National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending October 6, 2019

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week recognizes individual performers on both sides of the ball from coast to coast who had a significant impact on the success that their teams enjoyed during the week.  

Rene White

RS Junior

Forward

NJIT

White continutes to be a force on the offensive side of the ball for NJIT. He scored twice in NJIT's 2-2 tie with LaSalle and twice in the Highlanders 5-0 win over VMI. White has scored eleven times this year to become NJIT's Division I All-Ttime scoring leader with twenty-eight career goals. The Highlanders improve to 4-3-4.   

Stefan Sigurdarson

Freshman

Forward

Boston College

 

Sigurdarson scored twice to help power the Eagles past Wake Forest 2-0. He made a nice move down the right side of the field and drove a shot into the far post from twelve yards out and scored from eight yards out after receiving a pass from teammate Mike Suski. Boston College improves to 6-2-2 with a 1-2-1 mark in ACC play. 

Ryan Goldsmith

Senior

Forward

CSU Bakersfield

Goldsmith came through in the clutch for the Roadrunners producing the game-winners in their 1-0 win over UNLV and their 2-1 win over Grand Canyon in WAC contests.  Bakersfield improves to 3-6-0 overall with a 2-1 mark in WAC play.   

Blake Bodily

Junior 

Midfielder 

Washington

Bodily played a key role in two impressive Washington wins. He pushed the ball down the right side and sent a cross to the far post which teammate Lucas Meek decisively headed into the back of the net in overtime to propel the Huskies past Stanford 2-1. Bodily also send a rebound into the back of the frame to net the game-winning goal in Washington's 1-0 win over California. 

Alex Greive

Junior

Midfielder

Northern Kentucky

Greive scored three times in the second half to power NKU to a 3-2 come from behind win over UIC in Horizon League play. Greive's hat trick is the first in Northern Kentucky's tenure to date in Divsion I play. The Norse improve to 3-5-0 with a 2-2-0 mark in league play.  

Anthony Bowie

Senior

Midfielder

Western Michigan

Bowie's goal proved to be the difference in Western Michigan's 1-0 win on the road over a good Xavier team.  He also alertly sent the rebound of teammate Charlie Sharp's shot into the back of the net to give the Broncos the edge they needed to defeat Loyola Marymount. Western Michigan improves to 6-4-0.  

Robbie Soronellas

Freshman

Midfielder

North Florida 

Soronellas sent a deflection back into the net thirty-seven seconds into the contest and sent a rocket into the back of the net from twenty yards out in the second stanza to help power UNF past rival Jacksonville in an ASUN Conference contest. The Ospreys improve to 3-3-2 with a 2-0-1 mark in conference play.   

Tyler Gabarra

Senior

Midfielder

NC State

Gabarra contributed an  assist on the goals scored by teammates Kuda Muskwe and Pepe Garcia to help the Wolfpack top Notre Dame 2-0. Over fifty former NC State players were on had to participate in a halftime ceremony that honored recently passed legendary Wolfpack head coach George Tarantini. 

Edvin Akselsen

RS Sophomore

Midfielder 

Rhode Island

Akselsen made good things happen in Rhode Island's 3-1 come from behind win over Fordham. He scored and contributed an assist on the goals scored by teammates Filippo Tamburini and Stavros Zarokostas. The Rams improve to 5-3-2 overall with a 2-1-0 mark in A-10 play. 

Rafael Bustamante

Junior

Defender

St. John's

 

Bustamante contributed on both sides of the ball in St. John's 4-0 on the road win over Big East foe Marquette. He was part of a rock solid Red Storm defense that shutout Marquette and has allowed a total of only five goals so far this year. He also scored the game-winning goal with a double assist from Matt Forster and Einar Lye. St. John's is 9-1-0.  

Robin Afamefuna

Senior

Defender

Virginia

Afamefuna earns a spot on the CSN National Team of the Week for the second time this season. He was part of a very solid Cavalier defense that shutout George Washington 3-0 and Louisville 2-0. He also skillfully placed a shot in the top right corner of the frame out of a free kick in the win over George Washington. Virginia is now 10-0-0.  

Mathijs Swaneveld

Junior

Goalkeeper

Virginia Tech

Swaneveld was at the heart of a tough Virginia Tech defense that kept a powerful Clemson attack in check on the road in a contest that ended in a  scoreless draw after 110 minutes of play. The Hokies also shutout Gardner-Webb 4-0 earlier in the week. Virginia Tech is 6-2-2 with a 2-1-1 mark in conference play. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending September 29, 2019

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week recognizes top individual performers and playmakers during the week who helped their team achieve success. 

