CAA Men's Soccer Weekly Report - Oct. 8
Oliver Blum • Northeastern
Sr., Goalkeeper, North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely
Blum made eight saves and allowed only one goal as Northeastern handed Drexel and James Madison their first conference losses last week. The senior keeper tied a career-high with five saves in a 2-1 road win over the Dragons and made three stops in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Dukes. Blum leads the CAA in GAA (0.63) and save percentage (.839) this season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Chris Griebsch • Hofstra
So., Forward, Dessau-Rosslau, Germany/Jena
Griebsch assisted on three of Hofstra's four goals in the Pride's 2-0 week. The sophomore forward provided helpers on two goals as Hofstra earned a 3-1 road victory at George Mason and set up the game-winning score in the 77th minute as the Pride topped Georgia State 1-0. Griebsch leads the CAA with six assists this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Colin Bonner • UNCW
Fr., Forward, Fulton, Md./Reservoir
Bonner scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute of UNCW's 3-0 road victory at William & Mary last Wednesday. It was just the third win in 39 all-time meetings for the Seahawks over the Tribe. Bonner is tied for the team lead with three goals, which includes two game-tying scores and one game-winner.
Around The League:
ODU, MASON IN NATIONAL POLLS: Old Dominion is ranked #12 nationally by College Soccer News and #18 by Top Drawer Soccer this week after battling to 0-0 ties with James Madison and Delaware last week. George Mason is ranked #40 in the Top Drawer poll and received votes in the CSN poll along with Northeastern. Last week, ODU was ranked #11 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and #12 by Soccer America. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
HOFSTRA'S FOSTER EARNS NATIONAL HONOR: Hofstra defender Shaun Foster was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Oct. 8. The junior scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph over Georgia State and anchored the Pride's defensive effort in a 3-1 victory against George Mason.
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, Northeastern is ranked #6, Drexel is #8, George Mason is #9 and Hofstra is ranked at #10.
NU EXTENDS HOME WIN STREAK TO 11: Northeastern is the only remaining unbeaten team in CAA play after posting a 2-1 win at Drexel and defeating JMU 1-0 at home last week. The Huskies have now won 11 straight home matches. Junior Conner Alexander scored the game-winner versus JMU in the 29th minute when he headed in a throw-in from Nikko Lara. Goalkeeper Oliver Blum made three saves to record his second shutout and lower his league-best GAA to 0.63. At Drexel, the Huskies got second-half goals from Simon Cox and Don Anding. It was the team-best seventh goal of the year for Anding, including his third game-winner.
HOFSTRA GOES 2-0: Hofstra climbed back to .500 in CAA play after topping George Mason (3-1) and Georgia State (1-0) last week. Junior Shaun Foster headed in a free kick from Chris Griebsch in the 77th minute for the game-winner against GSU. Goalkeeper Adam Janowski made a career-high six saves and recorded his first shutout. Joseph Holland and Maid Mermic each scored their team-best fifth goals of the season at Mason, while Chris Grenzig picked up his first goal. Griebsch also had two assists in that contest and leads the CAA with six for the season.
UNBEATEN WEEK FOR TOWSON: Towson vaulted into a tie for second in the CAA standings following a 3-2 win over Delaware and a 1-1 tie with William & Mary last week. The Tigers scored three goals in a 12-minute span of the first half versus the Blue Hens. Junior Enrico Skrypzak scored two of those goals, including the game-winner, while junior Olakunle Banjo contributed a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Felix Petermann made a season-high six saves against the Hens, including one on a penalty kick and matched that total against W&M. Sophomore Daniel Grundei headed in a corner kick from Matteo Vertucci in the 78th minute to pull even with the Tribe.
DREXEL MOVES ATOP CAA STANDINGS: Drexel sits atop the CAA standings with nine points after posting a 2-0 win over UNCW last Saturday. Juniors Ken Tribbett and Nathan Page each scored second-half goals off rebounds versus the Seahawks. Senior goalkeeper Tim Washam made seven saves against UNCW and recorded his fourth shutout. The Dragons suffered their first CAA loss of the year to Northeastern (2-1) last Wednesday. Fabio Machado, who scored Drexel's only goal in the final minute of regulation, leads the team with 10 points for the season.
UNCW'S HEANEY RECORDS 100TH CAREER WIN: UNCW coach Aidan Heaney earned his 100th career victory as the Seahawks blanked William & Mary 3-0 last Wednesday. Freshmen accounted for all three goals against the Tribe as Colin Bonner, Nathaniel Goodwin and Hannes Schmitz all put shots in the back of the net in the second half. It was just the third win in 39 games for UNCW versus W&M. The Seahawks' three-game winning streak came to an end in a 2-0 setback at Drexel on Saturday. Jamie Dell put three shots on goal, including one that hit the post in the 60th minute.
CAREER-HIGH SAVES FOR JMU'S NEWCITY: JMU junior goalkeeper Colin Newcity made a career-high nine saves as the Dukes battled to a 0-0 draw at ODU last Wednesday. It was the first time all season that the Monarchs' nationally ranked offense had been held scoreless. Newcity, who also stopped a pair of shots in a 1-0 loss at Northeastern on Saturday, has a 0.87 GAA with four shutouts for the season. JMU is now 1-1-1 against nationally ranked teams this season.
MASON'S DOMINANT DEFENSE: George Mason held Longwood without a shot in a 1-0 non-conference victory last Saturday. Senior Taylor Morgan scored the game-winning goal for the Patriots in the 22nd minute as he chipped in a cross from Zak Haapaoja. It was the team-leading eighth goal of the season for Morgan, who also had Mason's lone goal in a 3-1 CAA setback to Hofstra last Wednesday. Brice Colcombe picked up an assist against the Pride.
BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS FOR ODU'S FRANCOZ: ODU senior goalkeeper Victor Francoz recorded back-to-back shutouts as the Monarchs fought to scoreless double-overtime draws with JMU and Delaware last week. Francoz made 14 saves over the 220 scoreless minutes as he lowered his GAA to 0.96 with four shutouts.
TRIBE EARNS SECOND CAA POINT: William & Mary picked up its second point of the season in CAA play after battling to a 1-1 draw at Towson last Saturday. The Tribe out-shot the Tigers 11-4 in the first half and got on the board in the 39th minute on an own goal. Goalkeeper Bennett Jones stopped five shots against the Tigers and made six saves in a 3-0 setback to UNCW last Wednesday. W&M also got a strong performance from freshman midfielder Jackson Eskay.
DELAWARE TIES ODU: Delaware out-shot ODU 19-14, including 10-4 in the second half, as it tied the Monarchs 0-0 on Sunday. Goalkeeper Jay Lupas made six saves and earned his second shutout of the season. The Blue Hens dropped a 3-2 decision to Towson last Wednesday. Freshman Joe Dipre scored both goals for UD versus the Tigers and leads the team with seven points on three goals and an assist.
GSU SUFFERS ANOTHER ONE-GOAL SETBACK: Despite firing five shots over the final five minutes of the match, Georgia State fell 1-0 at Hofstra last Saturday. Caleb Kernan put two of his team-high three shots on net. Goalkeeper Vincent Foermer made five saves for GSU and now has 230 for his career. All three of the Panthers' CAA losses this season have been by only one goal.