National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending September 3, 2017

Rex Epps - Sophomore - Forward - Army  Epps who hails from Irmo, South Carolina scored twice to help power Army past Fairfield 3-0. He netted his first goal after receiving a cross from Keenan O'Shea. His second goal was set up by a pass from teammate Shaban Abousaud. Epps has socred four goals in Army's three contests to date. The Black Knights are 3-0-0 and off to their best start since the 2013 season.  
Foster Langsdorf - Senior - Forward - Stanford  Langsdorf earns a repeat spot on the CSN National Team of the Week. The Cardinal forward found the back of the net twice to help Stanford top Creighton 3-0 before a sellout crowed at Cagan Stadium. Langsdorf drove a shot into the back of the frame after teammate Corey Baird made a good move and pass to set up the goal. Langsdorf also controlled and sent a deflection back into the net with a double assist from Baird and Drew Skundrich. On Sunday, Langsdorf scored the lone goal in Standford's 1-0 win over Northeastern. 
Jad Arslan - Senior - Midfielder - West Virginia  Arslan scored twice to play a key role in West Virginia's 4-1 win over Wright State. Arslan has scored a total of four goals so far this year including the game-winner in all of West Virginia's three victories. The Mountaineers will seek to keep their unbeaten streak alive when they welcome Monmouth to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Labor Day. 
Ian McGrath - Senior - Midfielder - Evansville McGrath converted a header after receiving a pass from Chris Shuck and alertly controlled and drove a rebound of a shot into the back of the frame in overtime to lead the Purple Aces past Milwaukee 3-2. McGrath has netted four goals and contributed two assists in Evansville's three contests this year. The Purple Aces are 3-0-0. 
Luis Argudo - Senior - Midfielder - Wake Forest  Argudo scored twice and added a helper in Wake Forest's 4-1 win on the road over Saint Louis. He scored out of a throw-in with a double assist from defemder Logan Gdula and forward Jon Bakero. Argudo also slotted a shot into the far past from inside the box with a double assit from midfielders Brad Dunwell and Brandon Servania. He also contributed an assist on Jon Bakero's score. 
Danny Kierath - Junior - Midfielder - Furman Kierath drove a shot into the left-hand corner of the net with a little over a minute left to play in the second overtime period to give Furman a 1-0 on the road win over Denver. The goal was set up by a long pass from Rocky Guerra. Furman also topped a good Air Force team 1-0 to improve their record to 3-0-0. 
Wouter Verstraaten - Junior - Defender - Pacific  Verstraaten played a key role on both sides of the ball helping Pacific defeat Virginia Tech 1-0 on Friday and to come from behind to top a determined James Madison team 2-1 on Sunday. Verstraaten scored the lone goal in the win over Virginia Tech. He also alertly capitalized on a defensive miscue to net the game-winning goal in the contest with James Madison. The Tigers up their record to 4-0-0.  
Alexis Souahy - Senior - Defender - Bowling Green The BGSU team captain and center back is a rock solid part of the Bowling Green defense that has not allowed a goal in four games this year. This week the Falcons topped Cleveland State 2-0, Drexel 3-0 and Penn 2-0 to improve to 4-0-0. Souahy also contributed a goal in the wins over Drexel and Penn. 
Hjalmar Ekdal - Freshman - Defender - UNCW Ekdal headed in a corner kick served in by junior midfielder David Lozano to give the Seahawks the edge they needed to upset highly regarded North Carolina 1-0 in front of a crowd of 1,778 fans at the UNCW Soccer Stadium in Wilmington. Ekdal was also solid on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks remain unbeaten with a 3-0-0 record.  
Tim Kubel - Senior - Defender - Louisville  Kubel continues to come up with big plays for the Cardinals. He scored the lone goal in Louisville's 1-0 win over Butler when he scored from eighteen yards out after receiving a cross from Tate Smith. Kubel also converted a penalty kick to give Louisville the edge they needed to defeat Georgia State on the road. He also has been a part of a solid Louisville defense that has allowed only one goal in three games to date. 
Nacho Miras - RS Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Valpo Miras came up with the big saves in goal that he needed to make to give Valparaiso University the opportunity to defeat Loyola Chicago 2-1 in their inagural Missouri Valley Contest and DePaul 2-1 to secure the Chicago Classic title. Miras had four saves in the win over Loyola Chicago and an eight save evening in the victory over DePaul.  Valpo improves to 2-1-1.  

