There are a host of freshman who have made an impact for their teams in just the three weeks of the D3 Men’s Soccer season. We take a look at how their seasons have been going and will let you choose – who is your pick for the top freshman in the 2017 Men’s Soccer season?
Look over how they’ve done, and cast your vote in the poll on the bottom. Voting closes at 7pm central, on 10/4.
A.J. Marcucci/GK – Connecticut College
.917 Save Pct. (T9th)
The Camels are unbeaten, and much of that success is thanks to freshman keeper A.J. Marcucci who has who is 6-0-1 while in net, and boasts a 0.49 goals-against average. Marcucci has made 44 saves to post a .917 save percentage.
In the Camel’s 2-0 win over Trinity (CT), Marcucci finished the match with three saves to extend the Camel’s scoreless streak to 339 minutes.
Brenden Valverde/F – Penn State Berks
1.25 Goals/Game (T7th)
24 Points in 8 games (T7th)
10 Goals (T8th)
After turning in a solid performance in a pair of matches last week, Penn State Berks freshman Brenden Valverde was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.
This marks Valverde’s second weekly conference award this season. He finished the week with five goals scored, two assists, and 12 total points to help lead Penn State Berks to a 1-1 record.
With 10 goals on the season, he ranks in a tie for 8th overall on D3 stat sheet, while his 1.25 goals/game and 24 points places him 7th.
Nicholas Jatta/MF – Lawrence
.71 Assists/Game (T17th)
The Lawrence squad hasn’t had much to cheer about this fall sitting on an 0-7 record, but the play of freshman midfielder Nicholas Jatta gives the Vikings hope for the future. Starting in all seven games for Lawrence, Jatta has one goal and five assists to total seven points on the season. His .71 assists/game ranks in a tie for 17th in D3. His one goal has come by way of nine shots.
Liam McLoughlin, F – Kings (PA)
1.43 Goals/Game (2nd)
10 Goals (T8th)
Kings (PA) freshman Liam McLoughlin earned his first MAC Freedom Conference weekly award after scoring four goals in two games, including his second career hat trick for the Monarchs during last week’s action.
McLoughlin scored all three of King’s goals in a 3-1 victory at Well, tallying his first two goals about a minute apart from each other early in the first half. He scored his third goal in the final five minutes to put the game away with the Monarchs holding a 2-1 lead.
In King’s 3-1 setback at SUNY New Paltz, McLoughlin closed out the week with the Monarch’s lone goal and has now scored 10 goals for 20 points in seven games this season including two hat tricks.
Nahuel Aligbay, M/F – Salem State
.86 Assists/Game (6th)
6 Assists (9th)
Nahuel Aligbay has recorded a point in every game but the opener for Salem State, and has scored in each of the Vikings last two games, including two assists and a goal during the Vikings’ 5-0 win over Mass-Maritime.
His six assists on the season ranks 9th in D3, and his .86 assists/game is 6th.
Nick Iregui, F – Westminster
Westminster’s Nick Iregue has a six goals in the Titan’s last three games. Iregui was recently named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Rookie of the Week for the last week.
Iregui helped the Titans to a 2-0 record last week, scoring a team-high four goals. He registered a hat trick in Westminster’s 9-0 win at Carlow Saturday evening. He currently leads the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) in points (19), is tied for first in goals (8) and is tied for second in assists (3).
Cole Gallagher/GK – Emory
.205 Goals-Against Average (8th)
Emory’s freshman keeper Cole Gallagher has logged 440 minutes in goal for the Eagles, allowing just one goal with 11 saves to boast a .917 save percentage.
Gallagher has been credited with three shutouts and has a 4-1 record.
The Eagles are currently on a four-game win streak, three of which have been shutouts.