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Only a few weeks into the season, James Madison is showing that last year’s NCAA tournament run is no fluke.
The Dukes upset Wake Forest last Tuesday, thanks in large part to the play of Manuel Ferriol. A senior midfielder from Spain, Ferriol scored a free kick in a 1-0 win against the Demon Deacons. He followed that up with a hat trick in a win over Mount St. Mary’s.
Check out some of the other standout performances from the past week of men’s Division I college soccer.
Team of the Week: September 16-22
GK Arie Ammann, Pittsburgh – After entering against Delaware in a 3-3 game when goalkeeper Alexander Steinbach came out with an injury, on September 9, Ammann’s started all three games since. Last week, he made four saves apiece last week in a home win against Akron and on the road in an ACC opener versus Boston College. Ammann kept clean sheets in both, and will look to maintain a hot run of form.
D Patrick Wilkinson, Saint Louis – A junior defender from Kansas, Wilkinson anchored SLU’s back line during a pair of shutout wins against Tulsa and Davidson. The defense conceded just four shots on goal in the two games.
M Niko Petridis, St. John's – Featuring in a substitute role last week, Petridis came off the bench scoring three goals and adding two assists in wins over Columbia and Xavier. In both games, he accounted for the winning strikes, and now has four goals and three assists on the season.
F Cal Jennings, UCF – Now tied for the national lead in goals scored with eight, Jennings scored three times in two games last week. Both were wins, away from home at FGCU and a home victory over South Carolina.
F Garrett McLaughlin, SMU – A sensational senior season continued for McLaughlin as well. He now has six goals and an assist after tallies against Duke and Denver on the road. His overhead kick game with just about two minutes left to tie the game, with the Mustangs going on to win 2-1 in overtime.
F Lucas Meek, Washington – After making just one appearance last fall, Meek is making the most of his time on the field. He scored the winning goals in two Pac-12 games at home. Starting both games, he tallied versus San Diego State and UCLA, playing just 58 minutes in the matches.
Honorable Mention: F Bar Hazut (UIC), F Robbie Robinson (Clemson), GK TJ Bush (James Madison), F Alexander Dexter, Pittsburgh, M Charlie Sharp (Western Michigan), F Sam Snaith (Coastal Carolina), D Eddie Munjoma (SMU), M Sofiane Djeffal (Oregon State), F Brian Saramago (Loyola (MD)), F Jacob Montes (Georgetown), D Matthew Constant (North Carolina), M Cherif Dieye (Louisville), F Joshua Ferreira (Fairleigh Dickinson), M Alessandro Campoy (Florida International), F Benji Kikanovic (Sacramento State)