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Saplings at School: Week 1 Preview

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Timbers Academy grads get collegiate careers started on Friday, with one freshman possibly a day one starter.

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After a week of exhibition matches at the Division 1 level, the college soccer season kicks off for real on Friday.

While information was not available for all the Saplings' exhibition matches, but the Timbers Academy grads at Gonzaga, Akron and Stanford all saw action for their respective sides.

Jesse Garcia-Aguilar (Fr.) started for the No. 13 Akron Zips in an exhibition loss to No. 2 Maryland, which also saw Niko De Vera (Fr.) and Anthony Macchione (Fr.) earn playing time in the second period. Garcia-Aguilar opened the match at a central midfield position, while De Vera played left back and Macchione sat atop in a forward spot. De Vera started the second period for Akron against Syracuse, while Garcia-Aguilar and Macchione entered the match later in the second half as substitutes.

Foster Langsdorf (Fr.) and Sam Werner (Fr.) both saw second period action in Stanford's exhibitions against Cal St. Bakersfield and Saint Mary's. At Gonzaga, Ben White (Fr.) appears to have earned a starting spot for the Bulldogs as he started against Trinity Western and has been spoken of highly by head coach Eintar Thorarinsson.

(Scheduling Note: Recaps of the Saplings at School will be set for Tuesday's with previews for the upcoming week on Wednesday's)

WEEK 1 CO-MATCHES OF THE WEEK: (A) No. 13 Akron at No. 5 New Mexico (8/29 – 6 p.m.), (B) No. 20 Stanford at (RV) Creighton (8/29 – 5 p.m.)

NON-D1 MATCH OF THE WEEK: Willamette (Stefan Wutte, So.) at No. 3 Loras (8/31 - 2:30 p.m.)

WEEK 1 FIXTURE LIST (all times Pacific)

Friday, August 29
No. 6 Washington
at Gonzaga, 5 p.m. Gonzaga Soccer Field, Spokane, Wash.
Live Stats ... Live Video
- Washington: James Nosack (So.)
- Gonzaga: Ben White (Fr.)

No. 13 Akron at No. 5 New Mexico, 6 p.m. UNM Soccer Complex, Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats ... Live Video
- Akron: Niko De Vera (Fr.), Jesse Garcia-Aguilar (Fr.), Anthony Macchione (Fr.)

No. 20 Stanford at Creighton (RV), 5 p.m. Michael G. Morrison, S.J. Stadium, Omaha, Neb.
Live Stats (PPV Live Video available through Creighton's website)
- Stanford: Foster Langsdorf (Fr.), Sam Werner (Fr.)

Evansville at Oregon State (Nike Portland Invite), 7:30 p.m. Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
Live Stats
- Oregon State: Spencer Kleweno (So.), Alex Segovia (Fr.)

Saturday, August 30
Massachusetts at Utah Valley, 7:30 p.m. Clyde Field, Orem, Utah
Live Stats ... Live Video
- Utah Valley: Collin Partee (Fr.)

Sunday, August 31
Central Florida at Oregon State (Nike Portland Invite), Noon. Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
Live Stats ... Television: Pac-12 Oregon
- Oregon State: Kleweno, Segovia

No. 20 Stanford at Nebraska-Omaha, 5 p.m. Al F. Caniglia Field, Omaha, Neb.
Live Stats ... Live Video
- Stanford: Langsdorf, Werner