MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Darlington Nagbe, Akron, Forward
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edwards HS)
Nagbe scored a goal in each game to lead The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team to a pair of victories over Atlantic Coast powerhouses No. 4 North Carolina (3-0) and No. 3 Wake Forest (2-0). Furthermore, the striker from Lakewood, Ohio, assisted the game-winner Sunday as the Zips posted their second straight shutout to start the season against the Demon Deacons before the largest regular-season crowd (4,583) in the history of Spry Stadium. In all, Nagbe, a Hermann Trophy candidate, was a difference maker all weekend with four shots; all of which were on goal.Other nominees:
Miguel Rosales, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Junior, Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hill) (Univ. of Cincinnati)
Was named to the all-tournament team at the Davidson adidas Classic ... had 10 saves and a goals-against average of just 0.82 in his first regular-season weekend as a Falcon ... posted a shutout in his debut, with four saves in the Falcons' double-overtime tie against Appalachian State ... then, had six stops in the next game, a 2-2 draw vs. Davidson, the host school.
Darnell King, Florida Atlantic, Forward
Junior, Tampa, FL (Gaither HS)
Darnell King continued his offensive leadership with a goal and four shots in the Owls opening two games of the 2010 season.
Dan Summers, Hartwick, Forward
Junior, Banstead, England
Missed the spring season due to injury and although not fully fit yet, he's still proving to be a danger against opposing defenses.
Oliver Mayer, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Freshman, Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley)
Western Michigan freshman Oliver Mayer scored three goals this week, leading the Broncos to a 5-0 win over Concordia and a 2-1 victory over 2009 Atlantic-10 champion Dayton. Mayer netted two goals in his collegiate debut. Playing just the one half, Mayer tallied both of the Broncos' second half goals to put the game away for good against Concordia. In a 2-1 decision over last year's A-10 champion, Mayer scored what would be the winning goal against Dayton in the second half. The WMU program has not had a player score three goals in the first three games in over five years.