CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Oliver Blum • Northeastern
Jr., GK, North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely
Blum made seven saves and recorded back-to-back shutouts as Northeastern defeated Drexel (3-0) and Old Dominion (2-0) to move into a tie for third place in the CAA. The junior goalkeeper stopped five shots versus the Monarchs and two against the Dragons to lower his GAA to 1.11 for the season with five shutouts.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Paul Wyatt • James Madison
Jr., F, Modbury, England/Ivybridge
Wyatt contributed to all three goals in James Madison’s 3-2 victory over Old Dominion last Wednesday that helped the Dukes secure the #1 seed for the upcoming CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The junior gave JMU a 1-0 first-half lead with his sixth goal of the year and then assisted on two second-half scores, including the game-winner.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Daniel Haehre • VCU
Fr., F, Norway
Haehre scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute as VCU rallied for a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Towson on Sunday. The freshman forward, who was making just his second career start, capped a Rams’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit.
Around The League:
THREE CAA TEAMS LISTED IN NATIONAL POLLS: Three CAA teams are included in national men’s soccer polls this week. James Madison is ranked #12 by College Soccer News and #14 by TopDrawerSoccer. Old Dominion is ranked #14 by TopDrawerSoccer and College Soccer News. William & Mary is #36 in the TopDrawer poll. Last week, ODU was ranked #8 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and #14 by Soccer America while JMU was #17 in the Soccer America rankings and #21 in the NSCAA poll. The NSCAA and Soccer America will release their new rankings on Tuesday.
CAA DOMINATES REGIONAL RANKINGS: Six CAA teams were among the top 10 in the South Atlantic region rankings released by the NSCAA on Oct. 24. Old Dominion was ranked #2 in the region, James Madison was #4, Delaware was #7, William & Mary was #8, Georgia State was #9 and VCU was #10. Northeastern and George Mason were among others receiving votes.
SIX CAA TEAMS IN TOP 55 OF NCAA RPI: Six CAA teams were ranked among the top 55 in the nation in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Oct. 25. James Madison led the list of CAA teams at #6, Old Dominion was #7, William & Mary was #23, Georgia State was #26, Delaware was #32 and VCU was #54.
JMU CLINCHES REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: James Madison edged Old Dominion, 3-2, last Wednesday to lock up at least a share of the CAA regular-season title. The Dukes will host the six-team Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship, which will be held Nov. 10-13. ODU has also clinched a spot in the field, but seven other teams are still battling for the remaining four tournament spots entering the final week of the regular season.
GREAT DEFENSE, CLOSE GAMES IN CAA PLAY: The CAA is maintaining its tradition of close, competitive games in league play. Of the 58 conference contests played thus far, 40 have been decided by one goal or less. There has also been outstanding defense throughout the conference as shutouts have been recorded in 30 of the 58 games.
WYATT SHINES FOR JMU: Junior forward Paul Wyatt scored the first goal and assisted on the other two as JMU beat ODU, 3-2, to secure a share of the CAA regular-season title. The effort earned Wyatt a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week. The Dukes improved to 9-0 at home with the win and will be the top seed in the CAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Wyatt’s goal was his sixth of the season while freshman Jonathan Barden’s first career goal was the eventual game-winner.
DELAWARE WORKING OVERTIME: Delaware has now played in seven overtime games this season after tying Towson (2-2 in 2ot) and beating UNCW (2-1 in 2ot) last week. The Blue Hens, who are unbeaten in their past five matches (4-0-1), have tied the program record for wins in a season (11) set in 1984 and 1985. Sophomore Vincent Mediate scored the game-winning goal at UNCW and picked up an assist at Towson, while freshman Robert Gimenez scored his 10th goal of the season at Towson, which is one shy of the UD freshman goals record.
NU MOVES UP TO THIRD AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS: Northeastern moved into a tie for third place in the CAA with 19 points following back-to-back shutouts over Drexel (3-0) and ODU (2-0). Junior goalkeeper Oliver Blum made seven total saves in the two matches. Senior Josh Semerene scored both Huskies’ goal versus ODU as Northeastern improved to 7-0 at home. Mike Kennedy and Dante Marini also contributed a goal and an assist last week.
ANOTHER GAME-WINNER FOR W&M’S ABRIGO: William & Mary senior Nicolas Abrigo scored a pair of goals in the Tribe’s 3-2 victory over Hofstra on Saturday, including the game-winner in overtime. Abrigo leads the CAA with five game-winning goals this season and has a team-high eight goals overall.
GSU’S FOERMER RETURNS TO FORM: Georgia State junior goalkeeper Vincent Foermer, who has battled injuries this season, recorded his fourth shutout of the year in the Panthers’ 2-0 road win at George Mason on Saturday. Foermer made seven saves, including several diving stops in the second half, as the Panthers improved their CAA Tournament chances. Foermer is now fifth on GSU’s career saves list with 191. The shutout was Georgia State’s eighth of the year, which is its highest total since 1983, and gave the Panthers their 11th win, which is their most since 2000.
ODU’S WIN STREAK SNAPPED: Old Dominion saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end with road losses at James Madison (3-2) and Northeastern (2-0) last week. It’s just the second time this season that the Monarchs have dropped back-to-back contests. Tommy Webb and Jason Gaylor scored ODU’s two goals at JMU. Yannick Smith continues to lead the CAA with 15 goals, which is the most goals by a Monarchs’ player since Brian Cvilikas scored 15 in 2005.
GAME-WINNER FOR MASON’S GRACIA: George Mason senior midfielder Ryan Gracia scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Patriots defeated Hofstra, 3-2, last Wednesday. Gracia, who has five goals on the year, gave Mason a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute off a corner kick before converting the game-winner with a minute to go in the second overtime. Freshman Leo Stolz also scored his fourth goal of the year versus the Pride.
BIG WEEK FOR HOFSTRA’S GRIEBSCH: Hofstra midfielder Chris Griebsch tallied a goal and three assists as the Pride suffered 3-2 overtime losses to George Mason and William & Mary. Griebsch launched free kicks that led to both Shaun Foster goals versus Mason and then contributed a penalty kick goal and an assist at W&M. Griebsch (4g, 8a) has had a hand in 12 of HU’s 21 goals.
VCU’S HAEHRE STRIKES IN DOUBLE OT: VCU freshman forward Daniel Haehre made the first two starts of his collegiate career last week and took advantage by scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime as the Rams rallied past Towson, 3-2, on Sunday night.
UNCW’S WARD STRIKES AGAIN: Freshman forward Jack Ward scored UNCW’s lone goal in a 2-1 double-overtime setback to Delaware on Saturday. Ward converted a first-half penalty kick after being taken down in the box, which gave the Seahawks a 1-0 advantage. Ward is now tied for the team lead in goals with three and is second with six points.
HOFER SCORES TWICE FOR TOWSON: Sophomore defender Christian Hofer scored a pair of first-half goals at VCU on Sunday, but the Tigers fell 3-2 in double overtime. Hofer has a team-high five goals for Towson this season.
ADDITIONAL HONOR FOR UD’S FRIMPONG: Delaware senior forward Evans Frimpong was named to Soccer America’s National Team of the Week on Oct. 26. Frimpong contributed two goals and an assist in a pair of Blue Hens’ victories.