Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Shane Lyons, Western Michigan, Forward
Senior, Plainwell, Mich. (Plainwell)
Western Michigan's Shane Lyons returned to action this week to score two goals and assist a third, registering five points for the week. Lyons had a hand in both Bronco goals in WMU's 2-1 double overtime comeback win at Wright State Sept. 18. His team trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, Lyons smashed a left-footed strike for the game-tying goal in the 68th minute. Lyons then assisted the game-winning goal in the 101st minute, as Western Michigan pulled off its first ever road victory at Wright State in five all-time meetings in Dayton. With the win, the Broncos also recorded their seventh win in the first eight games, marking the program's best start since 1984. On Sept. 21, Lyons scored Western Michigan's lone goal as the Broncos narrowly fell on the road against Big Ten counterpart Michigan State, 2-1. A 2010 First Team All-MAC selection, Lyons was the Broncos' leading scorer the last two seasons, but missed the final 10 games of 2011 after suffering an ACL tear. Due to rehab of the ACL injury, Lyons had missed the previous four matches of 2012 prior to his three-point appearance at Wright State, which were his first goal and assist of the season. Western Michigan is currently the MAC leader for total wins (7) and winning percentage (.777).
David Meves, Akron, Goalkeeper
Senior Arlington Heights, Ill. (Christian Liberty Academy)
David Meves matched a season high with six saves to lead the No. 10 University of Akron men's soccer team to its third straight shutout in a 2-0 decision at Bowling Green Saturday night. It was the MAC opener for the Zips, who pushed their conference unbeaten streak (including postseason play) to 39 games, which represents the third-longest such run in NCAA history. The result also represented the 43rd save of Meves' career, which is just five shy of the school's career record of 48, currently held by Evan Bush, who played from 2005-08.
Maksym Kowal, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Mississauga, Ontario (St. Paul Secondary)
Maksym Kowal slammed home a pair of first-half goals to lead the Bulls to a 2-1 win over Albany on Friday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. The senior forward knocked home a header on an assist from Jesse Andoh in the seventh minute of the game. In the 22nd minute, Patrick Ryan played a through ball right up the heart of the Great Danes' defense, and Kowal was able to win his race with a charging goalie and skip it in for a 2-0 Buffalo lead. Though Albany's keeper was able to get a piece of the low, skipping shot, the ball still had enough pace to squirt over the line.
Nick Raskasky, West Virginia, Defender
Freshman, Tacoma, Wash. (Stadium)
Raskasky scored two goals in WVU’s 4-0 win over Florida Atlantic last Sunday in its first ever Mid-American Conference match. Raskasky scored his first-career goal, the eventual game winner, in the 30th minute off a throw-in, while he headed in the fourth goal of the game in the 45th minute off a cross. Defensively, he anchored the backline at the center back position, allowing just two shots and no shots on goal for the shutout.