We’re a couple weeks into the college soccer season, and already we’ve seen more than a few brilliant goals and performances from around the country. A No. 1 team has been upset, and we’ve got a new NSCAA poll leader after just two weeks of the season in the Creighton Bluejays.
And we’re seeing the same names bringing us video gold. Earlier, JPW brought you video of Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone returning to this space with a great free kick. Now Evansville’s Ian McGrath has forced us to acknowledge his distance wizardry for a second time in just a couple weeks.
On Aug. 22, we brought you McGrath’s great finish of this team goal. However, is this one better?
Usually we’ll bring you teams that are hot or have done something extraordinary, but for this debut edition let’s begin with three teams who’ve looked strong to start the season despite tricky schedules.
1. Creighton (3-0) — Throw in exhibition wins over Bradley and Northwestern, and Bradley has given up one goal through six matches, scoring 19. Bonkers.
2. Notre Dame (3-0-1) — Yet to concede a goal, starter Chris Hubbard has only had to make nine saves through four matches.
3. Coastal Carolina (3-0-1) — Beat No. 22 Old Dominion, then VCU, then No. 18 Charlotte by 2-0 score lines before drawing No. 6 Clemson 1-1.
- Be sure to keep an eye out for Daniel Johnson‘s goal for Louisville tonight versus Kentucky, which was a dipper from the former West Ham Academy man from Georgia.
Maybe we cursed Providence’s big American forward Mac Steeves, who had his three-match streak of braces broken over the weekend, but the Friars are still 3-0-1 after a tie a Holy Cross and win over Rhode Island.
- Sticking with the theme of teams we’ve written about, Jamie Clark’s Washington Huskies went cross country to keep their record unblemished at 3-0-1. Like his Dad at Notre Dame, Clark’s charges have yet to allow a goal in wins over Gonzaga, UC Davis and Drexel plus a draw at Penn.
- Sometimes you just catch a team worth watching, and Wright State has really impressed me early this season (most notably in last night’s 3-0 win over Cincinnati). Peguy Ngatcha has four goals in as many games, and goalkeeper Tyler Blackmer has shone between the sticks. In the buildup, Eric Lynch and Jackson Dietrich have shown good vision. Keep an eye on the Raiders.
- DYK: The top three assist men in Division I this early season all come from the MAC? West Virginia’s Joey Piatczyc has five, while Bowling Green’s Bismark Agyeman and Buffalo’s Marcus Hanson have four a piece. Also with four, but not a part of #MACtion, is American University’s Liam Robley.
- Maryland! The Terps have taken an amazing 82 shots — 20.5 per outing — to lead the nation in shots per game. The Terps have come out of the gate with a tough set of matches (Notre Dame, St. John’s, UCLA and Akron), and are 2-1-1.