Week one is officially in the books for Division I men’s soccer and five Timbers Academy grads made their first official collegiate appearances.
Sapling Scholar of the Week: Collin Partee (Fr., Utah Valley) – If asked who the first starting goalkeeper in Utah Valley men’s soccer history, the answer is Collin Partee (Camas). With six saves between the pipes, Partee also earned the first victory in Wolverines history as Utah Valley routed Massachusetts 5-1. In addition to showing soft hands and strong shot stopping skill, Partee looked very composed as he organized and led from the back.
Week 1 Player-by-Player Recap: (Writers Note: I was able to watch Utah Valley v. UMass, Gonzaga v. Washington and second half of Akron v. New Mexico. Info from those matches is from what I saw, while others are based on box scores and recaps from the colleges.)
Niko De Vera (Fr., Akron) – De Vera (Camas), did not play in the No. 13 Zips’ 1-0 loss at No. 5 New Mexico.
Jesse Garcia-Aguilar (Fr., Akron) – Garcia-Aguilar (Portland) played 44 minutes at center midfielder, and helped push the pace for the Zips in the second period against the Lobos. Garcia-Aguilar also took corners for Akron.
Spencer Kleweno (So., Oregon State) – Kleweno (Portland) played 13 minutes for the Beavers in two matches as Oregon State topped Evansville 3-1 and UCF 1-0 to win the Nike Portland Invitational. Kleweno entered Corvallis as a forward and after not playing during his freshman season, is transitioning into the midfield.
Foster Langsdorf (Fr., Stanford) – Langsdorf (Vancouver) did not play as No. 20 Stanford lost 2-0 to Creighton and topped Nebraska-Omaha 2-1 in overtime.
Anthony Macchione (Fr., Akron) – Macchione (Camas) played the entire second half for Akron and looked good on the ball for the Zips. Macchione did not have any chances in the box, but was solid when attacking wide and when he was left in tight space.
James Nosack (So., Washington) – Nosack (Vancouver) saw his team get the better of Gonzaga in a 4-0 victory, but only saw a little time on the field. Nosack entered the match shortly after the third Washington goal.
Alex Segovia (Fr., Oregon State) – Segovia (Beaverton) did not appear during the Beavers’ opening weekend.
Sam Werner (Fr., Stanford) – Werner (Bozeman, Mont.) did not see action on Stanford’s trip to Nebraska.
Ben White (Fr., Gonzaga) – White (Tigard) and his Bulldogs fell to Nosack’s Huskies, but White started at right back and went the full 90 in his collegiate debut. White’s side may have given up four goals, but the freshmen did not play like it was his first match at the college level in Spokane. White looked solid 1v1 and did not shy away from contact against stronger opponents. White also sent in a few solid crosses and free kicks during the match.
Sapling Scholar of the Week Honorees:
- Week 1: Collin Partee, Fr., GK, Utah Valley