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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

W&M's Roshan Patel W&M's Roshan Patel

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Roshan Patel • William & Mary
Sr., Defender, McLean, Va./Langley

Patel scored on a header in the 108th minute to lift William & Mary to a 1-0 double-overtime victory at #24 Elon last Friday. It was the first goal of the season for Patel, who also helped anchor a Tribe defense that posted a shutout and gave Elon its first loss of the year. It was W&M’s second straight win over a ranked opponent.

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Tyler Afflerbach • Drexel
Fr., Goalkeeper, Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area

Afflerbach posted his second shutout in three career starts as Drexel defeated city rival La Salle 1-0 last Tuesday. The freshman goalkeeper stopped a pair of shots against the Explorers and improved to 3-0-0 with a 0.33 goals against average and a .917 save percentage for the season.

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mac Phillips • William & Mary
Fr., Goalkeeper, Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County

Phillips made three saves and recorded his league-leading third shutout of the season in William & Mary’s 1-0 triumph at #24 Elon last Friday. The freshman goalkeeper, who faced 10 shots in the win, lowered his goals against average to a CAA-best 0.73 for the season.

Around The League:

TWO CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: A pair of CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on Sept. 17. William & Mary was ranked #4 in the poll and Delaware was #7. Northeastern, James Madison and UNCW were among others receiving votes. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

CONFERENCE PLAY STARTS SATURDAY: The first two conference games of the 2013 season are set for Saturday as William & Mary visits Drexel and College of Charleston makes its CAA debut at home against UNCW.

W&M KNOCKS OFF SECOND STRAIGHT RANKED FOE:  William & Mary knocked off #24 Elon 1-0 in double overtime last Friday as Roshan Patel scored on a header off a Chris Albiston assist in the 108th minute. The Tribe, which upset #1 Creighton on Sept. 15, has defeated back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time in more than a decade. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips made three saves and recorded his third shutout of the year. W&M, which has played four consecutive double-overtime matches for the first time ever, gets another shot at a top-ranked team on Tuesday as it visits #1 North Carolina.

DELAWARE KEEPS ROLLING: Delaware improved to 6-1 overall and extended its winning streak to three by beating Temple (2-1) and St. Peter’s (2-0) last week. Senior defender Prince Nartey scored his second goal of the season at St. Peter’s and assisted on the game-winning goal by Jaime Martinez against Temple. Freshman forward Guillermo Delgado tallied the game-winning goal versus St. Peter’s and had his first assist of the year versus Temple. Delgado has recorded at least one point in seven consecutive games and leads the league and is among national leaders with nine goals and 19 points. Mark Garrity scored his first goal of the year in the Temple victory.

DREXEL POSTS LAST-SECOND WIN OVER LA SALLE: Drexel pulled out a thrilling 1-0 victory over city rival La Salle last Tuesday as senior Mark Donohue headed in the game-winning goal with seven seconds left in regulation. Nathan Page and Michele Pataia were credited with assists on the final play, which gave the Dragons their third straight win. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made a pair of saves and posted his second shutout in three starts. Afflerbach is now 3-0-0 with a 0.33 GAA and a .917 save percentage for his career.

MEMIC STRIKES TWICE FOR HOFSTRA: Junior forward Maid Memic recorded the first multi-goal game of his career as he found the net twice in the first 21 minutes of Hofstra’s 2-1 victory over Monmouth on Sunday. With the win, the Pride improved to 3-0 at home. Memic also picked up an assist in a 2-1 setback at Vermont and he’s tied for the team lead in points with seven. Six of Hofstra’s seven games have been decided by one goal or less.

NORTHEASTERN’S UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS AT 18: Northeastern’s 18-match home unbeaten streak (17-0-1) came to an end last Saturday following a 2-1 loss to Columbia. The streak dated back to Nov. 6, 2010. The Huskies fell behind at home for the first time since Sept. 25, 2012 (751 minutes) versus Columbia, but pulled even on Dante Marini’s second goal of the year in the 34th minute. The goal was the first for the Huskies since Sept. 10, which was the team’s longest scoring drought (277:20) since 2009. Conner Alexander assisted on the Marini goal.

JMU BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW WITH STETSON: James Madison battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Stetson on Sunday. Dukes’ goalkeeper Kyle Morton made four saves in the contest, including one on a penalty kick in the second half. He has stopped both PK’s he’s faced this season. For the season, Morton has an impressive 0.79 GAA and a .762 save percentage. JMU hosts nationally ranked Furman on Friday night.

UNCW FALLS TO UNCG: UNCW slipped back to .500 after a 2-0 road loss at UNCG on Saturday. Seahawks’ goalkeeper Sean Melvin made three saves, but allowed both goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest. UNCW outshot the Spartans 15-11, with midfielder Jamie Dell taking a team-best six shots. The Seahawks meet Campbell for the 48th time on Tuesday before opening league play at College of Charleston.

COFC COMES UP SHORT ON TOUGH ROAD SWING: College of Charleston went 0-2 on a difficut West Coast swing as it fell 2-0 at Stanford and 3-1 at 4th-ranked California. Over the past five years, the Cougars have faced 23 teams that were either ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25, including five in the top five. Xavier Rajpaul scored the CofC goal at Cal in the 31st minute off assists from Tucker Coons and Troy Peterson. Goalkeeper Ryan McLaughlin stopped five shots in each match.

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