Sharifi, Watson Earn Corvias Patriot League Player Of The Week Awards
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Sophomore Barry Sharifi and junior A. Mickey Watson earned a pair of Corvias Patriot League player of the week awards after leading the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team to a 2-0 week last week.
Sharifi was tabbed the League’s Midfielder of the Week for the third time this season, while Watson also picked up his third Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
A midfielder from Jericho, New York, Sharifi set up the game-winning goal in Loyola’s 1-0 shutout win at High Point on Wednesday, sending a give-and-go with sophomore Brian Saramago to freshman Aldo Ruiz, who scored his first career goal on the play. Sharifi then became the first Patriot League player to score against Boston University, blasting a low show into the lower left corner of the goal to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. Sharifi’s goal snapped the Terriers’ 299-minute scoreless streak this season and also halted their 672-minute scoreless streak in Patriot League games, which dated back to last season and spanned nine regular-season League contests.
Watson also scored against the Terriers, finishing junior Gabriel Carlsson’s free kick just 90 seconds after Sharifi’s goal to give the Greyhounds an early 2-0 lead. Watson’s insurance goal ultimately became the game-winning goal, as Loyola held on to win 2-1 and claim control of the top spot in the Patriot League regular season standings.
With four games to go, the Greyhounds are tied with Boston University for first place in the Patriot League and hold the tiebreaker advantage against the Terriers.
Loyola will return home looking for its fourth-straight win on Saturday when it welcomes Holy Cross to Ridley Athletic Complex. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.