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The college soccer season is just over a month away, and it could be one for the history books. Stanford’s Jordan Morris continues his meteoric rise through the national team system and has emerged as a consistent call-up for the men’s national team while still starring at the collegiate level. Georgetown’s Joshua Yaro continues to put off a professional career as he elongates an already stellar collegiate career with the Hoyas.
It’s a rare day when so much talent elects to stay in the college game, but it’s setting up for an exciting 2015 season.
Over the past few months, TopDrawerSoccer reached out to college coaches across the country to try to get their thoughts on the best players in the game for this season. TDS sent out a survey with six questions: who is the best defender, midfielder, forward, goalkeeper, player and who is your pick as the breakout player for the season. The results of the survey are anonymous.
Kentucky senior Callum Irving was the top vote getter for the best goalkeeper in college soccer. Irving recorded 10 shutouts in 2014 with a 0.98 goals against average. He made 65 saves over the course of the season. The Whitecaps Academy product has started all three years for the Wildcats. He is the reigning Conference USA Player of the Year.
There were a number of other players who also earned votes including Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Zach Bennett (Michigan State), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson), Connor Sparrow (Creighton), Nils Leifhelm (Rhode Island), Thomas Olsen (San Diego), Evan Louro (Michigan), Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount), and Jake McGuire (Tulsa).
Georgetown junior Joshua Yaro collected nearly all of the votes in the best defender in college soccer category. Yaro’s earned acclaim from coaches all across the country after three stellar seasons with the Hoyas.
Other players who earned votes in the best defender category include Kyle Fisher (Clemson), John Pothast (Marquette), Tyler David (Saint Louis), Jack Huber (UNC Asheville), Brandon Vincent (Stanford), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Michael Amick (UCLA), and Danilo Markovic (Siena(m)).
The best midfielder race was wide open with a number players garnering multiple votes. In the end, Notre Dame senior Patrick Hodan was the winner with the most votes. Hodan had nine goals and three assists last fall to lead the Irish.
Other players who received votes for the best midfielder in college soccer include Tanner Thompson (Indiana), Brian Illoski (UCLA), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest), James Moberg (Washington), Paul Clowes (Clemson), Louis Bennett II (Marquette), Geoffrey Dee (Tulsa), Timo Pitter (Creighton), Adrien Perez (Loyola Marymount), Todd Wharton (Virginia), Omar Holness (North Carolina), Pablo Aguilar (Virginia), Peter Gadze (Siena(m)), and Adam Najem (Akron).
Jordan Morris was easily named the best forward in college soccer. The Stanford star scored four goals and had six assists as a sophomore. Morris proved to be one of the most dangerous players in college soccer.
Other players who earned votes as the best forward include Abu Danladi (UCLA), Darius Madison (Virginia), Diego Campos (Clemson), Fabian Herbers (Creighton), C. Nortey (Marquette), Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Michael Gamble (Wake Forest), and Alexander Tejera (Siena(m)).
In the breakout player category, no player stood out from the crowd with a dozen or so players earning about the same amount of votes. Players who were recognized include Daniel Musovski (UNLV), Christian Thierjung (California), Jason Wright (Rutgers), Corey Baird (Stanford), Oliver Shannon (Clemson), Jamie Merriam (West Virginia), Ray Saari (Tulsa), Ricardo Lopez Espin (Creighton), Tim Kubel (Louisville), Ian Svantesson (UAB), Alvaro Madrigal (Loyola Marymount), Brandon Aubrey (Notre Dame), Abu Danladi (UCLA), Amirgy Pineda* (Cal State Fullerton), Eryk Williamson* (Maryland), Tanner Thompson (Indiana), Junior Rosero (Siena(m)), Francis de Vries (Saint Francis (PA)), Faik Hadjerovic (Saint Louis), Mario Ortiz (UC Irvine), Juan Sebastian Sanchez* (Tulsa), and Geoffrey Acheampong* (UC Santa Barbara).
For the best player overall in college soccer, Jordan Morris beat out Joshua Yaro for the honor with only a few more votes than the defender. It was a large gap between second and third, but there were still other players who received votes including Abu Danladi (UCLA), Freddy Ruiz (UAB), Arun Basuljevic (Georgetown), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Fabian Herbers (Creighton), David Graydon (Saint Louis), and Michael Gamble (Wake Forest).
I own one of the orange ones with the thin, white hoops. Big fan of these white ones.
A little plain, basically a dri-fit T-shirt with our symbol on it.
Was hoping for these in CU colors
Not to be a douche but my club team was called Clemson United and our shield symbol is almost the EXACT one Clemson is using. I still have a car magnet from my team with a shield with the paw on it and the stars just like that. It's almost a carbon copy. Guess we were ahead of our time. Our jerseys looked a lot better than those though
I figured we were not having an unveiling party for some all white jerseys. Better than all white but not must kop.
Sucks they aren't selling them to the public.
Oh but you can get them
I got one of the Orange ones from a few years ago at the Athletic Department. Tell me where to find this one, por favor.
Home looks a lot better than the road imo
You can probably get these from the Athletic Department. If not there's another option
Tommy McNamara scored his 5th goal and added an assist in last nights 3-1 win over DC United. Goal was a tap-in and assist was a hockey assist, but still playing well.
Highlights - http://fw.to/SfRuHjX
Phanuel Kavita has started 2 games for RSL. They have gone with youth a couple times over the last few weeks and Kavita has started both times. They got trashed, but at least Kavita is getting some time with the first team. He has been playing primarily with the USL RSL Monarchs team.
