It was a goal-scorer’s week in men’s Division I soccer. There were multiple hat tricks and two-goal performances in key games, which contributed to five forwards cracking the TDS Team of the Week.
TDS Player of the Week: Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara
TDS Team of the Week (Sept. 29 – Oct. 5):
GK Alex Bono, Syracuse – Bono continued his remarkable season with a six-save effort against Virginia Tech to record yet another shutout victory. The Orange continues their march through the ACC thanks to Bono and the Syracuse defense’s consistent play this season.
D Walker Hume, North Carolina – Hume scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to UNC Wilmington. He scored his second goal of the season on Friday in a 3-2 win over Clemson. Hume’s goal was the equalizer in the comeback victory for the Tar Heels. He also had an assist in the game.
D Matej Dekovic, Charlotte – The freshman from Croatia scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over South Carolina. He was a key piece of the 49ers defense last week, which only let in one goal in two victories.
M Aaron Dennis, Villanova – The Villanova senior scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 win over DePaul. He also had a goal in the 3-0 win over La Salle last week for the Wildcats.
M Ray Saari, Tulsa – Saari scored the game-winner against Missouri State on Tuesday in a 1-0 victory for Tulsa. He scored two goals on Saturday, including the game-winner, in the 4-2 win over Cincinnati.
M Yianni Sarris, Ohio State – Sarris scored the game-winner against Louisville last week and then scored the second goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 win over Michigan State. It was a very successful week for the Buckeyes.
F Darius Madison, Virginia – Madison lifted Virginia to a 2-1 victory over James Madison with a goal in the last minute of regulation and then the game-winner in overtime. He also scored in the 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
F Khiry Shelton, Oregon State – Shelton scored a hat trick against California to lead the Beavers to a 6-2 win. The senior striker leads Oregon State this season with seven goals and 10 assists through 11 games.
F Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara – DePuy scored the game-winning goal against Cal State Northridge on Thursday in a 2-1 victory for the Gauchos. He followed that up with the game-winner on Saturday in a 1-0 victory over UC Irvine. DePuy has scored in three of the last four games for the Gauchos.
F Tyler Blackwood, South Florida – Blackwood scored a goal and added an assist in the Bulls’ 3-0 win over Georgia Southern. He scored a hat trick on Saturday in a 3-0 win over Temple. Blackwood scored all three of the goals in an eight-minute span in the first half.
Others considered: Tanner Thompson (Indiana), Timmy Mueller (Oregon State), Brandon Vincent (Stanford), Sven Lissek (Furman), Helge Pietschmann (North Florida), Brian James (Penn State), Ben McKendry (New Mexico), Kaba Alkebulan (Cal Poly), Fraser Colmer (Radford), Joe Masumiya (CSU Bakersfield)