Men's Team of the Week: March 30
Can Cal make a late push in the Pac-12 race?
While Stanford, Oregon State and Washington have jumped ahead of the other three, the Golden Bears left their mark in the spring competition, with a big help from the latest men’s DI Player of the Week.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Collin Travasos enjoyed a stellar showing in goal in matchups with the Cardinal and Beavers during the past week of action. A five-save effort on Thursday against the Cardinal led Cal to a 0-0 draw; he followed that up with five more saves, facing 25 shots against Oregon State in a 1-0 win on Sunday at home against Oregon State.
Check out some of the other top performances from the past week of action in DI men’s soccer.
Team of the Week: March 22-28
GK Collin Travasos, California – After his side struggled through the first few weeks of the season, Cal and Travasos now have three shutouts in a row, securing two wins and a draw. A tricky trip to Seattle to face Washington lies ahead this weekend.
D Finn McRobb, High Point – The Scottish defender from Celtic has brought a high level to the High Point back line, and it continued last week. Playing two games in four days, the freshman anchored a pair of shutouts, playing every minute in wins against Presbyterian and USC Upstate as High Point held on to first place in the Big South.
D Joseph Maher, Indiana – Another freshman defender enjoying a strong first season in college soccer, Maher started for the Hoosiers, helping to anchor two shutout wins against Michigan and Northwestern.
D Brandon Hackenberg, Penn State – On the opposite side of the experience spectrum, Hackenberg marshalled a two-shutout stretch for the Nittany Lions. The senior started in both 1-0 wins against Ohio State and Wisconsin.
D Alex Mirsberger, Marquette – A consistent presence in the back line during a strong season for the Golden Eagles, Mirsberger bagged the game winner against DePaul last Wednesday to secure a win in overtime. He also played every minute of a 1-0 shutout victory over the weekend against Butler.
M Omar Hernandez, Wake Forest – Another player trending in a positive direction for the Demon Deacons, Hernandez now has three goals in his past two games. He scored twice, including a fantastic free kick, in Saturday’s come-from-behind win against Louisville at Spry.
Honorable Mention: GK Roman Celentano (Indiana), F Rodrigo Almeida (Niagara), D Luke Allen (Quinnipiac), F William Akio (UTRGV), F Alex Meinhard (Tulsa), F Maximilian Moeller (Grand Canyon), F Laolu Daranijo (Drexel), F Hale Lombard (Lafayette), M Andre Ochoa (San Diego State), M Callum Johnson (Clemson), GK Giannis Nikopolidis (Georgetown), GK Tetsuya Kadono (San Diego State)
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