Amadou Dia continues to get quality minutes at outside back for Sporting Kansas City.
Manolo Sanchez has played in 3 games as a sub for NYCFC.
4 players under Coach Noonan that are in MLS right now after having a significant drought the last few years under Adair. The only player late in Adair's tenure is Joe Bendik who is Toronto's GK.
We beat Campbell 2-0 and then thrashed UAB 5-1 away yesterday in exhibition matches. UAB is typically pretty solid. Made the NCAAT last year and tied LVille in their other Exhibition match.
Season starts Friday against ETSU. UAB scorers were Casher (2x), Murphy, Mafi, Jones.
Aaron Jones was a transfer from Georgia State. He was 2nd Team All Sun Belt in 2014 starting all but one game of his two years at GSU. Plays defense, so fills a big need for us.
I don't care all that much about Women's Soccer outside the WC, but Clemson Women won their first match against Charleston 2-0 yesterday.
Freshmen, Lauren Harkes who is John Harkes daughter scored one of the goals.
Clemson wins the opener vs ETSU 3-1
Women's soccer beat SC tonight 2-1.
The Clemson men's soccer team improved to 1-0-0 on the young season with a 3-1 win over East Tennessee State at Historic Riggs Field Friday night. The Tigers trailed 1-0 early on before scoring three unanswered goals.
Senior captain Paul Clowes scored Clemson’s first goal, and the equalizer, in the 69th minute. Goalkeeper and fellow team captain Andrew Tarbell made a phenomenal outlet pass from the box that fell to junior Alex Happi’s feet at midfield. He drove the ball upfield and passed ahead to Clowes, who scored from the top of the box into the lower left corner. Both Tarbell and Happi received assists on the goal.
"I was happy that we came out in the second with a little more purpose to the way we were playing," head coach Mike Noonan said. "East Tennessee didn't make it easy, but we can certainly play better."
Junior Iman Mafi scored the game-winner for Clemson, netting an unassisted goal from the top of the box into the lower left corner of the net in the 79th minute.
"I thought the best part of the game tonight was the crowd, I thought they were fantastic," Noonan said of the crowd of more than 2,400. "Very proud of the guys to see the game through, the crowd gave us the energy."
Sophomore Oliver Shannon ended the night on an even higher note with his strike in the 86th minute, off assists from sophomore Diego Campos and junior Austen Burnikel.
Clemson takes the field next on Sunday at 6 p.m. when Mercer visits Historic Riggs Field.
The home jerseys aren't something that I would typically like but those are pretty awesome.
Would have it think that Historic Riggs Field is one of the nicer college soccer venues around, is that the case?
For looking at the boxscore and typical positions for the team it looks like Clemson line-up with this Starting XI
Jones - Bunk-Anderson - Fisher - Mafi
Who knows though because Mafi had an goal from the top of the box, but he was listed as a D on the box score. Cashner was listed as F, but typically plays attacking mid ahead of Clowles/Shannon at holding midfield. Bunk-Anderson is a player that I have never even heard of, but he is a FR from Denmark that is a central defender.
Mafi with a real nice goal.
Clemson's Women's Coach with a shirt even Dabo wouldn't wear.
Clemson improves to 2-0-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over Mercer.
The Clemson men’s soccer team improved to 2-0-0 on the season Sunday night with a 4-1 result over Mercer at Historic Riggs Field. Clemson has scored seven goals in its first two matches. Senior captain Kyle Fisher got the offense started with a header into the net in the 24th minute. Sophomore Saul Chinchilla and junior Iman Mafi assisted on the goal, which was initially deflected by the goalkeeper. “The score probably flattered us a little bit, but we’ve scored seven goals in two games against two really good opponents,” head coach Mike Noonan said. Junior Austen Burnikel, last season’s leading goal scorer, scored Clemson’s second goal of the night in the 59th minute off an assist from sophomore Diego Campos. Chinchilla scored a goal of his own in the 78th minute when senior Kyle Murphy crossed one from the right side. “When you score the third goal in any game, it’s almost like a dagger,” Noonan said. “Saul did really well to finish that." Senior captain Paul Clowes scored Clemson’s final goal of the night, his second in as many games, in the 79th minute off assists from Mafi and freshman Patrick Bunk-Andersen. Redshirt junior captain Andrew Tarbell turned in another strong performance in goal to improve to 2-0 on the season, he made three saves.
As a team, Clemson out-shot Mercer 20-9 and took 10 corner kicks to Mercer’s three.
Clemson has four days to prepare for in-state rival South Carolina, who will visit Historic Riggs Field Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
And now the women:
Kyle Fisher ranked #23 best player in country (#5 in ACC) by Top Drawer Soccer.
Paul Clowes ranked #48 best player in the country (#11 in ACC) by Top Drawer Soccer
Kyle Fisher ranked #22 best player for MLS Draft by Soccer by Ives
Kailen Sheriden (GK) ranked #28 best player in country (#7 in ACC) by Top Drawer Soccer.
Claire Wagner (D) ranked #19 best player in ACC by Top Drawer Soccer
Even in Futbol we too deep.
Anyone going to the game tonight? Play scar at 7:30.
Beautiful buildup for the Tigers so far.
Also, these home shirts are a must kop for
Me if I can find one. @kylebw7
Team is playing really well right now.
Have hit the cross bar three times.
I <3 Clemson
Also front row here...
@ClemsonMSoccer: Historic Riggs Field is #ClemsonLOUD tonight...