Week 2 of our college review. We are also just over a week way from the 2011-2012 Development Academy season kicking off for FC Dallas who play at Classics Elite of Austin next weekend.
London Woodberry(Defense) - University of Maryland Junior Woodberry started in defense as #2 Maryland won both games this weekend. On Friday night it was a 4-0 win over Stanford in a marquee matchup that was featured on Fox Soccer. Sunday, UM had a little more trouble but got past Radford 2-1. Maryland is 4-0-0 and up to #2 in the country with Woodberry starting every game. Maryland faces #8 Boston College on Friday in their first ACC matchup.
Bradlee Baladez(Forward) - University of South Carolina Sophomore Baladez and USC lost to Clemson 2-0 last Friday despite holding a 14-4 shot advantage. Bradlee had three shots in the game but failed to find a goal. The Gamecocks did find their first win of the season on Tuesday in their home opener against #21 Charlotte. USC faces Dartmouth and Bradley this weekend in New Hampshire at the Darmouth Classic.
Jamie Ibarra(Goalkeeper) - SMU Sophomore Ibarra was the star of the weekend, playing in goal for SMU in both their games at the Duke Classic. On Friday, Ibarra kept a clean sheet through 90 minutes but was beaten in overtime in the 99th minute to drop a 1-0 result to NC State. On Sunday, Ibarra produced 9 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory over Duke.
Daniel Premenko(Defender - Creighton Sophomore #6 Creighton defeated Drexel 3-0, Premenko did not play in the match.
Boyd "OC" Okwuono(Defender) - University of North Carolina Freshman OC and the now #1 Tar Heels enjoyed a fantastic weekend defeating Oregon State 5-1 and previously #1 Louisville 2-1. OC started and earned an assist in the 5-1 drubbing of the Beavers and also started the win over Louisville. I love the fact that he is starting for the #1 team in the country as a freshman. It's really just a matter of time with this guy before he signs with FCD who has the awesome luxury of letting him season at a great program like UNC.
Jacob Gerondale(Defender) - IPFW Redshirt Freshman Gerondale came off the bench in the Mastodon's 6-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha and did not play in IPFW's upset bid against Kentucky which fell just short losing 4-2.
Jack Coleman(Defender/Midfielder) - Indiana Freshman Coleman came off the bench to play some part in the Hoosiers' 6-0 win over Dayton last Sunday and did not feature in their 3-1 win vs St. Louis on Friday. I wonder if Coleman is nursing some injury because I find it tough to believe that he would struggle to find time on the field at IU. That or the Hoosiers are simply stacked...
Chris Figueroa(Midfielder - SMU Sophomore Ineligible due to transferring from NC State
Damian Rosales(Midfielder) - SMU Sophomore Started and played 86 minutes in the 1-0 loss to NC State logging two shots on goal. Started and played 50 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Duke tallying one shot on goal.
Skylar Hagan(Outside midfielder) - Old Dominon Freshman Scored a goal in ODU's 6-0 defeat of Houston Baptist. It's very cool that Hagan, a player who wasn't really a starter for the U18 Academy team last year is scoring for a major college team as a freshman.
Byron Knowles(Defender) - Lubbock Christian Freshman Started in both of Lubbock Christian's games this past weekend, a 6-1 victory over St. Mary's and a 1-1 draw with Eastern New Mexico
We had a question regarding the whereabouts of Marlon Duran, a US Youth international defender that had a brief spell with the FCD Academy and went to Dayton. Apparently he has gone to Europe to pursue a career there, good luck to him.
As always, if I've missed someone please let me know.