GW's Melillo Earns Share of A-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Junior Midfielder Totaled Six Points to Help GW Capture Six Points in A-10 Play
Oct. 10, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington men's soccer junior midfielder Mattia Melillo earned a share of his first Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award Monday after leading the Colonials to two wins and the top of the league standings.
GW (4-4-2) got off to its first 2-0-0 start to A-10 play since 2000 with the help of Melillo's six points in victories over Saint Joseph's and Temple. He netted a career-best two goals, including the game-winner in the seventh minute, as the Colonials downed the Hawks, 4-0, Friday. On Sunday, Melillo initiated both of GW's goals in a 2-0 victory over Temple, including the setup on Seth Rudolph's game-winning goal in the 58th minute.
Melillo, who has started all 10 matches and played a team-high 871 minutes, is now third on the team with six points. Teammates Yoni Berhanu (6g/14p) and Seth Rudolph (5g/12p) rank first and second in the league, respectively, in four scoring categories - total goals, goals per game, total points and points per game.
Melillo split this week's honor with Fordham's Matt Courtenay, who scored a pair of game-winning goals as the Rams matched the Colonials with six points on A-10 opening weekend.
GW makes a Midwest swing through Ohio next weekend with matches at Dayton and defending A-10 champion Xavier Friday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively.