Men’s Team of the Week: December 4

Men’s Team of the Week: December 4
by TopDrawerSoccer
December 4, 2018

For the second time in the postseason, Marcel Zajac stepped up in a huge way for the Akron Zips.

Looking to finally snap Stanford’s stranglehold on the NCAA tournament, Zajac’s two goals and one assist ensure that the Zips find a way to beat the Cardinal on Palo Alto.

Previous Teams of the WeekAug. 28 | Sept. 4 | Sept. 11 | Sept. 18 | Sept. 25 | Oct. 2 | Oct. 9 | Oct. 16 | 

Oct. 23 | Oct. 30 | Nov. 6 | Nov. 13 | Nov. 20 | Nov. 27

Zajac’s opening tally was easily the finest of the evening, curling an effort off both posts to open the scoring in the first half. He worked a nice combination with Ezana Kahsay to give Akron a 2-0 lead. After Stanford stormed back in the second half, tying the game 2-2. Once again, Zajac helped find a way, showing great awareness to head a cross

Player of the Week: Marcel Zajac, Akron

Below is a look at some of the other top performances, highlighting the final college Team of the Week for the 2018 campaign.

Team of the Week: November 26-December 2

GK Trey Muse, Indiana – While Muse didn’t have the busiest day in goal on Friday, he stepped up in a big way when called upon. He made a few saves with the game tied at 0-0, and now has three shutouts in three NCAA tournament games.

D Donovan Pines, Maryland – Another standout performance from Pines and the Maryland back line kept JJ Williams and Kalil Elmedkhar quiet through 90 minutes, securing Maryland’s spot in the College Cup.

D Connor Corrigan, Michigan State – Injuries have plagued the senior left back for long stretches of this season, but he delivered in a huge way in Saturday’s 2-1 win against James Madison. Corrigan battled through tough conditions, and setup Ryan Sierakowski for the game winner.

D Andrew Gutman, Indiana – Once again, Gutman found a way to influence an Indiana result. Along with another lockdown defensively display, he created the lone IU goal with a burst forward and perfect cross to Austin Panchot.

M Colin Biros, Akron – While playing just 35 minutes, Biros got himself at the right place at the right time in the second half, heading home from Zajac to provide a famous win for the Zips.

M Amar Sejdic, Maryland – Like Pines, Sejdic’s stepped up in a big way at the tail end of the season. He setup Sebastian Elney on the game-winning goal in the first half, once again finding a way to keep Maryland’s season alive.

M Austin Panchot, Indiana – After glancing home the winning goal, Panchot now has game-winning goals in back-to-back games, and a reminder of just how deep Indiana is behind their impressive senior class.

M Andrew Samuels, Maryland – One of Maryland’s unsung heroes during the current run, Samuels shields the Terp back line and was in the mix once again as Maryland blanked the high-powered Kentucky offense.

F Marcel Zajac, Akron – At the start of postseason play and the Mid-American Conference tournament, Zajac had two goals. Seven games later and prepping for a return to the College Cup, Zajac now has 10 in 2018, scoring eight during that stretch in all but one game. While it’s more than a one-player game, Zajac’s finishing touch has made all the difference for Akron.

F Ryan Sierakowski, Michigan State – Just when it looked like James Madison was set to win another game on the road, Sierakowski bagged a brace, scoring twice over 10 minutes to

F Ezana Kahsay, Akron – It was only a 40-minute bench shift from Kahsay, but it was crucial nevertheless. He played a very impressive one-two with Zajac on Akron’s second goal and hung tough with Stanford’s physical defenders.

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