TAMPA, Fla. – FC Golden State Force forward Mark Verso has been awarded PDL Player of the Week honors after scoring a hat trick in his side’s 6-0 win against the OC Blues U23 in Week 9.
A rising senior at Stanford University, Verso netted the first two goals of the game against the Blues U23 before scoring the Force’s fourth of the match in the 64th minute.
PDL Team of the Week
GK – Andrew Putna, Chicago Fire U-23: University of Illinois at Chicago’s Putna was instrumental in helping the Fire U-23 take down the Des Moines Menace, making six saves in a 1-0 win at Toyota Park.
D – Jamie McGuinness, IMG Academy: McGuinness was solid in two wins for IMG, including a 2-0 victory against Palm Beach Suns FC, and he scored the game-winning goal against SW Florida Adrenaline on Saturday.
D – Matt Eronemo, Kitsap Pumas: Eronemo played all 90 minutes in the Pumas’ victory over the Sounders FC U23 on June 29, scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 result.
D – Nick Miele, Albuquerque Sol F.C.: Miele was strong in the back line for Sol F.C. vs. the Las Vegas Mobsters, and he scored a goal to see his side earn a 2-0 victory at UNM Soccer Stadium.
M – Noah Keats, OKC Energy U23: Incarnate Word’s Keats scored a hat trick in under 13 minutes, as the Energy U23 cruised to a 5-1 win against the Saint Louis FC U-23 on June 27.
M – Russell Cicerone, Michigan Bucks: University of Buffalo’s Cicerone had two goals and two assists over the course of two road wins, including a 3-2 victory against K-W United FC on Friday.
M – Alvaro Nogales, Fresno Fuego: Fresno Pacific University’s Nogales scored the second goal in the Fuego’s 2-0 result against the BYU Cougars on Thursday, and scored the game-winning goal against the Southern California Seahorses as the Fuego clinched the Central Pacific Division title on Saturday.
M – Tate Schmitt, FC Tucson: The University of Louisville’s Schmitt scored one goal in Tucson’s 4-2 road win against LA Laguna FC before scoring a double against the same Southwest Division opponent in a 3-1 victory at Kino North Stadium.
F – Mark Verso, FC Golden State Force: Verso netted a hat trick to lead the Force to a convincing result on the road against the Blues U23 at Irvine Valley College.
F – Carlos Araujo, The Villages SC: Araujo scored a brace in each of The Villages SC’s games in Week 9, helping his side earn three points in a road win against Palm Beach Suns FC on Friday.
F – Louis Greenway-Tambini, AC Connecticut: Southern Connecticut State University’s Greenway-Tambini scored two goals and assisted the game-winner in AC Connecticut’s 4-2 win over the Long Island Rough Riders on Sunday.
Honorable Mentions: SC United Bantams: Leandro Browne; Ocean City Nor’easters: Chevaughn Walsh; FC Tucson: Damian German; Fresno Fuego: Agustin Rey; SW Florida Adrenaline: Alcides Thomas; Sounders FC U23: Thomas Teupen; GPS Portland Phoenix: Skyler Milne
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