National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 18, 2018

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week reflects impressive performances in a very competitive first week of play in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.  Playmakers on both sides of the ball steped up during the week to make the big plays that were required to help their teams survive and advance when the level of competition makes the margin for error very small.  Five of the sixteen seeds didn't advance to the Sweet Sixteen.     

Ibrahima Diop

Freshman

Forward 

Connecticut 

Diop scored three goals including the game winning-goal in overtime to enable Connecticut to come from two goals down to defeat Rhode Island 4 to 3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  UConn's season subsequenlty came to an end with they fell to Indiana 4-0 in the second round. 

Nathaniel Crofts

Sophomore 

Forward 

Virginia

Crofts scored twice to help power UVA past Furman 2-0. His first goal was out of a breakaway set up by a nice cross from teammate Daryl Dike. His second goal came after receiving a through ball from Kennedy Nwabia. The Cavaliers travel to face Notre Dame in South Bend on Sunday.  The two teams played to a scoreless draw on October 23. 

Aaron Ward-Baptiste

Senior

Forward 

James Madison 

Ward-Baptiste scored after receiving a cross from Yannick Franz and contriubted an assist on one of Manuel Ferriol's goals in JMU's 3-0 win over HIgh Point.  He also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Dukes' 2-1 win over number five seeded North Carolina to advance to face Virginia Tech. 

Manuel Ferriol

Junior

Midfielder 

James Madison

Ferriol had a productive week for a red hot JMU team.  He scored out of a free kick put in play by Aaron Ward-Baptiste and scored with an assist from Niclas Mohr in the Dukes' 3-0 win over High Point. He also controlled and drove the rebound of Petur Thorsteinsson's shot into the net in JMU's 2-1 win over UNC. The Dukes advance to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in the Sweet Sixteen.   

Trevor Swartz

RS Senior

Midfielder 

Indiana 

Swartz is a playmaker who made his presence known in Indiana's 4-0 win over Connecticut when he contributed an assist on the goals scored by teammates Anderw Gutman, Timy Mehl, and Spencer Glass. The number two seeded Hoosiers improve to 18-2-1 and advance to host Air Force in the third round of the NCAA Tourney. 

Kalil ElMedkhar

Sophomore

Midfielder

Kentucky 

Elmedkhar scored twice in Kentucky's 4-0 win over Portland.  His first goal was set up by a double assist from Jason Reyes and Sam Stockton.  His second score was off a give and go with teammate JJ Williams who also had a two goal evening.  The Wildcats now host a  surging Lipscomb University team. 

Issa Rayyan 

Freshman

Midfielder 

Duke

Rayyan alertly secured the rebound of junior Daniele Proch's shot and deposited it into the back of the net to give Duke a 1-0 win over a determined Pacific team.  The goal was Rayyan's sixth of the year to date and the his fifth in the past six contests. The Blue Devils will host Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen next Saturday. 

Dylan Nealis

Junior

Defender 

Georgetown 

Nealis scored in the eighty-eighth minute of play making a nice move into the box that gave him the angle needed to get off a shot that found its way into the back of the net. The goal provided the edge Georgetwon needed to top West Virgina 1-0.  The Hoyas  improve to 13-4-3 and will host Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen.  

Donovan Pines

Junior

Defender 

Maryland

Pines was part of a stout Terp backline that shutout a very competitive North Carolina State team 2-0 to earn the right to advance to face Duke in the Sweet Sixteen.  Pines also contributed a helper on teammate Sebastian Elney's goal. 

James Sims

Senior

Defender

Air Force 

Sims was part of a solid  Air Force defensive effort that shutout Central Arkansas 4-0 and topped a talented Denver team 2-1. He also contributed a goal in the win over Central Arkansas. Air Force advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1993 where they will face Indiana on Sunday. 

Adbi Mohamed

Senior

Defender 

Akron

Mohamed made an impact on both sides of the ball in Akron's 3-1 win over Rider 3-1 and 3-1 victory over Syracuse 3-1. He was a key part of a Zip defense that held both opponents in check. He also contributed a goal and an assist in the contest with Syracuse. Akron advances to face number one seed Wake Forest in the Sweet Sixteen.   

Tanner Beason

RS Junior

Defender

Stanford

Beason converted a penalty kick that was created when when he was fouled in the box. He also was at the heart of a Cardinal defense that was tested but secured a 2-0 shutout win over a game UC Irvine team.  Stanford improves to 12-3-4 and advances to face St. Mary's on Sunday in what looks to be a great college soccer match. 

Chris Zappia

RS Senior

Goalkeeper

Lipscomb

Zappia made the big saves that he needed to make to hold Washington scoress during regulation and overtime.  Lipscomb then prevailed in a penalty kick shootout.  He also made eight saves to anchor a Lipscomb defense that shutout UCF 1-0 in Orlando.  The Bisons now travel to Lexington where they will tangle with number three seed Kentucky.  

