As the regular season came to a close in a number of men’s Division I soccer conferences, some incredible individual performances stood out from the crowd. The TDS Player of the Week helped his side snag two wins and capture the crown for its division heading toward the playoffs.
TDS Player of the Week: Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara
TDS Team of the Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 2)
GK Eric Dick, Butler: Dick made 11 saves in two goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-0-1 record in Big East play. The freshman goalkeeper made five saves on Sunday to spur the 2-0 upset victory over Providence.
D Jared Rice, SMU: The freshman left back delivered his seventh assist of the season on Saturday in the Mustangs’ 2-0 win over Cincinnati. Rice’s assist set up the game-winner. The SMU defense limited the Bearcats to only three shots on goal.
D Merlin Hoeckendorff, San Diego: Hoeckendorff scored a goal on Sunday in San Diego’s 2-0 win over Portland as the Toreros improved to 4-0 in conference play. Hoeckendorff played all 90 minutes in San Diego’s 2-0 win over Gonzaga on Friday. The San Diego defense held Gonzaga to only two shots on goal.
D Skylar Thomas, Syracuse: The senior defender has been outstanding all season for the Orange and fitting capped the regular season with the game-winning goal against Boston College. Thomas scored his third goal of the season in double-overtime to lead the Orange to the 2-1 win.
D Andrew Mills, Princeton: Mills netted the game-winner in an important conference match against Cornell over the weekend. The victory for the Tigers pushed them into a tie with Cornell at the top of the Ivy League standings.
M/F Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara: DePuy scored the game-winner against UC Davis on Wednesday to put the Gauchos in the top spot in their division. He then scored twice against Cal Poly to lead UCSB to a 2-0 win and clinch the Big West North Division crown.
M Adam Najem, Akron: The sophomore midfielder scored three goals against Cleveland State in a 5-0 thrashing. He scored the game-winner Northern Illinois in a 2-0 win and danced into the heart of Zips fans everywhere.
M Brandt Bronico, Charlotte: Bronico scored the game-winning goal in both of Charlotte’s victories last week. Bronico had the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Wake Forest. He also had the winner in the 4-1 victory over FAU.
M Michael DiCesare, UMBC: DiCesare scored three goals against Vermont as UMBC clinched a share of the America East Conference regular season title. It was the first hat trick for a UMBC player since 2012.
F Andy Craven, North Carolina: The senior forward scored a hat trick against Georgia State as the Tar Heels cruised to a 6-2 win. He followed that up with a strong performance against Virginia but was denied a game-winner due to some outstanding goalkeeping.
F Andy Bevin, West Virginia: Bevin scored a hat trick against Buffalo in West Virginia's 3-0 win on Senior Day. Bevin also recorded an assist in the Mountaineers' 1-0 win over Penn during the midweek out-of-conference tilt.
Others considered: Daniel Jodah (Marshall), Timo Pitter (Creighton), Ludwig Ahl (UC Santa Barbara), Drew Conner (Wisconsin), Tyler Miller (Northwestern), Tyler Arnone (Michigan), Tanner Thompson (Indiana), Fabian Herbers (Creighton)