NEW YORK - Columbia's Ronnie Shaban was named the Ivy League Men's Soccer Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. On Wednesday, Soccer America announced that Shaban was named to its Team of the Week.
Shaban scored three goals over two matches and helped Columbia to a pair of 2-1 victories on the week.
The senior defender came off the
bench to score on a diving header attempt in the second half
against Adelphi, then notched the first brace of his career in a
critical Ivy League win over Harvard on Senior Day that helped keep
the Lions' Ivy League title hopes alive.
Shaban's first tally against the Crimson came on a penalty kick in the 17th minute, and the second less than 10 minutes later on another header chance off a corner. On the year, Shaban is tied for second on the team with four goals and boasts a .364 shooting percentage. He is the first Lion to earn Player of the Week honor since Sept. 5 when David Najem earned the accolade.
The Lions close out their regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Cornell. Two matches within the league on that day will have Ivy League title implications. Columbia (12 points) heads to Ithaca, with both teams mathematically alive for a championship.
The Lions need to defeat the Big Red (11 points), and have Brown and Dartmouth, who face off against each other in Providence the same day, tie to win the Ivy League championship.