MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Bryan Gallego, Akron, Defender
Junior, Kinnelon, N.J., Kinnelon HS
Team captain Bryan Gallego guided the No. 8-ranked Zips to a pair of shutout victories and a tournament championship this weekend at the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston. In the Zips' 2-0 victory against the host Cougars Friday, UA held the opposition to a total of five shots, including just two after halftime. Then, in its 1-0 win against Furman Sunday, Akron allowed a single shot on goal for the entire match. As the director of the Zips' defense, Gallego, who played all 180 minutes this weekend, was named Tournament MVP.
Anthony Grant, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior; Kingston, Jamaica (Jamaica College)
Senior forward Anthony Grant had three points in the Falcons’ season-opening 5-0 win over Malone University Friday night. Grant was fouled outside the box in the 16th minute and scored on the ensuing free kick to give BGSU a lead it would not relinquish. Grant also assisted on the Falcons’ final goal of the night. Grant, in his second season with the Brown and Orange, has scored at better than a point-per-match pace, with 23 points in 21 matches at BG. The game-winning goal was his sixth at BG. He has had either the game-winning goal or game-winning assist in eight of BGSU’s nine wins since he arrived.
James Stevenson, Northern Illinois, Forward
Senior, Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo’s
Senior James Stevenson of the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team scored a goal and recorded an assist while helping lead NIU to a 3-0 season opening victory over Cincinnati at Ohio State’s Wolstein Classic. Stevenson set up NIU’s first goal against the Bearcats and then scored the second in 63 minutes while also recording three shots in the contest. The goal was Stevenson’s 13th career tally as a Huskie. Stevenson capped the weekend with a game-high seven shots in 77 minutes of play against Ohio State.
Andy Bevin, West Virginia, Forward
Junior, Napier, New Zealand/Napier Boys’ HS
Bevin scored his first goal of the season in the 28th minute against Central Connecticut State on a left-footed flick with his back to the goal, giving WVU an insurance goal. Bevin also assisted on the first goal, sending a free kick from 45 yards out to the head of Francio Henry.