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.
Undefeated Connecticut moves to #2 while the Tar Heels fall to #3. Akron, UC Santa Barbara and New Mexico all move up a spot within the top 10 after a loss by Creighton to Old Dominion, who is a big upward mover this week.
First, Sjoberg went 90 minutes in the back line and scored both goals in a 2-1 home victory over the Wolverines. Then he played 107 minutes before tallying the golden goal that lifted undefeated Marquette past Michigan State 2-1.
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.
The entire Team of the Week is as follows:
GK: James Belshaw, Duke – Recorded 7 saves and scored a goal to help Duke to a pair of shutout wins.
D: Damian Rosales, SMU – Played 184 minutes in the back line to help the Mustangs record a pair of shutout wins.
D: Nikko Boxall, Northwestern – Played 191 minutes in the back to help the Wildcats to a pairof shutout wins, scoring a goal in the process.
F: Leonardo Fernandes, Stony Brook – Scored 3 goals and added an assist to help the squad to a pair of wins.
F: Will Bates, Virginia – Scored a hat trick for the Cavaliers.
F: Jordan Ongaro, San Diego State –Scored 4 goals to help the Aztecs to a pair of wins.
F: Jake Pace, Maryland – Scored twice off the bench to help the Terrapins to a pair of victories.
F: Achille Campion, UC Santa Barbara – Scored twice as the Gauchos picked up a pair of wins.
F: Andy Riemer, Georgetown – Scored 3 goals for the Hoyas in their win over Penn.
Player of the Week: Axel Sjoberg, Marquette