MAC Announces Men's Soccer Player of the Week

Updated 10/23/2012

Men's Soccer Player of the Week 
Scott Caldwell, Akron, Midfielder
Senior, Braintree, Mass. (Edison Academic Center (Fla.))

Hermann Trophy candidate Scott Caldwell netted the game-winning goal to lift the No. 3 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over West Virginia in a key match-up of the conference's top two teams Saturday night. After a Zips' shot was cleared off the line, Dillon Serna gained possession before crossing the ball to Caldwell, who buried the shot from straight on in the 50th minute. It was the team-leading eighth goal of the season for Caldwell, who notched his second game-winner on the year. With the victory, the Zips will control their own postseason destiny and will have the chance to clinch their eighth regular-season championship Saturday with a win or tie at Hartwick.  

 
 
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Michael Wiest, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Junior, Naperville, Illinois (North)
Michael Wiest had a goals-against average of 0.90 and a total of 14 saves in the Falcons’ two matches last week.  Wiest made six stops in BG’s midweek match at IPFW, then had eight saves en route to his fifth shutout of the season in a 0-0, double-overtime tie at Northern Illinois.  Wiest had a save percentage of .875 on the week, and now has a total of 11 shutouts in his two years as BGSU’s starting ‘keeper. On the season, Wiest has 81 saves, a GAA of 1.14 and a save pct. of .818. In MAC play, he has a save pct. of .857 and a GAA of just 0.96. 
 
Jonathan Viscosi, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Senior, Ottawa, Ontario (All Saints (Rio Grande))
Jonathan Viscosi secured the team's first shutout of the season with seven saves in a 1-0 win over Florida Atlantic Friday afternoon. After recording a career-high 11 saves in the last game out, Viscosi not only made seven stops on Friday but also controlled Florida Atlantic's crossing game. The Owls earned six corner kicks to just one for the Bulls, but the senior goalkeeper was able to sniff out opportunities to limit the opposition. The Owls almost got a goal, putting a pair of testing shots on Viscosi in the 36th minute. Daniel Mendes tried to go far post with a shot from just inside the right side of the 18-yard box, but Viscosi stretched out to push it away. The rebound was corralled by an FAU attacker, but Viscosi again smothered the shot.
 
Shane Lyons, Western Michigan, Forward
Senior, Plainwell, Mich.(Plainwell)
Western Michigan senior Shane Lyons continued his unprecedented scoring streak at Western Michigan, setting a school record and tying another. Lyons scored a goal in each of WMU's two games last week, making it nine consecutive games Lyons has recorded at least one point, breaking the shared record of seven games previously held by Steve Bibi and Rick Colling. Lyons' two goals gives him eight total on the year, all eight of which have been scored in the last nine games (he recorded an assist in the only game during that stretch he did not score). Scoring a goal in each of the last four games, Lyons also tied the school record for consecutive games with a goal. Furthermore, his game-winning goal against Hartwick Sunday in the 75th minute was his eighth career game-winner, moving him into second place all-time in that category, one shy of the school record of nine. With his two goals this past week, Lyons bumped his career total up to 21 at Western Michigan, ranking him sixth most in program history. Lyons' game-winner over Hartwick helped the Broncos improve to 10-4-2 on the season, and 2-1-1 in the MAC, marking just the third time in the last 10 years Western Michigan has hit the 10-win mark.