UC Santa Barbara senior midfielder Luis Silva has been tabbed for CS360 Primetime Player of the Week honors for Division I men's soccer, as announced by CollegeSoccer360.com. The Los Angeles native is the top honoree among eight D-I men (listed below) who were named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, for Oct. 3-9 . The Primetime designation recognizes players based on situational factors (such as quality of opponent, clutch play, leadership, all-around contributions, etc.) displayed in their performances during the past week, rather than solely on raw stats (full listing of criteria included below). See briefinfo. and action photos below for all eight honorees, with headshots pictured in right sidebar.
UC Santa Barbara senior midfielder Luis Silva (left)
SILVA proved his worth as a clutch goalscorer during the past week, most notably in UCSB's 2-1 overtime triumph over defending NCAA champion Akron (cs360 #3). The senior tied that tension-packed game in the 64th minute, after taking a cross from Dom Sarle and scoring on a 10-yard shot to the lower-right corner. Silva's heroics continued in the opening minute of OT, cashing in a leftside combination sequence from James and Michael Nonni by scoring from close range (90:33).
Akron had lost only once in its previous 60 games and was riding 18-game unbeaten streak (dating back to late October of the 2010 season). Later in the week, Silva helped win another overtime game by opening the scoring ('11) in UCSB's Big West Conference opener at UC Davis (2-1).
Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-40 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a preseason conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification/participation.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.
All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools.
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll Week-7 (Division I men)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Oct. 3-9, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
DION ACOFF (Creighton ... F ... Jr. ... Upland, CA ... #6)
..... Speedy frontrunner who scored in pair of road wins over Big Ten opponents: at cs360 #40 Wisconsin (1-1, ’62; 20-yds far-post; 2-1 OT win) and in 1-0 game at #9 Indiana (’42; 19-yds, assisted by Tyler Polak).
MARK BARONE (Michigan State ... D ... Sr. ... Grand Rapids, MI ... #7)
..... Versatile center back who was strong at both ends of the field in 1-0 win over #26 Penn State, scoring on far-post header via Rubin Vega’s leftside corner (’30) and anchoring defense that did not allow a shot-on-goal (4 total shots; 2 corners); earlier scored and assisted on Adam Montague’s goal in 2-1 win over Milwaukee; converted midfielder who shifted to back line after gm-2 injury suffered by Kevin Cope.
PHIL BOERGER (Syracuse ... G ... Sr. ... Jamestown, ND ... #25)
..... Saved all seven shots he faced (two in final minutes of 2nd OT) during scoreless draw with cs360 #11 Louisville (his busy day included dealing with 31 total shots and nine corners from the Cardinals).
DOM DWYER (South Florida ... F .. Jr. ... London, England ... #14)
.... BIG EAST’s leading scorer (10G, most by Bulls player since ’05) who found the net twice in BIG EAST showdown vs. cs360 #10 St. John’s (2-0), after earlier scoring in 2-0 win over nationally-ranked Florida Gulf Coast.
OLIVER KUPE (Northwestern ... F ... Sr. ... Clarkson, MI ... #8)
..... Scored pair of key goals on the road, with tying score at cs360 #16 Notre Dame (79’; 9-yds thru ‘keepers legs; 1-1 final) and later a header (’48) for 2-0 lead on Big Ten leader Ohio State (#36; won 3-2).
CODY PARTYKA (Marshall ... D ... Jr. ... Venetia, PA ... #16)
..... Veteran center back who has helped lead Herd to top of the C-USA standings, most recently in 2-0 win at cs360 #35 Kentucky (team allowed only 4 shots-on-goal) and 1-1 final vs. #33 SMU (lone Mustangs goal came on direct kick).
BRENDAN ROSLUND (San Francisco ... G ... Jr. ... Denver, CO ... #1)
..... Did not allow a goal in 200 minutes of action vs. Bay-Area rivals, at cs360 #19 Santa Clara (2-0; program’s first win at SCU since ’93) and at home vs. St. Mary’s (0-0), totaling 11 saves while dealing with 34 total shots and 15 corner kicks; Dons, now atop WCC standings, had won at SCU only three times in previous 43 seasons.
*LUIS SILVA (UC Santa Barbara ... M ... Sr. ... Los Angeles, CA ... #7)
..... Clutch goalscorer who tied game vs. defending NCAA champ Akron (cs360 #3; ’64, 10-yds low-rt, off Dom Sarle cross) and then scored quickly in OT (90:33; 5-yds, via leftside service from James Kiffe & Michael Nonni); Akron had lost only once in previous 60 games and was riding 18-game unbeaten streak; also opened scoring in 2-1 OT win at UC Davis (’11).
* – Primetime Player of the Week
Honorees pictured below (Luis Silva above) ... left side, from top: Dion Acoff, Phil Boerger and Oliver Kupe ... right side, from top: Mark Barone, Dom Dwyer, Cody Partyka and Brendan Roslund.