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The sample of teams playing remains small – as it will in the fall – but the Team of the Week carries on.
While not competing in any competitive, in-conference games, Kentucky’s strong fall continued over the past week. The Wildcats topped Louisville by a 3-1 score last Monday.
Senior center back Aime Mabika played a key role in both wins, particularly the win against Louisville. He earns the latest Men’s Player of the Week nod after playing every minute in both games. He scored a penalty against the Cardinals and picked up an assist on a long ball out from the back.
Below are some of the other top performers from last week’s action in Men’s DI soccer.
GK Alec Smir, North Carolina: Smir and the UNC back line smothered Duke in its competitive opener, winning 2-0 against the Blue Devils. The goalkeeper made three saves on his way to a season-opening clean sheet.
D Aime Mabika, Kentucky: After losing against Notre Dame, UK has three wins in a row with three more games remaining on the schedule in fall. Getting so much run is advantageous for Mabika with pro scouts surely looking on.
D Holland Rula, Wake Forest: The junior left back had an active game before subbing out in the second half of Wake’s 4-1 win against NC State. He completed 88% of his passes, winning 50% of 14 challenges (second most on the team), making six tackles and five interceptions.
M Matthew Fearnley, Georgia State: The junior from England tallied goals in both of Georgia State’s wins last week aganst UAB and Georgia Southern. In both instances, he scored first in shutout wins and was credited with the game winners.
M Bailey Rouse, Kentucky: More defensive-minded midfielders rarely get shine, but Rouse was strong in particular against Louisville, shielding the back four in the victory. He played every minute of both wins last week.
M Grayson Barber, Clemson: Finally playing a competitive match last Thursday, the Tigers dominated in-state foe South Carolina. The right winger was in dangerous form, getting an assist on one of Mohamed Seye’s goals, creating a chance and completing one of two key passes. He completed three of four dribbles and looks in good form.
F Kyle Holcomb, Wake Forest: The California sharp shooter did what he does best against NC State. He finished both his chances in the win against NC State, despite limited involvement – he only attempted 13 passes.
F Aris Briggs, Georgia State: A strong fall season continued for Briggs last week as Georgia State made it four wins from four games. Briggs had two assists against UAB, then scored and setup the other goals in a 2- win over Georgia Southern.
All stats cited courtesy of InStat Football.