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Saplings at School: Week 2 Recap

A couple academy grads help set-up goals, while another Akron debut is made.

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Week two was up-and-down for the Timbers Academy graduates and their college squads, with only Stanford leaving the week without a loss (Stanford’s second game from the Week 2 Preview will be included in the Week 4 Recap due to its Tuesday kickoff).

Note: Only caught bits and pieces of a few matches, so this is strictly from box scores and match reports.

Sapling Scholar of the Week: Jesse Garcia-Aguilar (Fr., Akron) – Garcia-Aguilar (Portland) earned a start in both of Akron’s matches in the state of Florida. As has been the case whenever Garcia-Aguilar has been on the field, the freshman took corners for Akron. Garcia-Aguilar played 89 minutes in the midfield in a 2-1 double overtime loss to South Florida before going 78 minutes in a 1-1 double overtime draw against Florida Gulf Coast. According to the Akron match report, Garcia-Aguilar was the pass that set-up the assist for the opening goal of the match.

Week 2 Player-by-Player Recap

Niko De Vera (Fr., Akron) – De Vera (Camas) needed to wait for Akron’s second match of its Florida trip and third match of the season to make his collegiate debut, doing so as a starter against Florida Gulf Coast. De Vera started as a fullback against the Eagles and went 90 minutes in a 1-1 double overtime draw.

Spencer Kleweno (So., Oregon State) – Kleweno (Portland) did not play as the Beavers split with Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2-0 W) and Marquette (1-0 L) in Milwaukee.

Foster Langsdorf (Fr., Stanford) – Langsdorf (Vancouver) did not play in Stanford’s 2-0 victory over San Jose State.

Anthony Macchione (Fr., Akron) – Macchione (Camas) registered the first shot in Division I soccer for a Timbers Academy graduate as he took two shots, including one on frame, as a starting forward against South Florida. Macchione went 66 minutes in the loss to the Bulls, before playing 14 minutes off the bench in the draw against Florida Gulf Coast.

James Nosack (So., Washington) – Nosack (Vancouver) played four minutes and placed a shot on frame (just hours after Macchione’s) in the No. 4 Huskies’ 4-1 win over No. 22 Seattle. Nosack did not play in Washington’s 2-1 overtime loss to Saint Mary’s.

Collin Partee (Fr., Utah Valley) – Partee (Camas) started both of Utah Valley’s matches in Chicago over the weekend and was the hard luck loser at DePaul as he made eight saves in 90 minutes. The Blue Demons won the match 1-0 over Utah Valley as a free kick hit the cross bar and ricocheted down off the back of the diving Partee and back into the goal (based on video highlights, Partee had the upper 90 covered and was hard done by a bad bounce). Partee started against Loyola Chicago (game played at Northwestern) but was replaced at halftime with a 0 save/0 goals against stat line (Loyola Chicago topped Utah Valley 1-0).

Alex Segovia (Fr., Oregon State) – Segovia (Beaverton) did not play against Wisconsin-Milwaukee or Marquette.

Sam Werner (Fr., Stanford) – Werner (Bozeman, Mont.) did not play against San Jose State.

Ben White (Fr., Gonzaga) – White (Tigard) continues as the starting right back for the Bulldogs having gone 75 minutes at Marquette (2-0 L) and 71 minutes at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (2-1 L). Wisconsin-Milwaukee struggled to clear one of White’s corners and after the initial short clearance was passed on to Graison Le, who scored Gonzaga’s lone goal.

Sapling Scholar of the Week Honorees:
- Week 2: Jesse Garcia-Aguilar, Fr., MF, Akron
- Week
1: Collin Partee, Fr., GK, Utah Valley