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending August 27, 2017

Foster Langsdorf - Senior - Forward - Stanford  Langsdorf scored twice to help the Cardinal secure a decisive season opening 4-0 win over San Jose State. His first goal was set up by a nice cross from redshirt junior midfielder Sam Werner. Langsdorf's second score came out of a corner kick with Werner again contributing the assist. 
Jeff Farina - Senior - Forward - Notre Dame Farina had a very solid weekend of play. He netted the insurance goal in Notre Dame's 2-0 win over San Diego. Farina also converted a header and sent a shot into the back of the net from fifteen yards out to play a key role in Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Cal Poly. 
Spiro Pliakos - Senior - Forward - Detroit Mercy Pliakos helped the Titans open the 2017 season with a 2-1 win over Stetson and a 1-0 win over LIU-Brooklyn to begin with a 2-0-0 record for the first time since 2011. Pliakos scored twice in the win over Stetson including the game-winning goal in overtime. The win over Stetson was head coach Nicholas Deren's fiftieth victory at Detriot Mercy. 
Jelani Pieters - Redshirt Sophomore - Forward - UNC  Pieters was a very productive part of a very explosive Tar Heel attack. He contributed a goal with an assist from Zach Wright in North Carolina's 4 to 2 win over Providence. Pieters also netted two goals and provided one helper in UNC's 5 to 1 win over Rutgers.  
Mauro Cichero - Senior - Forward - SMU Cichero netted a hat trick to power SMU past UC Davis Friday night. He scored out of a free kick from twenty-five yards out, converted a penalty kick and drove a header into the back of the frame to tally the game-winner for the Mustangs in the eighty-ninth minute of the contest. SMU head coach Kevin Hudson pretty much summed it up when he stated, "It was a fantastic performance." 
Adrien Cabon - Junior - Midfielder - Louisville Cabon scored twice in little over a three minute span to help Louisville come from behind to top UC Irvine 2-1. HIs first goal was a blast into the upper right corner of the goal from twenty-one yards out. Cabone's second goal was created by a nice run up the left center of the field that placed him in the position to drive a shot into the upper right corner of the frame from fourteen yards out. 
Brian Iloski - Redshirt Senior - Midfielder - UCLA Iloski was a key ingredient in a potent Bruin attack that topped San Francisco 5-3 on Saturday. Iloski netted two of UCLA's five goals. He calmly converted a penalty kick and drove a cross served in by sophomore defender Alex Knox into the back of the net. Things don't get any easier for UCLA as they travel to face Maryland next Friday and tangle with Georgetown on Monday.  
Brandon Servania - Freshman - Midfielder - Wake Forest  Servania had an impressive collegiate debut scoring two goals and contributing two assists to help power the Demon Deacons to a 5-1 victory over Rutgers. He also contributed two assists in Wake Forest's 4-1 win over a good Providence team.  
Jake Rozhansky - Senior - Midfielder - Maryland Rozhansky was a catalyst in Maryland's 4 to 2 season opening on the road win over Santa Clara. He provided the helper on teamate Eric Matzelevich's goal and netted two goals with Eryk Williamson providing the assist on the first and Sebastian Elney contributing the assist on the second. Maryland will seek to up its win total when they return home to host Hofstra on Monday night at Ludwig Field. 
Andrew Gutman - Junior - Defender - Indiana  Gutman scored Indiana's first goal in their 2-0 season opening win over Cal Poly. He also was a key part of a rock solid Hoosier defense that also shutout San Diego 1-0 in Indiana's second contest in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend. Indiana begins the 2017 campaign 2-0-0. 
Giovanny Vazquez - Senior - Defender - Utah Valley Vazquez drove a header into the back of the net from just outside of the box out of a corner kick served in by teammate Connor Salmon to give the Wolverines the edge they needed to top visiting Akron 1-0. Vazquez was also part of a very solid Utah Valley defensive effort.  Wolverine head coach Greg Maas stated, "Gio brings an incredible amount of leadership and experience."
Kellar Sirstins - Junior - Goalkeeper - Iona  The netminder from Taylorsville, Utah was a key part of an Iona defense that shutout Connecticut 1-0 on the road to secure the Gaels first ever victory over the Huskies. Sirstins came up with the saves he needed to make including a crucial stop of a penalty kick.  

 

