MAC Men's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/21/2010
MAC Men's Soccer Co-Players of the Week
Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron, Midfielder
Senior, Carrollton, Texas (IMG Academy)
Ampaipitakwong helped lead the No. 1 Zips to a pair of wins over Cal State Northridge and Cincinnati at The University of Akron Tournament this weekend. The midfielder recorded a pair of assists in a 3-0 victory against CSUN before netting the game-winner - on a 40-yard direct free kick - in a 1-0 decision against UC that claimed the tournament title for UA. Ampaipitakwong, a Hermann Trophy candidate in 2010, was named to the University of Akron All-Tournament Team.

Francis Otira, Northern Illinois, Defender
Junior, London, England (Finchley Catholic)
Otira was named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week after recording a game-winning goal against Holy Cross and assisting the game-winning goal versus Gonzaga. His performance garnered him Northwestern Lakeside Classic MVP accolades, and helped the Huskies win the tournament with an unblemished 2-0 record. Otira started and played all 90 minutes in both contests.

Other Nominees:
Max Weston, Bowling Green, Forward
RS Junior, Worthington, Ohio (Worthington Christian)
Scored the lone goal in BGSU's 1-0 win at Detroit ... it marked the first game-winning goal of his career ... has been involved in the scoring of all three of BG's goals this season, with two goals and an assist ... with five points on the year, has already topped his scoring total for all of last season (four points in 2009).

Kieron Gradwell, Buffalo, Defender
Senior, London, England (Cincinnati)
Gradwell was named to his second all-tournament team of the season as the lone Bull recognized at the Lobo Classic. Gradwell was instrumental in heading a defense that held host New Mexico to just one goal in the opener.

Steven Amaya, Hartwick, Midfielder
Senior, Oakland Gardens, NY
Scored his 2nd goal of the season with a perfectly executed free kick in Hartwick's 2-1 loss to Niagara.

Shane Lyons, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Plainwell, Mich. (Plainwell)
Shane Lyons scored two goals to help Western Michigan earn a 3-3 draw against defending Horizon League champion Green Bay. It was Lyons' first multi-goal game, as he now leads the Mid-American Conference in goals scored through the first three weeks of the season with four. Lyons fired a team season-high six shots in the game, placing five on target. He also leads the MAC in shots per game. Both of Lyons' goals came as WMU was trailing in the game. Down 1-0, he netted his first goal in the 25th minute to make for an even score at the half, 1-1. Trailing 3-2 with time winding down, Lyons ultimately forced overtime with his second game-tying goal in the 87th minute. Giving him four goals on the season, Lyons has now matched his goal production from his entire first season. The 3-3 tie against the Horizon League champs shows a vast improvement from 2009 (when Lyons was not part of the WMU program) as Green Bay handed the Broncos a 5-1 loss in Kalamazoo.