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North Carolina FC Men’s College Soccer Round Up: Week 2

Sep 6, 2017

The North Carolina Football Club has over 90 soccer players with ties to the club’s NCFC Youth Academy or North Carolina FC U23 team taking part in men’s college soccer this season. The 2017 season is in week two and plenty of former NCFC Youth Academy and U23 players are continuing to make impacts for their respective teams.

UNCW Garners National Attention

Led by a host of former NCFC Youth Academy members, the UNC Wilmington men’s soccer team proved it could play with any team in the country over the holiday weekend. The Seahawks defeated then No. 4 UNC Chapel Hill 1-0 at home and went toe-to-toe with No. 12 Virginia on the road before falling 2-1 in extra time. UNCW’s play has sparked a move into the national rankings. The team is now ranked No. 15 in the latest poll.

Del Rosario Scores First College Goal

Lucas del Rosario opened his scoring account for No. 10 UNC Chapel Hill over the weekend, netting the team’s game-winning goal over UNCG. The 2017 Academy product finished off a cross from fellow former Academy member Jeremy Kelly.

Emory Wins Sonny Carter Tournament

Jason McCartney (NCFC Youth Academy) helped lead Emory to the Sonny Carter Tournament crown over the weekend. McCartney, who was named to the All-Tournament team, tallied a brace in Emory’s 3-0 victory over NC Wesleyan.

Academy Products Fuel Elon’s Victory

A pair of Academy products made an impact in Elon’s 2-0 victory over Presbyterian. Elijah Agu provided an assist on Elon’s first goal and defender Mickey Thomas found the back of the net for Elon’s second goal.

Duke Stays Undefeated

The Duke men’s soccer team remained undefeated after an overtime win and a draw. Former Academy player and current NCFC U23 member Cody Brinkman provided the game-winning assist in extra time during Duke’s 3-2 victory over High Point. On Tuesday night, former NCFC U23 player Brian White scored the Blue Devils’ only goal in a 1-1 draw with Presbyterian.

Additional Notes:

  • A pair of goalkeepers with ties to the club are posting nation-leading numbers to start the season. NCFC U23 goalkeeper Nacho Miras is fourth in the country with 24 saves. Winthrop’s Kenneth Perkinson, a 2013 Academy graduate, is ranked eighth in the nation with 21 saves.
  • Pittsburgh’s Josh Coan (NCFC U23) recorded an assist in Pitt’s 2-0 win over Longwood.
  • Appalachian State’s Ian Bennett (NCFC U23) scored the first goal of his college career with a strike in the Mountaineers 1-1 draw with LIU Brooklyn.
  • Steeve Ponna (NCFC U23) continued his hot start to the 2017 season with an assist in No. 12 Baker University’s(NAIA) 6-1 win over Ottawa University.
  • Hank Gauger (NCFC Youth Academy) saw 23 minutes of action in No. 2 Wake Forest’s 4-1 victory over St. Louis.
  • Danny Davis (NCFC Youth Academy) notched two assists for Davidson including the game-winning assist on the golden goal in the Wildcats' 3-2 OT victory over UNC Asheville.

* current rankings based on Sep. 5th United Soccer Coaches Poll

** previous rankings based on Aug. 29th United Soccer Coaches Poll

 

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