KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb 23, 2021) – United Soccer Coaches announced its College Player of the Week awards on Tuesday afternoon with five student-athletes representing all three NCAA Divisions.
NCAA Division I Men: Chris Sullivan (Bowling Green)
NCAA Division I Women: Amirah Ali (Rutgers)
NCAA Division II Men: Sam Keener (Lee)
NCAA Division II Women: Rachael Howard (Valdosta State)
NCAA Division III Men: Evan Blow (Randolph)
|NCAA Division I Men: Chris Sullivan (Bowling Green)||NCAA Division I Women: Amirah Ali (Rutgers)||NCAA Division II Men: Sam Keener (Lee)|
|NCAA Division II Women: Rachael Howard (Valdosta State)||NCAA Division III Men: Evan Blow (Randolph)|
In NCAA Division III, Randolph College senior forward Evan Blow (Charlottesville, Va.) set a personal career-high and school-record with four goals in an 8-1 win over Emory and Henry College.Bowling Green senior forward Chris Sullivan (Naperville, Ill.) was involved in the scoring of all three Bowling Green goals as the Falcons defeated Dayton, 3-2, in their season opener. Sullivan assisted on a goal in the 13th minute that tied the score at 1-1. Then, he scored a goal of his own to tie the contest once again. With just 7:48 remaining in the second half, he had the primary assist on the game-winning goal. It marked the second four-point match of Sullivan’s career. He now has career totals of 12 goals, 15 assists, and 39 points, leading active Falcons in all three categories. Rutgers senior forward Amirah Ali (Voorhees, N.J.) netted two of the three second-half goals in a comeback victory over Penn State. Trailing 2-1, Ali posted back-to-back goals to lift the Scarlet Knights to victory. The 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy Award candidate moved up to sixth on the Rutgers career charts with 27 career goals, as well as fifth all-time with 11 career game-winners.
In NCAA Division II, Valdosta State sophomore forward Rachael Howard (Walsall, England) scored two goals and one assist in her first two matches of the season. Howard scored her first two goals in a thrilling 4-3, overtime victory at West Georgia, while recording an assist against Flagler. On the men’s side, Lee redshirt junior goalkeeper Sam Keener (Dublin, Ohio) recorded seven saves over 110 minutes to record the shutout in a double-overtime draw against Auburn Montgomery. The Flames played a man down for 80 minutes and Keener kept the Warhawks off the scoreboard.
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.