National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - Men's National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 18, 2020

The College Soccer News Team of the Week features impact players on both sides of the ball who contributed to the success that their team enjoyed during a week of play that included more than the usual number of of close contests. 

James Brighton

Sophomore

Forward

Clemson

Brighton returned the rebound of teammate Grayson Barber's shot into the bottom right corner of the net and drove a header into back of the net from the middle of the box in overtime to give Clemson a hard fought 2-1 win over a determined Duke team.  

Deandre Kerr

Freshman

Forward

Syracuse

Kerr made a nice move to create the angle he needed to score from just inside the box and also found the back of the net after receiving a cross from Hilli Goldhar in Syracue's 2-2 tie with ACC foe Louisville. Syracuse is 0-2-1. 

Kimarni Smith

Senior

Forward

Clemson

Smith scored from within the box after receiving a cross from Grayson Barber and assisted on Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador game winning goal in Clemson's 2-1 win over Wake Forest.  He also provided the helper on James Brighton's game winning goal over Duke. Clemson is 4-1-0.  

Kyle Holcomb

Junior

Forward

Wake Forest

Holcomb decisively placed a header into the back of the net in overtime after receiving a well played and timed cross from sophomore midfielder Omar Hernandez. The Deacons rebound from a 2-1 loss to Clemson with a 1-0 win over UNC to improve to 4-1-0.  

Valentin Noel

Sophomore

Midfielder 

Pittsburgh

Noel scored twice in the first half to play a key role in the Panthers 3-2 on the road win in overtime against Virginia. Noel has scored four goals to date for the Panthers who are now 4-0-0 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in ACC action.  

David Jackson

Freshman

Midfielder

Navy 

Jackson contributed the assist on junior defender Matt Nocita's goal and scored the game-winner  when he alertly returned  the rebound of his own missed penalty kick back into the net. The Midshipmen open the fall 2020 season with a solid  2-1 on the road win over NC State. 

Kalil ElMedkhar

Senior

Midfielder

Kentucky 

ElMedkhar scored out of a give and go with Eythor Bjorgolfsson and assisted on the goal scored by teammate Bailey Rouse in Kentucky's 3-1 win over Mercer. He also converted a penalty kick in Kentucky's 2-1 win over UAB. The Wildcats improve to 5-1-0.  

Andrew Bennett

Freshman

Midfielder

Georgia State

Bennett scored twice and assisted on the goal scored by teammate Matthew Fearnley to help power Georgia State past rival Georgia Southern 3-1. Georgia State also defeated UAB 4-1 earlier in the week. The Panthers improve to 7-1-0 with a 2-1-0 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. 

Marcelo Lage

Junior

Defender

Coastal Carolina 

Lage scored in the Chanticleers 3-2 win over Central Arkansas with an assist from Marcello Jones. He also controlled a loose ball from within the box and deposited it into the back of the net to give Coastal Carolina the edge they needed to top Central Arkansas 1-0 in overtime.  

Arturo Ordonez

Sophomore

Defender

Pittsburgh 

Ordonez drove a header into the back of the frame in overtime out of a corner kick served in by sophomore defender Raphael Crivello to give the Panthers the edge they needed to top Virginia 3-2 in Charlottesville. Pitt improves to 4-0-0.  

Tor Saunders

Senior

Goalkeeper

Coastal Carolina

Saunders had a nine save evening in goal in Coastal Carolina's 3 to 2 win over Central Arkansas on Friday and ten save contest in the Chanticleers 1-0 win in overtime against Central Arkansas on Sunday. 

 

College Soccer News - Women's National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 18, 2020

It was a week during which there were several unexpected outcomes and plenty of closely contested contests. The College Soccer News Team of the Week showcases individuals on both sides of the ball who were difference makers. 

Leilanni Nesbeth

Sophomore

Forward

Florida State

Nesbeth used her touch on the ball to create the space and angle she needed to drive a shot into the back of the frame from thirty yards out in FSU's 4-1 win over Pitt. Nesbeth also made a nice secondary run into space to finish a pass from redshirt senior Malia Berkely in FSU's 4-3 win on the road over Virginia.  

Sydney Babineaux

Freshman

Forward

Troy 

Babineaux's first goal at Troy was a big one. She drove a shot into the upper right corner of the net from twenty-five yards out that gave Troy the edge they needed to upset Coastal Carolina 1-0. Sophomore forward Melissa Kuya-Strobel provided the assist on the goal and Lindsey LaRoche earned the shutout in goal.    

Sydney Brough

Sophomore

Midfielder

Central Arkansas

Brough powered Central Arkansas to a 3-1 win over Missouri State with a two goal evening. She skillfully chipped a shot into the back of the net and drove a shot into the bottom left corner of the frame that was set up by a nice move and cross from junior midfielder Morgan Rollow.  The Bears are 6-2-1. 

