Padraic McCullaugh leads list of top performers from Week 2
After missing most of his sophomore season with an injury, junior target forward Padraic McCullaugh‘s return to Villanova’s starting lineup has been a big (6-foot-6 big) reason why the Wildcats have started the season 3-0.
McCullaugh has scored the game-winner in all three of Villanova’s games and has four goals and two assists on the season. His two game-winning goals in week 2 led the Wildcats to victories over area rivals Drexel and Delaware. For that he was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week and he leads my list this week of top performers in college soccer.
Zach Carroll, Defender, Michigan State
Carroll delivered his second game-winner of the season for Michigan State with an overtime penalty kick to beat West Virginia and helped anchor a backline that pitched a pair of shutouts in Week 2. Through four games, Carroll has scored more goals (2) than the defense has allowed (1).
Chris Wehan, Midfielder, New Mexico
Wehan was an offensive force for the Lobos in Week 2, recording a pair of braces to lead the Lobos to a 2-2 draw with San Diego and a 2-1 win over No. 19 UC Santa Barbara.
Colin Bonner, Forward, UNC Wilmington
The senior scored four goals and had two assists in three games for the Seahawks in Week 2, including a hat trick in a 5-1 victory over North Florida.
Jon Gallagher, Midfielder, Notre Dame
Gallagher was the best player on the field for Notre Dame on Sunday in a game that featured the highly touted UAB midfielder Freddy Ruiz and some of his more high profile teammates. Even before he scored a brace in the Irish’s 4-0 win, Gallagher was a dynamic presence in the attack. He also scored on Friday in a 2-0 win over South Florida.
Fabian Herbers, Forward, Creighton
Herbers is the early favorite for the MAC Hermann Trophy after the form he’s been showing in the first two weeks. He scored two goals and recorded a pair of assists in two more wins for the Blue Jays on Friday and Sunday.
Frances Atuahene, Midfielder, Michigan
Atuahene showed why he was such a highly sought after recruit, notching a hat trick in just his second career college match against West Virginia on Friday. He didn’t play in Michigan’s game Sunday.
Michael Shipp, Defender, Notre Dame
The defender scored his first career goal against UAB and was named Most Outstanding Defensive player in the weekend tournament Notre Dame won for the sixth time in 12 years.
Darius Madison, Forward, UMBC
Madison has fit in well with his new team, scoring a pair of game-winning goals for the Retrievers in his first two starts after coming off the bench in their first two games in week 1.
Sebastian Elney, Forward, Maryland
When you score an overtime winner in your first home game in front of a record crowd against the No. 1 team in the nation like Elney did on Friday you deserve to be mentioned. Elney added a goal in Maryland’s loss Monday night to Akron and has three on the season.
Joseph Holland, Midfielder, Hofstra
Hofstra is 4-0 thanks in part to Holland’s play in the midfield and flair for the dramatic. He scored the game-winning goal to beat Army on Friday and set up the game-winner in a 2-0 win over St. John’s on Sunday.
Grant Lillard, Defender, Indiana
The centerback anchored a Hoosier defense that posted 2-1 and 2-0 wins over the weekend and added a goal against South Florida.
Paul Blanchette, Goalkeeper, Loyola Marymount
Blanchette and the Loyola Marymount defense have yet to concede this season for the 4-0 Lions. Blanchette made six total saves in shutouts against Harvard and Boston College and assisted Sunday’s winner over Boston College.
William Eskay, Forward, William & Mary
The sophomore midfielder scored the first hat trick for a Tribe player since 2010 with three goals in a 4-2 win over Liberty on Tuesday and assisted on the Tribe’s goal in a 1-1 draw with North Carolina on Monday.
Merlin Baus, Midfielder, Virginia Tech
The German midfielder had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over Cincinnati on Thursday and added another goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over No. 10 Xavier on Sunday.