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.
A consistent performer at the NCAA DII level, The Villages SC midfielder Gabriel Torres entered the week with three goals and three assists already to his name and only added to those totals by the end of it.
In the University of D.C.’s 3-1 win over Barton, Torres got in the action late with an assist on the Firebirds’ third goal of the match to seal his team’s victory. He then stepped-up further in D.C.’s 5-0 win over Mercy, knocking in two goals and assisting another, contributing to three of his team’s tallies. Torres now sits on five goals and five assists, leading D.C. in both categories.
In the team’s midweek match against an always-difficult William & Mary, Winn showed up twice, first knocking in the team’s opener in the fourth minute before finding the game-winner in the 73rd. Winn found an early opener once again in the Tar Heels’ crucial ACC showdown with in-state rival Duke, scoring in the eighth minute of what was ultimately a 2-1 victory.
Whereas Winn found himself knocking in three goals for the Tar Heels, Lindley found himself helping nearly every one of the team’s five tallies this week with four assists. He helped out on two of North Carolina’s scoring efforts against William & Mary, including Winn’s game-winner, and assisted both of his team’s two goals in their 2-1 win over Duke, including another from Winn.
First, in the Panthers’ 3-2 win over Stonehill, De Giorgi capped off an astounding comeback with an 88th minute game-winner after Adelphi fell behind 2-0 early in the match. He then put the finishing touches on the team’s 5-0 win over Saint Michael’s College, scoring the final two goals of the match within a minute and a half of one another.
GPS Portland Phoenix midfielder Emmanuel Twumasi and fellow PDL players Jon Bakero and Brad Dunwell all had big weeks for Wake Forest, but it was Twumasi who was banging in goals for the Demon Deacons.
In a non-conference midweek showdown with Appalachian State, Twumasi knocked in the opener and second goals as the Demon Deacons cruised to a 3-0 victory, with Bakero assisting both and Dunwell assisting the second. Then, in the team’s 2-0 win over ACC rival Pittsburgh, Twumasi scored a late insurance goal in the 85th minute, once again linking up with Bakero, who recorded an assist.
Ocean City Nor’easters forward Alexander Simovic had a big weekend for Oklahoma Wesleyan en route to two victories. In the team’s 3-1 win over Southwestern Christian, Simovic assisted the opener before knocking in a second-half insurance goal. Afterwards, in the team’s 3-2 win over Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Simovic came up big with an 85th minute game-winner to cap a strong week.
While his teammate Emmanuel Twumasi was doing the scoring, Carolina Dynamo forward Jon Bakero did his best to set-up his fellow Demon Deacon as often as possible. Bakero provided Wake Forest with three assists, one on each of Twumasi’s three goals, showing the power of PDL connection as the Demon Deacons earned two big victories.
In his first transfer season with the Rio Grande RedStorm, Thunder Bay Chill defender Mitchell Osmond has found a penchant for success on the offensive end of the field. In the team’s 1-0 win over Indiana Tech, Osmond scored the lone goal of the match 20 minutes into the first half to lead his team to victory. He then knocked in a second goal in the RedStorm’s 4-1 win over Northwestern Ohio, making it a highly productive week for the reigning PDL Defender of the Year.
Though John Brown University played just one match this week, Charlotte Eagles midfielder Kelvin Omondi came up big when it mattered. In the Golden Eagles 5-0 victory over in-state opponent Central Baptist, Omondi found the score sheet twice, knocking in a 57th minute opener and game-winner before finishing off the last tally of the night in the 90th minute to put a cap on a big performance.