It remains to be seen if UCLA will make its way into the NCAA tournament this season.
But regardless, the season is shaping up to be a memorable one, thanks in large part to a repeat Player of the Week performance.
Junior forward Milan Iloski scored his second hat trick of the season on Sunday in a 5-2 win against San Diego State. He finished with all five goals on the night, amassing a total of six from two games over the past week. Iloski also tallied last Tuesday in a 3-1 win against UC Riverside.
Player of the Week: Milan Iloski, UCLA
A huge two games loom this week, with Stanford coming to Westwood on Thursday night, followed by California. If the Bruins can come up with two wins there, it’ll inject some life into their hopes of competing in the Pac-12.
Check out some of the other top performances from Division I men’s soccer over the past week.
Team of the Week: Sept. 30-Oct. 6
GK Mathijs Swaneveld, Virginia Tech – Swaneveld picked up back-to-back shutouts last week, starting in a 4-0 win against Gardner-Webb and then playing every minute in a 0-0 draw with high-flying Clemson. He made four saves in the latter, a draw on the road against the nation’s best offense.
D Ben Roberts, Memphis – A strong start to the AAC continued for Roberts and Memphis, as they went on the road and shutout Connecticut. Roberts played every minute as the Tigers picked up a 1- win in overtime.
D Rafael Bustamante, St. John's – The defender got the Red Storm off to a strong start, scoring a first-half goal to put them up 1-0 on the road against Marquette. St. John’s would go on to win 4-0, with Bustamante playing the full 90 minutes.
D Henry Kessler, Virginia – A storming start to the season continued for the Cavaliers, which beat George Washington and Louisville at home last week. Kessler logged the full 90 minutes at center back in both games.
M Anthony Bowie, Western Michigan – Bowie’s emerged as a consistent goal-scoring threat as a senior, already with five tallies on the season, a career high. During the past week, he bagged the winners in 1-0 win against Xavier and Loyola Marymount.
M Louis Perez, UCF – The junior midfielder posted a massive week, scoring twice and setting up the winning goal in a 3-2 win against Florida Atlantic. He had an assist in UCF’s wild 3-3 draw against SMU in North Texas on Sunday night.
M Gabriel Costa, SMU – It’s a second straight Team of the Week appearance for Costa as the sophomore transfer continues to heat up for the Mustangs. The Brazilian native had an assist in a 3-0 win against Central Arkansas, then scored a goal and had an assist against UCF.
M Aidan Morris, Indiana – Arguably the top freshman this season, Morris has slotted into a central midfield spot for the Hoosiers and looked extremely comfortable. While a lot of what he does on the field doesn’t show up in the box score, he did just that in the past week. Against Northwestern, he scored his first goal in college soccer, and then had two assists in a 3-1 win on the road against Penn State.
F Blake Bodily, Washington – A big part of Washington’s two-win swing to the Bay Area, Bodily setup Lucas Meek’s overtime winning goal in Thursday’s 2-1 game against Stanford. He nabbed the lone goal of the game on Sunday, a 1-0 defeat of California.
F Simon Becher, Saint Louis – After nabbing a goal in a 6-2 win over Marquette, Becher had a hand in both goals, scoring and setting up another as SLU defeated Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 match on Saturday.
Honorable Mention: F Maouloune Goumballe (Indiana), M Leo Novaes (Saint Louis), F Joel Walker (Oregon State), D Joe Kellett (Boston College), F Axel Sigurdarson (Charlotte), F Luke Hendel (Portland), M Manuel Ferriol (James Madison), F Lachlan McLean (SIUE), F Cal Jennings (UCF), F Daryl Dike (Virginia), D David Norris (NC State), GK Noah Lawrence (Cincinnati), F Stefan Sigurdarson (Boston College), D Jackson Ragen (Michigan), F Alex Greive (Northern Kentucky), F Declan McGlynn (Seattle)