GW Men's Soccer's Berhanu Named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week
Berhanu, Abaie Also Collect Soccer America National Accolades in Consecutive Weeks
Nov. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON - George Washington senior Yoni Berhanu, the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Midfielder of the Year and reigning A-10 Player of the Week, added to his list of recent accolades Wednesday as he was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week and to the Soccer America Men's National Team of the Week. Junior midfielder Zach Abaie also earned a spot on the Soccer America Team for the Week for October 22-31 when he assisted four of GW's five goals to help the team to a pair of key conference road victories.
Berhanu, who leads the conference with 10 goals, helped GW (9-6-2, 7-2-0 A-10) earn a share of its first regular-season league title since 1992 when he tallied three goals, including a pair of game-winners, this past weekend. The Potomac, Md., native launched the Colonials to a bid and bye in the A-10 Championship when he netted the deciding goals against both St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.
On Friday, Berhanu converted the game-winning penalty kick in the first half and a rebound off his own saved spot attempt in the second half to lift the Buff and Blue to a 3-0 triumph over the Bonnies. In Sunday's critical game against the Dukes, Berhanu curled in a 25-yard free kick to secure the deciding goal in the Colonials' 1-0 victory.
Abaie lifted GW into a position to play for the regular-season title a week earlier when he registered four assists in two critical road victories. Against Massachusetts on Oct. 28, Abaie tallied helpers on goals by Berhanu and junior Mattia Melillo just 60 seconds apart as GW defeated the Minutemen, 3-0. He then assisted goals by senior Mike Burke and junior Seth Rudolph to lift the Colonials to a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island on Oct. 30.
Abaie was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after his four-assist weekend.
GW (9-6-2), which remained steady at No. 6 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic regional rankings this week, is the No. 2 seed for this weekend's A-10 Championship at Saint Louis University's Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The Colonials will begin their quest for a third league tourney title and seventh NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday at 8:30 p.m. EST against the highest remaining seeded team after Thursday's quarterfinal action.