Regarding Muhammad's play in the shootout, George Kiefer stated, "It wasn't just three saves in a row, it was three in a row wherte he had to make the save or we were cooked, we were done." 

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

Kyle Parker - Sophomore - Forwad - Charlotte

Parker scored two goals to lead the 49ers to a 3-0 victory over FIU.  He has now found the back of the net eleven times to date including seven times in Charlotte's last four contests. The red hot 49ers improve to 9-5-3 and will enter the CUSA Tourney which they are hosting at Transamerica Field on a five game winning streak.  

Vince Cicciarelli - Junior - Forward - Notre Dame

Don't overlook the contribution that Cicciarelli has had on the success that Notre Dame has enjoyed this year.  After missing almost all of the 2012 campaign due to injury, Cicciarelli has been an impact player for the Irish in 2013.  This week he scored the insurance goal in Notre Dame's 2-0 win over Michigan State and also scored from seven yards out to help the Irish top Pitt 2-0.   

Mason Robertson - Freshman - Forward - Washington

Robertson displayed decisiveness and skill when he produced two huge game-winning goals for Washington.  In the Huskies 2-0 win over Stanford he headed in a corner kick served in by Justin Schmidt. He also drove a Michael Harris flip-throw that deflected off a defender into the back of the net in overtime in Washington's 2-1 come from behind win over California.  The Huskies are 13-1-4 overall with a 6-1-2 record in Pac-12 play.  

Pmare Te Anau - Junior - Midfielder - Albany

Te Anau was the catalyst on the offensive side of the ball playing a key role in Albany's largest goal output since the 2008 season. He scored twice to help power the Great Danes past Vermont 5-1.  Te Anau and his Albany teammates now advance to face UMBC in a semi-final match in the America East Tournament.   

Chris Thorsheim - Sophomore - Midfielder - Bucknell

Thorsheim was responsible for two game-winning goals.  He converted a penalty kick in Bucknell's 1-0 win over Hartwick.  He also scored in overtime to enable the Bison to top Boston Univeristy 1-0.  He has scored a total of eight goals so far this year.  Bucknell improves to 12-5-1 overall with a 5-3-1 record in Patriot League play.  

Cyle Larin - Freshman - Midfielder - Connecticut

Larin, who hails from  Brampton, Ontario, continues to make plays for the Huskies. This week he scored twice to help UConn thump SMU 5-0.  His first goal was from the top of the box.  His second score was a well played chip shot over the top of the keeper after receiving a through ball from teammate Adria Beso.  Connecticut improves to 10-2-5 and extends their unbeaten streak to twelve.  

Aodhan Quinn - Senior - Midfielder - Akron

Quinn scored twice to lead Akron to a 2-1 come from behind win over Big Ten foe Penn State.  He skillfully drove a shot from the top of the box inside the right post out of a free kick.  Quinn also produced the game-winning goal in the 106th minute when he placed a shot into the left corner of the goal out of an indirect kick. Akron also topped Western Michigan 2-1 in overtime to improve to 14-3-1 and claim the MAC regular season title with a 5-1-0 mark in conference play.  

Jon Roeckle - Senior - Defender - Saint Louis 

Roeckle's first two goals of the season were huge and helped the Billikens top Massachusetts 2-1. He drove a picture perfect shot into the top right corner of the net out of a direct kick from twenty-two yards out and placed a shot just inside the far post with an assist from teammate Marco Heskamp.  Saint Louis captured the Atlantic 10 regular season title with a 6-0-2 mark in conference play and the number one seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament.  

Joseph Greenspan - Junior - Defender - Navy 

 

Greenspan continues to come up with big plays at Navy.  This week he scored out of a free kick in the 106th minute of play off a double assist from Martin Sanchez and Dave Arnold to give the Mids the edge they needed to top Army 1-0.  An enthusiastic crowd of 7,416 was on hand at PPL Park to witness the contest. Navy improves to 13-3-2 with a 9-0-0 mark in Patriot League play.  The Mids continue to steam forward in their quest to return the program to the NCAA 'Tourney field after a twenty-five year absence.   

Kyle Venter - RS Senior - Defender - New Mexico 

Venter was part of a very solid New Mexico defensive effort that shutout Kentucky 2-0. He also contributed on the offensvie side of the ball by driving a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick served in by teammate senior Michael Calderon.  The Lobos are 11-4-2 overall and win the Conference USA regular season title with a 7-1-1 mark in league play in their inagural campaign as a member of the conference.    

David Greczek - Freshman - Goalkeeper - Rutgers

Greczek had nine big saves Saturday night including a stop of a penalty kick to enable the Scarlet Knights to shutout highly regarded Louisville 1-0 in a quarterfinal match of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Dan Donigan stated, "David (Greczek) made some huge saves for us, including stopping a penalty kick in the first half."  Sophomore Mael Corboz scored the game-winning goal for a Rutgers squad that stays alive in the conference tournament.   

