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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 15

Sep 15, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

Delaware's Joe Dipre

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Joe Dipre • Delaware
Jr., Midfielder, Betchworth, England/London Freemen’s School

Dipre scored both game-winning goals as Delaware improved to 6-0 with victories over Seton Hall (3-2) and St. Peter’s (2-1). The junior midfielder scored from 30 yards out in the 73rd minute as the Blue Hens rallied past Seton Hall and found the net from 15 yards away early in the second half in the triumph over St. Peter’s. Dipre has scored a goal in four consecutive games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Brayden Smith • UNCW
Fr., Defender, Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth

Smith made the most of his first career start, assisting on the game-winning goal and anchoring an outstanding defensive effort as UNCW knocked off 17th-ranked South Carolina 2-1 last Friday. The freshman defender picked up the assist on Jamie Dell’s game-winning goal with 8:23 to play and helped limit the Gamecocks to just five shots and one corner kick in the match.

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DELAWARE MOVES UP IN NATIONAL POLLS: Delaware is ranked #11 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #16 by College Soccer News after improving to 6-0 with a pair of victories. The Blue Hens were ranked #21 in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon.

W&M/UNC GAME TELEVISED BY NSCAATV: William & Mary’s home match against perennial national power North Carolina on Tuesday night will be televised live by NSCAATV at 7 p.m. The game will also be carried locally by Cox Channel 11.

UD’s DIPRE NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Delaware junior midfielder Joe Dipre was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goals in the Blue Hens’ victories over Seton Hall and St. Peter’s.

UNCW KNOCKS OFF #17 SOUTH CAROLINA: UNCW rallied for a 2-1 road win at 17th-ranked South Carolina last Friday. Senior midfielder Jamie Dell scored his second game-winning goal of the season as he found the net from 15 yards out with just 8:23 left in regulation. Freshman defender Brayden Smith assisted on Dell’s game-winner and helped anchor a Seahawks’ defense that limited USC to five shots and one corner kick in the contest. Sophomore Freddy Nzekele came up with the game-tying goal in the 41st minute as he converted a rebound off a Kellen Foster shot. It was UNCW’s first victory over a nationally ranked foe since beating #11 North Carolina last season. The Seahawks continue a difficult road swing at Campbell and ODU this week.

GREAT WEEK FOR JMU: It was a great week for James Madison, which earned a 1-1 double-overtime draw with 16th-ranked Penn State last Monday and then captured the Belmont Invitational in Nashville over the weekend with victories over Belmont (2-1) and undefeated Lipscomb (1-0). Senior midfielder Jonathan Barden scored the game-winning goal versus Lipscomb with just 1:57 on the clock. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made six saves in the contest to pick up his second shutout of the season. Josh Grant contributed the game-winning goal in the triumph over Belmont. Barden, Morton and Grant were selected to the all-tournament team along with junior Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, who was named the Most Valuable Player. Joe Vyner’s second goal of the year was the equalizer against Penn State with 2:12 left in regulation.

DELAWARE MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Nationally ranked Delaware improved to 6-0 last week with one-goal victories over Seton Hall (3-2) and St. Peter’s (2-1). The Blue Hens matched the 1970 squad for the best start in school history. Junior midfielder Joe Dipre scored the game-winning goal in both contests, connecting from 30 yards out in the 73rd minute against Seton Hall and from 15 yards away early in the second half versus St. Peter’s. Dipre has scored a goal in four consecutive contests. Sophomore Guillermo Delgado also scored a goal in each match and leads the CAA with six goals and 12 points. Freshman defender Philippe Thibault tallied the game-tying goal in the 72nd minute against Seton Hall.

ELON’S DEAN RECORDS 20TH CAREER SHUTOUT: Elon senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean recorded back-to-back shutouts last week as the Phoenix beat West Virginia 1-0 and tied FIU 0-0. Dean tied a season-high with five saves against the Mountaineers to earn the 20th shutout of his career, which moved him into sole possession of second place on Elon’s career list. He leads the CAA with four shutouts this season and the Phoenix haven’t given up a goal in regulation in their last five contests. James Brace scored the game-winning goal versus WVU in the 68th minute as he finished a deflection off the goalkeeper.

NORTHEASTERN WINS IN OVERTIME: Northeastern snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime win over UMass Lowell on Saturday night. The Huskies trailed 1-0 with less than two minutes to play, but Brad Fountain scored the equalizer from 24 yards out off a Nick Goo assist. Northeastern carried the momentum into overtime, where freshman Ackim Mpofu scored his first collegiate goal just 1:02 into the extra session for the game-winner. Mike Lobben was credited with an assist on the final play.

HOFSTRA’S HOLLAND CONTINUES SCORING STREAK: Hofstra sophomore midfielder Joseph Holland scored a goal in both games as the Pride defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1 before falling 2-1 to Dartmouth. Holland tallied the game-winning goal in the 54th minute at FDU and also scored in the 53rd minute against Dartmouth to bring the Pride within one. He leads Hofstra with eight points and has accumulated at least one point in four straight matches. Senior Maid Memic contributed a goal and an assist in the FDU victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Brian McPartland posted two saves and didn’t allow a goal in 45 minutes of action versus Dartmouth in his collegiate debut.

DREXEL’S AFFLERBACH POSTS THIRD SHUTOUT: Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach recorded his third shutout in five matches this season as the Dragons battled to a 0-0 draw with Saint Joseph’s on Saturday. Afflerbach stopped four shots against the Hawks and leads the CAA in goals against average (0.57) and save percentage (.870). Drexel, which also suffered a 1-0 setback to Loyola last week, has gone 379:13 without a goal. The Dragons face nationally ranked New Mexico and CSU Bakersfield this weekend at the Lobos’ tournament.

COFC PLACES TWO ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: College of Charleston earned a 1-1 draw with UCF after dropping a 1-0 decision to Hartford at the University of Akron Tournament. Tanner Clay gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead over UCF in the 27th minute as he scored his second goal of the year off a Nico Rittmeyer assist. CofC out-shot Hartford 13-12 but surrendered a score in the 70th minute. Daan Brinkman and Kye West were selected to the all-tournament team. CofC has faced 25 teams that have been ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 since 2011.

TRIBE DROPS TWO ON THE ROAD: William & Mary was beaten 1-0 in road contests at N.C. State and St. Francis (Pa.) last week. Tribe goalkeeper Bennett Jones made four saves against the Wolfpack and gave up the only score on a penalty kick. He also stopped four shots at St. Francis with the only goal coming just 9:26 into the contest. W&M takes on a pair of nationally ranked opponents this week as it hosts North Carolina on Tuesday and visits Georgetown on Sunday.

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