College Soccer News National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 20, 2013

Zach Bolden - Senior - Forward - Denver

Bolden scored and assisted on teammate Cole Chapleski's goal to lead Denver to a 2-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago.  He also netted the lone goal of the day in Denver's 1-0 win over Omaha. Denver has a nine game unbeaten streak and is now 8-3-3 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in Summit League action.  

Kingsley Bryce - Junior - Forward - Saint Louis 

Bryce was involved in all three goals in Saint Louis' big 3-1 Atlantic 10 win over Dayton.  His first goal was a shot inside the far post after receiving a nice pass from Alex Sweetin. Bryce's second goal came from inside the box after he made a nice move to navigate his way through the Dayton defense. Bryce also assisted on teammate Raymond Lee's goal.  

Ricky Garbanzo - Junior - Forward - Coastal Carolina

Garbanzo is a playmaker who continues to come up big for the Chanticleers.  He netted the lone goal in Coastal Carolina's 1-0 win over Radford with an assist from Pedro Ribeiro.  The goal was Garbanzo's seventh of the season and fifth in the last four games.  He also scored in Coastal Carolina.s 3-1 win over a good Winthrop side.   

Steve Neumann - Senior - Forward - Georgetown 

Neumann and his teammates at Georgetown continue to take care of business.  This week they topped Butler 4-1 with Neumann contributing two goals and an assist. Neumann's first score was from inside the box off an assist from freshman Alex Muyl.  He also scored out of a free kick near the top of the box and assisted on teammate Brandon Allen's opening goal.   

Madamou Kansaye - Junior - Midfielder - UMBC 

Kansaye helped UMBC secure two key America East wins.  He contributed the assist on teammate Kadeem Dacres' goal with twelve seconds left in regulartion in UMBC's 2-1 win over Vermont 2-1. He was also responsible for the lone goal in UMBC's 1-0 win over New Hampshire. Kansaye scored out of a free kick utilizing his left foot to place a shot around the New Hampshire wall that found its way into the back of the net.  

Cristian Roldan - Freshman - Midfielder - Washington

Roldan came up big for Washington in a 1-0 win over Oregon State and a 5-3 win over San Diego State. He headed in a flip throw from teammate Michael Harris to give the Huskies the edge they needed to top Oregon State and converted a header and scored from eighteen yards out to help Washington top San Diego State. Roldan also contributed two assists in the San Diego State match. 

Eddie Sanchez - Freshman - Midfielder - Portland 

Sanchez powered Portland past Santa Clara 4-1 with an impressive three goal evening that included a picture perfect score out of a free kick from thirty yards that was placed just inside the left post. Sanchez now has a total of eleven goals so far this year.  Portland improves to 8-6-0 with a 3-3-0 mark in West Coast Conference action. 

Luca Gimenez - Senior - Midfielder - Wake Forest 

Gimenez contributed two goals and a helper to lead Wake Forest to a 4-3 win over Maryland in College Park.  Gimenez's first score was from ten yards out after he made a nice move to create a little space in which to opearate. His second goal was a decisive header from the center of the box.  He also contributed an assist on teammate Sean Okoli's goal.  

Steve Birnbaum - Senior - Defender - California 

A crowd of over 2,000 was on hand in Berkeley at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium to witness Birnbaum alertly follow-up a rebound of his missed penalty kick and deposit it into the back of the net to give California the edge that they needed to secure a hard fought 1-0 win over Stanford.  The goal was Birnbaum's eighth of the year to date.  California improves to 10-0-2 with a 4-0-1 record in Pac-12 play.

Axel Sjoberg - RS Sophomore, Defender - Marquette

The Marquette center back anchored a very solid Golden Eagle defense that shutout a talented and determined Providence team 1-0 to record their seventh shutout of the season to improve to 9-3-1 with a 5-0-0 mark in Big East play.  Sjoberg was a dominant force in the air winning just about every ball that came his way. 

Andrew Wolverton - Junior - Goalkeeper - Penn State

The netminder from Atlanta, Georgia had a career high nine saves to play a key role in Penn State's 2-1 double overtime victory over a talented Michigan State team.  Bob Warming stated, "Drew was terrific, not just in goal, but in other phases of the game as well."  Penn State ups their record to 9-3-1 with a 4-0-0 mark in Big Ten play. 


College Soccer News National Player Of The Week - Week Ending October 13, 2013

C Nortey - Redshirt Sophomore - Forward - Marquette -

Nortey is a difference maker who continues to come up with the big plays the Golden Eagles need to prevail.  He scored the game-winning goal in overtime with assists from Adam Lysak and Bryan Ciesiulka to give Marquette the edge they needed to come out on top of a solid Butler side 3-2. He also netted what proved to be the game-winning goal after making a nice run to the near post where he received a perfectly weighted cross from senior back Paul Dillon in Marquette's1-0 win over highly regarded Creighton.  

After missing the 2012 season due to injury Nortey has returned to the pitch and is proving himself to be the impact player that everyone expected him to after a banner freshman season in 2011.  He has scored seven goals to date including the game-winning goals in each of Marquette's four Big East Conference wins so far this year.  

Marquette appears to be gaining momentum.  The Golden Eagles are 8-3-1 overall and now head down the home stretch of the 2013 regular season with a dance card in front of them that includes several difficult opponents. Their next hurdle is an on the road matchup with a significantly improved Providence Friar squad on Saturday, October 19.