Jorge Gonzalez

Senior

Forward 

SIUE

Gonzalez continues to be a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Cougars. He sent a half-volley into the back of the net from ten yards out in SIUE's 1-0 win over Kansas City and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Cougars 2-0 win over Central Arkansas. SIUE is now 4-3-1. 

Josh Luchini

Sophomore

Forward

Lehigh

Luchini had a very productive week. He sent a rocket into the back of the frame from the right side of the box that was set up by a nice pass from Michael Tahiru in Lehigh's 2-1 win over Penn. He also scored three times to help power the Mountain Hawks past Boston University 4-2. Lehigh improves to 6-2-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in Patriot League play.  

Thibaut Jacquel

Junior

Forward

Campbell

Jacquel scored twice to lead Campbell past UNCW 2-0. He also sored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime in Campbell's 2-1 win over Radford in Big South Conference play. The Camels are now 6-2-1. 

Brandon Williamson

Senior

Midfielder 

Duke 

The Duke center midfielder is the glue that holds everything together for Duke. He made good things happen in Duke's 3-2 come from behind win over rival North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest contributing an assist on teammate Daniel Wright's goal and scoring from twelve yards out after receiving a pass from Daniele Proch. 

Kalil Elmedkhar

Junior

Midfielder

Kentucky

 

Elmedkhar has played a key role in Kentucky's offense. This week he assisted on  on teammate Daniel Evans' goal and scored in Kentucky's 2-0 win over Bowling Green. He also converted a penalty kick in the Wildcats 1-0 win over Coastal Carolina. Kentucky improves to 5-1-2. 

Joe Brito

Junior

Midfielder 

Charlotte 

Brito sent a rocket into the upper left corner of the net from fifteen yards out in overtime in Charlotte's 3-2 win over Wofford in which the 49ers scored three unanswered goals in the final twenty-four minutes of play. Brito also sent a blast into the bottom left corner of the goal from twenty-five yards out in Charlotte's 4-0 win over South Carolina. 

Antonio Colacci

Senior

Midfielder 

New Hampshire

Colacci is a playmaker. He assisted on teammate Jacob Gould's goal and converted a penalty kick to help lead New Hampshire past Quinnipiac 3-1. He also placed a shot into the upper right corner of the goal from twenty yards out with an assist from Jack Doherty in New Hampshire's 2-0 victory over Binghamton 2-0. 

Aidan Megally

Senior

Midfielder 

Loyola Chicago

Megally came up big for the Ramblers scoring twice including the game-winner in overtime in Loyola Chicago's 2-1 win over a good Drake team. Megally has four goals and one assist to date. The Ramblers improve to 5-4-0 with a 2-2-0 mark in MVC play. 

Andres Muriel Albino

Senior

Midfielder

West Virginia 

Muriel Albino scored twice to help power West Virginia past Ohio State 4-1. He also sent a bending ball into the far post from ten yards out in West Virginia's 3-0 victory over Penn. Muriel Albino has scored a total of six times so far this year. West Virginia is 6-2-1.  

Sam Golan

Junior

Defender 

William and Mary

Golan was at the center of a Tribe backline that shutout Loyola Maryland 2-0 and Charleston 2-0. He also converted a header out of a free kick and assisted on teammate Nathan Messer's goal in the win over Charleston. 

Ben Stroud

Senior

Defender

Missouri State

Stroud contributed on both sides of the ball in Missouri State's 4-0 win over Western Illinois. MSU is off to a 7-0-0 start for the first time since the 1995 season. Stroud drove a header into the net out of a free kick and sent the rebound of his own shot into the back of the frame in the win over Western Illinois. 

Colin Shutler

RS Junior

Goalkeeper

Virginia 

Shutler recorded his seventh shutout of the season and the fifteenth of his career achoring a Virginia defense that shutout Notre Dame 1-0. Shutler's play between the pipes is among the reasons why the Cavaliers have only allowed one goal so far this year and are 8-0-0 for the first time since 2006. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending September 22, 2019

The College Soccer News National Team of the Week recognizes top individual performers on both sides of the ball from coast to coast who played a key role in the success of their team. The teams of the players selected were a healthy 21-0-3 for the week.   

