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Top PDL Performers: College Week in Review (Sept. 5-10)

09/11/2017, 10:30am EDT
By Colton Coreschi - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com

Red Bulls U23's White helped power Duke to a draw and win this week.

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With two goals and an assist over two matches, New York Red Bulls U23 forward and No. 1 PDL Top Prospect Brian White helped power Duke to good performances this week.

Joining White as this week's PDL top performers in college are Andre De Giorgi, Chae Brangman, Ryan Mingachos, and Rolando Velazquez.

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

Brian White - Duke - New York Red Bulls U23

The No. 1 PDL Top Prospect has the expectation of putting up good performances regularly, and New York Red Bulls U23 forward Brian White did exactly that for Duke this week.

White first went 110 minutes in Duke's 1-1, double-overtime draw against Presbyterian, in which he scored the lone goal of the night for the Blue Devils. He followed that up with an even better performance in a 3-1 win over Virginia Tech in which White provided a goal and assist to help lead Duke to victory.

Andre De Giorgi - Adelphi - Mississippi Brilla FC


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Adelphi University played just one match over the last week, but Andre De Giorgi's performance tells you all you need to know about the Mississippi Brilla FC forward.

In the Panthers' 5-2 win over Molloy, De Giorgi showed up in a huge way worthy of recognition. Aside from one later tally, De Giorgi recorded every goal for his team, putting four into the back of the net in a phenomenal performance. The four-goal showing brings his total on the season to six through three matches.

Rolando Velazquez - Corban - Southern California Seahorses


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In NAIA action, Corban University took a draw and win in two matches this week, in big part because of Southern California Seahorses forward Rolando Velazquez.

Velazquez put on a fantastic show for the Warriors over the last week. While he couldn't break through to the score sheet in the team's scoreless draw with Westmont College, Velazquez made sure that wasn't so in the team's second match of the week. In the Warriors' 4-0 win over Linfield, Velazquez recorded a stunning hat-trick to lead his team to victory.

Ryan Mingachos - George Mason - AC Connecticut


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George Mason played in one of the most thrilling matches of the weekend, a seven-goal overtime affair with Binghamton, and emerged on top thanks to AC Connecticut midfielder Ryan Mingachos.

Mingachos contributed two-goals to his team's winning effort. He first recorded George Mason's second goal of the night, a key strike in a match that eventually went to overtime, and then provided the biggest tally of the night by recording the game-winner in the 97th minute.

Chae Brangman - Rhode Island - Western Mass Pioneers


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Rhode Island emerged victorious twice this week in dominant fashion, outscoring their two opponents by a combined 7-0 scoreline.

While he was unable to find a goal or assist in the team's 3-0 win over Marist, Western Mass Pioneers forward Chae Brangman came up big in the team's 4-0 win over Bryant. Brangman recorded two goals and a helper in the winning effort, carrying the team to victory.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Afonso Pinheiro - Albany - FC Tucson

Another week, another strong performance from FC Tucson forward Afonso Pinheiro for Albany.

In what is becoming a regular habit, Pinheiro assisted the opening, game-winning goal in the Great Danes' 3-0 win over Boston University before finishing off the second insurance tally a short while later.

Nikola Fimic - Oklahoma Wesleyan - Ocean City Nor'easters

Oklahoma Wesleyan faced two very difficult NAIA match-ups against No. 1 Hastings and No. 8 Missouri Valley last week, and came out looking good thanks to solid defensive play.

The team managed to take down top-ranked Hastings in a 1-0 victory before managing a scoreless draw against Missouri Valley. With a strong defense, led by Ocean City Nor'easters defender Nikola Fimic, Oklahoma Wesleyan managed two clean sheets against very tough opposition.


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