TDS announces players and teams of the week

TDS announces players and teams of the week
September 21, 2009
Stanford is the new #1 in women’s college soccer while Akron maintains its perch atop the men’s heap in this week’s version of’s Tournament 64 and 48 National Ranking.

Meanwhile Texas A&M(w)’s Whitney Hooper and Harvard’s Andre Akpan were the respective Women’s and Men’s Players of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 20, as part of the TDS College Teams of the Week.

Texas A&M women's college soccer player.Whitney Hooper (leaping) is contratulated by her teammates. Photo courtesy of Aggie Athletics.
Hooper scored three goals in a pair of Aggie wins over the weekend, including two goals in the squad’s 3-1 defeat of previously unbeaten Portland Friday night in College Station. Harvard’s Akpan scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-1 victory for the Crimson over Fairfield.

In the women’s ranking, previous #1 Portland and #2 North Carolina both suffered hiccups over the weekend, the Pilots losing at Texas A&M(w) 3-1 and the Tar Heels being held to a scoreless draw by Auburn at the Duke Nike Classic. Paul Ratcliffe’s Cardinal squad meanwhile won a pair of matches on the weekend to push their record to 9-0-0 for the season, earning them the top spot in the ranking.

The ranking is a running effort to project the post-season NCAA Tournament field, including automatic conference qualifiers and at-large berths. New teams in the women’s ranking this week include PAC-10 side Oregon State, Conference USA entry UTEP, CAA member William & Mary(w), Ivy League team Penn, Big 12 participant Nebraska, WAC member Louisiana Tech and Ohio Valley Conference team Southeast Missouri State.

Caleb Porter’s Akron Zips remained unbeaten and #1 with shutout wins over Indiana and St. Louis(m).

Click here for the complete Men’s Tournament 48 National Ranking.

Click here for the complete Women’s Tournament 64 National Ranking. Women’s College Soccer Team of the Week

Kristin Olsen, USC – The standout goalkeeper recorded two shutout victories for the Women of Troy, making eight saves.
Rachel Morris, Kansas – Scored three goals and added an assist in a pair of Jayhawk victories.
Julie Scheidler, Notre Dame – The outside back played every minute of a pair of shutout victories for the Fighting Irish, adding her first career goal in one of the matches.
Katrin Omarsdottir, California – Scored three goals in a pair of wins for the Golden Bears.
Sydney Leroux, UCLA – Former U20 Women’s National Team forward scored in each of UCLA’s convincing weekend wins.
Victoria DiMartino, Boston College – Freshman forward returns to the weekly team with a pair of goals and an assist in two wins for the Eagles.
Whitney Engen, North Carolina – Was named defensive MVP in the Duke Nike Classic.
Kat Walsh, Mississippi State – Continued hot goal-scoring pace with tallies in each of the Bulldogs’ wins this weekend.
Whitney Hooper, Texas A&M(w) – Scored three goals in two matches for the Aggies.
Nicole Lukas, Vanderbilt – Junior scored two goals and added an assist in a win for the Commodores over UT-Martin(w).
Carlee Payne, BYU – Repeat honoree had two goals and an assist vs. Northwestern then created the winning goal vs. Arizona.

Player of the Week: Whitney Hooper, Texas A&M(w) Men’s College Soccer Team of the Week

Bryan Meredith, Monmouth – Goalkeeper recorded his third shutout in four matches as part of a two-victory weekend.
A.J. Soares, California – Defender scored two goals and added an assist in a win over San Francisco, then helped lead the team’s defensive effort as it defeated Santa Clara.
Rubin Bega, Michigan State – Scored twice in the Spartans’ win over LMU(m).
Austin Mandel, Brown – Scored twice in the Bears’ 5-0 win over Rhode Island.
Teal Bunbury, Akron – Scored a pair of goals in Akron’s win over St. Louis(m).
Casey Townsend, Maryland – Scored a hat trick in the Terps’ win over Duquesne.
Shawn Barry, Virginia – Played 180 minutes in the back line in a pair of shutout wins for the Cavaliers.
Freddie Braun, Louisville – Had a goal and an assist in midfield to help the Cardinals win a pair of Big East contests.
Hamoody Saad, Michigan – Had a goal and two assists in a pair of Wolverine victories.
Spencer Thompson, UC Irvine – Scored and had an asssist in the Anteaters’ win over Sacramento State.
Andre Akpan, Harvard – Scored two goals and added an assist in the Crimson’s win over Fairfield.

Player of the Week: Andre Akpan, Harvard - Pictured on front, photo by
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