CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday (Oct. 28). He is the fourth different Cavalier to take home a weekly honor this season.
Dike scored three goals in two games, both victories for No. 6 Virginia this week. Against Saint Louis on Tuesday, the sophomore registered his second multi-goal game of his career with the game-winner in the 15th minute and later made the score 3-0 with his fifth goal of the year.
GOOAALLL!! Second of the night for Dike! The brace gives the sophomore five goals on the season! Assist goes to Donasiyano!
— Virginia Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) October 23, 2019
In Friday’s ACC action against No. 25 Virginia Tech, he scored the game’s second goal in a 2-0 victory. Although not falling under the qualifications of an assist, it was Dike who sent a cross-field pass to Nathaniel Crofts setting up the game-winner in the 33rd minute. The goal was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
• Win No. 13
• Shutout No. 12 (Most in NCAA)
• ACC Win No. 5 (Most since 2006)
— Virginia Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) October 26, 2019
Dike currently leads the Cavaliers in points (18), goals (6) and assists (6). His six assists are the sixth-most and his 18 points are the ninth-most in the ACC.
This marks the second time in his career that an ACC weekly honor has been bestowed on Dike. He shared the honor with David Loera of NC State on Oct. 15, 2018 after scoring three goals in a two-match week. Dike has received weekly recognition twice this year (Sept. 30 & Oct. 7) from TopDrawerSoccer.com as an honorable mention on its Team of the Week. He was recently ranked No. 27 on the publications Midseason Top 100 Players in collegiate soccer.
The Cavaliers wrap up their 2019 regular season on Friday, Nov. 1 with an ACC Coastal Division showdown against North Carolina. The contest will air live on ACCNX at 7 p.m.
2019 Virginia ACC Player of the Week Awards
Sept. 3 – Irakoze Donasiyano (Offensive)
Sept. 9 – Colin Shutler (Defensive)
Sept. 30 – Colin Shutler (Defensive)
Oct. 7 – Robin Afamefuna (Defensive)
Oct. 28 – Daryl Dike (Offensive)