Cheney, Noschang Named NSCAA Players of the Week for Oct. 24
Lauren Cheney (UCLA/Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kevin Noschang (Indiana/Cincinnati, Ohio) have earned NSCAA National Player of the Week honors for Oct. 24.
Cheney led the No. 1-ranked Bruins to a pair of wins over top teams, participating in all four goals in conference road victories over No. 2 Stanford and No. 19 California. Noschang scored a goal and added two assists to spark the No. 11 Hoosiers to 3-2 upset of No. 4 Notre Dame.
Each week, a male and female player is selected by a committee from a nomination pool comprised of players of the week from each NCAA Division I soccer conference. The players are announced each Wednesday afternoon until Nov. 1 through NSCAA.com, the official website of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They also are recognized at halftime of the NSCAA College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer Channel, a schedule of 20 men’s and women’s intercollegiate matches.
This week will features a trio of games, which kick off with a Conference USA men’s battle with No. 5 SMU travels to South Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff. Two top women’s teams square off on Thursday, Oct. 25, when No. 17 San Diego visits No. 6 Portland at 11 p.m. ET. Friday, Oct. 26, will see Georgia Southern at UNC Greensboro for a men’s contest at 8 p.m. ET.
F, So., UCLA, Indianapolis, Ind.
Cheney enjoyed a terrific weekend in the Bay Area, as she had a hand in all four Bruin goals during a pair of crucial conference wins over No. 2 Stanford and No. 19 Cal. Cheney, the conference scoring leader with 38 points (16g, 6a), scored UCLA’s first goal on a penalty kick in a 2-0 victory over Stanford on Friday evening. She also assisted on an insurance goal by Christina DiMartino in the 75th minute. Cheney was even more impressive against Cal on Sunday, scoring both UCLA goals in another 2-0 victory. She has tallied either a goal or an assist in 11 of 14 matches this season, owning the team lead in game-winning goals with five. With the two wins, UCLA moves into sole possession of first place in the conference standings as the only undefeated and untied team. The Bruins are seeking to become the first team conference history to win five straight league titles. UCLA is the No. 1 team in the latest NSCAA/adidas Coaches’ Poll.
F, Jr., Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio
Noschang netted a goal and racked up two assists in IU’s 3-2 upset victory over No. 4 Notre Dame. The junior leads the team in goals with five scores on the season. Against Ohio State, the Cincinnati native placed two of his three shots on goal in a 0-0 double overtime tie.