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After a slow start to the season, Kalil Elmedkhar is picking up the pace.
A huge part of Kentucky's dazzling 2018 campaign, Elmedkhar was at the heart of two wins for UK this past week.
Last Tuesday, the Wildcats welcomed Bowling Green to Lexington. ElMedkhar assisted on the game-winning goal, and then notched an insurance tally in a 2-0 victory.
On Saturday facing a tough Coastal Carolina squad, ElMedkhar held his nerve in the 21st minute, scoring the winning goal in a closely contested 1-0 win.
Player of the Week: Kalil Elmedkhar, Kentucky
Check out some of the other top performances from the past week of action in men’s Division I soccer.
Team of the Week: September 23-29
D Brett St. Martin, Maryland – St. Martin’s played his way into a starting role for the Terps and played a big part in a win and a draw last week. He scored the winning goal from a set piece in dying minutes of the second overtime of a 1-0 win. Playing the full 110 minutes against Wisconsin, he helped the Terps pick up a 0-0 draw on the road.
M Joe Brito, Charlotte – In two wins over the past week, Brito accounted for the winners in both. He tallied in a 3-2 overtime win against Wofford, and then opened the scoring over the weekend in a comfortable 4-0 defeat of South Carolina.
M Brandon Williamson, Duke – Trailing 2-0 on the road against ACC foes North Carolina, Williamson setup a goal to claw one back and eventually tied the game in the second half. That set the table for freshman Scotty Taylor to nab the winning goal in the 63rd minute.
F Antonio Colacci, New Hampshire – It’s been a big season for the senior midfielder so far, and that continued in the past week. He scored two goals and had two assists as New Hampshire beat Quinnipiac and Binghamton.
F Rodney Michael, UC Santa Barbara – Michael was on song last week, setting up a goal in a win over Pacific and then rising to the occasion against Stanford on Saturday. He scored a spectacular goal to put UCSB up 3-2 in the second half, although the Cardinal secured a 3-3 draw on the night.
F Josh Luchini, Lehigh – The sophomore went on a scoring spree over the past week. He nabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory over Penn on Tuesday, and then added a hat trick versus Boston University over the weekend.
Honorable Mention: M Angel Lopez (UTRGV), F Daryl Dike (Virginia), F Declan McGlynn (Seattle), GK Joshua Levine (Penn State), F Derek Dodson (Georgetown), M Louis Perez (UCF), M Andres Muriel Albino (West Virginia), F Sam Ashton (Memphis), M Manuel Ferriol (James Madison), D Samuel Golan (William & Mary), M/D Finn Ballard McBride (UC Santa Barbara), F Christian Marquez (Marquette), F Justin McMaster (Wake Forest), F Kimarni Smith (Clemson), D Javain Brown (South Florida)