Watson, Sharifi Tabbed Patriot League Defensive, Rookie Of The Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer players picked up weekly awards from the Patriot League Monday, with sophomore A. Mickey Watson being named the Corvias Midfielder of the Week and freshman Barry Sharifi earning Corvias Rookie of the Week honors.

Sharifi led the Greyhounds to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in overtime at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, scoring the game-tying goal in the 89th minute, before netting the game winner in the 93rd minute. Both goals were direct kicks taken by the midfielder from Jericho, New York.

On Saturday, Watson, a back, headed in an insurance goal at Lafayette, laying out for sophomore Gabriel Carlsson’s corner kick in the 76th minute, to help Loyola to a 2-0 road win. The Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, native also helped the defense hold the Leopards scoreless throughout the game, as the Greyhounds picked up their first League victory since 2014.

For the season, Sharifi leads Loyola with three goals and six points, while he’s the third-ranked freshman in the Patriot League with 0.43 goals and 0.86 points per game averages.

Watson is one of six Greyhounds to score this year, while he’s also helped the defense record two shutouts.

This marks the second weekly award for Watson throughout his career, as he was the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 14, 2015, and it is the first weekly honor for Sharifi.

The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday when they host Navy in the first game of a Loyola soccer doubleheader. The men will kickoff at noon, followed by the women vs. Boston University at 2:30 p.m.