It’s been quite the final season for Joey Piatczyc.
The Sporting KC Academy product missed what was supposed to be his senior season, as a knee injury kept him off the pitch for the entirety of 2017. Now healthy, he’s led West Virginia to a stellar 2018 campaign, scoring six goals and adding six assists along the way.
Two goals and an assist came over the past week in wins against Pittsburgh and Bowling Green. Piatczyc scored the winner in both games, including the match against BGSU that secured the MAC regular season title for the Mountaineers.
Player of the Week: Joey Piatczyc, West Virginia
Check out some of the other top performances last week from around Division I men’s soccer.
Team of the Week: October 22-28
D Andrew Gutman, Indiana – Despite Andrew Shinyashiki’s lofty goal total, Andrew Gutman’s accomplishments could have him in line to win men's Player of the Year. Gutman scored the winning goal against Ohio State to secure the Big Ten regular season title, and he was credited with an assist in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Michigan State.
D Patrick Bunk-Andersen, Clemson – While an at-large bid remains a longshot for the Tigers, they did pick a good time to win their first two ACC games of the season. Bunk-Andersen led his team to a 3-2 win against Syracuse during the week, and he helped keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 defeat of NC State on Saturday. He also assisted on the opening goal against NC State.
D Tanner Hummel, Kentucky – An offensive outburst from Hummel triggered Kentucky’s 4-0 win against Evansville in a mid-week matchup. He also played the full 90 and helped the Wildcats beat Florida Atlantic 2-1 on the road.
D Thomas Haney, SMU – The freshman defender scored the winning goal and helped his side keep a clean sheet on the road as the Mustangs beat Connecticut 2-0.
M Joey Piatczyc, West Virginia – Piatczyc continues trending up towards the latter stages of the season. He has four goals and two assists in WVU’s last four games, all wins.
M Jackson Jellah, Grand Canyon – Grand Canyon secured a big upset on Sunday with a 1-0 win against Air Force at home. Jellah scored the winner and that one, and he also notched an overtime goal in a 2-1 victory over Utah Valley.
M Tommy McCabe, Notre Dame – The holding midfielder solidified the Irish in 200 minutes last week, a 0-0 draw at Charlottesville against UVA and a 1-0 victory on the road at Pitt.
F Nico Brown, Loyola (MD) – It’s a second straight Patriot League regular season title for the Greyhounds. Brown rose to the occasion last week, scoring the winning goals against American and Lehigh as the team punched its ticket. The junior now has four goals in his last five games.
F Max Wilschrey, Old Dominion – The Monarchs dominated Florida International to stay within striking distance of Kentucky, who they face this week. Wilschrey cracked open the scoring, which stood up as the winner, and also setup the third goal in a 3-0 win.
F Don Tchilao, Oregon State – Tchilao scored both game-winning goals for Oregon State, as the Beavers took over sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. He scored the winner in a wild 4-3 win over UCLA on Sunday, and the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over San Diego State last Thursday.
Honorable Mention: M Joel Rydstrand (Creighton), M Jack Skahan (North Carolina), F David Egbo (Akron), F Shak Adams (Florida Gulf Coast(m)), F Scott Menzies (Washington), M Sergio Rivas (Seattle), GK Clark Gronek (George Mason), F Andrew Akindele (Wisconsin), GK Lenny Wilson (St. John's), D Timo Hummrich (Delaware), GK Jacob Schachner (Princeton), F Phillip Goodrum (UNC Wilmington), M Max Hemmings (Georgia State)