After progressing well last fall, the Panthers looked poise to continue to trend up both in the conference and on the national stage. And while they will have to wait to address that second point during a spring championship season, freshman Bertin Jacquesson has stepped up in a huge way to shoulder the offensive load.
The freshman from France is the latest men’s Player of the Week, scoring the winning goal in a Tuesday night clash at Syracuse (which Pitt won 3-2) before assisting on three goals as the Panthers also topped Virginia Tech by a 4-2 score at home on Saturday.
Below are some of the other top performances from last week’s small slate of men’s Division I soccer games.
Men’s Team of the Week: October 5-11
GK Colin Shutler, Virginia: Finally getting on the field in the fall season, the Cavaliers have Shutler to thank for Friday night’s 2-1 win against Louisville. He made eight saves, facing a total of 18 shots as the Cavaliers won in overtime.
D Filipo Zattarin, North Carolina: The Tar Heels edging ACC rivals Clemson by a 1-0 score with a last-second winner by Zattarin from a set piece. A graduate transfer from St. Mary’s, the defender played 90 minutes, keeping a clean sheet and picking up the win.
D Mael Couteau, Coastal Carolina: Facing a difficult test in their first game of the season against Georgia State – which have already played six times – Couteau anchored his team’s defensive effort and scored the winner in a closely-contested 1-0 win.
M Veljko Petkovic, Pittsburgh: It was a great week for Petkovic, who scored three times against Syracuse and Virginia Tech and also had a hand in another goal against Tech. He's on three goals in the first three competitive games this season.
M Isaiah Parente, Wake Forest: Playing a non-conference game against UAB, Parente anchored a dominant 3-0 win from central midfield. He completed 93% of 56 passes attempted and won 58% of 12 challenges.
M Jack Doran, Duke: The graduate student is one of Duke’s most experienced players, crucial for a side starting several freshmen. He tallied in a 3-1 win against NC State on Friday night, finishing the evening with an 80% rate of passes completed.
M Bertin Jacquesson, Pittsburgh: It’s been a swift start in the three competitive games Pitt has played for Jacquesson, who scored a goal and assisted on four over the past week of action. His adjustment to college soccer has been quick.
F David Wrona, Wake Forest: A native of Alabama, Wrona grew up working as a ball boy on the sidelines of UAB men’s soccer games. His two-goal effort from the bench was made all the more memorable by his ties to the area.
Honorable Mention: D Nico Benalcazar (Wake Forest), F Jack Lynn (Notre Dame), GK Nick Brady (South Carolina), M Nick Pariano (Duke), D Justin Malou (Clemson), GK Paul Tyson (Georgia State), M Valentin Noel (Pittsburgh)
All stats cited courtesy of InStat Football.