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