Talia Dellaperuta

Freshman

Midfielder

North Carolina

Dellaperuta recorded her first career goal when she sent the rebound of teammate Rachel Jones' shot into the back of the frame in the Tar Heels 2-0 win over Syracuse. She also scored from the top of the box in North Carolina's 3-1 win on the road over Boston College. The Tar Heels improve to 6-0-0. 

Samantha Chang

RS Sophomore

Midfielder

South Carolina

Chang made a nice run into open space after creating a turnover and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in South Carolina's 2-1 win on the road over a highly regarded Arkansas team. Chang's goal was set up by a nice combination of passes from Claire Griffiths and Catherine Barry.  The Gamecocks improve to 4-1-0.  

Haley Berg

Senior

Midfielder

Texas 

Berg who is from Celina, Texas scored out of a free kick from twenty-two yards out to give Texas the edge they needed to top Iowa State 1-0 in a Big 12 Conferece contest. The goal was Berg's second of the season and 22nd of her career. Texas is 3-3-0. 

Barbara Olivieri

Freshman

Midfielder

Texas A and M

Olivieri was again a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Maroon and White. She scored twice during a span of a little less than three minutes to power the Aggies past Mississippi State 3-0.  Texas A and M improves to 3-1-0. 

Kaela Hansen

Sophomore 

Defender 

Kansas 

Hansen was a key part of a rock solid Kansas team oriented defense that along with keeper  Sarah Peters among others shutout Oklahoma State 1-0 at Rock Chalk Park in this Big 12 contest. Kansas improves to 4-1-0.   

Sarah Houchin

Senior

Defender 

Auburn 

Houchin anchored a solid  Auburn defense that showed a lot of grit in posting a 1-0 win in overtime against Mississippi and a 1-0 win on the road over a very good Georgia team in which the Tigers played a man down for the final 35 minutes of the match. Auburn improves to 2-0-1.   

Delaney Graham

Junior

Defender 

Duke 

The junior defender made the run that she needed to make to be in position to net the golden goal in the 96th minute of play with a double assist from Marykate McGuire and Karlie Paschall. She also provided a helper on one of sister Maggie Graham's two goals in Duke's 4-0 victory over Syracuse. Duke improves to 5-1-2 overall. 

Kaitlyn Parks

RS Freshman

Goalkeeper

Wake Forest 

Parks had a nine save evening between the pipes in her first-career start to anchor a Demon Deacon defense that shutout Notre Dame 1-0 in South Bend. Wake Forest improves to 2-4-1 overall with a 2-3-1 mark in ACC play.  

 

College Soccer News - Men's National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 11, 2020

The College Soccer News Team of the Week includes players on both sides of the ball who came through in the clutch with the big plays that their team needed to prevail in a week that featured a lot of close contests. 

David Wrona

Sophomore

Forward

Wake Forest

Wrona scored twice to play a key role on the offensive side of the ball in Wake Forest's 3-0 win over UAB on a rainy evening in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons improve to 3-0-0. 

Jack Lynn

Junior

Forward

Notre Dame

Lynn skillfully placed a shot into the bottom right corner of the net out of a corner kick served in by freshman Paddy Burns. Lynn's goal and a solid Irish defense gave Notre Dame the edge they needed to top Syracuse 1-0. The Irish improve to 2-2-0.  

Bertin Jacquesson

Freshman

Forward

Pittsburgh

Jacquesson had a productive week of play contributing the golden goal and an assist in Pitts 3-2 win in overtime against Syracuse. He also had a three helper evening in PItts 4-2 win over Virginia Tech. 

Soren Jensen

Senior

Midfielder 

Central Arkansas

Jensen contributed the assist on Rubyn Gill's goal and drove a shot into the top of the net with Kasper Anderson and Pablo Azona providing helpers in Central Arkansas' 4-1 Sun Belt Conference win over Georgia Southern.  

Veljko Petkovic 

Sophomore

Midfielder 

Pittsburgh

Petkovic has been a key ingredient in Pittsburgh's high  octane attack. He scored twice to in Pitts 3-2 win over Syracuse and contributed a goal from the top of the box and assisted on one of  Valentin Noel's two goals in the Panthers 4-2 win over Virginia Tech. Pitt is 3-0-0. 

 

Mark Salas

Senior

Defender 

North Carolina

Salas was part of a solid and organized bend but don't break Tar Heel defensive effort that was able to contain a very explosive Clemson attack. North Carolina secures a 1-0 win over the Tigers to improve to 2-0-0.  

Christian Kraus

Freshman

Defender

South Carolina

Kraus scored the lone goal of the evening in the 75th minute of play with a double assist from junior forward Andrew Halloran and freshman midfielder Spencer Mallion in South Carolina's 1-0 on the road win over Mercer. The Gamecocks improve to 2-2-0. 

Lewis McGarvey

Freshman

Defender

Duke

McGarvey made a nice back post run to create the space he needed to send a header  served in by Matthias Frick into the back of the frame in Duke's 3-1-0 win over NC State. The Blue Devils improve to 2-2-0 and gain momentum. 