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

MacKenzie Pridham - Senior - Forward - Cal Poly

 

Pridham netted a goal and contributed the assist on teammate Kevin Atkins' goal to lead Cal Poly past Sacramento State 4-2. Pridham, the 2012 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year, has thirteen goals so far this year and now holds the Cal Poly record for goals scored in a single season.  The Mustangs are 10-6-2 overall with a 3-3-2 mark in the Big West.

Tyler Riggs - Senior - Forward - Kentucky

Riggs was on his game this week netting what proved to be the game-winning goal in Kentucky's 2-0 win over Marshall and scoring three second half goals to help power the Wildcats past Florida Atlantic University 6-1 to secure two big CUSA wins. Kentucky improves to 6-8-2 with a 3-3-2 mark in CUSA action. 

Sachem Wilson - Sophomore - Forward - Liberty 

Wilson helped Liberty secure two good Big South Conference wins.  He scored out of a corner kick to help the Flames top Longwood 2-1.  He also scored twice to lead Liberty to a 3-1 victory over Campbell. Wilson has scored a total of eight goals so far this season. Liberty is 9-7-0 overall with a 5-4-0 mark in Big South Conference play. 

Ricardo Velazco - Sophomore - Forward - Louisville 

Velazco has been an impact player for the Cardinals.  This week in Louisville's wild 3-2 win over Saint Louis he served in a nice cross to set up teammate Andrew Brody's goal and assisted on teammate Jimmy Ockford's game-winning goal out of a free kick. He also converted a penalty kick. Louisville is 11-3-5 overall with a 5-1-2 record in the American Athletic Conference. 

Leo Stolz - Junior - Midfielder - UCLA 

Stolz is a playmaker and impact player who continues to make good things happen for the Bruins.  He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in UCLA's 2-1 win over California when he drove a shot into the upper right hand corner from the top of the box. The Bruins improve to 10-3-4 overall with a 5-1-3 mark in Pac-12 action.   

Robbie Derschang - Senior - Midfielder - Akron

Derschang came up big for the Zips scoring twice to lead Akron to a 2-1 win over Michigan in Ann Arbour. His first goal was from ten yards out and was set up by a cross from Saad Abdul-Salaam that Matt Foldesy flicked to Derschang.  His second goal was from ten yards out after he alertly controlled a loose ball in the box and deposited it into the back of the net.  Akron is 12-3-1 and is unbeaten in their past six games. 

Derrick Boateng - Sophomore - Midfielder - Boston College 

Boateng scored twice including the game-winning goal to help power the Eagles to a 3-1 win over Virginia Tech.  His game-winning goal was a well placed ball from ten yards out with an assist from Matt Wendelken. Boateng also netted the insurance goal with freshman Zeiko Lewis contributing his twelveth assist of the 2013 season to date. Boston College improves to 7-7-2 with a 4-5-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. 

Andrew Melitsanopoulos - Freshman - Defender - Manhattan

Melitsanopoulos' first two career goals at Manhattan were huge as they gave the Jaspers the edge that they needed to come from behind to top Marist 3-2 in MAAC play and to keep their hopes of a berth in the conference tournament alive.  Reese Akers assisted on Melitsanopoulos' first goal and Tommy Amos provided the helper on the second.  

Jordan McCrary - Junior - Defender - North Carolina

McCrary, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, was part of a rock solid North Carolina defense that shutout Virginia 1-0 in Charlottesville. The Tar Heel defense has allowed a total of only nine goals to date. McCrary and his teammates have now won four straight ACC matches and are 7-3-5 overall with a 4-1-5 record in conference play. Tyler Engel netted the UNC goal.

Tim Parker - Junior - Defender - St. John's 

Parker was a key part of a tenacious and well organized St. John's defense that shutout highly regarded Georgetown 1-0 despite having to play a man down for a significant portion of the match. The Red Storm improves to 9-6-2 overall with a 2-4-2 record in Big East play. Teammate Rafael Diaz notched his eighth clean sheet of the 2013 season to establish a new program record thirty-one career shutouts in goal.      

Skylar Thomas - Junior - Defender - Syracuse

Thomas won every ball that came his way in the process of anchoring a very stout Orange defensive effort that enabled Syracuse to shutout a very good Clemson team 1-0. Teammate Alex Bono notched the shutout in goal.  Syracuse improves to 10-6-1 with a 3-6-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Kees Heemskerek - Senior - Goalkeeper - College of Charleston

Heemskerek made an impressive return to the pitch for the College of Charleston after missing eight-weeks of play due to an injury sustained in the Cougars second game of the 2013 season.  He had six stops including several big saves in the Cougar's 2-1 win over James Madison and had five saves to lead the College of Charleston to a 1-0 win over Northeastern.