Oct 13, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Bjarki Aðalsteinsson • James Madison
Jr., Defender, Kopavogur, Iceland
Aðalsteinsson helped shut down the league’s top two scorers as JMU went 1-0-1 against the CAA’s two nationally ranked teams last week. The junior defender kept Delaware’s Guillermo Delgado off the board in the Dukes’ 1-0 triumph over the Blue Hens and then held UNCW’s Jamie Dell without a goal as JMU tied the Seahawks 1-1.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Maid Memic • Hofstra
Sr., Forward, Kozarac, Bosnia
Memic scored both game-winning goals as Hofstra posted impressive victories over Wake Forest (1-0) and William & Mary (3-0) last week. The senior forward converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute to break a scoreless tie at Wake Forest and then gave the Pride a 1-0 advantage in the 38th minute against William & Mary. He also had an assist against the Tribe and leads Hofstra with 12 points this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Joe Vyner • James Madison
Fr., Forward, Bath, Somerset, England
Vyner scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute to help James Madison upset nationally ranked Delaware 1-0 last Wednesday. The freshman forward headed in a cross from Steven Mashinski for his team-leading third goal of the year.
Around The League:
UNCW, DELAWARE RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: UNCW is ranked #18 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #21 by College Soccer News, while Delaware and Hofstra were among others receiving votes in the CSN poll. The Seahawks were #25 and the Blue Hens received votes in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon. UNCW was ranked #6 in last week’s NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings and Delaware slipped to #9.
HOFSTRA’S MEMIC, JMU’S AðALSTEINSSON RECEIVE NATIONAL HONORS: Hofstra senior forward Maid Memic and James Madison junior defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson were chosen to the 11-member National Team of the Week by College Soccer News. Memic scored both game-winning goals as the Pride defeated Wake Forest (1-0) and William & Mary (3-0) last week, while Aðalsteinsson help shut down the CAA’s top two scorers as the Dukes beat #25 Delaware (1-0) and tied #22 UNCW (1-1) last week.
HOFSTRA SHUTOUT STREAK CONTINUES: Hofstra extended its winning streak to five with a 1-0 triumph at Wake Forest last Monday and a 3-0 victory over William & Mary on Saturday. All five wins have come on shutouts as the Pride hasn’t given up a goal over the last 473:06 dating back to Sept. 19. It’s Hofstra’s longest streak since the 2005 squad also had five straight shutouts. Junior goalkeeper Patric Pray made three saves at WFU and two against W&M to lower his GAA to 0.86 for the year. Senior Maid Memic converted a penalty kick for the game-winning goal at WFU and then contributed the game-winning goal and an assist versus the Tribe. He leads the Pride with five goals and 12 points for the year. Freshman Meshack Eshun Addy scored his first collegiate goal versus W&M and Danny Elliott found the net from 35 yards out for his second goal of the year.
JMU FARES WELL AGAINST RANKED FOES: James Madison went 1-0-1 against the CAA’s two nationally ranked squads last week, picking up a 1-0 victory at No. 25 Delaware on Wednesday before tying No. 22 UNCW, 1-1, on Saturday. The Dukes’ last four matches have been against nationally ranked teams and they have gone 1-1-2 in those contests. Freshman forward Joe Vyner scored the game-winning goal at UD in the 83rd minute as headed in a pass from Steven Mashinski. He leads the Dukes with three goals for the season. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made a pair of saves versus the Hens to post his fourth shutout of the season and had five stops against UNCW. Connor Coward scored his second goal of the season in the 38th minute to tie the match with UNCW.
ELON EARNS FIRST CAA VICTORY: Elon fought to a scoreless tie at William & Mary last Wednesday and then returned home to roll past Northeastern 5-0 for its first victory in CAA play. The five goals were the most for the Phoenix since beating Georgia Southern 5-1 in last year’s SoCon quarterfinals and came from five different players. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean recorded his league-leading sixth and seventh shutouts of the season after making six saves over the two contests. He became the program’s all-time leader in shutouts by earning his 23rd versus NU. James Brace scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 16th minute. The Phoenix later got goals from Caue Da Silva, Luis Argudo, Jason Waterman and Eliot Browarsky, all of which were their first of the year.
UNBEATEN WEEK FOR UNCW: Nationally ranked UNCW moved atop the CAA standings with seven points after beating College of Charleston 2-0 and tying James Madison, 1-1. Senior midfielder Jamie Dell scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season just 23 seconds into the second half to break a scoreless tie against CofC. It was Dell’s fifth game-winning goal, which tops the CAA and is tied for the lead in Division I. Colin Bonner tacked on his fourth goal of the year in the 74th minute versus the Cougars. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin made two saves and earned his fourth shutout. Mark Harris scored his first goal of the season to give UNCW the lead at JMU and also contributed an assist in the CofC victory.
MPOFU NETS GAME-WINNER FOR NORTHEASTERN: Freshman forward Ackim Mpofu scored the game-winning goal in the 97th minute as Northeastern edged Drexel 1-0 in overtime last Wednesday. It was Mpofu’s second goal of the year, both of which have come in overtime. On the game-winning play, Mpofu buried a rebound off a shot by Harry Swartz. The Huskies defense limited Drexel to six shots and goalkeeper Jonathan Thuresson made three saves to record the shutout. NU’s three overtime victories this season are the second-most in program history.
COFC’S NOEL SCORES TWICE IN TIE WITH DREXEL: Sophomore midfielder Adan Noel scored both College of Charleston goals, including a game-tying tally with just 19 seconds to go in regulation, as the Cougars earned a 2-2 tie at Drexel on Saturday. The goals were the first two of the season for Noel and came on only three shots as CofC picked up its first point in CAA play.
W&M’S JONES POSTS SECOND SHUTOUT: William & Mary senior goalkeeper Bennett Jones made four saves and recorded his second shutout of the season as the Tribe battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Elon last Wednesday. Jones came up big as Elon out-shot W&M 17-9 and had a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks. W&M, which fell 3-0 to Hofstra on Saturday, has failed to score in three of its four league matches.
DREXEL PICKS UP POINT AGAINST COFC: Drexel garnered its first point in CAA play after tying College of Charleston 2-2 on Saturday. Robert Liberatore scored his first goal of the season off a John Grosh assist to tie the match at 1-1 in the 41st minute. Grosh finished off a pass from Sander Yu for his first goal of the year in the 52nd minute to put the Dragons in front. Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made four saves against CofC and stopped two shots in a 1-0 overtime loss to Northeastern last Wednesday.
DELAWARE FALLS TO JMU: Nationally ranked Delaware was beaten 1-0 by James Madison in its only match of the week last Wednesday. The Blue Hens out-shot the Dukes 7-5 and had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, but failed to score for only the second time all season. Guillermo Delgado took a team-high three shots in the match.
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