Please Note: This report includes results through Sunday, Oct. 27
Virginia forward Darius Madison single-handedly did what 13 other teams have been unable to do all season long on Saturday against Notre Dame: score more than one goal.
The sophomore registered a brace in a 2-0 defeat of the Irish in South Bend, the first of the season and the first ever in ACC play for the conference newcomer. Notre Dame entered the game as one of only three remaining unbeaten teams in Division 1, but Madison's dynamic performance creating and finishing two scoring chances from 18 and six yards out coupled with a strong defensive effort made the difference. Madison's effort, which you can see video highlights of HERE, earned him College Soccer News Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week honors. The Philadelphia native is now second on the team in scoring with 5 goals and 2 assists on the year after scoring 2 goals and not registering an assist in his first year in Charlottesville. The Hoos are 3-2-4 in the ACC, 7-3-4 overall and ranked No. 15 in the latest coaches poll.
Penn State freshman Connor Maloney also factored into a big game-winning goal on Sunday when he delivered a perfect pass in front of the goal to teammate Jordan Tyler, who buried the game-winner late in the second overtime to clinch the regular season Big Ten title for the Nittany Lions. Maloney - a Harrisburg native - has yet to score a goal in his first college season, but the assist was his sixth and third setting up a game-winner (all game-winning goal assists have come in the last four games). You can see highlights of the game HERE.
Freshman goalkeeper Zach Steffen picked up his second straight clean sheet and the fourth of his career for Maryland, which had 1-0 wins over Syracuse on Oct. 26 and Drexel Oct. 22. The Downingtown native only had to make one save in each game. He has three clean sheets in his last four games for the 8-3-5 Terps. Other former Union Academy goalies haven't fared as well of late. James Madison goalkeeper Kyle Morton has missed eight straight games after allowing five goals in six games to start the season. After not allowing a goal in the first four games of the season for Duquesne, sophomore netminder Sam Frymier has recorded just one clean sheet, a 1-0 win over St. Francis PA on Sept. 29, and has allowed 17 goals in 13 games for the 6-7 Dukes.
Jared Martinelli recorded an assist on Temple's second goal on Sunday, but the Owls blew a 2-0 lead to draw UCF 2-2 after beating Rutgers 1-0. Martinelli leads the 9-3-4 Owls with 5 goals and 4 assists on the season. Brett Campbell scored his second goal of the season in Georgetown's 6-0 rout of DePaul on Oct. 23, a game they followed up with a second straight clean sheet and 1-0 win over Marquette three days later. Campbell, a freshman from Wallingford, has two goals and an asssist in limited time off the bench in 9 games for the Hoyas, who are 12-3-1 overall and first in the Big East at 5-1-1.
Sophomore Keegan Rosenberry has continued his impressive partnership in one of the stingiest backlines in the nation. The Hoyas' clean sheet against Marquette was their program record 11th and their eight goals conceded are second only to Army and Missouri State's six for the fewest amount of goals allowed this season. Freshman midfielder Jon Azzinari made a cameo off the bench in the blowout win, seeing the field for 7 minutes in his second appearance of the season. Sophomore forward Melvin Snoh played just 17 minutes in the DePaul win and did not see the field in the Marquette game.
Yale freshman Cameron Kirdzik scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to Penn in an important Ivy League contest on Saturday night. With the win, Penn moved into first in the conference standings. Sophomore midfielder Alex Murphy came off the bench to play 22 minutes in the game.
Brandon Savino played all 90 minutes of St. John's first conference win of the season, a 1-0 win over Butler on Saturday. Savino played 93 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Marquette three days earlier and sophomore forward Jelani Williams played 18 minutes as a substitute and took a shot on goal in the game. Freshman Colton Storm started in the midfield and played 57 minutes of North Carolina's 1-0 win over Pitt last Saturday. After starting their conference slate with five draws, the Tar Heels have moved up the standings winning three of their last four and are 6-3-5 overall.
Redshirt freshman midfielder Andrew Herr played 110 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Akron on Oct. 23 and 84 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin on Sunday. Freshman defender Billy McConnell has missed the last four games for Indiana. Redshirt sophomore Michael Gonzalez hasn't seen the field for Penn State since the beginning of September and Xavier's Todd Pratzner hasn't played in the last four games. Navy forward Thomas Shiiba made his fourth straight appearance off the bench for Navy, which has a date with Army looming at PPL Park on Nov. 8. Navy and Army have identical 6-0 Patriot League records.
In Division III action, Cam Alexander added another goal and two assists to his season tally for Lebanon Valley in wins over Hood and Elizabethtown. The Boiling Springs native leads the Dutchmen with 6 goals and 4 assists on the year. Amherst College goalkeeper Thomas Bull picked up his sixth clean sheet and has still has allowed only six goals while going 10-0-2 starting 12 out of 13 games.