The men's college soccer season is in full swing, with most teams engaged in conference play, and the Dynamo Academy has five players currently playing for teams ranked in the top eight in the country (No. 4 UNC, No. 5 Tulsa, No. 8 SMU).
The 2010 season marks the first group of college seniors who spent time in the Dynamo Academy, so college soccer is especially worth watching to see which players might be drafted or even signed prior to the draft in the 2010-11 offseason.
Below is a report on Dynamo Academy players this weekend, sorted by year of eligibility:
Roberts has only played in three games due to injury, and UNC-Wilmington is not as strong without him. The Seahawks beat James Madison 2-1 last Wednesday but fell to Old Dominion 1-0 in an upset on Saturday and could drop out of the Top 25.
Soto helped the Mustangs recover from their first loss of the season with two wins this week. SMU started with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over No. 20 South Carolina on Wednesday, with Soto netting the game-winning goal from the penalty spot. Soto played 85 of 95 minutes on Sunday as the Mustangs downed Marshall 2-1 in overtime. SMU now has more than a week off before hosting Tulsa in a huge match on Oct. 20.
Dixon, nursing a hamstring injury, was held out of UNC's 5-1 win over Radford last Tuesday and its more important 1-0 win over Wake Forest on Friday to move to 5-0 in ACC play. The Tar Heels play at Liberty Tuesday night, then play at Boston College on Friday. Having already beaten UVA, Maryland, Duke, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State, the Tar Heels will be favored to run the table in their last seven games and take the ACC regular season title. Dixon will hope to return in time for the postseason, where he made such an impact last year.
Holz appeared as a substitute in both of Stanford's games last week, a 2-0 loss at Washington and a 1-0 overtime win at Oregon State. The Cardinal, 1-2 in Pac-10 play, will host UCLA on Friday and San Diego State on Sunday in games that could be evaluated by members of the Dynamo staff, given Houston's Saturday match in San Jose.
Kirby started both games as Denver went unbeaten on a two-game road trip in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, beating New Mexico on Friday 1-0 despite being outshot 21-4 and holding out for a 0-0 tie with UNLV on Sunday. In a quick turnaround, the Pioneers host New Mexico and UNLV this weekend in Denver.
Vasquez did not play in SMU's wins over South Carolina and Marshall.
Boullt continues to start regularly, but Tulsa suffered back-to-back losses to ranked teams and will surely drop from its lofty No. 5 in the rankings this week. The Golden Hurricane fell 3-1 at No. 11 Creighton, then lost 1-0 against No. 20 South Carolina in a key Conference USA match. Tulsa will try to get back on track when it hosts Marhsall on Friday.
Ibeagha started both matches at center back as Duke cruised past Davidson 4-1 in its mid-week game, then battled North Carolina State to a 0-0 tie on the road on Friday. The Blue Devils are back in the national spotlight on Friday, playing at UC Santa Barbara in front of the best college soccer crowd in the country on Fox Soccer Channel at 10 p.m. CT.
Odenigwe made the fourth appearance of his freshman campaign in the Tar Heels' 5-1 win over Radford last Tuesday. He was not one of the 12 players UNC used in its win over Wake Forest.
did not appear in either match as Wake Forest beat Appalachian State 1-0 on Tuesday and lost 1-0 to North Carolina on Friday. The Demon Deacons play at William & Mary on Tuesday, then
host North Carolina State on Saturday.
Wall did not play and remains eligible to redshirt this season but is serving as the Irish backup with starter Will Walsh unavailable. Notre Dame beat Indiana but lost at West Virginia last week. This week, Notre Dame hosts Marquette and plays at Louisville.
Area College Teams
After a week off, HBU resumes play at Centenary on Oct. 16, returning home for four consecutive home games Oct. 21-Nov. 2.