College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 27, 2016

Mohamed Thiaw - Junior - Forward - Louisville Thiaw, who played two seasons at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College before transferring to Louisville this year, continues to make good things happen for the Cardinals. He alertly sent the rebound of his own shot into the back of the frame to net Louisville's first goal in their 3-1 win over Notre Dame and contributed a helper on freshman midfielder Cherif Dieye's goal in the final minute of the contest. Number four seed Louisville improves to 14-5-2 overall and continues along the road to the College Cup while Notre Dame concludes their season with a 12-7-2 overall record. 
Jon Bakero - Junior - Forward - Wake Forest Bakero got things off on the right foot for Wake Forest when he drove a shot into the back of the net in just the third minute of play after receiving a pass from midfielder Jacori Hayes to give the Deacons a 1-0 advantage and the ability to set the pace of the contest. He then netted the game-winning goal in the seventy-second minute of play when he redirected the shot of teammate Ema Twumasi into the right side of the goal from the top of the box to give Wake Forest the edge they needed to top a game SIUE team 2-1 and earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. SIUE concludes a very successful season with a 10-5-7 overall record.  
Austen Burnikel - Senior - Forward - Clemson Burnikel played a key role on the offensive side of the ball in Clemson's 3-1 Sweet Sixteen win over a very good University of Albany team. Burnikel scored from six yards out after receiving a pass from Oliver Shannon in the forty-fifth minute of play to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage over the Great Danes. He also converted a header in the eighty-first minute of the match with an assist from Diego Campos to net what proved to be the game-winning goal. In addition he assisted on midfielder Alex Happi's insurance goal in the eighty-fourth minute of play. Clemson improves to 14-3-5 overall and advances to the Elite Eight where they will tangle with Denver. Albany concludes a very successful season with a 13-6-2 overall record.   
Foster Langsdorf - Junior - Forward - Stanford  Langsdorf has come up big all year for the Cardinal. This week he headed in the game-winning goal in overtime (his seventh game-winner to date) to give the number five seed Stanford the edge they advantage they needed to top talented number twelve seed Virgina 1-0. The Cardinal out of the Pac-12 improves to 13-3-4 and advances to the Elite Eight where they will travel to face number four seed Louisville in "a something has to give type" contest between two very successful teams. Virginia concludes the 2016 season with a 11-4-5 overall record. 
Jeremy Kelly - Freshman - Midfielder - North Carolina North Carolina entered the season with the number one ranked recruiting class in the country. Freshmen Jeremy Kelly and Cam Lindley reinforced why the Tar Heel class was so highly regarded when they combined to give UNC the edge they needed on the offensive side of the ball to top a very good Syracuse team 1-0. After receiving a pass from Lindley, Kelly used his touch on the ball and quickness to create the angle that he needed to send a shot into the left corner of the goal from the top of the box. UNC improves to 13-3-3 overall and advances to face Providence while Syracuse closes out a very successful season with a 12-4-4 overall record. 
Chandler Crosswait - RS Senior - Midfielder - Denver Crosswait's first goal of the 2016 season came at an opportune time. He alertly drove the rebound of teammate Kortne Ford's header back into the frame to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead over Washington. Sophomore forward Andre Shinyashiki scored the second goal of the evening for Denver to give the Pioneers a 2-1 win over Washington and propel Denver into the Elite Eight. The Pioneers improve to 19-0-3 while Washington out of the Pac-12 concludes their season with a 14-7-0 overall record.  
Danny Green - Freshman - Midfielder - Providence  Providence came from behind to top Creighton in Omaha 2-1 to earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight. Griffin came up big for the Friars who made a nice move off the dribble to create the space and angle he needed to slot a shot into the back of the goal that gave Providence the edge they needed to secure a huge win.  The Friars continue to take care of business improving to 15-6-0 while Creighton ends the 2016 season with a 13-7-3 overall record. 
Forrest White - Junior - Midfielder - Virginia Tech White came through in the clutch for the Hokies when he came off the pine to drive a bending ball into the back of the net from eighteen yards out in the ninety-seventh minute of play to net the game-winner in Virginia Tech's 2-1 win over number seven seed Indiana in Bloomington. The Hokeis keep what has been a magical season alive and earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. 
Colton Storm - Senior - Defender - North Carolina The Tar Heel captain was a key element in a rock solid North Carolina defensive effort that shutout Syracuse 1-0 on the road to advance to secure a spot in the Elite Eight. UNC will now host an unseeded Providence team that has advanced past Delaware, number one seed Maryland on the road, and highly regarded Creighton on the road to earn a trip to Chapel Hill to sqaure off with Storm and his Tar Heel teammates on Friday night at Fetzer Field. 
Ben Lundgaard - Junior - Goalkeeper - Virginia Tech  Lundgaard, who is a team captain and leader, had nine saves in goal to play a key role on the defensive side of the ball for Virginia Tech in their 2-1 upset win over number seven seed Indiana on the road. The Hokies advance to the Elite Eight where they will face fellow ACC member Wake Forest on Saturday in Winston-Salem.  
Colin Miller - RS Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Providence  Miller, the 2016 Big East Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, did the things he needed to do to place Providence in position to secure a 2-1 win over Creighton. He had an impressive career-high nine save evening to help the Friars earn the right to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament for the second time (the first time was in 2014) in the history of the program. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team Of The Week - Week Ending November 20, 2016

