Syracuse’s Thomas Named ACC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week


Senior led Orange to 2-0 week

ACC Players of the Week Presented by Havoline

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syracuse senior defender Skylar Thomas has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Orange to two wins last week.

Thomas scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over No. 2 Virginia on Sept. 27 and anchored an Orange defense that posted two more shutouts last week, raising its NCAA-leading season total to eight clean sheets.

Against the Cavaliers, Thomas finished a corner kick service with a well-timed header in the 31st minute to lift the Orange to its first win against a top-five opponent since 2000. The goal was Thomas' first of the season and the second game-winner of his career. He played the full 90 minutes in the match and was a force in the defensive third as well, helping hold Virginia to four shots on goal and routinely clearing away Cavalier crosses before they could lead to serious scoring chances.

The Pickering, Ontario, native also played all 90 minutes in Syracuse's 1-0 victory at Binghamton on Sept. 23. He organized a back line that limited the Bearcats to five shots in the contest.