Akpan Named Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week; Crimson Moves Up to No. 6 in National Ranking

Pictured: Senior Andre Akpan tallied his third two-goal game of the season Saturday at Fairfield.
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Akpan Named Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week
Akpan Honored on College Soccer News National Team of the Week

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard forward Andre Akpan has been honored as the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week, the publication announced Monday morning. Akpan was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, as he helped the Crimson improve to 5-0 on the season with a 4-1 victory at Fairfield Saturday.

With its fifth-straight win to start the season, Harvard is one of five remaining teams in the nation with a perfect record (Maryland-Baltimore County, Akron, Monmouth and Stetson). The Crimson has moved up to No. 6 in the Soccer America national poll, tying the highest ranking in program history, which occurred in 2007. Harvard appears No. 9 in the College Soccer News poll and is ranked No. 18 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. Harvard’s 5-0 start also matches the best start for the program since the 2007 season when the Crimson opened with a 6-0 mark.

Against Fairfield, Akpan, a senior-captain of the Crimson, started the scoring with an unassisted tally in the 33rd minute and later assisted on Brian Rogers’s game-winning goal at 56:12. Exactly three minutes later, Akpan gave Harvard a 3-0 lead when he buried a shot after receiving a pass from teammate Robert Millock. A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Akpan finished the contest against the Stags with five points and has now scored two goals in three games this season. Akpan currently ranks second in the nation with 3.20 points per game, having score six goals and handed out four assists for 16 points.

He is Harvard’s all-time leading scorer with 113 points, having tallied 41 goals and handed out 31 assists over the course of his career. Akpan is now only six tallies shy of tying Chris Ohiri ’64 for first in program history in goals.

The Crimson visits New Hampshire in a non-conference matchup Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.