Men's Week 6: Three things we learned this weekend

German Fabian Herbers continued his streak of recording a goal or assist in every game as the Player of the Year  favorite led No. 1 Creighton to its 10th straight win. In a deep group of New York Red Bulls academy products scattered around the country, Akron's Adam Najem has been the standout. Stanford is a lot more than Jordan Morris, away on international duty with the U.S. under-23 national team. The No. 3 Cardinal opened its Pac-12 campaign with a 2-1 win over Cal for its eighth straight victory.

1. Herbers is early favorite for Player of the Year.

No. 1 Creighton improved to 10-0-0 with a 1-0 win over visiting DePaul on Saturday night before 3,387 fans at Morrison Stadium. The goal scorer was -- who else? -- German Fabian Herbers, who took two touches after taking a throw-in from Lucas Stauffer flicked on by Ricardo Perez and buried his shot into the upper left of the net.

The goal was the ninth goal of the season for Herbers, who has a goal or assist in every game this season. It was also his fourth game-winning goal of 2015, which ties him for third nationally behind Nick DePuy (UC Santa Barbara) and Jorge Gomez Sanchez (Temple).

With the victory, the Bluejays became the second team in program history to begin a season with 10 or more consecutive wins, joining the 1993 team that opened with a 19-0-0 record before falling in the NCAA tournament to Air Force.

NCAA Division I, Scoring Leaders:
14 Gordon Wild USC Upstate
11 Jorge Gomez Sanchez Temple
10 Nick DePuy UC Santa Barbara
9 Pat Flynn Bowling Green
9 Fabian Herbers Creighton

2. Najem tops outstanding group of Red Bulls academy graduates.

No MLS academy team has more players playing at top college programs than the New York Red Bulls.

Mael Corboz (Maryland), Adam Najem (Akron) and Alex Muyl (Georgetown) were among the 28 players called into the U.S, under-23 national team's college ID camp this summer. Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Chris Thorsheim (Bucknell) and Najem were the Herman Trophy preseason watchlist. Of the 23 freshmen out of the Red Bulls academy at Division I programs, Derek Etienne made a name for himself with his high-reel goal for Virginia in its win over VCU.

The best of bunch has been Najem, who had the game-winning goals in the 1-0 win over Penn State and 2-1 win at UAB. He had an assist on the first goal against UAB to give him six goals and four assists, tops in both categories for the Zips.

Allen (three goals and five assists) and Muyl (four goals and four assists) are also having solid seasons. Georgetown is 6-0-1 in its last seven games after opening 0-2-1. The Hoya started four Red Bulls products former U.S. U-17 Christopher Lema, highly regarded Arun Basuljevic, Allen and Muyl -- in a 1-0 win over Xavier in their battle of Top 25 teams.

3. Stanford is a lot more than Jordan Morris.

Stanford is a lot more than Jordan Morris, away on international duty with the U.S. under-23 national team. The No. 3 Cardinal opened its Pac-12 campaign with a 2-1 win over rival California in Berkeley on goals by Brandon Vincent and Foster Langsdorf three minutes apart.

Stanford also got a great game from sophomore Corey Baird, whose assist on Langsdorf's goal was the sixth of the season, and
goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who made a sensational save on Cal’s Jose Carrera-Garcia early in the game.

"Andy has been called upon the least in the country per game," said Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn. "That’s a testament to how well the team has defended, but that was a huge save and will be one that people are going to look at on the replay."

The win upped Stanford’s win streak to eight, the program’s longest since 2001 when it won nine consecutive matches to open up the season. In 2014, the Cardinal won seven straight games after an opening loss. It lost its 2015 opener to UC Santa Barbara but is perfect since then.

Sunday's game was just the second Morris has missed. He had called in for the national team friendly against Brazil in September.  He will be unavailable this weekend -- the USA plays for an Olympic berth on Saturday -- as Stanford opens its Pac-12 home schedule at Cagan Stadium with matches against Washington and Oregon State.
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