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Top PDL Performers: College Week in Review (Oct. 24-30)

10/31/2016, 11:00am EDT
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Fusion talent Holland shines for Hofstra; IMG's Sime assists for Kentucky


Photo courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications

Many 2016 PDL players, including Hofstra midfielder Joseph Holland, turned in stellar performances as regular-season play across the United States comes to a close.

Kentucky midfielder Paul Sime, Wisconsin forward Thomas Barlow, Virginia goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell and Rio Grande midfielder Jorge Guinovart join Holland in earning Top PDL Performers honors.

The PDL Players to Watch list includes players named to and considered for the six 2016 PDL Top Prospects lists throughout the summer. More than 20 scouts across North America provided the PDL with valuable insight on players who were performing at the highest level within the league, possessed strong technical and tactical qualities and had the potential to play at the professional level. The Top Prospects list serves as a useful resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level performers.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS

Joseph Holland – M – Hofstra – Ventura County Fusion

Holland helped Hofstra finish the 2016 college campaign with its best Colonial Athletic Association record since joining the league in 2002.

The senior midfielder, who scored seven goals in 11 games for the Ventura County Fusion during the 2016 PDL season, provided one assist in his program's 2-1 loss to Binghamton before scoring once and assisting once in Hofstra's 3-1 win against Elon.

Hofstra finishes the season with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 7-1-0 conference record.

Paul Sime – M – Kentucky – IMG Academy

Sime, a defensive midfielder from Pointe-a-Pire, Guadeloupe, looked strong in two Conference USA wins.

The senior, who played for IMG Academy in 2016, helped No. 14 Kentucky record a 2-1 win against Florida Atlantic before providing one assist in the Wildcats' 3-0 victory against Marshall.

Sime has started in all 16 games for the Wildcats this campaign, playing 1479 total minutes and helping the program record eight shutouts.

Thomas Barlow – F – Wisconsin – Des Moines Menace

Barlow had a major impact in Wisconsin's final two victories of the regular season.

The 6-foot-2 junior scored the game-winner in a 3-1 win against Western Illinois. He then provided an assist in Wisconsin's 2-1 win against Ohio State.

After playing for the Des Moines Menace during the summer, Barlow finished the year with three goals and two assists for the Badgers.

Jeff Caldwell – GK – Virginia – Sounders FC U23

Caldwell continues to thrive in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Sounders FC U23 standout made four saves in No. 17 Virginia's 1-0 win against Duke, improving his goals against average to 0.88 this college campaign.

The 6-foot-3 junior has recorded eight shutouts and a 0.81 save percentage – 64 total saves – for the Cavaliers.

Jorge Guinovart – M – Rio Grande – South Florida Surf

Guinovart was one of the difference-makers for No. 3 Rio Grande as the program finished the NAIA regular season with a 16-1-1 overall record and tied the West Virginia University Institute of Technology for the River States Conference regular-season title.

The midfielder from Barcelona, Spain, scored two goals and provided one assist in Rio Grande’s 5-0 win vs. Cincinnati Christian on Thursday. On Saturday, Guinovart had two shots – one on goal – in Rio Grande’s 5-1 win vs. Asbury.

After a successful season with the South Florida Surf, Guinovart finished the NAIA regular season with 11 goals and 11 assists.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Isaiah Madrid – M – Valparaiso – Albuquerque Sol F.C.

Isaiah Madrid improved upon his fantastic campaign for Valparaiso with another strong performance.

The senior midfielder, who played for Albuquerque Sol F.C. in 2016, scored two goals and provided one assist in Valparaiso’s 5-0 win vs. Northern Kentucky.

Madrid leads the Crusaders in goals scored with nine and assists provided with five.

Lucas Coutinho – M – Palm Beach Atlantic – South Florida Surf

After a remarkable PDL campaign for the Surf, Lucas Coutinho has continued his fine form for No. 12 Palm Beach Atlantic.

On Wednesday, the playmaker provided an assist in his program's 3-0 win against No. 23 Tampa. He then provided another assist in a 3-2 win against Saint Leo on Saturday.

The senior from Recife, Brazil, finished the NCAA Division II regular season with three goals and 10 assists in 16 games played. Coutinho also played the second-most minutes – 1,308 total minutes – for Palm Beach Atlantic this year.

Nathan Regis – F – Pfeiffer – Ocean City Nor’easters

Nathan Regis and No. 14 Pfeiffer continue to roll in 2016.

The senior from Arima, Trinidad & Tobago, provided one assist in Pfeiffer’s 7-2 win vs. Limestone before scoring two and assisting one in Pfeiffer’s 3-0 win vs. Belmont Abby.

The 6-foot-2 forward has 17 goals and six assists this college campaign.

Macauley King – D – Young Harris College – Charlotte Eagles

Macauley King and Young Harris College have finished the NCAA DII regular season on a strong note.

The sophomore from Narborough, England, provided one assist in Young Harris College’s 3-0 win against Georgia Southwestern State on Wednesday. He then helped Young Harris record a 9-0 win against UNC-Pembroke.

Young Harris finishes the 2016 college season with a 9-6 record, having won seven of its previous eight games.

Brandt Bronico – M – UNC-Charlotte – Carolina Dynamo

Brandt Bronico proved to be a difference-maker again for UNC-Charlotte.

The Carolina Dynamo standout had two shots – one on goal – in UNC-Charlotte’s 2-1 win vs. South Carolina before scoring one goal and providing one assist in Charlotte’s 4-0 victory against Florida Atlantic.

The senior midfielder has scored seven goals and provided five assists this year.


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