MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Isaac Kannah, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy
Northern Illinois junior Isaac Kannah scored three goals last week at the Huskies split a pair of games against Eastern Illinois and Akron. The Plymouth, Minn., native scored in the 24th and 45th minutes to help lift NIU to a 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday (Oct. 22). Kannah started and played 82 minutes against the Panthers, recording three shots, including the two tallies for the first multi-goal game of this career. On Saturday (Oct. 26) against Akron, Kannah scored the equalizing goal in the 15th minute before the Huskies fell, 2-1. Kannah played 89 minutes against the Zips, recording four shots. For the season, Kannah has scored a team-best six goals.
Robbie Derschang, The University of Akron, Midfielder
Senior, Englewood, Calif.
Zips winger Robbie Derschang, who had missed the previous two matches with a hamstring injury, made his Senior Night a memorable one by assisting Akron's first goal, then adding the game-winner in a 2-1 Mid-American Conference win against Northern Illinois Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. With the score tied at 1-all late in the second half, Derschang took a quick cross from Adam Najem and skipped a shot across the goal and past the goalkeeper from the near right flank. It was his first goal of the season and second game-winner in an Akron uniform since transferring from SMU last fall. Derschang picked up an assist earlier in the match when he helped set up Najem's fourth goal of the year in the 12th minute. It was an important win for UA, which can clinch its ninth-consecutive MAC regular season championship and right to host the MAC Tournament with a win at Western Michigan on Nov. 9.
Michael Wiest, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior; Naperville, Ill. (North)
Bowling Green senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest had a goals-against average of just 0.42 and a saves percentage of .900 in last week’s two games, helping the Falcons to a 1-0-1 record. In Tuesday’s match at Wright State, Wiest had four saves in the Falcons’ 1-0, double-overtime victory. The shutout was his 7th of the season and the 20th of his career. Then, he had five stops in BG’s 1-1, double-OT draw vs. Hartwick on Saturday night. Wiest now has a GAA of just 0.74 and a saves percentage of .829 this season. He has seven shutouts this fall, and has a GAA of just 0.46 and a saves pct. of .875 in MAC matches this fall to date. Wiest is the first Falcon ‘keeper to post six or more shutouts in three consecutive seasons since BGSU Hall-of-Famer Scott Vallow (1995-98).
Matthew Robertson, Hartwick
Senior, Banchory, Scotland
Matthew Robertson scored his first career goal on Saturday night in Hartwick’s 1-1 draw with Bowling Green. Robertson scored in the 33rd minute to put the Hawks up 1-0. He tallied on a rebound in the box from a Rio Dhat assist.
Marco Lobo, Western Michigan, MF
Senior, Caracas, Venezuela/I.E.A.
Senior Marco Lobo’s game-winner at Hartwick helped Western Michigan improve to 2-0 in the MAC, as Western Michigan remains the only unbeaten team in the conference. The road win was Western Michigan’s first ever against Hartwick in five all-time meetings in New York. It was also WMU’s second shutout victory in two conference games. The Broncos defeated Buffalo last Saturday in Kalamazoo in their MAC opener, 4-0. Lobo’s decider against the Hawks came with 40:22 on the clock. Freshman Matheau Rogers beat his defender and crossed the ball in from the left. Lobo banged it home at close range for his second goal of the season. It marks the first time WMU has started 2-0 in MAC play since 2010.