KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2021) – United Soccer Coaches announced its College Player of the Week awards on Wednesday afternoon, with eight student-athletes representing NCAA Division I, II, III, and NJCAA men’s and women’s soccer. NCAA Division I Men: Kevin O’Toole (Princeton) NCAA Division I Women: Kayza Massey (West Virginia)
NCAA Division II Men: Rodrigo Descalzo Rocca (Adelphi) NCAA Division II Women: Valentina Bonaiuto (Clayton State)NCAA Division III Men: Chase Rider (Pitt-Bradford) NCAA Division III Women: Sara Bane (Randolph College)Junior College Men: Mario Carlos (El Camino College)Junior College Women: Ravynne Wilson (Holmes Community College)Junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey (Ottawa, Canada) was lights out for West Virginia in two overtime games. Massey completed her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season as the Mountaineers played both No. 21 Texas and Baylor to scoreless draws. The junior notched a career-high seven saves against the Longhorns last Thursday, then matched that mark against the Bears on Sunday. West Virginia has nine shutouts on the season, including in the last three matches against Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech.In men’s DI action, senior midfielder Kevin O’Toole (Montclair, N.J.) had a hand in five of Princeton’s six goals this week, including a 3-goal, 1-assist afternoon at Harvard in a 4-1 win for the Tigers. All three of his goals came in a span of 7:23 in the second half, turning a 1-1 game into a 4-1 win to keep Princeton in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. Senior goalkeeper Valentina Bonaiuto (Valencia, Venezuela) had a perfect week in net for Clayton State in women’s DII soccer. She helped the Lakers to a 2-0 week and recorded two shutouts, including 11 saves in a 3-0 win over Georgia College. She had four saves in a 1-0 win over UNG, facing 16 shots (11 in the second half).On the men’s side, Adelphi University got a major boost from second-year forward Rodrigo Descalzo Rocca (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He generated five goals in two games last week that moved him into the top five scoring leaders in Division II. With his team down 2-0 in the second half, Descalzo picked up a brace in a span of 6:28 that leveled the score at 2-2 and ultimately helped lead to a 4-3 overtime victory at Bentley. Rocca then scored his first collegiate hat trick in a 5-0 shutout of Saint Anselm, including the game-winner that kept him atop the Division II leaderboard for game-winning goals.In women’s DIII soccer, senior forward Sara Bane (Blue Ridge, Va.) led Randolph College with 13 points on the week. Bane scored twice and tied a Randolph game record with three assists in the WildCats’ 8-0 win over Sweet Briar. Bane netted a hat trick in the team’s 9-0 win over Hollins this past Saturday. She leads the ODAC with 14 goals scored and 33 points.On the men’s side, Washington College midfielder Eric Gwadz (Washington, D.C.) led his side to a historical week. Gwadz scored four of the team’s five goals in a 2-0 week for the Shoremen as they clinched a conference tournament spot for the first time in five years. In a 2-1 win over No. 24 Swarthmore, he scored both goals, one in each half as Washington won for the fourth time in a row at home over the Garnet. On Saturday in a 3-1 victory over McDaniel, he scored the first goal of the contest in the 60th minute and with the Shoremen holding on to a 2-1 lead, he added the insurance score for his second of the night.In the NJCAA, we have our first repeat winner of the season in Ravynne Wilson (Meridian, Miss.) of Holmes CC. The second-year forward scored five goals in two wins, including the result over No. 4 East Central.On the men’s side, El Camino College forward Mario Carlos (Torrance, Calif.) scored three goals in their two wins over Pasadena City and LA Harbor.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.