KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2019) — United Soccer Coaches announced its College Player of the Week awards on Tuesday afternoon with eight student-athletes representing all three NCAA divisions, and two representatives from the junior college ranks, being honored.
NCAA Division I Men: Tristan Trager (Air Force)
NCAA Division I Women: Paula Germino-Watnick (Georgetown)
NCAA Division II Men: Ryan King (Clayton State)
NCAA Division II Women: Taylor Green (Lee)
NCAA Division III Men: Kornell Hilliard (Spalding)
NCAA Division III Women: Mikayla Blumenstock (Utica)
Junior College Men: Melvyn Perez-Cortez (El Camino)
Junior College Women: Cariel Ellis (Holmes CC)
Air Force sophomore forward Tristan Trager (San Clemente, Calif.) had back-to-back hat tricks and scored six of seven goals last week for the Falcons. Georgetown senior midfielder Paula Germino-Watnick (Chevy Chase, Md.) recorded a hat trick, scoring all three goals in the only action for the Hoyas last week, a win over St. John’s.
Clayton State senior forward Ryan King (County Durham, England) scored five goals last week, including a hat trick and the game-winner in a 3-2 upset win over No. 7 Francis Marion. Lee senior goalkeeper Taylor Green (Ooltewah, Tenn.) recorded a pair of shutout victories last week, including a 1-0 double overtime win over 24th-ranked West Alabama.
Kornell Hilliard (Louisville, Ky.), a senior forward from Spalding University, scored six goals and dished out one assist last week for 13 points. He recorded back-to-back hat tricks to propel his team into the conference tournament. Utica College senior forward Mikayla Blumenstock (Poland, N.Y.) scored seven goals and had one assist for 15 points. She scored four goals in one game and three in another to set single-season school records for goals and points.
El Camino College freshman midfielder Melvyn Perez-Cortez (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored two goals and had one assist for five points in a pair of wins last week. Holmes Community College freshman forward Cariel Ellis (Madison, Miss.) scored four goals and had one assist for nine points last week. She scored the game-winner in the Region XXIII Championship.
Each Tuesday 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.