NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending October 15)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cooper Valinski, New England College
(Jr., M - Portsmouth, N.H.)

Valinski scored three goals, including two game-winners, in a 2-0 week for NEC. The junior scored twice, including the game-winning overtime goal, in the Pilgrim's 3-2 win over Salem State before scoring the lone goal in the 27th minute in the team's 1-0 win over Husson on Saturday.  

 

 

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tenzin Khenrab, New England College
(Sr., GK - Greenfield, Mass.)

Khenrab recorded the win in his lone appearance on the week, a 1-0 shutout victory over Husson on Saturday. The senior made five saves against the Eagles, a team that is averaging 2.08 goals per game this season.  

 

 

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Joel Atutor, Castleton
(Fr., F - Burlington, Vt.)

Atutor came away with a big game against SUNY Canton as he netted a career-high four points to help lead the Spartans to a 6-0 victory. After Castleton struggled to find offense against a tough defensive opponent in Middlebury, the freshman sparked his team with a game-high two goals against the Kangaroos. Atutor's first goal came late in the first half to extend Castleton's lead to two goals going into halftime. He finished the scoring with his second goal of the match with less than three minutes left in the regulation. Atutor's two goals doubled his previous season total as he now has three tallies on the season.  

 

 

 

AROUND THE NAC

Castleton went 1-1 on the week in a pair of non-conference matchups. The Spartans fell to intrastate rival Middlebury, 1-0, before rebounding for a convincing 6-0 victory over SUNY Canton on Saturday. Joel Atutor led Castleton with two goals on the week, while Seraphin Iradukunda netted his team-leading ninth goal of the season and added an assist for three points overall, while Aaron Parker recorded his third shutout of the season in goal. Castleton has a busy week ahead with three consecutive home conference matchups to close out the regular season, as the Spartans host Johnson on Tuesday, before welcoming Maine Maritime and Husson over the weekend. 

Colby-Sawyer defeated Green Mountain 7-0 in the team's lone game last week. Nitesh Lama and Ryan Player scored their first collegiate goals in the win, while Denali Sexton added an assist to tie him with former teammate Andrew Clothier for most all-time with 29. The Chargers will host Thomas and UMaine-Farmington this weekend to wrap up NAC play. 

UMaine-Farmington had two wins this week with a 4-0 win over Unity and a 2-1 overtime win against Johnson.

Green Mountain dropped its only game of the week to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, 7-0. The Eagles will host MCLA on Wednesday before taking on Husson and Maine Maritime over the weekend.

Husson went 1-1 on the week. The Eagles defeated Newbury College in overtime, but fell to NEC. 

Johnson (6-9, 1-6 NAC) went 0-1 on the week with a 2-1 overtime loss to UMaine-Farmington on Saturday. The Badgers will wrap up their conference schedule this week, visiting Castleton on Tuesday and Lyndon on Saturday. 

Lyndon were winless in two contests last week. They were defeated at SUNY Canton, 1-0 in overtime, on Wednesday, and 8-2 at Thomas on Saturday.

Maine Maritime went 0-2-1 this week against non-conference opponents. The Mariners travel to UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday, before hitting the road to take on Castleton and Green Mountain this weekend to finish up regular season play.

New England College extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime win over Salem State on Wednesday and a 1-0 NAC win over Husson on Saturday. Junior Cooper Valinski (Portsmouth, N.H.) scored the game-winners in both games as part of a three-goal week. The Pilgrims host UMaine-Farmington on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 

Thomas split the week as they went 1-1. On Wednesday, the Terriers dropped a 1-0 heartbreaking loss in double overtime at Bates. They rebounded with an 8-2 senior day victory over Lyndon on Saturday, as senior Kyle Fletcher scored three goals in an eight minute span for the hat trick. The Terriers will hit the road Saturday, October 21, for a 3:00 p.m. game.