Notebook: Sky's the Limit
SKY'S THE LIMIT: Fort Lewis College capped off its regular season with an undefeated record of 16-0-1 and the program's ninth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a 5-1 victory over Metro State on Oct. 30.
The victory gave the Skyhawks the momentum to jump Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and become the top-ranked team in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas national poll. The only other time Fort Lewis owned a No. 1 ranking was for two weeks during the 2000 season.
The Skyhawks are winners of 11 straight contests and posted six consecutive shutouts before giving up a goal to Metro State in the 48th minute on Sunday. Senior Cole Sweetser netted the first goal of the game against the Roadrunners improving his league-leading total to 22 on the season. Sweetser entered the week ranked second in the nation in points and goals per game.
SUNNY DAY: Saint Leo University won its first-ever Sunshine State Conference regular season championship after downing Florida Tech, 3-1, on Oct. 29. It is also the Lions' first league title in any sport since joining the SSC in 1975.
Junior forward Asmir Pervan led the No. 4 Lions with a pair of goals and earned his fourth SSC Offensive Player of the Week award of the season for his effort. Pervan, a native of Simmern, Germany, leads the league with 51 points and 22 goals. He also tops the nation in points and goals per game.
With the cancellation of the SSC Tournament due to the affects of Hurricane Wilma on some member institutions, the results of any rescheduled regular season games this week will determine if the Lions are the league's outright champion.
CLEAN SWEEP: No. 3 Dowling swept the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference weekly awards after posting wins over St. Thomas Aquinas College and then-No. 10 NYIT to remain unbeaten and secure the league's regular season title. The Golden Lions also clinched the top seed in the conference tournament.
Junior forward Guy-Roland Kpene assisted on three goals against STAC and netted the game's lone goal in a 1-0 victory against NYIT to garner NYCAC Player of the Week honors.
Nemanja Veliovic of Belgrade, Serbia earned his third straight NYCAC Goalkeeper of the Week award after holding opponents to just one goal in the two games. He leads the league with a 0.53 goals against average and .811 save percentage.
TOP PLAYER: Junior goalie Tyler Baldock was selected South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive time after leading Carson-Newman to its third straight league title.
Baldock boasts the nation's best goals against average (0.38) and save percentage (.924) after posting nine shutouts on the season.
Carson-Newman head coach Allen Vital earned SAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time of his career after helping the No. 6 Eagles to a 16-1 regular season mark and undefeated record in league play. They are riding a 12-game winning streak.
NOTABLE: Clayton State nipped then-No. 5 USC Upstate, 1-0, to win the Peach Belt Conference title for the first time since 2001. The Lakers' women's team captured the PBC crown for the first time in school history, marking the first time in conference history that the same school has won both championships in the same season ... Junior midfielder Michael Morris earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week after contributing two assists in Seattle Pacific's wins at Grand Canyon and Cal State Monterey Bay last week.