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It was a regular-season Championship-winning week for several PDL players in action.
Leading the way was Michigan Bucks midfielder Francis Atuahene, who's goals directly correlated to the Michigan Wolverines draw against Detroit Mercy and win over Maryland that secured the team the Big Ten regular season crown.
Michigan Bucks midfielder Francis Atuahene scored twice in the past week for the Michigan Wolverines last week, but the impact of those goals is hard to overstate. First, Atuahene provided the lone goal and therefore the winner against Detroit Mercy on Wednesday, his fourth of the year. He followed that up with a 104th minute overtime winner against Maryland, and with results going their way elsewhere, Michigan emerged as Big Ten regular season champions as a result.
Colorado Mesa had a stunning week, winning both of their contests against Colorado Christian and MSU Denver by identical 5-0 score-lines. FC Tucson midfielder Moshe Perez made an impact in each of the team’s wins, scoring a pair of goals in both matches while tacking on an assist in the second. The four goals bring Perez’s total to 13 on the season.
Florida International coasted to a Conference USA regular season title this week, as they ended the season with an unbeaten 11-0-4 record after taking down Old Dominion and securing a draw against Kentucky. SIMA Aguilas forward Santiago Patino contributed more than his fair share of goals to the Panthers efforts, knocking in two against Old Dominion and one against the Wildcats to raise his total to 15 in the regular season.
Florida Gulf Coast emerged from their pair of matches this week with a well-fought draw against South Florida and a big-time win over ASUN rivals NJIT, with FC Tucson forward Albert Ruiz playing a role in both results. In the draw against USF, Ruiz scored the 17th minute opener that would ultimately earn a point for the Eagles. He’d follow that up with a pair of goals to open and win the team’s 5-0 victory over NJIT over the weekend.
Coastal Carolina earned a draw and valuable win last week, leaving them positioned to seize the Sun Belt crown with good results in their last two matches. After William & Mary took a lead in the 31st minute in the team’s midweek match, Reading United AC forward Frantzdy Pierrot assisted the game-tying goal less than a minute later. He’d follow that up with a wonderful hat-trick in the team’s next match, a 4-0 win over Appalachian State over the weekend.
After a tough overtime loss to Eastern Tennessee State in midweek action, Mercer bounced back with a vengeance in a 7-0 victory over VMI on Saturday. Despite manning his traditional defensive position, Sounders FC U23 defender Conner Antley contributed in a big way on the offensive end. Antley doubled his season goal total, scoring twice in the 44th and 58th minutes for the Bears. He also added another assist to his season totals, helping the Bears get their opening, game-winning goal.
Much like his collegiate and PDL teammate, Sounders FC U23 forward William Bagrou contributed to multiple goals in Mercer’s 7-0 win over VMI on Saturday. Where Antley scored twice and assisted once, Bagrou flipped it to one goal and two assists on the day. He gathered his first helper on the opening, game-winning goal, and scored a goal of his own in the 56th minute before assisting Antley’s second just two minutes later.
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