College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 22, 2013

Harrison Shipp - Senior - Forward - Notre Dame

The Irish Captain made a nice move to create space and slotted a shot into the lower left corner of the net in Notre Dame's 3-0 win over Michigan.  He also scored the lone goal for the Irish off an assist from Vince Cicciarelli in their 1-1 tie with Boston College. 

Achille Campion - Senior - Forward - UC Santa Barbara Campion scored twice to lead UCSB to a 3-1 win over Yale.  His first goal was at close range with an assist from Ismaila Jome and Drew Murphy.  Campion's second goal was a picture perfect scissor kick to the near post.  The win gave coach Tim Vom Steeg his 200th career win at the Division I level. 
Mark Wadid - Freshman - Forward - Penn State

Wadid netted the game winning goal for the Nittany Lions in their 1-0 win over Robert Morris and thier 1-0 win over Duquesne.  He slotted a shot into the lower right corner of the goal after receiving a through ball in the match with Robert Morris.  Against Duquesne he drove a shot into the back of the net from 8 yards out. 

Patrick Mullins - Senior - Forward - Maryland 

Mullins, who was at the center of the Terp attack, converted two penalty kicks to lead Maryland to a 3-1 win over Clemson at Riggs Field.  The second penalty kick resulted when he was pulled down in the box.  Maryland improves to 2-2-2 with a 2-0-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.   

Geaton Caltabiano - Junior - Midfielder - UMBC

Caltabiano contributed a goal and an assist in UMBC's 3-2 overtime win over Navy.  He also scored a goal and contributed a helper to lead the Retrievers past previously undefeated Loyola (MD) 3-1.  Caltabiano has seven assists to date.  UMBC improves their record to 7-0-0.  

Jaime Velasco - Sophomore - Midfielder - Portland

Velasco scored twice to help spark Portland to a 3-0 win over Oregon State.  His first goal was a chip shot over the Oregon State netminder. His second score came as a result of a failed clearance that he alertly controlled and placed in the back of the net. Portland has now won three straight.   

Steve Birnbaum - Senior - Defender - California

Birnbaum continues to be an impact player on both sides of the ball for the Golden Bears. This weekend he added a goal in Cal's 3-0 victory over Colgate and in their 3-1 win over the College of Charleston.  He also has been part of a very steady California defensive.  

Connor Drechsler - Senior - Defender - Cal Poly

Drechsler played a role in Cal Poly's 2-0 win over San Francisco and 3-2 victory over Yale. In each contest he directed a header into the back of the net and played a key role in anchoring the Mustang defense. Cal Poly has won four straight to up their record to 6-2-0.  

Chris Makowski - Junior - Defender - Syracuse

Makowski was part of a very solid Orange defensive effort that helped produce a 1-0 win over Connecticut and a 2-1 victory over Duke on the road in ACC play.  He also added an additional element to the Syracuse attack.  The Orange improve to 5-2-0.   

Zach Kovacevic - Junior - Defender - Bradley

Kovacevic's goal 32 seconds into the second stanza proved to be the game-winner in Bradley's 2-0 win over Air Force.  He also was a key part of a Bradley defense that limited Denver and Air Force to just nine combined shots on goal in two games.  Bradley is now 4-2-1. 

Devin Cook - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Coastal Carolina

Cook anchored a solid Coastal Carolina defensive effort that shutout Presbyterian College 4-0 and VCU 1-0. Cook had three saves in the contest with Presbyterian and four saves in the victory over VCU including a key stop on a penalty kick. The Chanticleers have won four straight to improve to 5-2-0.  

College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending September 15, 2013

Sagi Lev-Ari - Junior - Forward - Cal State Northridge

Lev-Ari scored twice to lead the Matadors to a 4-1 victory over Central Arkansas.  He also contributed the assist on teammate David Turcios' goal and scored a goal to help Cal State Northridge top highly regarded New Mexico 3-2 in Albuquerque.  The Matadors are off to a 6-0-0 start. 

Mamadee Nyepon - Junior - Forward - High Point  Nyepon provided the spark that the Panthers needed to top UNC Greensboro 3-0 on the road and Navy 2-0 at home.  Nyepon scored twice in the win over UNC Greensboro and scored a goal and contributed the helper on teammate Pat Shelton's goal in the victory over Navy.  High Point improves to 2-3-0.  
Joey Calistri - Sophomore - Forward - Northwestern

Calistri nettted a hat trick to lead Northwestern to a 4-0 win over Green Bay.  It was the first hat trick by a Northwestern player since the 2008 campaign.  He also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Northwestern's 2-0 victory over Butler.  The Wildcats improve to 4-1-0. 

Leo Stolz - Junior - Midfielder - UCLA 

Stolz's first goal as a Bruin was a big one.  After receiving a free kick he weaved his way into the box and sent a bullet into the far post to give UCLA the edge they needed to top UCSB 1-0. He also scored at close range and contributed an assist on teammate Brian Iloski's goal via a give and go in UCLA's 3-2 win over San Diego. 

Matt Walker - Senior - Midfielder - Xavier 

Walker scored a goal and assisted on Jalen Brown's score in Xavier's 2-0 win over UC Irvine. He also placed a shot into the left side of the goal and provided the helper on teammate Gino DePaoli's game-winning strike in Xavier's 2-1 win over Kentucky.  Xavier gets back on track and improves to 2-3-0 to date.   

Pedro Ribeiro - Senior - Midfielder - Coastal Carolina

Ribeiro placed a penalty kick in the right side of the net in Coastal Carolina's 3-1 win over South Carolina. He defty used his left foot to place a shot just inside the near post out of a corner kick and scored from eight yards out to help the Chanticleers top UNC Greensboro 4-2 to improve to 3-2-0.

Mark Anthony Gonzalez - Sophomore - Midfielder - Evansville

Gonzalez received a cross from teammate Nate Opperman that he deposited into the back of the net with 34 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to give the Purple Aces a 2-1 win over Saint Louis.  Gonzalez also scored twice to power Evansville to a 3-1 win over Georiga State. The Purple Aces are now 3-2-1.  

Mael Corboz - Sophomore - Midfiedler - Rutgers 

Corboz played a key role in helping the Scarlet Knights secure wins over in-state rival Princeton 3-2 and South Carolina 3-0.  He scored twice in the win over Princeton and contributed the game-winning goal and two assists in the victory over South Carolina.  Corboz has five goals to date and Rutgers is now 3-2-1.  

Dennis Castillo - Sophomore - Defender - VCU

Castillo was solid on both sides of the ball. He headed in the lone goal of the game in VCU's 1-0 win over Akron at FirstEnergy Stadium.  He also provided an assist on teammate Kharlton Belmar's game-winning goal in VCU's 1-0 win over Niagara.  Castillo was named the Offensive MVP of the Akron Tournament.  Teammate Andrew Wells was named the Defensive MVP.  

Magnus Thorsson- Sophomore - Defender  - Winthrop

Thorsson had a productive week helping the Eagles secure a 5-2 win over Stetson and a 2-1 victory over Mercer in the Mercer Classic.  He scored a goal in the win over Stetson and contributed an assist in the contest with Mercer. For his contribution he was named the MVP of the Mercer Classic. Winthrop is 4-0-1.   

Rafael Diaz - RS Senior - Goalkeeper - St. John's

Diaz had a season high six saves to lead a solid Red Storm defense that shutout South Carolina 1-0. Diaz also had five saves and recorded his third consecutive shutout in goal in St. John's 1-0 win over West Virginia.  The Johnnies improve their record to 5-1-0.