Garrett McLaughlin

Senior

Forward

SMU

McLaughlin netted what proved to be the game-winning goal with an assist from Knut Ahlander and provided the helper on Ahlander's goal in SMU's 2-0 win over Duke in Durham. He also drove a bicycle kick into the back of the net after controlling a deflection in SMU's 2-1 on the road win over Denver. SMU is 7-0-0. 

Toluwalase Oladeinbo

Freshman

Forward

Dayton 

 

Oladeinbo sent a header into the back of the net after receiving a cross from Cole Watkins to help Dayton upset West Virginia 2-0. He also converted two headers to help power Dayton past Detroit Mercey 5-0. The Flyers gain momemtum as they  up their record to 3-4-0.   

Cal Jennings

Senior

Forward 

UCF

 

Jennings continues to be a force on the offensive side of the ball for UCF. He scored twice in UCF's 4-1 win over in state rival FGCU and contributed what proved to be the game-winning goal from inside the box in the Knights 2-0 win over South Carolina. Jennings has scored eight times so far this year. 

Brian Saramago

Senior

Forward

Loyola Maryland 

Saramago scored three times in Loyola Maryland's 4-0 win over Army in a Patriot Leage contest. Saramago used his speed and touch on the ball to create the space he needed to score the first two. His third goal was a header that was set up by passes from Justin Ingram and Jonathan Sousa. The Greyhounds are 2-4-0.  

Cherif Dieye 

Senior

Midfielder

Louisville

 

Dieye came up big for the Cardinals when he made a nice move to create the space he needed to slot a shot into the upper right corner and then created a turnover and drove a shot inside the left post to enable Louisville to come from a goal down to top Virginia Tech 2-1 in an Atlantic Coast Conferene match. The Cardinals improve to 3-1-2. 

Manuel Ferriol

Senior

Midfielder

James Madison

Ferriol had an impressive four goal week during which he scored the lone goal in JMU's 1-0 win over then number one ranked Wake Forest and netted a hat trick to help JMU top Mount Saint Mary's 3-0. James Madison has won five straight to improve to 5-2-0. 

Niko Petridis

Senior

Midfielder 

St. John's 

Petridis continues to make good things happen for the Johnnies. He sent a shot into the far post after intercepting a pass near midfield and assisted on teammate Tiago Teixeira's goal in St. John's 5-1 win over Columbia. He also scored twice and added a helper in St. John's 3-1 come from behind win over Xavier in Big East play. St. John's improves to 7-0-0.  

Jacob Montes

Junior

Midfielder

Georgetown 

 

Montes is a playmaker. He one-touched a shot into the right post that was set up by a nice move and pass from teammate Dylan Nealis and scored with a double assist  from Paul Rothrock and Derek Dobson to help power Georgetown past Butler 3-0 in Big East Conference action. The Hoyas are now 6-0-0. 

Miguel Yuste

Senior

Midfielder

Yale

 

Yale defeated Fairfield 1-0 and Stony Brook 2-0 to improve to 4-0-2. The Bulldogs are unbeaten after six games for the first time since 2005. Yuste scored from the top corner of the box with a double helper from Paolo Carroll and Ryan Matteo and sent a shot into the back of the net with Carroll and Logan Sullivan assisting in the win over Stony Brook. Yuste has four goals to date.  

Sofiane Djeffal

Sophomore

Midfielder

Oregon State

Djeffal helped the Beavers secure two good wins in Pac-12 play. He scored and assisted on teammate Joel Walker's goal in Oregon State's 2-0 win over UCLA. He also converted a penalty kick and assisted on Steffan Yeates goal in a 2-1 win  over San Diego State. 

Liam Wilson

Senior 

Defender

Drake 

Wilson was at the heart of a tenacious Drake backline that shutout Western Illinois 1-0 and MVC foe Bradley 2-0 during the week to improve to 4-3-0. 

Sito Sena

Junior

Defender

Pittsburgh 

Sena was part of a solid and continually improving  Pitt defensive effort that shutout Akron 1-0 and Boston College 2-0 during the week. Pitt improves to 3-3-1 with a 1-1-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.   

Edwyn Gutierrez

Senior

Goalkeeper

UC Riverside 

 

Gutierrez had an impressive fifteen save weekend including several key stops to anchor a UC Riverside defense that shutout Loyola Marymount 0-0 and tied Grand Canyon 1-0. UC Riverside is 5-1-2.  

Jacob Jackson

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Loyola Marymount

Jackson was rock solid between the pipes for the Lions. He posted five stops in LMU's 0-0 tie with UC Riverside and followed that up with a five save evening in LMU's 2-0 win over CSUN. The 5-1-1 Lions have posted six straight  shutouts. 

