It was a week of topsy-turvy results in the Big Ten.
Indiana looked the part of world beaters after the first two games of the conference schedule, handling Wisconsin and Ohio State.
But a strong effort from Northwestern and a rampant performance from the latest TDS Player of the Week ensured the Wildcats would come away as 1-0 winners in a surprise win on Saturday.
Northwestern forward Ugochukwu Achara had a monster pair of games over the past week. He scored twice and setup another goal in a 5-2 win against Wisconsin, and then bagged the lone goal of the game in the victory over IU.
Check out some of the other top performances from the past week of action in men’s Division I soccer.
Team of the Week: February 22-28
GK Danny Cordero, Liberty – Unbeaten in their first five games, Cordero kept his defense organized in front of him as the Flames blanked UNC 1-0 on Wednesday night. He made just one save but was alert when he needed to be in the win against the ACC side.
D Thomas Beecham, California Baptist – Beecham helped Cal Baptist to an unbeaten week in WAC play. After contributing to a 0-0 draw against UTRGV, he scored in a 2-1 win on the road at Houston Baptist.
D Nick Dauchot, Loyola Marymount – It was a dominant win for Dauchot and LMU, which blanked Santa Clara by a 3-0 score. The center back set the tone, completing 82% of his passes and winning 79% of his challenges.
D Chandler Vaughn, Saint Louis – The left back played every minute in two wins last week for the Billikens against Big East foes. He helped blank Butler by a 2-0 score last Monday, and then scored a goal and setup another in a 3-1 defeat of Xavier.
M Dante Polvara, Georgetown – Finally off to a start this spring after COVID issues, the Hoyas secured a 3-0 win at Villanova to begin Big East play. Polvara bagged two goals, including a penalty kick to put the result out of reach.
M Jeanpaul Marin, Seton Hall – Another side enjoying a great start to 2021, Marin chipped in a hat trick of assists over two games last week. They were both wins, including the helper on the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over St. John’s.
F Alex Meinhard, Tulsa – Thanks to some scheduling oddities and a game postponed due to weather, but the Hurricanes have two wins in two game versus UCF. Meinhard, a freshman from Estonia, scored two goals and setup the other in a 3-1 win.
F Ugochukwu Achara, Northwestern – Achara exceeded his goal total from his freshman season in one week. He scored just two times in 12 games in 2019, and his three is a career high. If he keeps it up, perhaps Northwestern can emerge as a Big Ten contender.
Honorable Mention: M Sofiane Djeffal (Oregon State), M Noel Caliskan (Loyola Marymount), F Hugo Kametani (Omaha), M Jojea Kwizera (Utah Valley), F Simon Becher (Saint Louis), M Dylan Borczak (Oakland), M Rodrigo Robles Grajera (James Madison), D Luca Dahn (Seton Hall), M Idris Alabi (Dixie State)