Sergio Camargo - Senior - Forward - Syracuse Camargo, who transferred to Syracuse for his senior season after three seasons at Coastal Carolina, played a key role in the Orange's 3-0 win over Dartmouth. He assisted on teammate Chris Nanco's goal and scored in the twenty-fourth minute after receiving a pass from Johannes Pieles and again in the sixtieth minute after making a nice move to create the space he needed to place a shot into the right corner of the net. Syracuse improves to 12-3-4 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen. 
Brian Wright - Senior - Forward - Vermont Wright contributed a hat trick and assisted on teammate Stephen Lamanna's goal to help propel Vermont past Rider 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also assisted on teammate Jon Arnar's goal in Vermont's 2-1 loss in overtime to Virginia in Charlottesville. Vermont closes out a very sucessful 2016 season with a 14-7-1 overall record. Virginia improves to 11-3-5 overall and advances to the Sweet Sixteen. 
Tucker Hume - RS Senior - Forward - North Carolina Hume scored twice including a picture-perfect game-winning header in the 105th minute of the contest to give the Tar Heels the edge they needed to top a very good FGCU team 3-2. Hume aso the scored in hte thirtieth minute of the contest with a double assist from Nico Melo and Zach Wright. Melo had a three assist evening for the number nine seed Tar Heels who improve to 12-3-3 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will tangle with number eight seed Syracuse. FGCU ends a banner season with a 14-4-3 overall record.  
Afonso Pinheiro - Junior - Forward - Albany Pinheiro is a playmaker. He played a key role in the University of Albany's 3-0 win over Boston College by contributing the assist on teammate Nico Solabarrieta's first half goal and scored in the eighty-third minute with Solabarrieta returning the favor by contributing the helper. Number fourteen seed Albany improves to 13-5-2 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday where they will face Clemson at historic Riggs Field. Boston College concludes the 2016 campaign with a 9-9-3 overall record. 
Julian Gressel - Senior - Midfielder - Providence Gressel contributed the insurance goal in Providence's 2-0 win over Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Touranment. He also scored twice as Providence netted four unanswered goals in the second half of play to upset number one seed Maryland 5-4 in the second round. The Friars improve to 14-6-0 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen to face Creighton while Maryland sustains their first loss of year to close out the 2016 season with an 18-1-2 overall record.  
Nico Quashie - Freshman - Forward - Virginia Tech Quashie made the most of his time on the pitch in two NCAA Tourney games this week. He placed a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by Elias Tamburini to score the game-winning goal that enabled the Hokies to advance past ETSU 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tourney. He also netted the game-winner out of a breakaway in the eighty-eighth minute to give Virginia Tech the edge they needed to upset number ten seed Charlotte. The Hokies improve to 12-4-4 and advance to face Indiana. Charlotte concludes the 2016 season with a 12-4-2 record.  
Alex Happi - Senior - Midfielder - Clemson  Happi scored in the eighty-fifth minute with an assist from Iman Mafi and skillfully drove a half-volley into the upper right corner of the net just outside the box in overtime to lead Clemson to a 2-1 come from behind win over a determined South Carolina team. Clemson improves to 13-3-5 and advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the University of Albany. South Carolina closes out the 2016 season with an 11-8-1 overall record. 
Jacori Hayes - Senior - Midfielder - Wake Forest Hayes makes good things happen. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Wake Forest's 2-0 win over Coastal Carolina when he received a ball from Ema Twumasi and made a text book play to loft a shot into the back of the net. Hayes has scored eight goals so far this year including five game-winners. The number two seeded Demon Deacons improve to 16-2-3 overall and advance to host SIUE in the third round of the NCAA Tourney on Sunday. Coastal Carolina concludes the 2016 season with a 10-7-3 overall record. 
Billy McConnell - Senior - Defender - Indiana  McConnell's header out of a corner kick served in by Tanner Thompson deflected off an Akron defender and into the back of the net to give IU the goal they needed to top Akron 1-0 to earn the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth time under the direction of Todd Yeagley and the thirty-sixth time in the history of the program. Indiana improves to 12-1-7 while Akron closes out the 2016 campaign with a 13-6-3 overall record. McConnell was also part of a solid Hoosier defensive effort.  
Tomas Hilliard-Acre - Junior - Defender - Stanford    Hilliard-Arce was part of a solid Stanford defense that shutout Pacific 2-0 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where the Cardinal will host number twelve seed Virginia. He also converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by Jared Gilbey. Foster Langsdorf scored the first Stanford goal. The Cardinal continues to impress improving to 12-3-4 overall while Pacific under the direction of head coach Ryan Jorden concludes a very successful season by all measures with a 13-4-2 overall record. 
Kyle Dal Santo - Junior - Goalkeeper - SIUE Dal Santo had six saves including two stops in a penalty kick shootout as SIUE advanced past Michigan State nine to eight in penalty kicks after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime. Dal Santo followed that up with a five save evening including a key stop in a penalty kick shootout as SIUE advanced past Butler five to four in penalty kicks after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. SIUE improves to 10-4-7 overall and advances to the Sweet Sixteen to face number two seed Wake Forest on Sunday. Butler ends a very successful 2016 season with a 13-5-2 overall record.