NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure senior Paul Afful and Saint Joseph’s senior Matt Crawford were named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week. George Mason freshman Corey Chambers was named as both the A-10 Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, were for games played the opening weekend of competition.
Afful, a forward from Takoradi, Ghana, netted two goals and added an assist during the opening weekend of play. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime Friday at Bucknell with a diving header in the box off a free kick in the 93rd minute. It marked his first career goal with the Bonnies. On Sunday, Afful tallied an assist in the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute at Robert Morris to force overtime. The Bonnies won, 3-2 in double overtime. The senior had eight total shots in two games, helping lead St. Bonaventure to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.
Crawford scored all three Hawk goals as the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad defeated Temple in the 2017 season opener on Friday evening on Sweeney Field. Crawford opened up the scoring in the 32nd minute, as freshman midfielder Alan Kahlenbeck hit Crawford with a brilliant pass from the right side. The senior tri-captain headed his shot past Temple goalkeeper Alex Cagle to put the Hawks on the board. Just over a minute later, Crawford blasted a free kick from 25 yards out that found the back of the net once again to give the Hawks a quick 2-0 lead. Playing with 10 men for the entire second half, the Hawks played strong defense and continued to take chances offensively. In the 76th minute, those chances paid off as freshman defender Daniel Morales tapped a quick pass over to Crawford, once again 25 yards out. For the third time, the Bensalem, Pa., native hit the back of the net.
Freshman goalkeeper Chambers, won the first two starts of his collegiate career, helping George Mason get off to a 2-0 start. The Wexford, Ireland, native made eight saves over the weekend - a 2-1 victory over No. 19 Coastal Carolina on Friday and a 3-0 victory over American on Sunday. Against Coastal Carolina, he made four saves against 20 shots from Coastal Carolina. He also tallied an assist on the game winner over the Chanticleers on a nice midfield pass to teammate Henning Dirks. Chambers then picked up his first career shutout on Sunday with another four saves against American. He made a couple acrobatic stops at the end of the first half as American fired off 13 shots before halftime.