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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 29

Sep 29, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Northeastern's Frantzdy Pierrot

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jacob VanCompernolle • UNCW
Sr., Defender, Dallas, Texas/R.L. Turner

VanCompernolle scored both goals as UNCW knocked off #23 Duke, 2-1, last Tuesday and then anchored a Seahawks’ defense that posted a 1-0 victory in double overtime at William & Mary in their CAA opener. It was the first career two-goal game for VanCompernolle, who snapped a 1-1 tie with his game-winner inside the post in the 79th minute. UNCW’s defense limited the Tribe to just eight shots, including two on net. VanCompernolle was also named to the National Team of the Week by College Soccer News.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Frantzdy Pierrot • Northeastern
Fr., Forward, Melrose, Mass./Seacoast United Development Acad.

Pierrot contributed a goal and three assists in Northeastern’s 1-1 week. The freshman forward became the first Husky since 2007 to record three assists in a game when he helped set up all three NU goals in a 3-2 overtime victory at Stony Brook on Sunday. He also scored a goal in the Huskies’ 3-2 loss at Harvard last Tuesday. Pierrot has a team-high seven points this season.

Around The League:

UNCW, DELAWARE RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: UNCW is ranked #22 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News, while Delaware is ranked #23 in the Top Drawer poll and #26 by CSN. The Blue Hens were #23 in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon. UD was also ranked #6 in last week’s NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings and UNCW moved up to #7.

FULL SLATE OF CAA GAMES ON SATURDAY: Conference play in the CAA got started in exciting fashion last Saturday with UNCW’s 1-0 double-overtime victory at W&M, but this Saturday marks the first full day of league action. Elon makes its CAA debut by hosting Hofstra, College of Charleston entertains Northeastern, Delaware visits UNCW in a battle of nationally ranked squads and Drexel travels to William & Mary in a rematch of last year’s CAA championship game. James Madison will be the final team to play its CAA opener when it heads to Delaware on Oct. 8.

TOUGH TESTS ON TUESDAY: Three CAA teams face nationally ranked non-conference opponents on Tuesday night. UNCW will try to break its stadium attendance record of 1,620 when it hosts #10 North Carolina. James Madison also meets an in-state ACC opponent as it travels to #11 Virginia. William & Mary visits 12th-ranked Charlotte.

SEAHAWKS KEEP ROLLING: It was another impressive week for UNCW, which downed #23 Duke 2-1 last Tuesday and then opened CAA play with a 1-0 triumph in double overtime at William & Mary on Saturday. The Seahawks are riding a five-game winning streak, which is their longest since 2008, and are now 3-0 against ranked opponents and 5-0 on the road this season. Senior defender Jacob VanCompernolle scored both goals vs. Duke, including the game-winner that snapped a 1-1 tie in the 79th minute. It was his first career two-goal game. Mateo Cardona came off the bench to tally the game-winning goal off a David Sizemore assist in the 102nd minute at W&M. He’s the fourth different UNCW player to net a game-winning goal this season. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin stopped a key penalty shot against Duke and made a pair of saves in the shutout of the Tribe to lower his league-best GAA to 0.73.

STRONG WEEK FOR JMU: James Madison rallied for a 4-3 win in double overtime against West Virginia and battled to a 0-0 draw with 22nd-ranked Furman last week. Sophomore Connor Coward’s first career goal in the 105th minute was the game-winner vs. WVU. He also had an assist in the match. The Dukes fell behind 2-0 early to WVU, but scored three goals in just eight minutes to take the lead. Toby Appleton, Jamal Umar and Josh Grant registered the goals for JMU during that stretch. The Dukes out-shot Furman 10-8 as they tied a ranked opponent for the second time this season. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made two saves and posted his third shutout of the year.

DREXEL ENDS SLIDE: Drexel picked up its first victory since Sept. 3 as it rolled past Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0 last Saturday. Freshman Tristan Thompson’s first collegiate goal in the 11th minute proved to be the game-winner and came on assists from his brother, Aaron Thompson, and John Grosh. The Dragons also got their first goals of the year from Jameson Detweiler and Joseph Rodriguez in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made four saves and recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career at FDU. He also stopped three shots in a 1-0 loss to Princeton, with the only score coming on a penalty kick.

NU RALLIES ON THE ROAD: Northeastern snapped a three-game losing streak as it rallied for a 3-2 victory at Stony Brook on Sunday. The Huskies trailed 2-0 before sophomore forward Christian McKenna scored a pair of goals, including the game-tying tally with just 5:52 left in regulation. Nick Goo’s first goal of the season in the 99th minute was the game-winner and gave NU its first road triumph of the season. Freshman Frantzdy Pierrot assisted on all three goals at Stony Brook, becoming the first Husky to register three assists in a game since Greg Kilkenny in 2007. He also scored a goal in NU’s 3-2 loss at Harvard last Tuesday.

DELAWARE TOPS TEMPLE: Delaware got back on the winning track with a 3-0 triumph at Temple last Wednesday. Sophomore Guillermo Delgado put the Blue Hens ahead to stay with his league-leading seventh goal of the season in the 13th minute. Tobias Muller contributed a goal and an assist and Jaime Martinez scored his fourth goal of the year. Ben Asante assisted on UD’s last two goals in the second half. Goalkeeper Borja Barbero needed to make just one save and posted his fourth shutout of the year.

TRIBE SPLITS OVERTIME CONTESTS: William & Mary played extra time in both of its matches last week, winning 2-1 in overtime at UMBC before falling 1-0 in double overtime to UNCW in its CAA opener. Freshman forward William Eskay’s first collegiate goal tied the match at UMBC in the 75th minute as he intercepted a clearance attempt and lofted a shot over the keeper. Senior Chris Albiston recorded the game-winning goal as he converted a pass from Josh West in the 97th minute. It was Albiston’s team-leading fourth goal of the year. The Tribe has scored eight of their 10 goals in the second half or overtime this season.

ELON FALLS TO #24 COASTAL CAROLINA: Elon suffered a 3-1 setback at 24th-ranked Coastal Carolina last Friday in its only match last week. Three of the first four goals in the match came in a 34-second span midway through the first half. CCU took a 2-0 advantage before junior James Brace converted a penalty kick to cut the deficit in half. It was Brace’s team-leading third goal of the year. Goalkeeper Nathan Dean recorded three saves in the contest for the Phoenix. Elon, which is unbeaten (1-0-1) at home, hosts High Point on Tuesday and Hofstra on Saturday in its CAA opener.

COFC BEATEN 2-0 AT WOFFORD: College of Charleston was beaten 2-0 at Wofford in its lone match last Saturday. The Cougars took 12 shots in the contest, led by Nico Rittmeyer with five and Troy Peterson with three. Goalkeeper Alex Young recorded five saves in the contest. CofC is at home for its CAA opener on Saturday against Northeastern.

HOFSTRA BACK IN ACTION ON TUESDAY: Hofstra, which is off to a 3-3-2 start, was idle last week but returns to action with a home game against Binghamton on Tuesday before starting CAA play at Elon on Saturday. Midfielder Joseph Holland leads the Pride with 10 points and tops the CAA in assists with six. He has been involved in eight of the Pride’s 11 goals this season.