The men’s college soccer season continues to be full of surprises. This past weekend featured a handful of upsets with key players taking command of the spotlight. The TDS Player of the Week was the catalyst of a come-from-behind victory against a conference foe.
TDS Player of the Week: Sean Davis, Duke
TDS Team of the Week
GK Julian Spindler, Seton Hall – Following a tough week where he let in eight goals in two games, Spindler bounced back on Friday with seven saves (including two highlight reel worthy efforts) in a scoreless draw against George Mason. Spindler made three saves in the overtime period to see out the result for Seton Hall.
D Jack Alberts, Marquette – The redshirt freshman rose above the competition with two game-winning goals over the course of the past week. Alberts headed in the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Milwaukee, which helped Marquette reclaim the prestigious Milwaukee Cup Trophy. He was also part of the defense that has recorded five shutouts in a row.
D Nick Miele, New Mexico – Miele did really well to head home the opening goal against Drexel on Friday in a 1-1 draw for the Lobos. The senior center back followed that up with a strong performance against VCU in a 2-0 win. Miele was named the Defensive MVP of the TLC Invitational.
D Wesley Charpie, South Florida – The left back had two assists in a 3-1 win against Brown. He was also active in the attack in a 2-1 defeat to Washington. Charpie is leading the Bulls in assists at this point of the season.
M Dominic Bonilla, Charlotte – Bonilla ended the week with six points from two games. The 49ers midfielder scored two goals and contributed an assist in the 6-1 thrashing of previously ranked Campbell. He also had an assist in the 3-2 double overtime win over Wofford.
M Sean Davis, Duke – With Duke trailing 0-1 against rival North Carolina, Davis put on the Superman cape and went to work. The talented midfielder scored on a brilliant free kick to bring the teams back onto level terms. Minutes later, he delivered an exquisite pass that Cameron Moseley headed home for the game-winner.
M Gor Kirakosyan, UC Irvine – Kirakosyan came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in both of the UC Irvine’s victories last week. Both of his goals came in overtime as he propelled the Anteaters to a 6-0-1 record.
F Tyler Engel, North Carolina – Engel scored the game-winning goal against William & Mary for the Tar Heels. He followed that up with a goal against Duke, but the Tar Heels came up short in the ACC road fixture.
F Quentin Albrecht, Florida International – Albrecht scored his first three goals of the season over the course of the past week. He recorded FIU’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to ETSU. He followed that up with a two-goal performance in a 2-1 win against San Diego State.
F Robert Kristo, Saint Louis – Kristo scored in both of Saint Louis’ wins last week. He had the insurance goal in a 2-0 result against UMKC. He scored the game-winning in overtime in a 1-0 win over Creighton.
Others considered: Jordi Lluch (Winthrop), Sascha Otte (Saint Louis), Ben McKendry (New Mexico), Leo Stolz (UCLA), Benjamin Joseph (SMU), Mason Robertson (Washington), Nolan Moore (Louisville), Josue Chavez (Lipscomb), Mikey Minutillo (Penn State), Tyler Miller (Northwestern), Zachary Carroll (Michigan State), Lucas Cawley (Utah Valley), Connor Hallisey (California)
photo via Duke Photography