2011 Men's Soccer Players of the Week
October 31, 2011
Mitchell Leap, Eastern Mennonite, Senior, Forward
Leap, a senior from Harrisonburg, Va., picks up his third weekly award of the season. Leap continued his scoring ways last week, providing the nail in the coffin in both of EMU’s wins over rival Bridgewater College. In Sunday’s 2-0 ODAC Quarterfinal win, Leap put the game out of reach with a goal with just 5:04 remaining. He knocked in a header off a corner kick in Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout at Bridgewater. Leap now has 10 goals and 3 assists for 23 points, which is tied for second in the ODAC (third in goals scored).
October 24, 2011
Ryan Tavermaris, Bridgewater, Junior, Midfielder
Tavermaris, a junior from Staunton, Va., scored a pair of goals to help the Eagles to a 1-1-1 week. In a 1-1 tie with Washington and Lee, Tavermaris scored in the 76th minute to tie the game, which held through regulation and overtime. He capped his week with the game's lone goal in the Eagles' 1-0 win over Guilford. Tavermaris leads Bridgewater with 11 points on five goals and one assist.
October 17, 2011
Drew Claytor, Roanoke, Senior, Midfielder
Claytor, a senior from Greensboro, N.C., helped lead Roanoke to a pair of ODAC victories on the road last week with a goal and an assist. He opened his week with the only score in a 1-0 win at Guilford College, marking his second goal of the season. He followed that with an assist on the tying goal in a game Roanoke would eventually win, 3-1, at Randolph-Macon College. Claytor has five assists on the season, tied for the team-high and second in the ODAC.
October 10, 2011
MITCHELL LEAP, Eastern Mennonite, Senior, Forward
Leap, a senior from Harrisonburg, Va., collects his second weekly award of the season after having a hand in a pair of game-winning goals for the ODAC-leading Royals. In Wednesday’s win over Hampden-Sydney, Leap assisted on Muoka Musau’s game-winning goal in the 68th minute. Then on Saturday against Guilford, Leap scored the game-winner in the 77th minute on a breakaway shot from the top of the 18-yard box. He is tied for second in the ODAC with eight goals and second with 18 points. Leap tops the league with five game-winning goals. The forward is also on top of all three categories in ODAC-only games.
October 3, 2011
BRIAN WHITE, Roanoke, Sophomore, Forward
White, a sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va., scored three goals for the Maroons last week, including the game-winner in overtime to defeat Averett, 1-0. He added two more tallies in a 3-0 win over Eastern Mennonite to push Roanoke four points clear of the second place Royals in the ODAC standings. White is currently tied for second in the ODAC with seven goals scored and third with 14 points.
September 26, 2011
MITCHELL LEAP, Eastern Mennonite, Senior, Forward
Leap, a senior from Harrisonburg, Va., continues to lead to the resurgent Royals, scoring the winning goal in each of EMU’s two ODAC victories last week. Tuesday at Washington & Lee, Leap knocked in a header just 50 seconds into overtime to seal the 2-1 win. Saturday, he scored the game winner with 45 seconds left before halftime as the Royals handed No. 25 Randolph its first loss of the season, 2-1. Leap has now scored a goal in four straight games and six of the last seven. He leads the ODAC with four game-winning goals and is tied for first with seven scores. He is also second in points at 15. Three of his game-winners have come in conference play as he also leads the ODAC in conference-only goals. The senior gained sole possession of fifth place on EMU’s career points leaderboard at 72 (32 goals/8 assists). Leap is also tied for fourth with 32 career goals.
September 19, 2011
COREY SINDLE, Randolph, Sophomore, Forward
Sindle, a sophomore from Gloucester, Va., arguably the biggest goal in Randolph men's soccer history on Sunday, as his game-winner in double overtime lifted Randolph College past No. 15 Maryville College on the road. Sindle had a game high seven shots on the afternoon, none bigger than his last one in double OT, which gave Randolph its first win over a ranked opponent in program history. Earlier in the week, Sindle scored once and assisted on two others in a 4-1 win over Ferrum College.
September 12, 2011
NICK CORNELL, Randolph, Sophomore, Midfielder
Cornell, a sophomore from Front Royal, Va., posted a goal and an assist this week in another pair of Randolph victories. The WildCats are now 5-0 on the season and are the only remaining undefeated team in the ODAC. On Saturday, Cornell dished out a pass to John Adams for a goal in Randolph's win over Gwynedd-Mercy. On Sunday, he netted a game-winner in double overtime in a 1-0 victory over Goucher. On the season, Cornell now has four goals and one helper and has registered points in four straight games.
September 6, 2011
JOHNNY HUGHES, Roanoke, Sophomore, Forward
Hughes, a sophomore from Salem, Va., helped Roanoke start off the season 2-0 after defeating a pair of teams ranked or receiving votes in the Top-25 Preseason Poll from D3soccer.com. Hughes, who was named the MVP of the 20th Annual Roanoke Invitational, opened the scoring against #36 Richard Stockton as the Maroons' built a 3-0 lead. RC eventually won the game, 3-1. Hughes again tallied the first marker against 10th-ranked Emory University, helping pave the way to a 3-2 win over the Eagles.