Oct 20, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Guillermo Delgado • Delaware
So., Forward, Tres Cantos, Spain
Delgado recorded both game-winning goals as the Delaware edged Hofstra 2-1 in double overtime and picked up a 3-1 road victory at William & Mary last week. The sophomore forward scored with 16 seconds left in the second overtime as UD handed the Pride their first CAA setback and gave the Blue Hens a 2-0 advantage midway through the second half at W&M. Delgado leads the CAA with 10 goals and six game-winning goals.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jason Waterman • Elon
Sr., Forward, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North
Waterman scored his first game-winning goal of the season and also had an assist in Elon’s 2-1 road victory at nationally ranked UNCW last Wednesday. The senior forward found the net from 15 yards out in the 84th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock with the Seahawks. Waterman also helped lead the Phoenix past Drexel 2-0 on Saturday which extended their winning streak to three and moved them atop the CAA standings.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
William Eskay • William & Mary
Fr., Forward, Urbana, Md./Urbana
Eskay contributed two goals and an assist in William & Mary’s 1-1 week. The freshman forward scored the game-winning goal in the 100th minute as the Tribe rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory against College of Charleston last Wednesday. He also assisted on the game-tying goal in that contest. Eskay registered his fourth goal of the season in the Tribe’s 3-1 setback to Delaware on Saturday.
Around The League:
UNCW RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: UNCW is ranked #28 in the nation this week by College Soccer News, while Delaware and Hofstra were among others receiving votes in the CSN poll. The Seahawks were #23 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.
TIGHT RACE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: With two weeks remaining in the regular season, just one point separates the top four teams in the CAA men’s soccer standings. Elon (3-1-1) and UNCW (3-2-1) are tied with 10 points, while Delaware (3-1) and Hofstra (3-1) are right behind with nine points. The top six teams qualify for the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship, with the regular-season champion serving as the host for the semifinals and finals.
DELGADO NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Delaware sophomore forward Guillermo Delgado was selected as the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News after scoring the game-winning goals in the Blue Hens’ victories over Hofstra and William & Mary last week. He leads the CAA with 10 goals, including six game-winners.
ELON VAULTS INTO FIRST PLACE: Elon vaulted into first place in the CAA standings after impressive victories over nationally ranked UNCW (2-1) and defending champion Drexel (2-0) last week. The Phoenix are unbeaten in their past four CAA contests and are on a season-best three-game winning streak. Senior forward Jason Waterman scored his first game-winning goal of the season in the 84th minute at UNCW and he also assisted on James Brace’s team-leading sixth goal of the year that gave Elon a 1-0 lead. Caue Da Sliva netted his second goal of the season and Chad Craig tallied the first goal of his career in the first half against Drexel. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean made it stand up with three saves to record his league-leading eighth shutout. The eight shutouts is tied for the second-best season total in school history. Freshman Jonathan Coleby had an assist against Drexel and helped anchor the Phoenix defense.
BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES FOR DELAWARE: Delaware improved to 3-1 in CAA play after edging Hofstra 2-1 in overtime and posting a 3-1 road victory at William & Mary. Sophomore Guillermo Delgado scored the game-winning goals in both matches, including a tally with just 16 seconds left in the second overtime against Hofstra. Delgado tops the CAA in goals (10), points (21) and game-winning goals (6). Junior midfielder Joe Dipre recorded his fifth goal of the year to give UD a 1-0 lead at W&M and then assisted on the other two. Freshman Carlos Perales, who has battled knee injuries throughout his career, scored his first collegiate goal. Delaware has clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1984-85 and reached the 10-win mark for the third time in the past four years.
HOFSTRA’S MEMIC EXTENDS SCORING STREAK: Hofstra senior forward Maid Memic scored a goal in each game last week as the Pride rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss at Delaware by topping James Madison, 2-1. He has now registered a goal in five straight games and ranks second in the CAA with seven goals for the season. Memic found the net from 15 yards out to give the Pride a 1-0 first-half advantage over the Blue Hens and converted a penalty kick against JMU that proved to be the game-winning tally. He has 27 goals for his career, which is tied for fifth on the program’s all-time list. Freshman forward Danny Elliott scored his third goal of the year in the 28th minute versus the Dukes to put Hofstra ahead 1-0. Goalkeeper Patric Pray made nine saves in the setback at Delaware.
UNCW PICKS UP ROAD WIN AT NU: UNCW defeated Northeastern 2-0 on Saturday as the road team won for the first time in the series between the Seahawks and Huskies. Senior midfielder Mateo Cardona had a huge week for UNCW, scoring both goals in the victory at Northeastern and also recording the Seahawks’ lone goal in a 2-1 setback to Elon last Wednesday. The two scores against the Huskies came in a span of 1:12 midway through the second half and he contributed a game-tying goal in the 44th minute against Elon. Cardona is tied for second on the team with four goals and nine points for the season. Goalkeeper Sam Williams posted his first shutout of the season at NU and has a 0.93 GAA over the past three games since taking over in net.
DREXEL RALLIES FOR FIRST CAA WIN: Drexel picked up its first CAA victory of the season by rallying past James Madison 2-1 in double overtime last Wednesday. Freshman Erik Alexandersson’s first collegiate goal was the game-winner in the 101st minute as he scored from 15 yards out off a touch pass from Adam Arana. It was the Dragons’ first come-from-behind win of the year. Arana also contributed the game-tying goal in the 68th minute on a header from point-blank range. Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach stopped a season-high six shots against JMU.
ALBISTON SCORES TWICE FOR W&M: Senior Chris Albiston scored a pair of goals as William & Mary rallied for a 3-2 victory over College of Charleston last Wednesday. Albiston gave the Tribe an early lead with a goal in the 11th minute and then tied the match at 2-2 with his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 64th minute. Freshman William Eskay also had a big week for W&M, tallying the game-winning goal in the 100th minute versus CofC and scoring the Tribe’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Delaware on Saturday. Eskay, who has four goals this season, added an assist on the game-tying score in the CofC victory.
JMU SUFFERS ONE-GOAL LOSSES: James Madison was beaten 2-1 in double overtime at Drexel and also lost 2-1 at home to Hofstra last week. The Dukes took a 1-0 advantage at Drexel when sophomore defender Callum Hill scored his first goal of the season in the 64th minute. JMU fell behind 2-0 to Hofstra, but cut the deficit in half when junior Eric Schmidt scored his first goal of the season on a header in the 80th minute. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made 13 saves in the two matches, including seven against Hofstra. Five of JMU’s past seven games have gone to overtime.
COFC DROPS OVERTIME DECISION: College of Charleston dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to William & Mary last Wednesday. After falling behind 1-0, the Cougars got first-half goals from Tanner Clay and Troy Peterson to take the lead. The goal was Clay’s third of the season and came off an assist from Daan Brinkman, while Peterson’s first goal of the year was assisted by Tucker Coons. Brinkman and Coons are tied for the team lead in assists with three.
NORTHEASTERN SLIPS TO 2-2: Northeastern slipped to 2-2 in CAA play after a 2-0 loss to UNCW on Saturday. The Huskies out-shot the Seahawks 11-8, including 5-1 in the first half, but surrendered a pair of goals in a 1:12 stretch of the second half. Freshman Frantzdy Pierrot took a team-high five shots for NU and put one on net.
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