MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Russell Cicerone, Buffalo, F/M
Freshman, Bloomfield, MI
Russell Cicerone scored a pair of clutch goals over a pair of games for UB, which directly led to the team's undefeated weekend. On Friday, he helped put the finishing touches on a two-goal comeback against Detroit after converting a late penalty kick to help the team to a 2-2 tie. Then on Sunday, he converted a second penalty kick in as many games to help the Bulls upset defending Horizon League champion Cleveland State, scoring in the 84th minute to break a scoreless tie.
Reinaldo Brenes, Akron, Forward
Senior, San Jose, Costa Rica
Reinaldo Brenes bagged his third game-winning goal of the season in the Zips Mid-American Conference opener against Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. The senior striker took a great through ball from Eric Stevenson and slotted the keeper from 12 yards out in the 44th minute. It was one of three shots on goal for Brenes, who also rang the cross bar with a flying header in the 27th minute. With the win, Akron defeated BGSU for the 15th consecutive time and upped its NCAA record-setting conference unbeaten streak to 48 matches (45-0-3).
Max Walcott, Hartwick, Forward
Freshman, London, England/West Herts College
Max Walcott scored in the 46th minute on Saturday to guide the Hartwick Hawks to their first victory of the 2013 season, a 1-0 shutout of Iona College. Walcott has now tallied in back-to-back games for Hartwick. On Saturday against the Gaels, Walcott maneuvered himself in front of an Iona defender’s clearance attempt in the box, won the ball, and volleyed past the goalkeeper for the game’s only goal 44 seconds into the second half.
James Stevenson, Northern Illinois, Forward
Senior, Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo’s
Senior James Stevenson of the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team earned all-tournament team honors at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic following his two-goal performance in the tournament finale against Saint Mary’s. Stevenson scored in the 39th and 58th minutes, lifting NIU to a 2-1 victory over the Gaels. The tallies were the second and third of the season for Stevenson, the 14th and 15th of his NIU career. The Falkirk, Scotland native started both games for the Huskies on the weekend, recording six total shots.
Cam Jensen, Western Michigan, Defender
Sophomore, Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Western Michigan defender Cam Jensen scored the game-winner in Western Michigan’s 2-1 win over Canisius in the Broncos’ home-opener Friday. The victory extended WMU’s winning streak to three games. It was the first goal of the season for Jensen and the second of his career. He scored the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute, breaking a 1-1 tie as he slotted in a loose ball in the box off a corner kick. It was the only shot Jensen took over the weekend.