Mac Steeves highlights list of top performers from Week 1
Providence junior forward Mac Steeves had a pair of two-goal performances, scoring all four of the Friars goals in their first two games of the season, to lead the list of top performers in Week 1 of the college soccer season.
Steeves rescued the Friars from an opening night defeat with an equalizer in the 89th minute and scored a game-winner from the penalty spot two minutes into overtime to secure the win over Bryant. He followed that performance up scoring a goal in each half to lead the seventh-ranked Friars to a 2-0 win over Monmouth on Sunday.
Other top performers from Week 1
Fabian Herbers, Forward, Creighton
The junior forward from Germany scored the lone goal in an opening night win over Michigan Friday and two days later delivered a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Milwaukee.
Amar Sedjic, Midfielder, Maryland
The Terps’ rookie midfielder was everywhere on Sunday, scoring a pair of goals in Maryland’s 4-0 defeat of St. John’s that secured them the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic trophy and the freshman from Louisville Offensive MVP honors.
Thomas Olsen, Goalkeeper, San Diego
The sophomore keeper picked up his 7th career clean sheet in a 3-0 upset of No. 16 Cal on Friday night with four saves, two of the diving variety and followed it up with another clean sheet in a 3-0 win over UC Riverside Sunday. He was named West Coast Conference player of the week.
Brandon Aubrey, Defender, Notre Dame
The Irish center back was named defensive MVP of the adidas/IU Credit Classic for his play anchoring Notre Dame’s defense to clean sheets over Maryland and Indiana.
Mikhail Doholis, Midfielder, Oregon State
Doholis scored the game-winner in overtime with a beautiful strike to beat Marquette and set up the game-winner for Timmy Mueller with a charging run and cross from the endline in an upset of Michigan State on Sunday.
Joey Piatczyc, Midfielder, West Virginia
The sophomore recorded four assists in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Sunday, setting a new program record.
Pat Flynn, Forward, Bowling Green
He scores when he wants Pat Flynn continued his scoring ways with four goals in his first two games, including his second career hat trick against Western Illinois on Sunday.
Hamza Haddadi, Forward, Seattle
The WAC offensive player of the week was a perfect three-for-three from the penalty spot and added a fourth goal from the field in Seattle’s 6-0 opening night win over UC Davis. It was the first four-goal performance for a player in the WAC since Justin Sells scored four for New Mexico in 1996.
Matias Pyysalo, Midfielder, UCF
The sophomore midfielder tallied six points – two goals and two assists – in the Knights 5-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Friday, the most points for UCF player in a game since Deshorn Brown in 2012.
Josue Heniquez, Forward, Old Dominion
The forward from Mesa, Arizona scored a hat trick to lead No. 24 Old Dominion to a 4-1 win over No. 25 Akron on Sunday. The hat trick was the first for a Monarch since All-American Tim Hopkinson in 2013.
Lucas Diniz, Forward, Stetson
The senior from Brazil scored five goals in two games for the Hatters, recording a brace on opening night against Georgia Southern and scoring the program’s first hat trick since 2011 in Sunday’s 3-0 win over UAB.
Jason Beaulieu, Goalkeeper, New Mexico
Though New Mexico lost 1-0 to top-ranked UCLA on Saturday, the sophomore goalkeeper from the Montreal Impact Academy kept the Lobos in the match with six saves against waves of Bruin attacks, including an acrobatic save where he managed to keep the ball from crossing the goal line.
Kortne Ford, Defender, Denver
The sophomore center back anchored a defense that pitched a pair of shutouts in their first two games of the season and distributed his first career assist on Saturday night to set up an 87th minute tally by Cole Stevenson.
Napo Matsoso, Midfielder, Kentucky
Matsoso put in a Man of the Match performance for the Wildcats even before his 90th minute goal completed a 2-1 comeback victory for Kentucky on Valparaiso on Friday night.