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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 27

Oct 27, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

UNCW's Brayden Smith

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Morton • James Madison
So., Goalkeeper, West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson

Morton made 11 saves and recorded back-to-back shutouts in James Madison’s 1-0-1 week. The sophomore goalkeeper registered a season-eight saves as the Dukes defeated College of Charleston 2-0 and stopped three shots in a 0-0 double-overtime draw against an Elon squad that had won four in a row. Morton has recorded six shutouts for the season.

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

Pierrot scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Northeastern rallied for a 3-2 victory at Delaware last Wednesday. The freshman forward, who leads the Huskies with four goals and 11 points for the season, gave NU a 1-0 advantage with a goal in the 20th minute before tallying the game-winner on a header in the 92nd minute.

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

Smith’s first career goal was the game-winner as UNCW moved back into first place in the CAA with a 2-0 triumph over Hofstra on Saturday. The freshman defender headed in a pass from Jacob VanCompernolle that broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute. Smith also contributed to a Seahawks’ defensive effort that limited the Pride to just five shots in the match.

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FINAL WEEK SHOULD PROVIDE PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT: The CAA regular season concludes this week and there is still plenty to be determined as teams battle for one of the six spots in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Just five points separate the top seven squads in the standings. UNCW sits atop the league with 13 points, but is followed closely by Hofstra (12 pts.) and Elon (11 pts.). Delaware and William & Mary are tied for fourth with 10 points, with Northeastern (9 pts.) and James Madison (8 pts.) not far back. The Seahawks and Tribe have just one match remaining while the other teams still have two left. The regular-season champion earns the right to host the CAA Tournament, while the second-place team will receive a bye into the semifinals.

UNCW RANKED IN NATIONAL POLL: UNCW is ranked #26 in the nation this week by College Soccer News and was among others receiving votes in the Top Drawer Soccer top 25 poll. The Seahawks and Delaware received votes in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon. UNCW was ranked #7 and Delaware was #9 in last week’s NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings.

FIVE TEAMS IN TOP 100 OF NCAA RPI: Five CAA men’s soccer teams are ranked in the top 100 of the latest NCAA RPI through games of Oct. 26. UNCW leads the pack at #29 and Elon is right behind at #30. Hofstra is at #54, followed by Delaware at #80 and William & Mary at #100.

MORTON SHINES IN GOAL FOR JMU: JMU sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Morton posted back-to-back shutouts as the Dukes topped College of Charleston 2-0 and battled to a 0-0 draw at Elon last week. Morton, who ranks second in the CAA with six shutouts this season, made a season-high eight saves against CofC and stopped three shots at Elon to lower his GAA to 1.10 for the year. Josh Grant scored the game-winning goal against CofC on a header in the 24th minute. Connor Coward assisted on Grant’s goal and then scored one of his own in the 76th minute. Grant and Coward are tied for the team lead in goals (3) and points (8) for the season.

UNCW TOPS HOFSTRA TO MOVE BACK INTO FIRST PLACE: UNCW vaulted back into first place in the CAA standings following a 2-0 victory over Hofstra on Saturday. Freshman defender Brayden Smith’s first career goal in the 68th minute was the game-winner as he scored off a Jacob VanCompernolle assist to break a scoreless tie. Senior midfielder Jamie Dell followed with his team-leading eighth goal of the year in the 75th minute as he finished after a pass from Nathaniel Goodwin. UNCW is now 6-0 this season when Dell scores a goal. Goalkeeper Sam Williams recorded his second shutout of the year and dropped his GAA to 0.71.

ELON EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO SIX: Elon defeated Duke 2-1 and tied James Madison 0-0 last week to extend its unbeaten streak to six (4-0-2). The Phoenix beat Duke for the first time in school history as Jason Waterman scored his third goal of the season in the 54th minute and Miguel Salazar contributed his third goal of the year in the 62nd minute for the game-winner. Elon improved to 5-2-4 against ACC foes since 2010. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean notched his CAA-leading ninth shutout in the draw with JMU. The nine shutouts are one shy of the school season record. He tops the CAA with a 0.71 GAA.

NORTHEASTERN POSTS FOURTH OVERTIME VICTORY: Northeastern rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory at Delaware last Wednesday. The four overtime wins is the second-most in program history, trailing only the 2012 squad that won five. Freshman forward Frantzdy Pierrot tallied the game-winning goal when he headed in a corner kick from Daniel Arvidsson in the 92nd minute. Pierrot also scored the Huskies’ first goal of the game and leads the team with four goals and 11 points this season. Ackim Mpofu’s third goal of the year in the 72nd minute tied the match at 2-2. Jacob Aduama made his season debut in goal against the Hens and came up five saves. He also stopped three shots in a 1-0 setback to William & Mary on Saturday.

MEMIC LEADS HOFSTRA PAST DREXEL: Senior forward Maid Memic scored both Hofstra goals to push the Pride past Drexel, 2-1, last Wednesday. He gave Hofstra a 1-0 advantage with a score in the 36th minute and then converted a penalty kick for the game-winner with just 2:04 left in regulation. It was the sixth straight game with a goal for Memic, who ranks second in the CAA with nine goals and 20 points. He’s now fifth on the Pride’s all-time goals list. Midfielder Joseph Holland contributed his league-leading ninth assist on the first score.

ASANTE SCORES TWICE FOR BLUE HENS: Senior midfielder Ben Asante scored a goal in each match as Delaware fell 3-2 in overtime to Northeastern and battled to a 2-2 tie with College of Charleston last week. Asante ranks third on the team in goals (4) and points (12) and is tied for the team lead in assists with four. Sophomore Guillermo Delgado tallied his league-leading 11th goal of the season to give the Hens a 2-1 lead over NU in the 49th minute. Freshman Carlos Perales’ second goal of the season tied the contest at CofC in the 67th minute.

W&M’S JONES COMES UP BIG AT NU: Senior goalkeeper Bennett Jones made a career-high eight saves and recorded his third shutout of the season to lead William & Mary to a crucial 1-0 road win at Northeastern on Saturday. Jones stopped four shots in each half and dropped his GAA to 1.41 for the year. Sophomore Reilly Maw scored the lone goal against Northeastern at the 57-minute mark. It was his fourth goal of the season and his second game-winner. The victory was the 100th of head coach Chris Norris’ career.

COFC GOES TO EXTRA TIME AGAIN: College of Charleston earned a 2-2 draw with Delaware on Saturday, which marked the third time in the past four matches that the Cougars have gone to overtime. Trent Rieflin gave CofC a 1-0 advantage in the 49th minute as he scored his first goal of the season off assists from Leland Archer and TK Abderahman. The Cougars fell behind 2-1, but Troy Peterson found the net from 35 yards out for the game-tying score in the 75th minute. It was Peterson’s second goal of the season and was assisted by Tanner Clay. Goalkeeper Alex Young made seven saves against the Hens and also stopped three shots in a 2-0 loss at JMU last week.

DREXEL EDGED BY HOFSTRA: Drexel dropped a 2-1 decision at Hofstra last Wednesday in its only action of the week. The Dragons fell behind 1-0 before getting the equalizer from John Grosh on a penalty kick in the 43rd minute. It was Grosh’s second goal of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made a pair of second-half saves as Drexel was out-shot 10-1 over the final 45 minutes, but the Pride converted a penalty kick for the winning score.