It was a monumental week for men’s Division I soccer last week. Off the field, Stanford and other programs kicked off the #academicyearmodel campaign on social media in support of changing the current format of the Division I season.
On the field, there were a number of key battles over the weekend including some conference clashes. Notre Dame topped Syracuse in a crucial ACC battle while Creighton got off to a winning start in the Big East.
Check out which players made a difference over the past week and made the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.
Player of the Week: Riggs Lennon, Creighton
Team of the Week (Sept. 19-25)
GK Stuart Ford, Kentucky - Ford made six saves on Sunday to help Kentucky secure a 1-0 win over New Mexico. Ford was called on a few times to make difficult stops in the close battle between CUSA rivals. He also recorded a shutout against ETSU during the midweek clash.
D Tim Kubel, Louisville - Kubel had five assists last week. He contributed the lone assist in Louisville’s 1-0 win over Saint Louis on Tuesday. He added four more assists on Friday as Louisville rolled to a 6-1 win over Virginia.
D Nick Carroll, Cal Poly - Carroll contributed the assist on Justin Dhillon’s game-winning goal against UCLA over the weekend. Carroll also helped limit the potent UCLA attack to only two shots on goal during the game.
D Ross Tetro, Rutgers - Tetro’s goal-line save helped the Scarlett Knights snag a point from the conference battle against Indiana. He was in the right spot to keep Indiana off the scoresheet in the scoreless draw.
M Jad Arslan, West Virginia - Arslan scored the game-winner for West Virginia in the 1-0 win over UNC Greensboro on Saturday. Arslan and the rest of the West Virginia side set the record for the program with the seventh consecutive shutout on Saturday.
M Jack Casey, Notre Dame - The freshman midfielder came off the bench and contributed with a goal and an assist in the game of the week against Syracuse. Casey’s play helped Notre Dame secure the win against the previously undefeated Orange.
M Graham Smith, Denver - Smith scored twice in Denver’s 4-3 win over IPFW on Saturday. The goals were the second and third of the defensive midfielder’s college career. Smith and Denver improved to 8-0-2 on the season.
F Robert Miller III, Bowling Green - Miller scored a goal and added an assist in Bowling Green’s 2-0 win over Ohio State. He also assisted on Bowling Green’s 1-1 draw against Dayton. Miller, a freshman, is second on Bowling Green with eight points this season.
F Nils Bruening, North Carolina - Bruening started on the bench for the first time this season on Friday during the game against Boston College. The move worked out well for the redshirt freshman. Bruening came off the bench and scored four goals in 41 minutes of play as North Carolina thumped Boston College 5-0.
F Riggs Lennon, Creighton - Lennon scored all four goals in Creighton’s 4-1 win over DePaul on Saturday. The offensive output tied a program record for the Jays. Lennon leads the Blue jays with eight goals this season.
F Arion Sobers-Assue, Florida Gulf Coast - Sobers-Assue scored a hat trick against Florida Atlantic last week. He followed that up with a goal against NJIT in the conference opener for the Eagles. He has six goals on the season.