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 11, 2018

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week reflects key individual performers across the country in a week which was highlighted by conference tournaments and the automatic berths that accompany them. 

Marcel Zajac

Junior

Forward 

Akron 

Zajac was a force on the offensive side of the ball as Akron defeated SIUE 2-1, West Virginia 3-1 and Western Michigan 3-0 to claim the MAC Conference Tournament Title.  He netted the game-winner against SIU, contributed an assit in the win over West Virginia, and scored twice in the win over Western Michigan.  

Tate Schmitt

Senior

Forward

Louisville 

Schmitt was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament after contributing a goal and two assists as the number four seeded Cardinals topped number one seed Wake Forest 2-1 and number two seed North Carolina 1-0 to win the ACC Tournament.  

JJ Williams

Junior

Forward 

Kentucky

Williams sloted a shot into the back post that was set up by a cross from Kalil Elmedkhar in Kentucky's 2-1 win over Marshall.  He also netted the lone goal in Kentucky's 1-0 win over Charlotte in the CUSA Championship match.  Williams has found the back of the net a total of sixteen times so far this year. 

Laurence Wyke

Senior

Midfielder

Furman

Wyke was solid on both sides of the ball as Furman claimed the Southern Conference Tournament title with wins over ETSU 2-1 and UNCG 3-0.  Wyke scored the game-winner in overtime out of a corner kick in the game with ETSU.  He also contributed the helper on one of Emery May's two goals in the contest with UNCG. 

Cory Thomas

RS Senior

Midfielder 

Indiana 

Thomas was a catalyst in the center of the park for the Hoosiers who captured the Big Ten Tournament by advancing past Maryland in a penalty kick shootout and Michigan 3-0 in the championship contest. Thomas converted his penalty kick in the shootout against Maryland and scored in the win over Michigan. 

Daniel Aguirre

Sophomore

Midfielder 

UC Riverside

Aguirre is among the reasons why UC Riverside's magical run continues.  He scored with an assist from Antonio Lokossou in the Highlanders 3-2 win over CS Fullerton.  He also converted his penalty kick in the pk shootout as UC Riverside advanced past UC Davis after the game  was scoreless at the conclusion of regularion and overtime.  

Hannes Burmeister

Senior

Midfielder

Georgia State 

Burmeister scored three times to help power Georgia State past rival  Georgia Southern 4-2 to secure GSU's first ever Sun Belt title and return to the NCAA Tourney field for the first time since 2011.  The Panthers defeated Coastal Carolina 2-1 to advance to the championship match. 

Oliver Harris 

Senior 

Midfielder 

Colgate 

Harris was a difference maker as Colgate defeated American 3-2, Lehigh 2-1 and Army 1-0 to claim the programs third straight Patriot League Championship. He contribututed two assists in the win over American and scored twice in the win over Lehigh. 

Jacob Graiber

RS Sophomore

Defender 

UIC 

Graiber was rock solid playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for the Flames who advanced past IUPUI in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout and then topped Wright State 3-1 to win the Horizon League Championship. Graiber was named the  Tournament MVP. 

Brendan McDonough

Senior

Defender

Georgetown

McDonough was part of a Hoyas defense that shutout Providence 4-0 and Marquette 2-0 to capture the Big East Championship. McDonough also converted a header out of a corner kick served in by teammate  Kyle Zajec in the championship game. 

Josh Bauer

Sophomore

Defender 

New Hampshire

Bauer was part of a Wildcat defense that shutout UMass Lowell 2-0 and UMBC 5-0 to win New Hampshire's first ever America East Tournament championship.  For his efforts he was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.  

George Tasouris 

RS Freshman

Goalkeeper

Grand Canyon

Tasouris had a total of twenty-two saves between the pipes to solidify a stout Grand Canyon defense that shutout Utah Valley 1-0, Air Force 1-0, and San Jose State 1-0 to claim  the WAC Tournament Championship for the first time in the history of the program.    

Pablo Gatinois

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Rider 

Gatinois anchored a stout Rider defense that shutout Iona 2-0, Fairfield, 2-0 and Quinnipiac 1-0 to secure the program's third MAAC Championship in the past four seasons.  He posted a career high ten saves in the championship contest with Quinnipiac.   

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 4, 2018

Prime time performances across the country highlighted an intense week of play during which some teams were involved in closing out regular season play while others were engaged in the one and done environment of conference tournaments.   

Jonathan Jimenez

Junior

Forward

Pacific

Jimenez scored three times within a three minute span in the second half of play to power Pacific past Portand 3-2 in an important West Coast Conference contest.  The Tigers improve to 10-5-2 with a 4-2-0 mark in conference play.

