MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Michael Nanchoff, Akron, Midfielder
Junior, North Royalton, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS)
Michael Nanchoff scored a goal and notched three assists as the No. 1 Zips remained unbeaten on the season with a 2-2 draw at No. 19 Ohio State and a 3-0 win against Florida Atlantic last week. Nanchoff converted a penalty kick in the first half of a game that saw the Buckeyes score the game-tying goal with two seconds left in regulation. Then, the midfielder from North Royalton, Ohio, assisted all three Akron goals against the Owls as the Zips improved to 7-0-1 on the season and 2-0-0 in MAC play. Nanchoff's three assists against FAU matched the fourth-highest, single-game assist total in the history of the Akron soccer program.Other Nominees:
Casey Derkacz, Buffalo, Defender
Senior, Hamburg, NY (Penn State)
Derkacz was part of a defense that shutout MAC opponent Hartwick and held Duquesne to one goal in an overtime tie.
Owen Botting, Hartwick, Defender
Senior, Billingshurst, England (Heidelberg)
Botting's ability to deliver the ball claimed the spoils as Hartwick clinched a 1-0 road victory at Northern Illinois. The fortuitous goal, direct from the corner, was reflective of Botting's capabilities with his left foot.
Mino Kayser, Northern Illinois, Midfielder
Freshman, Berg, Germany (Starnberg)
Took 10 shots on the weekend while playing a critical role in the NIU midfield. Fired five shots with one on goal against DePaul. Also had five shots with one on goal against Hartwick. Played 162 of the week's 200 minutes.
Darren Jones, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Sophomore, Victoria, British Columbia (Claremont Secondary)
Darren Jones scored four points on one goal and two assists, leading Western Michigan to a 2-0 record with a pair of MAC wins this weekend. With the victories, WMU improved its record to 7-2-1 overall (passing last year's win total of six) and 2-0 in the MAC, putting the Broncos in a first place tie with Akron. Jones had a hand in both of WMU's goals on the road at Bowling Green, scoring the game-winner and assisting the second score. It was the first game-winner of his career. Two days later, Jones chipped in an assist in a 3-0 win over Florida Atlantic.