MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Kofi Sarkodie, Akron, Defender
Junior, Huber Heights, Ohio (Edison Academic Center)
Kofi Sarkodie led the No. 1 ZIps to a pair of wins against Michigan and Western Michigan last week. The versatile defender recorded his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout of the Wolverines Tuesday night before assisting the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan that clinched Akron's sixth consecutive MAC regular-season championship Saturday. The Hermann Trophy candidate logged all 90 minutes in each match as UA improved to 13-0-1 on the season and 5-0-0 in conference play.
Dusko Topolic, Bowling Green, Midfielder
Senior, Novi Sad, Serbia (Svetozar Miletic)
Scored in the 60th minute to give BGSU a 1-0 lead against nationally-ranked Michigan State, before MSU rallied for a 2-1 win over the Falcons in BG's lone game of the week ... the goal was his third of the season ... all three goals have been the first goal of the game ... ranks second on the team in both goals and points (six) ... has a two-game scoring streak after netting the lone goal in the Falcons' win over Hartwick, then scoring vs. MSU.
Kyle Rogers, Buffalo, Defender
Sophomore, Baldwinsville, NY (C. W. Baker)
Rogers scored his first two goals of the season and first of his career as UB defeated Northern Illinois, 3-2. Rogers, inserted into the lineup late in the first half, scored the eventual game-winner from in front of the NIU goal in the 40th minute to give the Bulls a 2-1 halftime edge. Rogers added another goal in the 56th minute for a 3-1 advantage following a corner kick.
T.J. Pluskota, Florida Atlantic, Midfielder
RS Senior, Boca Raton, FL (American Heritage)
The fifth-year senior scored his first career goal in Sunday's 1-0 shutout victory over Hartwick. The Boca native missed all of last season with an injury and is the longest tenured player on FAU's roster.
Oliver Mayer, Western Michigan, Forward
Freshman, Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley)
Western Michigan freshman Oliver Mayer became the first player from the Mid-American Conference to score on No. 1 Akron, scoring in the 70th minute. Mayer scored just the fifth goal total against Akron this season, and just the second all year on the Zips' home turf. It was Mayer's fourth goal of the season.