 

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending September 15, 2019

The action is beginning to heat up coast to coast as big time players make big time plays to help their teams secure wins. The season is still young but teams are beginning to settle into a rhythm on both sides of the ball.   .  

Zach Ryan

RS Sophomore

Forward

Stanford

Ryan contributed the game-winning goal with an assist from Tanner Beason in Stanford's 1-0 win over UC Irvine and scored in Stanford's 2-0 win over Denver. The Cardinal also topped American 3-0 to improve to 5-0-0. 

Kimarni Smith

Junior

Forward 

Clemson

Smith had a blockbuster week that began with a three goal evening in Clemson's 7-0 thumping of USC Upstate. He followed that performance up with a brilliant two goal evening to help power the Tigers past a highly regarded Notre Dame team 4-2 on the road. Clemson ups their record to 5-0-0. 

Anders Engebretsen

Senior

Forward

Saint Mary's

Engebretsen contributed a hat trick in Saint Mary's 5-2 come from behind win over San Jose State. He also scored in overtime to give the Gaels the edge they needed to top CSU Bakersfield 3-2. Saint Mary's improves to 5-0-0.  

Christian Pinson

Junior

Forward 

CS Fullerton

Pinzon assisted on one of the two goals that Oscar Flores scored and netted the golden goal in the 100th minute of play to help the Titans secure a 3-2 win over Air Force. Pinzon also scored and provided the helper on Mario Gomez's goal in CS Fullerton's 2-0 win over FGCU. The Titans are 6-0-0. 

Pedro Dolabella

Junior

Midfielder

Marshall

Dolabella and his Marshall teammates had a productive week of play. Dolabella sent a header into the back of the frame in Marshall's 2-1 win over ETSU. He also scored with a double assist from Vinicius Fernandes and Max Schneider in Marshall's 2-0 win over South Carolina. The Thundering Herd improves to 4-0-1. 

Evan Sawula

RS Junior

Midfielder 

Oakland 

Sqwula's one-timer into the back of the frame in the  eightieth minute of play gave Oakland the edge they needed to top Cleveland State 1-0 in a Horizon League contest. The game-winning goal came out of a counter attack that was set up by alert pay and a nice combination of passes from  Dylan Borczak and Carson Debison-Larabie. The Golden Grizzlies are 3-1-1.  

Alessandro Campoy

RS Junior

Midfielder 

FIU

Campoy played a key role in helping FIU secure a dominating 6 to 1 win over FAU with a three goal and one assist evening. FIU is off to a solid 4-0-1 start to the 2019 campaign.  

Ander Etxaniz

Junior

Midfielder 

Longwood

Etxaniz scored from the top of the box and converted a header out of a corner kick in Longwood's 5-1 win over VMI. He also scored twice to help power the Lancers past Robert Morris 3-0. Longwood improves to 3-1-0. 

Kip Keller

Freshman

Midfielder 

Saint Louis

Keller's first goal as a Billiken was huge. He scored with ten ticks remaining on the clock in the second overtime period to give Saint Louis a 1-0 win over SIUE before a crowd of over 3,000 fans at Korte Stadium. It was the first Bronze Boot game played in Edwardsville in more than twenty years in what will no doubt continue to be a great college soccer rivalry.  

Robin Afamefuna

Senior

Defender

Virginia 

The Cavalier captain was a key ingredient in a solid Virginia defense that contained a very potent Duke attack on the road to secure a big 3-1 win in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Cavaliers improve to 4-0-0.  

Matt Nocita

Sophomore

Defender 

Navy

Nocita alertly recovered his on header attempt and sloted it into the back of the frame in Navy's 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary's. He was also part of a solid Navy defensive effort. The goal was Nocita's third of the year. The Midshipmen begin the season with a 5-0-0 record for the first time since 1991.  

Esai Easley

Sophomore 

Defender 

Grand Canyon

Easley was part of an impressive Grand Canyon defense that shutout a very good Oregon State team 1-0 at GCU stadium to improve to 3-1-0. Grand Canyon will travel to Blackburg to face a highly regarded Virginia Tech team on Tuesday. 

Kieran Baskett

Freshman

Goalkeeper

William and Mary

Baskett had a big week in goal for the Tribe. He recorded eleven saves in William and Mary's 1-1 tie with CAA foe UNCW and seven saves including several at point blank range in the Tribe's 1-1 tie with NC State. Baskett has a .821 save percentage to date and is averaging 5.75 saves per contest.