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Drexel's Michele Pataia

Men's Soccer Report - Sept. 24

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          Release: 09/24/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michele Pataia • Drexel
Sr., Midfielder, Saint German, France/Lycer International

Pataia scored two goals to lead Drexel to a 4-1 victory over 4th-ranked Old Dominion last Saturday in its CAA opener. The sophomore scored off a rebound on a corner kick to give the Dragons a 1-0 advantage just 7:13 into the match and then added an insurance goal early in the second half. It was the first multi-goal game of Pataia's career.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Felix Petermann • Towson
Fr., Goalkeeper, Berlin, Germany/Flatow-Oberschule

Petermann made a season-high five saves and recorded his first career shutout to lead Towson to a 1-0 victory over Georgia State in its CAA opener last Saturday. Petermann, who has started all nine matches for the Tigers, lowered his GAA to 1.25 for the season.

Around The League:

ODU, MASON IN NATIONAL POLLS: Old Dominion (6-1) is ranked #9 nationally by College Soccer News and #15 by Top Drawer Soccer this week despite suffering its first loss of the season at Drexel last Saturday. George Mason (7-1) is ranked #38 in the Top Drawer poll and received votes in the CSN poll. Last week, ODU was ranked #4 by Soccer America and #13 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, while Mason was #20 in the NSCAA poll and #24 in the Soccer America poll. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.

FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams are among the top 10 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. Old Dominion leads the group of CAA squads at #2, George Mason slipped to #5, James Madison is #7, Northeastern is #8 and Drexel is ranked 9th.

MASON/ODU TELEVISED NATIONALLY ON FOX SOCCER TV: This Friday's conference match between George Mason and Old Dominion will be televised across the nation at 7 p.m. by FOX Soccer TV. It's one of 13 college games that the network is televising nationally this season.

THREE PLAYERS EARN NATIONAL HONORS: Drexel sophomore midfielder Michele Pataia was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring twice in the Dragons' 4-1 victory over ODU last Saturday. ODU forward Tim Hopkinson and JMU defender Bjarki Adalsteinsson were named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week on Sept. 19. Hopkinson scored a pair of goals in the Monarchs' win at #2 Creighton on Sept. 14 while Adalsteinsson led the Dukes' defensive effort in wins over #1 North Carolina and Hofstra.

SMITH NAMED FINALIST FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Old Dominion senior Yannick Smith is one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel on and off the field. The winner of the prestigious award must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

DREXEL KNOCKS OFF ODU: Drexel knocked off 4th-ranked Old Dominion 4-1 last Saturday in its CAA opener. It was the second straight year that the Dragons have beaten a nationally ranked foe at Vidas Field. Sophomore Michele Pataia posted the first two-goal game of his career and junior Mark Donohue tallied the eventual game-winner in the 34th minute. Fabio Machado also had a goal. Senior goalkeeper Tim Washam made six saves against an ODU offense that had scored multiple goals in each match.

MASON TOPS UNCW IN CAA OPENER: George Mason opened CAA play with a 2-0 victory over UNCW last Saturday. Taylor Morgan scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season just 5:31 into the match and Timi Mulgrew added his fifth goal of the year early in the second half. Goalkeeper Dustin Butcher made three saves to earn his third shutout. The Patriots were beaten 2-1 in double overtime at Navy last Wednesday. Laurent Newsome scored his first career goal in the loss.

VERTUCCI SCORES GAME-WINNER FOR TOWSON: Senior forward Matteo Vertucci scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute to lift Towson to a 1-0 victory over Georgia State in its CAA opener last Saturday. Olakunle Banjo and Ram Gilad assisted on the game-winner. Freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann made a career-best five saves and posted his first shutout.

BUZZER-BEATING GOAL FOR NU'S COX: Northeastern sophomore Simon Cox scored his first goal of the season with only three seconds left in regulation as the Huskies earned a 1-1 tie at William & Mary last Saturday in their CAA opener. Cox headed in a pass from goalkeeper Oliver Blum to force overtime. Blum, who leads the CAA in GAA (0.51) and save percentage (.857), is tied for the team lead with two assists.

W&M GOES TO OVERTIME TWICE: William & Mary went 0-1-1 in a pair of overtime matches last week, battling to a 1-1 draw with CAA foe Northeastern after falling 2-1 in overtime to Elon. Sophomore Michael Teiman headed in a corner kick from Ben Anderson in the 21st minute to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead on NU. It was Teiman's first goal of the year. Chris Albiston found the net from 20 yards out for his second goal of the year in the Elon setback. Freshman forward Jackson Eskay fired seven shots last week, including five against Elon.

HOFSTRA SPLITS NON-CONFERENCE MATCHES: Hofstra split a pair of non-conference home matches last week, rebounding from a 4-1 loss to Vermont by beating Boston Univ. 2-1. Freshman Joseph Holland scored his third goal of the year in the 24th minute to give the Pride a 1-0 lead on BU and senior Thomas Bekas tallied the eventual game-winner early in the second half as he scored for the first time in his 54-game career. Sophomore Maid Memic had the lone goal versus Vermont and picked up an assist in the BU victory.

JMU LOOKS TO EXTEND HOME UNBEATEN STREAK: James Madison will bring its 15-game home unbeaten streak (13-0-2) into its match with nationally ranked and unbeaten Georgetown on Tuesday. The Dukes haven't lost at home since Nov. 6, 2010 and have already knocked off #1 North Carolina at University Park this season. Senior Paul Wyatt scored his 22nd career goal in a 4-2 loss at Loyola last Saturday and JMU also got a goal from Dale Robins-Bailey. Christian McLaughlin assisted on both goals and now has 17 assists for his career, which is tied for 19th all-time at JMU.

GSU MEETS #1 MARYLAND ON MONDAY: Georgia State visits #1 Maryland tonight, which will mark the first time in school history the Panthers have faced a top-ranked team. GSU is 3-9 all-time against nationally ranked teams, which includes a 2-1 win over #6 Clemson in 2001.

HOPKINSON ADDS TO GOAL TOTAL: Old Dominion junior Tim Hopkinson continues to lead the CAA in goals (8) and points (20) after scoring a late goal in the Monarchs' 4-1 loss at Drexel. He has a goal in five of ODU's seven matches this season.

GIMENEZ SCORES FIRST GOAL FOR DELAWARE: Delaware junior forward Roberto Gimenez scored his first goal of the season on a free kick in the Blue Hens' 2-1 setback to Seton Hall last Tuesday. Gimenez earned first-team All-CAA honors and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2011 after tallying 10 goals and seven assists. UD opens CAA play at Georgia State on Saturday.

WILLIAMS MAKES UNCW DEBUT: Freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams made his collegiate debut for UNCW in its 2-0 loss at George Mason last Saturday. He allowed just one goal in 55 minutes of action and made four saves. Sophomore Jamie Dell put two of his team-high three shots on net at Mason and leads the team with 17 shots on the year.

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