NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending October 1)
PLAYER & CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Nathan Firlings, Husson
(Fr., F - Waterbury, Conn.)
Firlings had a big week for the Eagles, recording five goals and two assists as his team went 3-0 in NAC action. The rookie tallied the first goal for Husson in each game. In a 2-1 win over Maine Maritime, he scored one goal and earned one assist. Then in a 4-0 win over Lyndon, he netted two goals and dished an assist. To end the week, the forward found the back of the net twice in a 6-1 victory over Johnson.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Aaron Parker, Castleton
(Sr., G - White River Junction, Vt.)
Parker went 1-0-1 with 15 saves in goal on the week including a shutout win against Colby-Sawyer, marking his second shutout in the last three games. He made eight saves in a hard-fought, double-overtime 1-1 draw against intrastate rival Norwich, before holding the Chargers off the board with seven saves, including five in the second half alone for the 2-0 victory. The senior has been stellar of late as he has allowed just two goals over his last five starts.
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Seraphin Iradukunda, Castleton
(Fr., F - Burlington, Vt.)
Iradukunda came up with one his best games of the season with two goals to help lead Castleton to a 2-0 victory over Colby-Sawyer on Saturday. The freshman first broke away from the defense and beat the keeper short side to take the Spartans to an early 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the match. His second goal set the tone early in the second half, as he split the defense and hammered home his own rebound to double the Spartans' lead in the 47th minute. His two goals helped Castleton hand Colby-Sawyer its first NAC loss of the season and move into a tie for first place with Thomas. Impressively, the forward is the first conference player to net two goals on the Chargers this season, while his two goals were also the most scored by any NAC team this season on Colby-Sawyer. Iradukunda is now tied for third in the conference in goals (6) and leads the team with 14 points on the season.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-0-1 on the week with a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Norwich last Tuesday before a key 2-0 win over Colby-Sawyer on Saturday. Thomas Kirk netted the game-tying goal against Norwich, while Seraphin Iradukunda shined with both goals in the conference victory over the Chargers. Aaron Parker made 15 saves in goal and earned his second shutout in three games to improve to 4-5-2 on the season. The Spartans will travel to Maine this weekend to face conference foes Thomas and UMaine-Farmington on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Colby-Sawyer dropped its lone game of last week at Castleton, 2-0. The team will step out of conference on Wednesday for a match at Pine Manor before traveling to Vermont over the weekend to play at Lyndon and Johnson.
UMaine-Farmington went 0-2 this week with a 3-2 loss against USM and a 1-0 loss against Thomas.
Green Mountain dropped a pair of conference match ups this week to Lyndon and NEC. The Eagles were defeated 3-0 by the Hornets, then lost 7-1 to the Pilgrims. Cameron Book was the lone goal scorer during the week for the Eagles while Griffin Shelor made 19 saves and continues to lead the conference in saves. The Eagles will travel to Maine for a pair of games against UMF and Thomas this weekend.
Husson had a very successful week in the NAC as they defeated MMA, Johnson, and Lyndon. The Eagles averaged four goals a game over the three victories.
Johnson (6-6, 1-3 NAC) went 0-2 this past week, falling to Maine Mairtime 2-1, and Husson 6-1. Johnson will play a pair of conference games at home this weekend, hosting New England College on Saturday and Colby-Sawyer on Sunday.
Lyndon went 1-1-1 for the week. Senior goalkeeper Matt LaClair posted a clean sheet against Green Mountain and only allowed a single goal in a double overtime time at Maine Maritime.
Maine Maritime went 1-1-1 this week, falling to Husson on Wednesday, defeating Johnson on Saturday and battling to a draw on Sunday with Lyndon. The Mariners return to action on Tuesday night at NESCAC's Bates College.
New England College went 1-1 on the week, opening with a tough 4-0 loss to Babson before rallying for a 7-1 win over Green Mountain on Saturday. Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, Mass.) had three goals and an assist against Green Mountain. NEC will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Amherst for a 4:00 p.m. start.
Thomas edged out the UMaine-Farmington, 1-0, on a goal from MacQuille Walker in their only matchup of the week. The Terriers will have four games this week as they begin on Monday, October 2, by hosting Bowdoin at 7:00 p.m.