Oct. 19, 2010

By Amy Farnum


GETTING TRICKY: No. 1 Colorado School Mines chalked up three more victories last week to improve to 13-0-1 behind the spectacular play of freshman midfielder Tesho Akindele, who netted three consecutive hat tricks during the Orediggers flawless week.

The native of Thornton, Colo., tallied three goals in the Orediggers latest victory - a record-setting 10-0 defeat of Adams State in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The 10-goal win set a new school mark for largest margin of victory. Akindele leads the RMAC with 15 goals and ranks second in Division II with 2.43 points and 1.07 goals per game.

The Orediggers head to No. 24 Metro State as they try to avenge the only blemish on their record - a 0-0 tie against the Roadrunners on Sept. 26.

TARRED AND FEATHERED: Rollins College stretched its unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0-1 record last week as the No. 7 Tars remained on top of the Sunshine State Conference standings.

Freshman goalkeeper Keneil Baker continued to impress with a pair of shutouts, lowering his goals against average to 0.16. He tallied two saves in a 2-0 win over St. Xavier, and followed it up with nine saves in a scoreless tie at Barry in SSC play. The native of Ocoee, Fla., now has five shutouts in six career starts. He was named SSC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

EAGLE SOARS: Ashland University freshman forward Louis Clark leads the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in goals after adding two more in the Eagles 3-0 victory at Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 17.

The native of Brighton, England, also dished out an assist, and is now tied for the league-lead with 1.85 points per game. Clark was named GLIAC Mens Soccer Athlete of the Week for his performance.

No. 16 Ashland currently owns first place in the GLIAC standings with a 7-0-2 mark, and will face No. 22 Ohio Dominican, which sits behind the Eagles at 7-1-1, for a match-up between the top two teams in the league on Oct. 22. The Eagles handed the Panthers their lone conference loss of the season on Sept. 17.

FALCONS FLY: Seattle Pacific shut down then-No. 19 Grand Canyon, the top-ranked team in the West Region, in a non-conference meeting on Oct. 14, and then followed it up with a dominant 8-1 win against the University of Mary as the Falcons picked up their sixth victory in the last seven games. The Falcons started the season with a 0-4-2 record.

Tyler Schultz tallied three of SPUs goals on the week, earning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., leads the Falcons with seven goals, including five in the last six contests.

The Falcons look to improve their second-place position in the GNAC standings against Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 21.

LONE STAR SHOWDOWN: No. 19 Incarnate Word will look to avenge its only loss of the season as the Cardinals host No. 2 Midwestern State on Oct. 22.

IWU was the last school to defeat the Mustangs in a narrow 1-0 victory in last years season-opener. MSU is off to its best start in school history at 12-0-0, and boasts a 28-game unbeaten streak since the loss to the Cardinals in 2009.

The Mustangs rank in the top five in the nation in both scoring offense (3.25 goals per game) and goals against average (0.42), while IWU is unbeaten in the last eight games.