National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - National Team of the Week - Week Ending November 12, 2017

Emmanuel Hamzat - Senior - Forward - Omaha  Hamzat makes good things happen on the offensive side of the ball for Omaha. The Mavericks topped Western Illinois 2-0 in the semifinals of the Summit League Tourney and advanced past Denver 9-8 in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout after in was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Hamzat contributed the helper on one of teammate Fred Frimpong's two goals in the win over WIU and converted two penalty kicks in the eleven-round shootout in the contest with Denver. Omaha wins their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. 
Antonio Bustamante - Junior - Forward - William and Mary Bustamante produced a hat trick in two of William and Mary's three contests in the CAA Tournament. This week he placed three in the back of the net to power the Tribe past UNCW 4-2 in the CAA Championship match. William and Mary also topped number one seed James Madison 1-0 in the tournament semifinal. Bustamante has found the back of the net a total of fifteen times year to date. William and Mary improves to 11-4-5 and is NCAA Tourney bound. 
Ivan Sakou - Senior - Forward - Lipscomb  Sakou played a key role in Lipscomb's run to the ASUN Championship. He scored a total of three goals during the tourney helping the Bison advance past NJIT in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was tied 3-3, FGCU 2-1 and Jacksonville 2-1 to claim the program's first ever ASUN Championship and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow stated, "Ivan has had a great tournament. Without him we don't win it."
Ali Tounkara - Senior - Midfielder - St. Francis Brooklyn  Tounkara had a four goal NEC Tournament. He scored twice to lead St. Francis Brooklyn to a 5-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in the NEC Championship contest. He also found the back of the net twice to power the Terriers past Robert Morris 3-0 in the tournament semifinals. St. Francis Brooklyn under the guidance of Tom Giovatto improves to 14-4-1 and wins the NEC Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.  
Niklas Brodacki - Senior - Forward - Central Arkansas  Brodacki scored the lone goal for the Bears who advanced past host Bradley 8-7 in a penalty kick shootout in the semifinals of the MVC Conference Tournamnet after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of 110 minutes of play. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime with a double assist from teammates Jake Bates and Chris Holmes to give Central Arkansas a 1-0 win in the championship match against Missouri State. Central Arkansas earns their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.  
Matthew Mooney - Senior - Midfielder - Massachusetts Mooney converted a header with an assist from Konrad Gorich and assisted on Davis Smith's goal as UMass topped VCU 3-1 in the championship match of the A-10 Tournament. UMass defeated Fordham 1-0 in the semifinals with Gorich netting the lone goal of the evening. Mooney was named the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament. The Minutemen improve to 15-3-3 overall after winning both the A-10 regular season and tournament titles.  
Ricardo Hernandez - Sophomore - Midfielder - Presbyterian  Hernandez and his number six seeded Presbyterian College teammates won their first ever NCAA Tournament berth at the Division I level by advancing past  number two seed Radford 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout and number one seed High Point 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout after both contests were scoreless to claim the Big South Tournament Championship.  Hernandez converted the deciding penalty kick for the Blue Hose in both contests. Senior Connor Behrend was outstanding in goal for Presbyterian. 
Aaron Lombardi - Senior - Midfielder - San Francisco Lombardi had a four assist week. He assisted on the goals scored by teammates Matt Orr and Tawwab Emiola in San Francisco's 3-0 win over Pacific and contributed the helpers on Sean Bowman's two goals to help the Dons top LMU 2-1. Lombardi has nine assists so far this year. San Francisco secures the WCC Championship winning their sixth straight contest to improve to 9-8-0 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in conference play.  
Declan McCabe - Senior - Midfielder - Georgetown McCabe converted the game-winning goal in overtime out of a free kick to give the Hoyas the edge they needed to top a game Xavier team 2-1 in overtime in the Big East Conference Championship contest. He aslo contributed a helper on teammate Achara's goal in Georgetown's 2-1 semifinal win over Saint John's. The Hoyas improve to 14-3-2 and return to the NCAA Tournament field. 
Nathan Aune - Junior - Defender - Seattle Aune made an impact on both sides of the ball as a key part of a solid backline and a defense anchored by RS junior goalkeeper Josh Adachi. Seattle topped CSU Bakersfield 3-0, advanced past tournament host UNLV in a penalty kick shootout, and defeated San Jose State 2-1 to secure the WAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tourney. Aune scored out of a corner kick served in by Sergio Rivas in the win over San Jose State.  Seattle improves to 14-3-4.  
Joel Leon - RS Senior - Defender - UIC  Leon was at the center of a solid UIC backline that secured a 3-1 win over Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tourney semifinals and a 2-0 win over number one seed Green Bay in the championship contest to punch the Flames ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Leon converted a penalty kick in the win over Cleveland State. He was recognized as the Tournament MVP. 
Fox Slotemaker - Senior - Defender - Old Dominion Slotemaker was part of a tenacious ODU defense anchored by netminder Mertcan Akar that ran the table at the CUSA Tournament with shutout wins over South Carolina 1-0, Marshall 1-0 and Charlotte 1-0 to claim the CUSA title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Monarchs improve to 12-5-2 overall and become the twelfth team under the direction of head coach Alan Dawson to go dancing.   
Jordan Cano - Senior - Defender - SMU Cano converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Jared Rice to get the Mustang's on the board in their 2-1 win over UCF in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. He also scored in SMU's 4-0 victory over Temple in the AAC semifinals.  The Mustangs win both the AAC regular season and championship titles and return to the NCAA Tournament field with an impressive 15-2-1 overall record.  
Jeremy Booth - RS Junior - Goalkeeper - Mercer Booth was a force between the pipes for Mercer in the Southern Conference Tournament. He had three saves in regulation and two saves in the penalty kick shootout as the Bears topped ETSU 4-3 in the shootout after the contest was scoreless after 110 minutes of play. Booth also had four saves in the penatly kick shootout in which Mercer prevailed 3-2 over UNCG after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regularion and overtime. Mercer claims the Southern Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tourney for the second straight season.  
Phillip Schilling - RS Senior - Goalkeeper - Wisconsin Schilling had a seven save performance in goal in Wisconsin's 4-0 win over Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. He then anchored a rock solid Badger defense with seven saves in regulation and a key save in the penalty kick shootout as Wisconsin topped Indiana 4-2 in penalty kicks after the contest was scoreless at the end of regulation and overtime. Schilling also converted a penalty kick in the shootout. The Badgers win the Big Ten Conference Championship and improve to 11-4-4 overall.