MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Adam Najem, The University of Akron, Midfielder
Freshman, Clifton, N.J.
With a pair of goals, true freshman Adam Najem led the No. 20 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at Cleveland State last Wednesday night. The midfielder found the back of the net in the 20th minute to give UA a 1-0 lead, then delivered what would turn out to be the game-winning strike in the 70th. It was Akron's first multiple-goal performance by a freshman since Darren Mattocks found the back of the net three times against Buffalo in 2010. Najem's goals were the first two of his collegiate career.
Anthony Grant, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior; Kingston, Jamaica (Jamaica College)
Bowling Green senior forward Anthony Grant scored both of the Falcons’ goals on the week, as BG went 1-1 overall and 1-0 in MAC play. Grant found the back of the net to give the Falcons the lead vs. Detroit late in the first half of Tuesday’s (Oct. 8) match. Then, on Saturday (Oct. 12), he scored in the second overtime to give the Brown and Orange a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois. Grant, in his second year with the Falcons, has a total of 10 goals in that time. Seven of those goals have been game-winning goals. In fact, he has had either the GWG or a game-winning assist in nine of the Falcons’ 11 wins since he joined the Falcons. On the season, Grant leads the Falcons in goals, with three, and points, with seven. He also leads the team by a wide margin in shots and shots on goal.
Sam Bell, Western Michigan, F
Fr., Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley
Western Michigan freshman Sam Bell blew the game open in the second half in Western Michigan’s 4-0 victory over Buffalo Saturday, scoring two goals 48 seconds apart. The Broncos held a 1-0 lead before Bell started his offensive onslaught. In the 74th minute, Edu Jimenez took a corner kick from the left. The ball made its way through the middle and Bell buried it backside. Bell struck again less than a minute later, volleying in a chip across the box from Kyle Farris. It was Bell’s second and third goal of the season. The victory improved WMU to 4-6-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the MAC and gave the Broncos a win over their former head coach Stu Riddle.