KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 15, 2021) – United Soccer Coaches announced its College Player of the Week awards on Wednesday afternoon, with seven student-athletes representing NCAA Division I, II, III and junior college men’s and women’s soccer.
NCAA Division I Men: Tyler Bagley (Cornell)
NCAA Division I Women: Allie Augur (Georgetown)
NCAA Division II Men: Alexandre Cox-Ashwood (Anderson Univ.)
NCAA Division II Women: Josefine Nilsen (Flagler)
NCAA Division III Men: Wilby Alfred (Rowan)
NCAA Division III Women: Myah Croze (Western Connecticut State)
NCAA Junior College Men: Flavio Espinoza (Whatcom CC)
NCAA Junior College Women: No Nominations
Junior goalkeeper Allie Augur (Northford, Conn.) won BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week while earning shutouts against top 25 teams last week, combining for 10 saves at #15 West Virginia on Thursday and against #16 Rutgers on Sunday. The junior had two stops against the Mountaineers in the double-overtime scoreless draw, before denying eight shots in the 1-0 victory over the Scarlet Knights.
On the men’s side, Cornell midfielder Tyler Bagley (San Clemente, Calif.) scored give goals and two assists on his way to being named Ivy League Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week. Bagley’s two assists each came on game-winning goals when he found Matthew Goncalves and Henry Hylbert on corner kicks.
Women’s DII title contenders Flagler got a lift from Josefine Nilsen (Färjestaden, Sweden), who scored three goals for the top-ranked team in the nation, two of those golden goals in overtime. She won the game against Lynn 8:51 into the first OT period, then scored both goals – including the double-OT winner – on the road at Rollins.
In men’s DII competition, Alexandre Cox-Ashwood, a senior from Wittenheim, France, led the Anderson Trojans to a pair of non-conference victories over Mount Olive (3-2) and Lander (5-2). He scored two goals in the win over Mount Olive and added a hat trick and an assist to his weekly total in the win over Lander. For the week, Cox-Ashwood finished with five goals and an assist for 11 points.
Myah Croze (Bristol, Conn.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week (DIII) after scoring three goals with one assist for seven points in a 2-0-0 week for Western Connecticut State, including both game-winning tallies. She scored two goals and set up another in a 4-1 over Ramapo, and added her third goal of the week in a 2-0 win over Wentworth. The sophomore leads the LEC with six goals and is second in the conference with 13 points.
Second-year forward Wilby Alfred (Neptune, N.J.) scored four goals and one assist in Rowan’s two wins at Haverford’s Jimmy Mills Tournament to earn this week’s DIII accolade. With the Profs trailing, 3-1, he scored twice in a span of :27 to tie the match, 3-3, as Rowan would win, 4-3, in overtime. He also scored both the tying goal and the game-winner in the 3-2 OT decision over Washington College, netting the first one at 68:25 with Rowan trailing, 2-1, and then giving the Profs the win with his goal in the 97th minute. He was also named the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week.
In the first junior college award category of the season, sophomore Flavio Espinoza (East Wenatchee, WA) added two more goals to his impressive tally for Whatcom CC (Bellingham, WA). He has scored in every game of the season for the Orcas.
Each Wednesday during the college regular season, United Soccer Coaches selects a men’s and women’s Player of the Week for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and Junior College competition based on nominations from schools and conferences. Nominations are due every Tuesday by 10 a.m. CT to be considered.