Dragons On The Pitch- Part 2- Midseason Update
Every few weeks we will look in and update Dragons fans on those members of the 2016 Dragons squad that are playing very well for their collegiate soccer teams this Fall. Here is our second recap of the collegiate season as we name our top five performers of the collegiate season at this point.
F- Brian Wright—University of Vermont- America East Conference
Wright has exploded offensively for the Catamounts during his first thirteen games. Recently ranked 15th best player in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, the forward has notched seven goals to go with nine assists for 23 points this season. The Canadian striker has led Vermont to its highest ranking ever this season (16th) and has been named the America East Conference Player of the Week earlier this season. He leads the league in assists and is second overall in points scored after this weekend’s games.
M- Romario Piggott- Ancilla College- National Junior College Association of America
Piggott continues to amass ridiculous numbers for Ancilla this season. The Panamanian U-20 midfielder has scored 17 goals and notched nine assists in 14 games for the Chargers. He has helped his team to a 13-1 record, a #5 NJCAA ranking and guided Ancilla into pole position to win back-to-back conference titles.
F- Daniel Musovski- University of Nevada-Las Vegas- Mountain West Conference.
The supremely talented forward has played in 10 games this season, scoring seven goals and assisting on three additional goals. His 17 points leads his team in scoring and ranks him third in the Western Athletic Conference. He has twice been named the Mountain West Conference’s Player of the Week Award, most recently for the week of October 3rd.
D- Corey Baird- Stanford University- Pac-12 Conference
The junior midfielder has been a catalyst for Stanford’s revival after a difficult start to the season. Baird is the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Award winner for his three assist week in victories over #24 UCLA and #25 San Diego State this past weekend. The Cardinal have gone 8-1-0 in their past nine games and are 5-0 in conference play with wins over ranked teams in Washington, UCLA and SDSU.
M- Alexander Coates-McDowall- Menlo College- Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)
The goalkeeper has been a rock for the Oaks this season as he has helped lead them to an 11-2-1 record overall and the highest ranking in program history (20th). The British netminder is 9-2-0 on the season with seven shutouts. His goals-against- average is 0.82 per game and his save percentage is .833 this season.
F- Christian Theirjung- University of California-Berkeley- Pac- 12 Conference
Christian has had a great season scoring eight goals and notching one assist for the Bears. The 19th rated player in the country according to TopDrawerSoccer.com , the versatile winger/forward had a game for the ages, scoring an incredible five goals in the Bears victory over Harvard. His goal-scoring prowess has placed Christian amongst the Pac-12 leaders in points and goals this season. He has also been named Pac-12 Player of the Week this season.
D- Josh Smith- University of San Francisco- started all 12 games for the Dons and has scored two goals and dished out two assists. His leadership has helped the Dons in their quest to win the West Coast Conference title.
D- Brian Nana-Sinkam- Stanford University- has started all 13 games for the Cardinal this season and has been instrumental in helping the team to an undefeated start in conference play. In that stretch, the Cardinal has only allowed one goal in those five games. Nana-Sinkam has contributed two assists this season.
GK- Remi Prieur- St. Mary’s (CA) University- Prieur has started seven games for the Gaels and is 3-3-1 this season. He has recorded a 1.09 goals-against-average and a .795 save pct. for the Gaels during the fall campaign.
Matt Weisenfarth, Brock Messenger and Nile Walwyn all kick off their season this weekend in the Stirling Sports Premiership, New Zealand’s top professional league. Weisenfarth and Messenger play for Canterbury United and Walwyn will suit up for Hawke’s Bay United. You can follow their progress at http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/stirling-sports-premiership/