Having the right players step up at the right time can make a huge difference on a season at any level of soccer. In the abbreviated slate of the college game, those moments are even more frequent. This past week, a number of players answered the call whether it was stopping a penalty kick in the final minute or scoring three goals against a rival.
Those types of performances helped some players secure a spot on this edition of the TDS Team of the Week.
TDS Player of the Week: Colin McAtee, Michigan
TDS Team of the Week (Oct. 6 – 12):
GK Colin Webb, Indiana – The sophomore made stopped a penalty kick in the final minute of the game against Ohio State to help the Hoosiers hold onto a 2-1 win. He recorded six saves during the midweek victory over Louisville.
D Jordan Murrell, Syracuse – Scored an Olimpico goal against Albany. The senior defender from Canada followed that up with two assists in a 3-1 win over Wake Forest over the weekend.
D Kelvin Madzongwe, Boston(m) – The senior defender recorded an assist in Boston’s 2-0 win over Lehigh. He was also a key piece of the defense in the 1-0 win over Holy Cross last week.
M Eric Bird, Virginia – The senior midfielder scored the game-winning goals in 1-0 wins over George Mason and Duke. They were the second and third goals of the season for the Virginia standout.
M Jordan Aidoud, Valparaiso – The French midfielder finished the week with three goals and an assist as he led Valpo to a pair of wins. Aidoud had the opening tally in a 3-1 win against IUPUI. He scored twice in a 5-2 win over Wright State.
F Kyle Parker, Charlotte – Parker was a key piece of the 49ers attack in their remarkable 4-3 win over FIU(m) over the weekend. Parked finished the game with a goal and two assists as Charlotte snagged the win after trailing by three goals at half.
F Colin McAtee, Michigan – McAtee scored a hat trick against Notre Dame to lead Michigan to the upset victory over the Irish. He scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday in a 3-0 win over Rutgers.
Others considered: Rory Knibbs (San Jose State), Nick Thomson (Boston(m)), Jamie Dell (UNC Wilmington), Jimmy Callinan (Stanford), Napo Matsoso (Kentucky), Timo Pitter (Creighton), Ben McKendry (New Mexico), Paul Salcedo (California), Brian Wright (Vermont)