Notebook: Shutout King
KING OF THE NET: Senior goalkeeper John Connelly handed in a pair of 1-0 shutouts last week as Old Dominion edged Northeastern and Hofstra in Colonial Athletic Association action. The wins extended Old Dominions home regular season unbeaten streak to 31 games.
Connelly posted a combined seven saves as he recorded his eighth and ninth shutouts of the season. The native of Rockville, Md., was named to the latest College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his efforts. He ranks 11th in the nation with a 0.541 goals against average and leads the league in shutouts.
The Monarchs have blanked seven of their last eight opponents, allowing only one goal during that stretch. ODU moved up to second in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Top 25.
TRIPLE THREAT: The University of South Florida swept the BIG EAST weekly mens soccer awards after beating DePaul, 3-1, and upsetting then-No. 3 St. Johns, 1-0, in league play last week. The Bulls are now in first place in the Red Division of the conference standings.
Simon Schoendorf from Karlsruhe, Germany, earned the leagues offensive weekly honor after playing a key role in both of the Bulls victories. He recorded two goals and an assist against the Blue Demons on Oct. 12, and then provided the game-winning in the 64th minute against the Red Storm on Oct. 15. Schoendorf has posted three straight game-winners in league action.
Yohance Marshall nabbed the conferences defensive award as he anchored a defense that held the two foes to a combined 11 shots on goal, while Dane Brenner was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after earning his third shutout of the season with the win against St. Johns.
GRIN AND BEAR IT: Freshman goalie Jarrett Leech posted his fourth shutout in five starts this season as Brown grabbed sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 3-0 win against Harvard on Oct. 16.
Earlier in the week, Leech recorded seven saves in a 1-1 tie against Providence College. He was selected Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his performances. The native of Manakin-Sabot, Va., has allowed just one goal in 412 minutes of play for a 0.22 goals against average, and leads the league with a .958 save percentage. Leech has not given up a goal against Ivy League competition.
The Bears (8-3-1) have not lost since Sept. 23 and have not surrendered more than one goal since a season-opening loss to St. Peters on Sept. 4. Brown is 25th in the latest NSCAA/adidas Division I poll, its first appearance in the national rankings this season.
NOTABLE: Maryland won its fifth straight game and sixth consecutive contest against a nationally-ranked opponent with a 4-1 victory against No. 10 North Carolina on Oct. 14 ¦ Duquesne junior goalkeeper Zach Varga notched his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season as the Dukes edged UMass and Rhode Island in Atlantic-10 Conference play last week. Varga earned league Co-Player of the Week honors after shutting out the opposition for the fourth time in the last five games ¦ Southern Methodist extended its winning streak to six games with a 4-0 win against Florida International on Oct. 16. The Mustangs are 6-0 in Conference USA action.