SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its men’s soccer players of the week Tuesday for games played Oct. 8-14. Belmont forward Niccolo Dagnoni and Furman defender Cole McLagan were honored as the league’s offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Belmont grinded out a draw in its lone match of the week with Wofford on Saturday, Oct. 12, as both squads scored three goals in the conference opener. Furman posted a 2-0-0 record during the week, knocking off North Greenville 4-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 8, before beating ETSU 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Dagnoni notched his first career hat trick in the draw with Wofford. The Milan, Italy, native bagged a brace in the first half with goals in the 17th and 40th minutes to give the Bruins the lead at the half. He found the back of the net again in the 55th minute with a volley from the top of the box. Dagnoni, who leads the conference with 3.27 shots per game, fired off six shots in the contest, with five of those on goal.
The weekly award is Dagnoni’s first of his career.
McLagan helped anchor a Paladin back line that allowed just one goal over two wins, including a shutout against conference opponent ETSU. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native assisted on Furman’s first goal in the win over North Greenville and added another against ETSU. McLagan’s assist against the Bucs proved to be the game-winner as he set up Shaun-Chris Joash with an excellent pass into the box in the closing stages of the first half.
The weekly honor is McLagan’s second of his career, with both coming this season.
Both teams will return to the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Belmont hosting UNC Greensboro and Furman traveling to face VMI.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Shaun-Chris Joash (Furman), Albert Pedra (UNCG) and Adrian Roseth (Wofford).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Brett Royster (Belmont) and Ethan Conley (UNCG).
2019 SoCon Men’s Soccer Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Sept. 10 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Sept. 17 Emery May, Sr., F, Furman
Sept. 24 Hauk Andreas Fossen, Fr., F, ETSU
Oct. 1 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Oct. 8 Trevor Martineau, So., F, Mercer
Oct. 15 Niccolo Dagnoni, So, F, Belmont
2019 SoCon Men’s Soccer Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 JR DeRose, R-Jr., GK, Mercer
Sept. 10 Cole McLagan, R-Jr., D, Furman
Sept. 17 Jack Shiels, Sr., D, Furman
Sept. 24 Josh Perryman, R-So., GK, ETSU
Oct. 1 Joe Pickering, R-Jr., D, ETSU
Oct. 8 JR DeRose, R-Jr., GK, Mercer
Oct. 15 Cole McLagan, R-Jr., D, Furman