Andre Shinyashiki

Senior

Forward

Denver

Shinyashiki recorded his fifth hat trick of the 2018 season in Denver's 5-0 win over Oral Roberts.  The Pioneers improve to 13-3-2 overall and secure their sixth consecutive regular season Summit League title. Shinyashiki has scored a total of twenty-seven goals so far this year.  

Yazeed Matthews

Senior

Forward

Coastal Carolina

 

Matthews continues to find the back of the net on a regular basis for the Chanticleers.  He scored twice to lead CCU past Georgia Southern 4-1 in a key Sun Belt Conference contest.  Matthews has scored in seven straight matches including two goals in each of this last four games. Coastal Carolina closes out regular season play with a 9-5-0 overall record. 

Mark Forrest

Senior

Forward 

Lehigh

Forrest added punch to the Lehigh attack with a three goal evening that propelled the Mountain Hawks to a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League play.  Lehigh improves to 9-7-2 overall and nails down the second seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament with a 6-3-0 mark in league play.   

Edward Kizza

Sophomore

Forward 

Pittsburgh

Kizza scored scored  twice to lead Pitt past Virginia 2-0 in the ACC Tournament. He drove a shot into the far post after receiving a nice through ball from Chandler Vaughn and returned a rebound into back of the net. Pitt claimed their first ever win in the ACC Tourney. 

Joseph Meyer 

Junior

Midfielder 

Fairfield

Meyer made the run he needed to make and decisively drove a header into the near corner after receiving a cross from teammate Cormac Pike.  Meyer's goal gave the Stags the edge they needed to top Manhattan 1-0.  Fairfield won the MAAC regular season title with a 8-0-2 mark in conference play.  11-4-2. 

Lewis Scattergood

Freshman

Midfielder 

Stetson 

Scattergood had a very productive weekend.  He scored twice in Stetson's 3-1 win over North Florida in the ASUN Conference quarterfinals. He also converted a header out of a corner kick in the Hatters 1-1 tie with FGCU. Stetson prevailed in a penalty kick shootout to advance to face Lipscomb in the championship contest.  

Diego Arribas

Sophomore

Midfielder 

Fairleigh Dickinson 

Arribas was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for FDU.  He served in a nice cross to provide an assist on teammate Ahu Obhakhan's goal and drove a shot into the far corner of the goal from outside the box to help the Knight's top LIU Brooklyn 2-0.  FDU improves to 7-6-4 with a 4-2-2 mark in NEC play.  

Umar Farouk Osmon

Sophomore 

Midfielder 

Michigan 

Osmon sent a one-timer into the back of the frame out of a  throw-in and alertly utilized his left foot to send a shot into the top-left corner of the net out of a corner kick to power Michigan past  Penn State 3-1 in the Big Ten Tournament.  The Wolverines improve to 11-4-2 and advance to face Wisconsin.  

Jake Bates

Sophomore

Defender

Central Arkansas

 

Bates played a key role in Central Arkansas' 1-0 win over Missouri State.  He scored the lone goal of the contest and was a vital part of a tough Central Arkansas defense that limited Missouri State to only one shot on goal. UCA secures its first regular season title at the Division I level with a 4-1-1 in MVC play.  

Ebenezer Ackon

Senior

Defender

Bowling Green 

Ackon made an impact o both sides of the ball in Bowling Green's 2-0 win over SIUE.  He converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Tate Robertson and was part of a tenacious Falcon backline that held SIUE to only one shot on goal. Bowling Green.  The win gave Bowling Green the number two seed in the MAC Tournament. 

Justin Wright

Senior

Defender

UC Davis

Wright converted the game-winning goal in the Aggies 3-2 win over CSUN in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament. He also was part of a solid UC Davis defense that held UC Irvine scoreless for 110 minutes. The Aggies then prevailed in a penatly kick shootout to advance to the championship match.  

Mitchell Myers

Sophomore

Defender 

South Carolina

Myers played a role in all three of South Carolina's goals in their 3-2 win on the road over FIU in a CUSA contest.  He converted a penalty kick and assisted on the goals scored by teammates Tucker Monheimer and Paul Quildies.  

Will Pulisic

Sophomore

Goalkeeper 

Duke 

Pulisic was a difference maker in goal for the Blue Devils. Duke advanced past Pitt in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout after the game was scoreless after 110 minutes of play.  Pulsic made two key stops in the shootout and  converted his own penalty kick. Duke advances to the semifinals of the ACC Tourney to face UNC. 

Dayne St. Clair 

Redshirt Junior

Goalkeeper 

Maryland

 

St. Clair made several key stops which gave the  Terps the opportunity to secure a 1-0 win over Michigan State in East Lansing in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference Tourney.  Maryland improves to 8-6-3 overall and advances to face Indiana in the semifinals. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending October 28, 2018

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week recognizes individuals across the country who played a key role in the success that their team enjoyed during the week.  

