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Top PDL Performers: College Week in Review (Aug. 28-Sept. 4)

09/05/2017, 2:00pm EDT
By Colton Coreschi - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com

FC Tucson's Pinheiro comes up big for Albany in two wins


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Top PDL Performers: College Week in Review (Aug. 28-Sept. 4)

With four points in two victories over the past week, FC Tucson’s Afonso Pinheiro impressed for the Albany Great Danes in wins over George Mason and Rhode Island.

Foster Langsdorf, Mutaya Mwape, Gabriel Torres, and Aaron Molloy join Pinheiro in this week’s PDL top performers in college.

The 2017 PDL Players to Watch list is comprised of PDL Top Prospects from throughout the 2017 season. The list provides insights on players performing at the highest level across the league, with the potential to succeed in future play at the professional level.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS

Afonso Pinheiro - Albany - FC Tucson

Perhaps nobody had a better week than FC Tucson midfielder Afonso Pinheiro, who knocked in a strong three goals and one assist over the past week.

In the Albany Great Danes’ 3-1 win over George Mason, Pinheiro broke a 1-1 stalemate late in the second half with a game-winner before following it up just moments later with a second to put the win under lock and key. Just a few days earlier, Pinheiro scored the final tally in the team’s 4-0 win over Rhode Island.

Foster Langsdorf - Stanford - San Francisco City FC

It takes a special talent to consistently earn praise on a roster as talented as the two-time defending NCAA Champions, but that’s just what Foster Langsdorf continues to do.

Langsdorf showed up big in the Cardinal’s two wins over the past week. In the team’s 3-0 win over top-25 opponent Creighton, the San Francisco City FC forward scored twice, including the game-winner. He did the same in the team’s 1-0 win over Northeastern, scoring the lone tally of the night.

Mutaya Mwape - Lindsey Wilson - Charlotte Eagles

In Lindsey Wilson’s big 5-2 victory over Saint Thomas University on Saturday morning, Charlotte Eagles midfielder Mutaya Mwape shined.

Mwape opened the scoring within two minutes for the Blue Raiders, giving his team a very early advantage, before assisting the eventual game-winner in the second half. He then bookended his performance with a final tally in the 77th minute to close out the scoring and secure Lindsey Wilson’s victory.

Gabriel Torres - University of D.C. - The Villages SC

Though his team’s results didn’t necessarily follow, Gabriel Torres did everything he could to help the University of D.C. win last week.

Torres, a midfielder for The Villages SC, opened the scoring in his team’s 3-2 loss to Bloomfield. After Bloomfield took a 3-1 lead, Torres tried to pull his team back into contention with a late second goal, but couldn’t complete the comeback hat-trick. Things went better in D.C.’s next match, as Torres assisted both goals in a 2-0 victory over Wilmington to end the week on a happier note.

Aaron Molloy - Penn State - Reading United AC

Penn State earned two hard-fought draws last week, and the team can thank Reading United AC midfielder Aaron Molloy for both, including one SportsCenter-worthy stunner.

Molloy began his week by opening the scoring in the Nittany Lions’ 1-1 double-overtime draw against UC Irvine on Friday, his first in his Penn State career. His follow-up was an effort that needs to be seen to be believed. In the 13th minute of the team’s 1-1 draw vs. Loyola Maryland, Molloy wound up and uncorked an effort from behind the midfield line that sailed over the keeper and into the net for a stunning opening goal.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Luis Argudo - Wake Forest - Carolina Dynamo

Carolina Dynamo midfielder Luis Argudo put in a strong performance in his team’s lone match of the week.

Argudo had a hand in three of four goals for the Demon Deacons on Saturday, scoring two himself and assisting a third as his team out away Saint Louis, 4-1.

Jad Arslan - West Virginia - South Georgia Tormenta FC

West Virginia’s Jad Arslan continued his red-hot start to the season with another stellar performance for the Mountaineers last week.

The South Georgia Tormenta FC forward put in a strong shift in West Virginia’s 4-1 win over Wright State, knocking in both the game-winning goal and a later finish to bring his tally to four so far this season.

Ismael Noumansana - Lenoir-Rhyne - Ocean City Nor'easters

In Lenoir-Rhyne’s two victories over the last week, Ocean City Nor’easters forward Ismael Noumansana produced big time.

Noumansana notched an assist in the team’s 3-0 win over USC Aiken, and then did the same in a 3-0 win vs. Lander and added in a goal for good measure.

Jordan Farr - Corban - Portland Timbers U23

When Corban emerged victorious over the weekend in their 2-0 win vs. Whitman, they had to thank their shot-stopper in addition to their forwards.

Portland Timbers U23 keeper Jordan Farr came up big for his team, putting a halt to six shots from the opposition en route to a clean sheet victory.

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