Kansas City, Mo. – USC Upstate freshman forward Gordon Wild added to his growing list of accolades on Tuesday when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America selected him as one of its Players of the Week.
Wild scored five goals last week to help the Spartans to victories over Winthrop and Gardner-Webb. The Steimel, Germany, native leads the NCAA in goals (12), points (24), goals per game (2.00), points per game (4.00), shots per game (5.67) and shots on goal per game (3.50). In addition, Wild’s prolific scoring rate has allowed Upstate to lead the country in scoring offense with 3.17 goals per game.
Wild opened last week with a hat trick against Winthrop to help Upstate erase a two-goal deficit despite playing a man down. He followed that performance with two goals Saturday at Gardner-Webb, which included the game-winner, to mark the fourth time in the last five games he has scored at least two goals.
In addition to being recognized by the NSCAA, Wild was also selected as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Monday for the third consecutive week, becoming the first student-athlete in over 23 years to accomplish that feat. He was also named the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer.
Upstate returns to the pitch Friday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Davidson, N.C., to battle Davidson from Alumni Soccer Stadium.