Apologies for not finding the time to do a college review last week. If something significant happened, I'll mention it. If you want, take a look at my weekly feature for MLS called MLS on Campus. Pretty awesome that they've given me the opportunity to cover college soccer for them.
Woodberry: 6 starts - 0 goals
Ambrose: 6 starts - 0 goals
Maryland has achieved the top spot in the country in pretty much every poll you read right now with Woodberry and Ambrose starting at center back and outside back respectively.
The Terps have a 5-0-1 record and were leading undefeated Old Dominion on Tuesday before the game was frustratingly cancelled due to inclement weather. The news that matters to FCD fans, though, is Woodberry and Ambrose have started all six games.
I know I sound like a broken record, but it is so important what Woodberry does right now because unless this guy goes to Europe(which I don't see happening), he's wearing an FCD jersey in January. I'm not surprised that Ambrose is a mainstay on the backline as a freshman, it's just a matter of time until he wears a Dallas jersey.
Bradlee Baladez - Forward - University of South Carolina
7 starts - 2 goals
Baladez opened his account for the season last week against a very good top-10 Charlotte team scoring both goals in a 3-2 overtime loss. I would love to show you the goals but the good people at Charlotte decided to only include their own goals in the highlight package.
The fact remains that USC has just 5 goals in their 7 games and are really struggling as a team offensively. Their stout defense has allowed for three 1-0 wins, however.
If you want to get a look at Bradlee and USC in person, they play at SMU on Monday night at 7PM. Join me out there?
Ibarra - 7 starts - 8 goals against - 2 shutouts
Rosales - 7 games - 0 goals
Speaking of SMU, it was a great weekend for SMU and their FCD contingent. The Ponies won their own tournament, beating Oakland and UC-Davis 1-0 on overtime and late goals. Jaime Ibarra was named CUSA co-defensive player of the week and MVP of the SMU Classic having not allowed a goal in the two games.
Rosales earned TopDrawerSoccer team of the week honors playing at right back for SMU in their two shutouts.
I'll be on the hilltop Thursday night as the Ponies host a really neat non-conference game against Cal Bakersfield and their top-rated forward prospect Gyasi Zardes. Kickoff is at 7PM if you want to come on out.
Okwuono - 6 starts - 0 goals
Garcia - 5 starts - 0 goals - 4 assists
It wasn't a great week for the Tar Heels as they lost their top ranking with a 1-0 loss to James Madison and 0-0 draw with Wake Forest. It seems that a lack of scoring goals this year will be the only thing that stops the Tar Heels as they have allowed just 2 goals in their first six games.
You can get a look at the Okwuono, Garcia and the Tar Heels on Friday night as they host Virginia in the NSCAA game of the week on Fox Soccer Channel .
Coleman - 5 games - 2 starts - 0 goals
Coleman has appeared in every game for the 2-3 Blue Devils who have struggled a bit early in the year, but have played a pretty formidable schedule. I'm very pleased that Coleman is getting playing time and I expect him to earn the full-time starting spot before the year is out.
Hagan - 6 starts - 0 goals
ODU is one of the stories of the early college season with their 6-0-0 record, though they were losing to Maryland this week when the game was called off.
Hagan, a player that I wasn't really that high on in the academy, has started every game, I believe at outside back, this season for the Monarchs and is one of those guys that I just haven't seen play. I'd love to know if this guy has taken a step forward in his game...starting for one of the top teams in the country as a sophomore is impressive no matter the situation.
Gerondale - 3 games - 2 starts - 0 goals
Gerondale played in the Mastodons loss to Xavier...they're unfortunately 0-8-0 on the season.
Ashby - 4 starts - 0 goals
Harvard dropped a 6-0 result to a very good UCONN team last weekend, and sit at 1-3-1 on the season. Ashby, a freshman center back, has started the last four games for the Crimson.
Rochowski - 0 starts
Rochowski has not featured for the Lobos yet in his freshman year. I didn't really expect him to play much, especially early, and he may be redshirting. A relatively easy conference schedule should allow for some playing time if he's not.
Eduardo Cortes - Goalkeeper - IUPUI
9 games - 3 shutouts
A new entry, Cortes was the Academy goalkeeper last year and I was informed he's at IUPUI playing D1 ball which is obviously great to see. The Jaguars are 3-6-1 overall while Cortes has played in all but one game, earning the starting spot as a freshman. He has three shutouts.