MAC Men's Soccer Co-Player of the Week
Adam Najem, The University of Akron, Midfielder
Freshman, Clifton, N.J.
Freshman Adam Najem willed the Zips to a double-overtime victory at Buffalo Friday night with the first golden goal of his Akron career in a 1-0 result at UB Stadium. The midfielder took a cross from Saad Abdul-Salaam from the right side of the field and slotted the keeper from 15 yards out in the 108th minute as UA improved to 3-1-0 in the league and took sole possession of first place. It was Najem's second game-winning goal of the season and his third goal overall in his last three contests. Najem also started and played 81 minutes in the Zips' 1-0 upset of No. 15 Wake Forest earlier in the week.
Marco Lobo, Western Michigan, MF
Sr., Caracas, Venezuela/I.E.A.
Senior Marco Lobo’s game-winner at Hartwick helped Western Michigan improve to 2-0 in the MAC, as Western Michigan remains the only unbeaten team in the conference. The road win was Western Michigan’s first ever against Hartwick in five all-time meetings in New York. It was also WMU’s second shutout victory in two conference games. The Broncos defeated Buffalo last Saturday in Kalamazoo in their MAC opener, 4-0. Lobo’s decider against the Hawks came with 40:22 on the clock. Freshman Matheau Rogers beat his defender and crossed the ball in from the left. Lobo banged it home at close range for his second goal of the season. It marks the first time WMU has started 2-0 in MAC play since 2010.
Michael Wiest, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior; Naperville, Ill. (North)
Bowling Green senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest had a goals-against average of just 0.47 and a saves percentage of .900 in last week’s two games. In Wednesday’s Cleveland State match, he kept the Vikings off the board until CSU scored off of a steal deep in the BG end of the field in overtime. Then, on Saturday night, Wiest made a season-high eight saves to post his sixth shutout of the season and the 19th of his career. The save total was just two away from his career high, set last year at Coastal Carolina. Wiest now has a GAA of just 0.79 and a saves percentage of .818 this season. He is the first Falcon ‘keeper to post six or more shutouts in three consecutive seasons since BGSU Hall-of-Famer Scott Vallow (1995-98).