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.  

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

Joey Calistri - Sophomore - Forward - Northwestern -  

Calistri had another extremely productive week of soccer for the Wildcats.  He netted a hat trick to lead Northwestern to a 4-0 win over Green Bay to record the first hat trick by a Northwestern player since the 2008 season.  He also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Northwestern's 2-0 win over Butler.  Calistri was the hands down choice for the Most Valuable Player of the NIU Tournament.  

Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan stated, "A great win for us, great to be champions of the NIU tournament.  I thought it was a really strong weekend for us, obvioulsy with Joey Calistri with four goals being the highlight."  

The Wildcats have now won four in a row without allowing a goal after losing their season opener.  They next take to the pitch when they host Saint Mary's on Friday, September 20 and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday September 22 in the Lakeside Classic.