Daniel Trejo

Sophomore

Forward

CSUN

Trejo is a difference maker. He played a part in both goals in CSUN's 2-0 win over UC Irvine.  He served in a cross that deflected off an Anteater defender into the goal and added the insurance tally off a nice give and go with teammate Michael Flores. The Matadors secure the number four seed in the Big West Conference Tournament.    

Nico Brown

Junior

Forward 

Loyola Maryland

Brown helped the Greyhounds secure Patriot League wins over American University 4-1 and Lehigh 1-0.  He drove a shot into the net from the top corner of the box in the win over American and netted the lone goal of the evening after receiving a cross from Brian Saramago in the win over Lehigh. The Greyhounds are 11-3-1 with a 6-1-1 mark in conference play. 

Thibault Candia

Junior

Forward

UCSB 

Candia played a key role in both of UCSB's goals in their 2-0 win over Cal Poly before a crowd of 7,318 fans at Harder Stadium.  He set up the goals scored by teammates Sahid Conteh and Kaya Fabbretti with perfectly played and timed services into the box. UCSB improves to 10-6-1 with a 4-2-1 mark in Big West Conference action. 

Don Tchilao

Senior

Forward

Oregon State

 

Tchilao converted a penalty kick to give Oregon State the edge they needed to top San Diego State 1-0.  He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime and contributed two assists in Oregon State's 4-3 win over UCLA.  The Beavers improve to 10-4-3 with a 6-2-1 mark in Pac-12 play.  

JJ Williams 

Junior

Forward 

Kentucky

Williams continues to come up big for the Wildcats. He converted a header in Kentucky's 4-0 win over Evansville.  He also scored in the eighty-eighth minute of play to enable the Wildcats to slip past FAU 2-1 on the road in a CSUA match.  Kentucky improves to 14-1-1 with a 6-1-0 mark in conference play.  

Joel Rydstrand

Senior

Midfielder

Creighton 

Rydstrand assisted on the goals scored by Ziyad Fares and Sven Koenig in Creighton's 2-1 win over Marquette.  He also provided the helper on Bryce Gibson's game-winning goal in Creighton's 2-1 win over DePaul.  The Bluejays improve to 11-3-2 with a 7-0-1 mark in Big East play. 

Joey Piatczyc

RS Senior

Midfielder 

West Virginia 

Piatczyc is a playmaker. He scored out of a free-kick to give West Virginia the edge they needed to top Pitt 2-1. He also scored the game-winning goal in the final minutes of regulation to enable the Mountaineers to come from behind to top Bowling Green 3-2 to claim the number one seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. 

Carlos Clark

Senior 

Midfielder 

Albany 

Clark helped Albany secure solid wins over Cornell 1-0 and UMBC 2-0.  He scored the game-winning goal with an assist from Nico Solabarrieta in the win over Cornell and contributed a helper on teammate Kaio DaSilva's gola in the win over UMBC. 

 

Jordan Barbara

Sophomore

Midfielder

Presbyterian 

 

 

Barbara sent a shot into the top left corner from the top of the box and found the back of the net with an assist from teammate Plamen Mangarov to help power Presbyterian College past Appalachian State 2-0.  He also converted a penalty kick to help the Blue Hose top Gardner-Webb 2-0 in a Big South Conference match to improve to 5-2-0 in league play.  

Andrew Burnikel

RS Junior

Defender 

Clemson

Burnikel contributed the assist on Robbie Robinson's goal in Clemson's 3-2 win over Syracuse.  He also converted a header with an assist from Adrian Nunez and was part of a very tough Clemson defense that shutout Norh Carolina  State 3-0.  Clemson secures two very impressives wins in ACC play. 

Gonzalo Talavera

Sophomore

Defender

Georgia Southern 

Talavera was part of a solid Georgia Southern defense that held Appalachian State to just five shots on goal in a 1-0 shoutout win.  He also provided the lone goal of the contest when he drove a shot into the upper right corner of the frame with six seconds  remaining in regulation. The Eagles are 6-5-3  with a 2-0-1 mark in the Sun Belt play. 

Philip Ponder

Junior

Defender

SMU

Ponder, who hails from Denton, Texas, was part of a rock solid SMU defense that shutout Connecticut 2-0 on the road.  He also contributed a goal in the win. SMU improves to 8-4-2 overall with a 4-1-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play.  

Elliot Panicco

RS Junior

Goalkeeper

Charlotte

Panicco anchored a tenacious Charlotte defense that recorded shutouts over USC Upstate 3-0 and UIC 4-0.  Panicco had an eight save week for a 49ers defense that has only allowed a total of only seven goals and has not allowed a goal at home all season. Charlotte improves to 10-3-1 overall with a 4-2-0 mark in CUSA action.