CAA Men's Soccer Weekly Report - Oct. 15
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Don Anding • Northeastern
Sr., Forward, Amity Harbor, N.Y./Chaminade
Anding scored two goals and had two assists in Northeastern’s 2-0 week. The senior forward scored an insurance goal in the final minute of regulation as the Huskies topped Delaware 2-0 last Wednesday and then contributed the game-winning goal and two assists in a 3-1 road victory at Georgia State on Saturday. Anding is tied for the CAA lead in goals (9) and points (22).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nathan Page • Drexel
Jr., Midfielder, Norwich, England/Taverham
Page scored both game-winning goal in Drexel’s 1-0 CAA road victories over George Mason and Towson. The junior midfielder found the back of the net in the 95th minute to give the Dragons an overtime win at Mason and then converted a breakaway in the 42nd minute at Towson. Page leads the Dragons with six goals and 13 points this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Morton • James Madison
Fr., Goalkeeper, West Chester, Pa./Henderson
In his first collegiate game, Morton made nine saves as JMU earned a 2-1 double-overtime road win at UNCW last Wednesday. The freshman goalkeeper followed with four saves as the Dukes battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Delaware on Sunday.
Around The League:
ODU, NU IN NATIONAL POLLS: Old Dominion is ranked #12 nationally by College Soccer News and #17 by Top Drawer Soccer this week after defeating UNCW 3-1 last Saturday. Northeastern is ranked #41 in the Top Drawer poll and received votes in the CSN poll along with George Mason. Last week, ODU was ranked #14 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and #15 by Soccer America. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
NU’S ANDING, ODU’S HARMON EARN NATIONAL HONORS: Northeastern senior forward Don Anding was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after contributing two goals and two assists in the Huskies’ victories over Delaware and Georgia State, while ODU senior forward Chris Harmon was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after recording two goals and an assist in the Monarchs’ 3-1 win at UNCW.
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 #4, Drexel is #6, Hofstra is #9 and George Mason is ranked at #10.
NORTHEASTERN EXTENDS UNBEATENS STREAK TO EIGHT: Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak to eight after beating Delaware (2-0) and Georgia State (3-1) last week. The victories kept the Huskies as the only unbeaten team in CAA play. Senior Don Anding’s team-leading ninth goal of the year in the 62nd minute was the game-winner at GSU and he also assisted on the Huskies’ other goals by Terence Carter and Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave. Northeastern got second-half goals by Simon Cox and Anding in the victory over Delaware. Goalkeeper Oliver Blum recorded his third shutout versus the Hens and also picked up an assist on Anding’s goal.
PAIR OF GAME-WINNERS FOR DREXEL’S PAGE: Drexel remained atop the CAA standings with 15 points after road triumphs over George Mason (1-0 in ot) and Towson (1-0). Junior midfielder Nathan Page scored the game-winning goal in each match, finding the net in the 95th minute at Mason and the 42nd minute at Towson. Page leads the Dragons with six goals, including three game-winners. Senior goalkeeper Tim Washam stopped five shots last week and has now recorded three consecutive shutouts. He tops the CAA with six shutouts for the year and has a 0.80 GAA.
HARMON STRIKES TWICE FOR ODU: Senior midfielder Chris Harmon scored a pair of second-half goals and also had an assist to lift Old Dominion to a 3-1 victory at UNCW last Saturday. Harmon scored off a Yannick Smith assist in the 63rd minute and also converted a penalty kick for his sixth goal of the year. ODU, which hadn’t scored in its previous two games, tallied multiple goals for the eighth time this season. Tim Hopkinson tallied his team-high ninth goal in the first half.
FRESHMEN COME UP BIG FOR JMU: James Madison went 1-0-1 in a pair of double-overtime contests last week, edging UNCW 2-1 before battling to a 1-1 draw with Delaware. Freshman Eric Schmidt scored his first career goal in the 35th minute at UNCW before sophomore Nick Njuki netted the game-winner from 24 yards out with 2:06 left in the second overtime. Freshman Tom Fouhy tallied his third goal of the year early in the second half versus UD and nearly had a game-winner in overtime. Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Morton made nine saves in his first collegiate game at UNCW and followed with four stops against the Hens.
MEMIC’S EARLY GOAL STANDS FOR HOFSTRA: Hofstra has won three in a row and five of its last six following a 1-0 victory over Towson last Wednesday. Sophomore Maid Memic scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season just 6:33 into the match. Memic also tops the Pride with 16 points on the year. Senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski made it stand up by registering two first-half saves for his second consecutive shutout. Midfielder Chris Griebsch has registered at least one point in four straight games.
GAME-WINNING GOAL FOR MASON’S ANDREWS: Senior defender Paul Andrews’ first goal of the season was the game-winner as George Mason defeated William & Mary 2-0 last Saturday. Andrews headed in a corner kick from Ghiles Harmouche in the 51st minute. Senior forward Taylor Morgan added his team-leading ninth goal of the year with less than five minutes to go in the match. Goalkeeper Dustin Butcher made two saves to record his fifth shutout of the year.
GSU EARNS FIRST CAA VICTORY: Georgia State stopped a five-game slide and earned its first CAA win of the season by defeating William & Mary 2-1 last Wednesday. Senior Alex Vivanco headed home a corner kick from Bo Stroup in the 82nd minute for the game-winner. Stroup also assisted on the Panthers’ first-half goal by Peter Kurowski. Freshman William Mellors-Blair tallied his third goal of the season in GSU’s 3-1 setback to Northeastern on Saturday.
DELAWARE PICKS UP POINT AT JMU: Delaware picked up a point in CAA play after rallying for a 1-1 tie at James Madison on Sunday. Junior Mark Garrity scored the game-tying goal in the 75th minute off a Kyle Nuel crossing pass. It was his third goal of the season, which is tied for the team lead. Goalkeeper Jay Lupas made six saves against the Dukes.
DELL SCORES FOURTH GOAL FOR UNCW: Sophomore Jamie Dell and freshman Nathaniel Goodwin each scored their fourth goal of the season in UNCW’s losses to James Madison (2-1 in ot) and Old Dominion (3-1) last week. Dell’s goal tied the match with JMU late in the first half, while Goodwin’s goal off a feed from fellow rookie Colin Bonner put the Seahawks ahead of the Monarchs 1-0. UNCW goalkeeper Brad Newman made nine saves last week, with six coming versus ODU.
TOUGH LOSSES FOR TOWSON: Towson suffered a pair of narrow losses last week, falling 1-0 to Hofstra and first-place Drexel. The Tigers out-shot Drexel 9-1 in the second half, but couldn’t get the equalizer as Towson was beaten at home for the first time all season. Freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann made nine saves on the week and lowered his GAA to 1.45 for the year.
W&M’S SMITH SCORES FIRST GOAL: Junior captain Will Smith scored the first goal of his career in the 60th minute of William & Mary’s 2-1 setback to Georgia State last Wednesday. Smith was able to finish off a free kick from Roshan Potel, which tied the match at 1-1 in the 60th minute. The Tribe, which also fell 2-0 to George Mason on Saturday, has dropped five of its last six.