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Union Academy in College: Zandi, Elney & Madison earn conference honors

Zach Zandi recorded the first two assists of his college career, Darius Madison scored a pair of game-winners and Sebastian Elney had a big night for Maryland to win conference honors in the second week of the college soccer season.

Villanova freshman midfielder Zach Zandi
Villanova freshman midfielder Zach Zandi
By Matt Ralph

Freshman midfielder Zach Zandi linked up with junior forward Padraic McCullaugh twice in a 2-1 overtime win over Delaware on Saturday to earn Big East Rookie of the Week honors.

After missing the Drexel game earlier in the week from an injury picked up in the first game, Zandi recorded his first college point in the 18th minute with a toe poke to his 6-foot-6 teammate to open the scoring against Delaware. This game also featured fellow Union Academy alums Ryan Talbot and John Schroeder playing the outside back positions.

Twelve minutes into overtime, Zandi dribbled the ball toward the goal line on the right side and delivered a ball through the defense to find McCullaugh for the golden goal.

Senior forward Darius Madison celebrated two game-winning goals for his new team in Week 2 to earn America East Player of the Week honors.

His 59th minute tally against Ohio State on Friday night was the lone goal of the match and his left-footed strike from 25 yards out gave UMBC the 2-1 win over Oakland on Sunday. Madison now has three goals for the Retrievers in four games.

Junior forward Brett Campbell broke his season-long scoring slump, netting his first goal since October 2013 three minutes after checking into the game in the 36th minute Monday against No. UCLA on an assist from senior Keegan Rosenberry. The goal was the first of the season for the Hoyas after failing to score in the first three games. Campbell added a second goal to seal Georgetown's first win of the season in the 88th minute.

Campbell wasn't the only Academy alum to score on the top-ranked Bruins in Week 2.

Maryland freshman Sebastian Elney scored on a header in overtime off a perfect cross from senior Tsubasa Endoh to beat the Bruins in front of a record 8,449 fans at Ludwig Field in College Park Friday night. Elney was also involved in a play that led to the first goal of the game when he sent a pass to Chris Odoi-Atsem, who whipped in a cross that hit UCLA defender Michael Amick's arm in the box, setting up Mael Corboz's penalty kick.

The Terps lost Monday night to Akron, but Elney found the back of the net for the third time of the season and was named the Big 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Navy senior midfielder Thomas Shiiba was the only other Union Academy alum to score in Week 2 (he also had assist in a loss to Oakland), but Indiana defender Billy McConnell, Michigan State defender Andrew Herr, Old Dominion defender Nick Hutchinson all recorded assists.

Notre Dame sophomore defender Patrick Berneski made his long awaited college debut over the weekend in South Bend, playing 90 minutes in Irish shutouts over South Florida (2-0) and UAB (4-0). Freshman goalkeeper Cameron Keys also made his college debut over the weekend, entering the second half for La Salle in a lopsided 5-1 loss to San Francisco. Keys made two saves and conceded two goals in his 45-minute debut.

A different kind of college debut occurred on the gridiron Saturday as Academy alum Joey Julius made his debut as the placekicker for Penn State in their loss to Temple in South Philly. Julius made an impression on the internet with his frame alone - he's 5-foot-9 and 259 pounds - but he also opened the scoring with a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and added an extra point on a Nittany Lion touchdown four minutes later. Temple then rattled off 27 unanswered points to win the game 27-10.