A season-opening shutout win keeps North Carolina atop the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 National Ranking this week. The Tar Heels are listed ahead of fellow winners Connecticut, Maryland and Akron in the latest update of the ranking.
The ranking is an effort to project the postseason NCAA Tournament field of 48 each week, including the automatic qualifiers from every DI conference. The ranking update is posted after reviewing all results from the previous week.
The honor, along with the 11-player Team of the Week, is awarded each week after a review of match reports through DI Men’s Soccer. Zavaleta scored in the team’s 2-1 victory over Saint Louis, and then twice in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Cincinnati.
The entire Team of the Week is as follows:
D: Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, Washington – Scored twice and played every minute in defense as the Huskies won twice.
F: Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana – Scored 3 goals overall in a pair of wins for the Hoosiers.
Player of the Week: Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana