There were only four competitive games last week as the extremely small men’s Division I soccer season began.
With most teams opting to wait until spring to attempt to play a season, the ACC is the main thrust behind the 2020 fall campaign. But a few programs as going ahead, and the quartet of games yielded several standout efforts to come together in the first Team of the Week.
And it was a big-time goal scorer from a year ago that nabs the first Player of the Week award. With the Sun Belt Conference the other league playing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia State Aris Briggs was on the double, leading his side to a 2-1 win against Mercer on Friday night.
If you missed it, here is the ridiculous header from Aris Briggs on Friday night that proved to be the game-winning goal against Mercer. And how about that assist from @Georgeproctor__— GSU Men's Soccer (@GSUMensSoccer) September 21, 2020
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Check out some of the other top performances from last week’s limited men’s Division I soccer slate.
Men’s Team of the Week: September 14-20
GK Keagan McLaughlin, Notre Dame: Prior to this season, McLaughlin has made three appearances in the first three years of his eligibility. Making a fourth start in four years, he made four stops in UND’s 1-0 win against Kentucky.
D Alex Henderson, Georgia State: It was a strong performance from Henderson at the back. Along with a 97% pass completion mark (on 64 attempts), he won 79% of his challenges and made eight interceptions.
D Edoardo Calzola, Central Arkansas: Calzola put in a 95-minute shift as Central Arkansas lost by a 3-2 score. The defender temporarily gave his side a 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute, but UAB would strike two more times on the evening.
M Joseph Buete, UAB: It was an incredibly efficient evening for UAB, which beat Central Arkansas by a 3-2 score on Saturday. The team got three shots off, and scored on all three. Buete scored two of them, giving the Blazers their first victory in a 10-game schedule.
M Justin Guest, Georgia State: Playing 66 minutes against Mercer, Guest helped engineer his side’s first goal. He led the team in chances created (3) and tied for first with key passes (2). He completed 86% of 28 passes.
All stats cited courtesy of InStat Football.