Mael Couteau

Freshman

Defender

Coastal Carolina

Couteau was responsible for  the lone goal in Coastal Carolina's season opening win over previously undefeated Georgia State. He was also part of a solid Chanticleer defense that held the Panthers to only one shot on goal. Coastal Carolina is 1-0-0. 

Filllipo Zattarin

Graduate Student

Defender

North Carolina

Zattarin came up big for the Tar Heels when he drove a header into the back of the net out of a set piece with one second remaining in regulation to give North Carolina the edge they needed to top Clemson 1-0. 

Colin Shutler

Graduate Student

Goalkeeper

Virginia

Shutler took care of business between the pipes for Virginia with an eight save night that included two stops in the final overtime period to help the Cavaliers gut out a 2-1 win over Louisville.      

 

College Soccer News - Women's National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 11, 2020

It was a week of very close contests during which playmakers on both sides of the ball came through in clutch situations to give their teams the edge they needed to prevail.  

Mackenzie Anthony

Freshman

Forward

Baylor 

Anthony intercepted a pass from outside the box and drove a shot into the far post from the left side of the box and assisted on teammate Taylor Moon's goal as Baylor combined solid play on the defensive side of the ball with an aggressive attack to top Kansas 2-0. The win was Baylor's first over a top-five team since 1997. 

Amanda West

Sophomore

Forward

Pittsburgh

West converted a penalty kick and used her touch on the ball and quickness to create the space and angle she needed to deftly place a shot into the far corner of the goal to help power Pitt past Boston College 4-3. She also found the back of the net twice in Pitt's 4-1 win over Navy. The Panthers improve to 8-2-0. 

Logan Dix

Senior

Forward

The Citadel

Dix converted a penalty kick and sent a header into the back of the net to play a key role in The Citadels 3-2 win over Mercer. Sophomore midfielder Ari Ford netted the game-winner for the Bulldogs in the 87th minute of play. The Citadel improves to 3-2-2.  

Morgan Cross

Junior

Forward

South Alabama

Cross scored twice in South Alabama's closer than expected 3-2 win over rival Troy. Cross placed a shot into the right side of the net after receiving a well played through ball from midfielder Athanasia Moraitou. She also alertly controlled a loose ball near the six-yard box and skillfully sent it into the back of the frame. Freshman forward Izzy Ford scored what proved to be the game-winner for South Alabama. The Jaguars improve to 5-2-0. 

Maddie Johnston

Freshman

Forward

Georgia State

Johnston's penalty kick gave Georgia State the edge they needed to slip past Appalachian State 1-0. She also contributed a goal with a helper from Kelsee Holloway in the Pathers 2-1 win in overtime against Coastal Carolina in which sophomore midfielder Jolie Ryff netted the game-winner. Georgia State is 6-1-1 overall with a 5-1-1 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.  

Ava Tankersley

Freshman

Midfielder

Arkansas

Tankersley came up big for the Razorbacks when she created the space she needed at the top of the box to decisively drive a shot into the back of the frame in overtime to help Arkansas secure a closely contested 2-1 on the road win over Alabama. Arkansas is now 4-0-0.  

Claudia Dipasupil

Sophomore

Midfielder

Tennessee

 

Dipasupil made good things happen for the Vols. She effectively utilized the time that she was on the pitch to contribute a helper on the goals scored by teammates Alicia Donley and Jaida Thomas in Tennessee's 2-1 win over SEC foe Missouri. The Vols are now 2-2-0.  

Brandi Peterson

Junior

Defender

TCU

Mandy Warren scored for TCU in the 86th minute to force overtime. Peterson then produced the big play in overtime that TCU needed to secure a hard fought win when she sent a blast into the back of the frame from the top of the box to give TCU a 2-1 win over Oklahoma State. TCU wins its third consecutive contest to improve to 3-0-1.  

Victoria MacIntosh

Senior

Defender 

Arkansas State

Arkansas State was awarded a penalty kick in the 101st minute of play when freshman forward Darby Stotts was fouled in the box. MacIntosh calmly converted it to give Arkansas State a 1-0 win over a determined Texas Tech side. MacIntosh was also part of an Arkansas State defense anchored by senior goalkeeper Megan McClure that kept Texas Tech off the scoreboard. The Red Wolves improve to 7-0-0. 

Caitlin Cosme

Senior

Defender

Duke

Cosme converted a penalty kick and was part of a solid Duke defensive effort that held Virginia Tech to only two shots. Cosme has scored three times so far this year. The Blue Devils improve to 3-1-2 overall.   

 

Henslye Hancuff

Junior

Goalkeeper

Clemson

Hancuff had an eight save evening to anchor a solid Clemson defense that shutout Wake Forest 2-0 on senior night at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers improve to 4-2-0 with a 3-2-0 mark in ACC play.