MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Robbie Derschang, The University of Akron, Midfielder
Senior, Englewood, Colo.
Zips winger Robbie Derschang stayed red hot with a two-goal performance at Michigan as the No. 17 Zips earned a 2-1 win in Ann Arbor last Wednesday night. Derschang, who had scored two goals in his first 47 matches at Akron, found the back of the net twice in the first 36 minutes against the Wolverines as UA improved its record to 12-3-1 overall and pushed its unbeaten streak to six matches (5-0-1). The senior, who transferred from SMU in 2012, finished a beautiful combination play that started with a cross from Saad Abdul-Salaam and a one-touch flick from Matt Foldesy in the 15th minute, then scored unassisted in the 36th minute. Derschang has now scored three goals in his last two matches.
Max Walcott, Hartwick
Fr., London, England/West Herts College
Max Walcott scored a goal 2:15 into the second overtime to lift Hartwick to a 2-1 come from behind victory over Northern Illinois, clinching the program’s first MAC playoff berth since 2009. Walcott volleyed home a shot headed to him by teammate Marc Russell following a corner kick. It marks Walcott’s third goal of the season and his second game-winning goal of the season.
Andy Bevin, West Virginia, Forward
Junior, Napier, New Zealand/Napier Boys’ HS
After numerous chances throughout the evening, Andy Bevin scored the game-winning goal in an important road match at Buffalo on Friday evening. Bevin scored in the 76th minute after good combination passing up the field by the Mountaineers. Bevin settled a pass and ripped a shot past the Buffalo goalkeeper to extend his season total to eight goals.
Chase Rau, Western Michigan, GK
So., Sparta, Mich./Sparta
Western Michigan sophomore goalkeeper Chase Rau remained unflappable in conference play, keeping his 0.00 goals against average and 1.000 save percentage in tact, with a 1-0 shutout against Bowling Green Saturday. Rau and his WMU defense have yet to allow a goal in a MAC contest, as the Broncos are off to a 3-0-1 record with two games remaining. The four MAC shutouts are the most ever for WMU and the 3-0-1 record is the program’s best ever conference start. Western Michigan is the only undefeated team left in the league and the victory secured the Broncos a spot in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Rau made three saves against the Falcons, turning away one in the first half and two in the second, bringing his save total in conference games to 14. Rau also successfully defended four corner kicks.