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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 6

Oct 6, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Hofstra's Patric Pray

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Patric Pray • Hofstra
Jr., Goalkeeper, Chandler, Ariz./Corona Del Sol

Pray posted back-to-back shutouts in Hofstra’s victories over Binghamton
(1-0) and conference foe Elon (2-0) last week. The junior goalkeeper made
six of his seven saves in the second half to preserve the win at Elon as the
Pride was out-shot 13-8. He stopped four shots against Binghamton in a
contest that was scoreless into the fi nal 10 minutes. Pray lowered his GAA
to 1.06 for the season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
William Eskay • William & Mary
Fr., Forward, Urbana, Md./Urbana

Eskay contributed a goal and an assist in William & Mary’s 1-1 week. The
freshman forward gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead at 10th-ranked Charlo?? e last
Tuesday with a goal in the third minute. He also assisted on W&M’s fi rst
goal by Michael Teiman in the Tribe’s 3-1 triumph over defending league
champion Drexel on Saturday. Eskay has two goals and two assists for the
season.

HOFSTRA’S GRUNDEI NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Hofstra senior defender Daniel Grundei was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Grundei scored the game-winning goal in the Pride’s 1-0 victory over Binghamton and was part of a Hofstra defense that recorded consecutive shutouts last week.

UNCW KNOCKS OFF #9 NORTH CAROLINA: Senior forward Jamie Dell scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 80th minute as UNCW defeated 9th-ranked North Carolina 4-3 last Tuesday before a UNCW Soccer Stadium record crowd of 2,613. It was the Seahawks’ fourth victory over a nationally ranked opponent this season. Dell raised his team-leading goal total to six and he’s now sixth nationally with four game-winning scores. Colin Bonner added his third goal of the year against UNC and newcomer Alexander Shlobhom also scored. The Seahawks had their six-game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 double-overtime setback to No. 23 Delaware on Saturday. UNCW out-shot the Hens 18-8.

ESKAY BROTHERS LEAD W&M: William & Mary rebounded from a 3-1 loss at No. 10 Charlotte last Tuesday by topping Drexel 3-1 for its first CAA win. Freshman William Eskay gave the Tribe an early 1-0 advantage at Charlotte with his second goal of the year and he assisted on Michael Teiman’s goal that put W&M ahead 1-0 versus Drexel. Junior Jackson Eskay assisted on his brother’s goal at Charlotte and scored his first of the year in the 77th minute against Drexel. Senior Josh West netted the game-winning goal against Drexel in the 43rd minute.

THREE STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS FOR PRIDE: Hofstra has shut out three consecutive opponents for the second year in a row after beating Binghamton (1-0) and CAA foe Elon (2-0) last week. The Pride has not allowed a goal over the last 292:35 heading into tonight’s match at nationally ranked Wake Forest. Junior goalkeeper Patric Pray made 11 saves and recorded both shutouts. He stopped six second-half shots at Elon. Freshman Danny Elliott scored his first collegiate goal in the 54th minute at Elon. Joseph Holland picked up his league-leading seventh assist on the play and has at least a point in seven of his past nine contests. Daniel Grundei tallied the game-winning goal in the 81st minute versus Binghamton and Maid Memic’s third goal of the year in the 11th minute was the game-winner at Elon.

DELGADO LIFTS DELAWARE PAST UNCW: Sophomore All-America forward Guillermo Delgado scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season with just 1:01 left in the second overtime to give Delaware a 1-0 victory at UNCW in a battle of the CAA’s two nationally ranked squads. Delgado’s goal, which came from 24 yards out off a breakaway, was his fourth game-winner of the season. Senior goalkeeper Borja Barbero made five saves and picked up his fourth shutout of the year.

ELON’S BRACE NETS THIRD GAME-WINNER: Elon edged Triad rival High Point 1-0 last Tuesday before dropping a 2-0 decision to Hofstra in its CAA opener. Junior James Brace finished a pass from Caue Da Silva in the 64th minute for his team-leading fourth goal of the season and third game-winner against High Point. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean recorded his fifth shutout of the season and the 21st of his career, which is just one shy of Elon’s all-time record. The Phoenix out-shot Hofstra 13-8, including 8-3 in the second half, but failed to get on the board.

NU EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK IN CAA OPENERS: Northeastern improved to 5-0-2 in its past seven CAA openers after winning 1-0 at College of Charleston last Saturday. Senior Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute off a pass from Christian McKenna. It was his first goal of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Thuresson made the goal stand up, stopping three shots to record his second shutout of the season.

JMU LOSES HEARTBREAKER AT VIRGINIA: James Madison gave 19th-ranked Virginia all it could handle before falling 2-1 in overtime last Tuesday. The Dukes jumped out to a 1-0 lead on senior Jamal Umar’s second goal of the season in the 16th minute. JMU maintained its lead until the 89th minute when the Cavaliers knocked in a rebound off goalkeeper Kyle Morton’s hands. The Dukes out-shot Virginia 11-9 during regulation. JMU has played two straight nationally ranked foes and have two more on the schedule this week with contests against Delaware and UNCW.

DREXEL SPLITS TWO MATCHES: Drexel wrapped up non-conference play by topping Seton Hall, 2-0, last Tuesday but lost 3-1 at William & Mary in its CAA opener. Senior Michele Pataia’s second goal of the season just 16 minutes into the contest proved to be the game-winner against the Pirates. Senior Matthew DiDomenico added the first goal of his career in the 30th minute. Aaron Thompson and John Grosh picked up assists on the two scores. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach stopped four shots to earn his fifth shutout of the season and the 11th of his career. The Dragons fell behind 3-0 at W&M before getting a goal in the 88th minute by Jameson Detweiler.

COFC COMES UP SHORT AGAINST NU: College of Charleston was beaten 1-0 by Northeastern in its opening CAA match last Saturday. The Cougars out-shot the Huskies 13-10, but failed to score for the fourth time in their past five contests. Nico Rittmeyer took a team-high four shots. Goalkeeper Alex Young made four saves for CofC. Freshman Cesar Murillo has played every minute this season.

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