Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Reinaldo Brenes, Akron, Forward
Junior, San Jose, Costa Rica (Edison Academic Center (Fla.))
Brenes recorded the first hat trick of his career to lead The No. 7 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Buffalo last Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. Brenes, who entered play with just one goal in his previous 32 career matches, found the net three times in the first half to fuel the Zips' rout. The junior from San Jose, Costa Rica, headed in a corner kick in the 12th minute, slotted the keeper from close range in the 24th minute, and chipped a shot into the far corner of the net in the 38th minute to complete the Zips' first hat trick of the season. For his efforts, Brenes was named to National Teams of the Week by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Monday.
Danny Baraldi, Bowling Green, Forward
Sophomore, Canton, Ohio (Massillon Jackson)
Had a goal and an assist in the Falcons’ 2-1 overtime win over Milwaukee. Now has nine points this season, including four goals. Leads BGSU in both goals and points. In his career, has 27 points in 28 matches for the Falcons.
Cleyon Brown, Hartwick, Forward
Senior, Kingston, Jamaica (Berkshire School)
Brown scored two goals this week against #22 Cornell and Bowling Green. He scored inside 30 second against the Big Red on Tuesday night for his fourth tally of the season. He then scored his fifth in the second half to extend the Hawks' lead in a 2-0 win over the Falcons to open up Mid-American Conference play. Brown entered the week ranked second in the conference in scoring.
James Stevenson, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Falkirk, Scotland (St. Mungo’s)
James Stevenson had a goal and an assist as the Northern Illinois Huskies opened Mid-American Conference play with a 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic. Stevenson setup the opening goal with an assist in the 24th minute. In the second half, Stevenson doubled the NIU lead with his third goal of the season in the 67th minute. Stevenson leads the Huskies with three goals and two assists this season.
Shane Lyons, Western Michigan, Forward
Senior, Plainwell, Mich. (Plainwell)
Shane Lyons continued to be an offensive force for Western Michigan, scoring goals in his third and fourth consecutive games. Lyons had a goal in each of WMU's 1-1 results this past week. Tuesday against IUPUI, he pounded home a penalty kick in the 42nd minute. Saturday against West Virginia, he finished a low strike in the 11th minute.