Herrera Meraz Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week

RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore Mario Herrera Meraz was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week on Monday after helping lead the VCU men's soccer team to an undefeated weekend in Atlantic 10 play.

Herrera Meraz, who is the second Ram to earn a spot on a national team of the week this season, collected a goal and three assists in VCU's wins over No. 12 Xavier and Dayton. The Black and Gold snapped Xavier's 14-game unbeaten streak, while handing the Musketeers their first lost since Nov. 17, 2011.  It was also VCU's second victory against a ranked opponent this season.

Herrera Meraz put VCU in front 1-0 in the ninth minute Friday night against Xavier, before assisting on junior Jason Johnson's game-winner in the 24th minute.

The Mexico City, Mexico native also played a key role in the Ram's victory against Dayton when he tallied two assists. In the 38th minute, he found sophomore Kharlton Belmar off of a corner kick for the Rams' second goal of the day. After Dayton rallied to tie the match at 2-2, Herrera Meraz set up Joseph Haboush for the game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

VCU has won three straight matches and is unbeaten in its last five outings.  The Rams, who are currently tied with Charlotte atop the A-10 standings, conclude the regular season at Richmond on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.