MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Ryan Lemasters, Western Michigan, Forward
Sr. Dexter, Mich. (Schoolcraft CC) (Dexter)
Western Michigan senior forward Ryan Lemasters was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of this weekend’s Eastern Illinois 50 Years of Soccer Tournament after leading the Broncos to a 2-0-0 record for the week and the tournament title. Lemasters had a hand in each of the Bronco victories, as WMU snapped a four game losing streak entering the weekend and improved to 2-4-0 on the season. On Friday, Lemasters scored the first goal in a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win over Northern Kentucky. He returned to the field Sunday to notch an assist in Western Michigan’s victory over host Eastern Illinois. It was Lemasters first goal and assist of the season, helping WMU first-year head coach Chad Wiseman pick up his first and second Division I collegiate victories. With the results, WMU heads into its home-opening weekend on a two-game winning streak.
Eric Stevenson, The University of Akron, Forward
Senior, Columbus, Ohio
With Akron's first multiple-goal game of the season, Eric Stevenson powered the No. 7 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 2-1, double-overtime victory against San Diego St., Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. Stevenson found the net for the first time in the game's 11th minute with a rocket from 20 yards to give the Zips a 1-0 lead. The Aztecs quickly countered with a goal of their own and the contest remained tied until the Stevenson sent everyone home with the game-winner less than five minutes into the second overtime period. Freshman Adam Najem skillfully chipped a corner kick service overa SDSU defender to find Stevenson, who turned a fired a needle through the San Diego St. defense and into the net. It was the senior striker's second career multiple-goal performance and his fifth game-winning goal in an Akron uniform.
Michael Wiest, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (North)
Senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest made a pair of saves as Bowling Green played Ohio State to a scoreless tie before a record crowd at Cochrane Field Friday night. In addition to the two stops, which both came in the second half, Wiest broke up numerous other OSU opportunities, grabbing crosses into the box, etc. The shutout was his second of the season, and the 15th clean sheet of his career. Four of those shutouts have come against Big Ten Conference schools. On the season, Wiest has 19 saves and a goals-against average of 1.10. For his career, he has 162 saves and a 1.09 GAA to go along with the 15 shutouts.
Sean Totsch, Northern Illinois, Defender
Senior, Oswego, Ill./Oswego
Senior Sean Totsch of the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team earned NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team honors and scored his first goal of the season to help lift the Huskies to a 2-1 comeback victory over UW Green Bay on Sunday. Trailing by a goal at halftime, Totsch scored in the 56th minute to spark NIU’s comeback win over the Phoenix. Totsch played the full 90 minutes of both contests this weekend as NIU split a pair of matches against Butler and Green Bay, taking third place in the NIU adidas Invitational.