Seyi Adekoya leads list of top performers from Week 5
UCLA was supposed to be the team to beat in college soccer this season, but early season struggles have seen the Bruins drop all the way from No. 1 out of the rankings. On Sunday, those struggles compounded when freshman Malcolm Jones was sent off in the 13th minute and UC Irvine took advantage with three goals.
Down a man and losing 3-0 in the second half is usually considered a hopeless situation, but sophomore forward Seyi Adekoya started the long comeback with a goal in the 69th minute and struck again with his sixth of the season in the 84th minute of a game UCLA somehow won in overtime.
The unlikely win evened the Bruins record at 4-4 on the season thanks in part to the Seattle Sounders Academy product’s stand-out performance.
Other top performers from the week include:
Ben Polk, Forward, Syracuse
The junior college transfer had a big week for the Orange, assisting on a goal in their win over Binghamton and scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in a 5-0 win over Pitt.
Kyle Bjornethun, Defender, Seattle
The junior defender scored a late equalizer and then the overtime winner to beat Oregon State, the Redhawks second win over a ranked Pac-12 opponent on the week.
Zeiko Lewis, Midfielder, Boston College
The junior had a pair of goals and assists in a week that saw the Eagles hand UConn their first loss of the season and top Virginia Tech.
Alex Muyl, Forward, Georgetown
Muyl broke the tie with a goal in a win over Maryland and assisted on Arun Basuljavic’s winner and then set up Brett Cambpell’s game-winner in a 1-0 win over Providence.
JT Marcinkowski, Goalkeeper, Georgetown
The freshman had five saves to limit Maryland to one goal in a 2-1 win and then made four saves to record a clean sheet against Providence.
Darius Madison, Forward, UMBC
The senior won America East Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year after posting a pair of goals in a comeback win against George Washington and assisted on a goal in a 2-0 win over George Mason.
Luis Betancur, Forward, Florida International
The junior forward had four goals in the week, including the program’s first hat trick since 2005 in a 7-2 win over Florida Atlantic early in the week.
Stefan Stojkovic, Forward, Kentucky
The sophomore forward from Sweden had three goals and an assist in Kentucky wins over Eastern Illinois and FAU.
Jared Rice, Defender, SMU
The sophomore collected his fifth assist of the season in setting up the game-winning goal to beat Tulsa and helped secure the team’s second straight clean sheet in the win.
Alejandro Garcia, Forward, Cincinnati
Scored two goals, including the game winner to beat Temple, the Bearcats first win over a ranked opponent since 2013.
Cyril Coisne, Defender, St. Francis Brooklyn
Led the Terriers to a pair of shutouts from the defense and contributed penalty kick goals in both games.
Eryk Williamson, Forward, Maryland
The freshman had three assists on the week, setting up the lone goal in a loss to Georgetown and adding two assists in a 4-1 win over Wisconsin.
Sebastian Elney, Forward, Maryland
The freshman had three goals on the week, registering a brace in a 4-1 win over Wisconsin with a goal in the 2nd and 51st minutes.
Danny Deakin, Midfielder, South Carolina
The junior led South Carolina with two second half goals to top undefeated Elon.