Article Written by Robert Ziegler, ESNN
Published: November 26, 2012
Maryland has returned to the #1 spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com men's college soccer Tournament 48 National Ranking this week, following the Terps’ 5-1 win over Coastal Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and previous #1 Akron’s loss on penalties to Creighton.
The ranking is an effort to project the postseason NCAA Tournament field of 48 each week, including the automatic qualifiers from every DI conference. Now that the tournament has begun, the ranking reflects the actual results of the tournament.
The complete ranking can be seen here.
Meanwhile, Louisville’s Marlon Hairston is our TopDrawerSoccer.com Men’s College Soccer Player of the Week after his goal helped lift the Cardinals over Northwestern in a third round, NCAA Tournament victory. Recipients of the honor, along with the entire Team of the Week, are chosen after examining Division I match summaries each week.
The entire Team of the Week is as follows:
GK: Tomas Gomez, Georgetown – Made the decisive save in post-match penalties to lift Georgetown to the victory over Syracuse.
D: Jordan Gafa, North Carolina – Went 92 minutes in the back as UNC took a shutout victory in overtime.
D: Brent Kallman, Creighton – Went 110 minutes in the back as Creighton defeated Akron on penalties.
M: Connor Brandt, San Diego – Scored twice as USD came from behind to defeat Tulsa, 2-1.
M: Nikita Kotlov, Indiana – Scored a goal and added an assist in IU’s overtime win against Notre Dame.
M: Cameron Brown, North Carolina – Scored an overtime winner as the Tar Heels defeated Fairleigh-Dickinson(m), 1-0.
F: Brandon Allen, Georgetown – Scored a late equalizer to keep Georgetown’s season alive, setting up a penalty shootout win for the Hoyas over Syracuse.
F: Marlon Hairston, Louisville(m) – Scored and helped Louisville beat Northwestern, 2-1.
F: Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana – Scored the overtime winner for IU against Notre Dame.
F: Nicholas Zuniga, Connecticut – Scored an overtime winner against New Mexico.
F: Sunny Jane, Maryland – Scored twice and added an assist as the Terrapins defeated Coastal Carolina, 5-1.
Player of the Week: Marlon Hairston, Louisville