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Dominic Russo can't be stopped in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.
The forward, who has the second-most goals and assists in Canada West this campaign, continued to perform at a high level for the Calgary Dinos, while Fernando Machado, Ryan Scheiderman, Corey Baird and Sergio Camargo have all been named Top PDL Performers after exceptional performances from Oct. 10-16.
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.
Russo has been on fire since July.
After earning 2016 PDL All-League Team honors and leading Calgary Foothills FC to the 2016 PDL Championship, the 6-foot forward has scored 15 goals and provided nine assists for the Dinos. On Saturday, Russo scored two goals and provided one assist in a 5-0 win vs. Winnipeg, and he then assisted the game-winning goal in 1-0 victory against Winnipeg on Sunday.
Camargo scored his first goal for Syracuse on Friday, and it proved to be the difference in an important Atlantic Coast Conference match.
The K-W United FC midfielder, who finished the PDL season ranked 26th on the PDL Top Prospects list, netted the only goal in the Orange’s 1-0 win against Virginia Tech at SU Soccer Stadium.
Baird, who was a standout performer for Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 PDL season, had a big week for Stanford.
The junior midfielder recorded three assists across two games to help Stanford to a 8-2-3 overall and 5-0-0 Pac-12 Conference record. Baird provided two assists in the Cardinal’s 3-1 win vs. San Diego State before providing one assist in his program’s 3-0 victory over UCLA on Sunday.
Scheiderman has been on in top form in recent weeks for Quinnipiac.
The senior forward netted one goal in Quinnipiac’s 2-1 win at Iona College on Tuesday before providing one assist (0:18 below) in his side’s 3-1 win vs. Monmouth on Saturday. Scheiderman, a standout at IMG Academy in 2016, has three goals and two assists in past five games.
A standout defender for Midland/Odessa Sockers FC in 2016, Machado has been sensational in the NAIA for Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Machado played in all three of his program’s matches from Oct. 10-16, helping the team record three wins to improve his side’s overall record to 11-0-1. On Tuesday, Machado, who was named to the 2016 PDL All-Southern Conference Team, scored two goals in a 4-2 win against Bethany.
The 6-foot junior made three saves in a 3-1 win against San Diego State on Thursday before making three more saves in a 3-0 win against UCLA on Sunday. Epstein, who played for San Francisco City FC in 2016, has recorded six shutouts, 33 saves and a 0.65 goals against average this college campaign.
Mark Segbers scored in back-to-back games for Wisconsin.
The forward, who played for the Chicago Fire U-23 in 2016, netted one goal in Wisconsin’s 3-0 win vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay on Tuesday before scoring in Wisconsin’s 3-2 overtime loss vs. Maryland on Friday. Segbers now has three goals and two assists this college campaign.
Named Peach Belt Conference Freshhman of the Year in 2015, Hugo Delhommelle showed what he can provide in wins against Mars Hill and Young Harris.
The 6-foot forward from Rennes, France, provided two assists in Lander’s 5-0 victory over Mars Hill on Tuesday and provided his third assist of the week in Lander’s 3-2 win vs. Young Harris on Saturday. Delhommelle, who scored three goals for Reading United AC in 2016, has three goals and four assists this college season.
The 6-foot-2 forward from Madrid, Spain, recorded one goal and one assist in Pfeiffer’s 5-0 win vs. Barton on Wednesday and then scored three goals in Pfeiffer’s 5-0 win vs. King (Tennessee) on Saturday. Siaj has 11 goals and eight assists in the 2016 college campaign.