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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 1

Sep 1, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

UNCW's Jamie Dell

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jamie Dell • UNCW
Sr., Midfielder, Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill

Dell’s sensational goal from 18 yards out in the 28th minute was the game-winner as UNCW picked up a 2-0 road victory at High Point last Friday. The senior midfielder bent a left-footed shot just inside the left post as the Seahawks knocked off an HPU squad that was chosen to place second in the Big South. The goal was slated to be shown on ESPN Desportes.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michele Pataia • Drexel
Sr., Midfielder, Saint German, France/Lycer International

Pataia scored the game-winning goal from 10 yards out in the 93rd minute as Drexel posted a 1-0 overtime road victory at city rival Temple last Friday. The senior midfielder, who took a team-high five shots in the match, converted a pass from Joaquin del Rosario as the Dragons won their opener for the first time since 2010.
    
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Frantzdy Pierrot • Northeastern
Fr., Forward, Melrose, Mass./Seacoast United Development Acad.

Pierrot scored the game-winning goal on a header in the 39th minute as Northeastern edged New Hampshire 1-0 last Friday in its season opener. It was the first since 2010 that a freshman had contributed the first goal of the year for the Huskies.

Around The League:

CAA TEAMS IN NATIONAL POLLS: Delaware is ranked #20 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer after starting the season with a pair of victories. In preseason polls, the Blue Hens were ranked #29 by College Soccer News, while Elon, Drexel and William & Mary were among others receiving votes. Delaware, Elon and W&M also received votes in the NSCAA preseason national poll. Both CSN and the NSCAA will release updated rankings on Tuesday.

DELAWARE OFF TO 2-0 START: Delaware is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season after taking a pair of 2-0 decisions over Sacred Heart and LIU Brooklyn. The Blue Hens out-shot their opponents 34-8 in the two matches. All-CAA goalkeeper Borja Barbero needed to make just three total saves to recorded his first two shutouts of the year. Sophomore Jaime Martinez converted two penalty kicks in a 19-minute span for all the offense UD would need against LIU. The Blue Hens got second-half goals from Ben Asante and Nick DiRienzo in the victory over Sacred Heart.

UNCW OPENS WITH IMPRESSIVE ROAD WIN: UNCW opened its season with a 2-0 road triumph at High Point, which was picked to finish second in the Big South Conference. Senior midfielder Jamie Dell scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 28th minute and freshman Kalvin Kromer tacked on an insurance goal in the second half when he knocked home Matt Tysinger’s shot that caromed off the crossbar. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin recorded a pair of saves for UNCW and posted the shutout. The Seahawks face UNCG in their home opener tonight before welcoming Ohio State and Winthrop at their own tournament this weekend.

PATAIA DELIVERS IN OVERTIME FOR DREXEL: Defending CAA champion Drexel edged city rival Temple 1-0 in overtime in its season opener last Friday. It was the Dragons’ first victory in a season opener since 2010  and its first win in an overtime contest since 2012. Senior midfielder Michele Pataia recorded the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute as he scored from 10 yards out off a cross from Joaquin del Rosario. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made five saves against Temple and earned the shutout. Drexel continues to face city rivals this week with matches versus Villanova and Penn.

FRESHMEN SHINE FOR NORTHEASTERN: Freshmen came up big for Northeastern as it opened its season with a 1-0 victory over New Hampshire last Friday. Freshman Frantzdy Pierrot scored the game-winning goal in the 39th minute when he headed in a corner kick from redshirt freshman Daniel Arvidsson. Rookie goalkeeper Jonathan Thuresson made five saves and posted the shutout in his collegiate debut. Six freshmen made their first collegiate starts for Northeastern, which won its home opener for the fourth straight year.

ELON GOES 1-1 AT DUKE TOURNAMENT: CAA newcomer Elon blanked Loyola Marymount 1-0 and fell 3-2 to Stetson at the John Rennie/Nike Classic at Duke last weekend. Junior Miguel Salazar tallied the game-winning goal versus LMU in the 35th minute off an assist from Luis Argudo. Salazar also netted a game-tying goal in the opener against Stetson. He and James Brace were named to the all-tournament team. Nathan Diehl tacked on a late goal versus Stetson. Goalkeeper Nathan Dean made five saves in the LMU win and recorded his 17th career shutout, which ranks third all-time at Elon. The win was also the first as a head coach for Chris Little at Elon.

W&M SPLITS HOME MATCHES: William & Mary rebounded from a 3-2 opening game setback to East Tennessee State by topping Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1 on Sunday. Seniors Michael Teiman and Chris Albiston scored second-half goals in the win over FDU and junior Ryan Flesch contributed a pair of assists. The Tribe got goals from Reilly Maw and Zachary Montebell in the loss to ETSU, with Albiston and Marcus Luster adding assists. W&M is back at home on Friday as it entertains ACC foe Pittsburgh.

PRAY POSTS SHUTOUT FOR PRIDE: Hofstra went 0-1-1 at the Lakeside Classic in Illinois, battling to a 0-0 draw with Northern Illinois in its opener last Friday before falling 3-0 to host Northwestern on Sunday. Junior goalkeeper Patric Pray made six saves and recorded his fifth career shutout against NIU as the Pride moved to 19-21-9 all-time in opening day matches. It was Hofstra’s first scoreless draw since the quarterfinals of the 2012 CAA Tournament. Pray also stopped six shots against Northwestern but surrendered all three goals in the final 45 minutes.

COFC BATTLES TOUGH COMPETITION: College of Charleston battled well, but came up short in losses to 18th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (2-1) and Seattle (2-0) at its own Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic over the weekend. After falling behind 2-0 to UCSB, senior Tanner Clay cut the deficit in half by scoring in the 71st minute. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Kilgallon made three saves against UCSB and Seattle and earned all-tournament honors along with fellow freshman Cesar Murillo. Rookie Sebastian Gordillo took a team-high five shots versus Seattle, including three on net.

MASHINSKI SCORES FOR JMU: JMU dropped home matches to Vermont (2-0) and Albany (3-1) to start the season. Senior midfielder Steven Mashinski scored the Dukes’ goal versus UAlbany off an assist from Daniel Roppert in the 71st minute. JMU goalkeeper Kyle Morton made eight saves over the two contests. The Dukes visit UNC Greensboro on Friday, where head coach Tom Martin will try to record his 350th career win at JMU. He is the winningest active coach in Division I.