Soccer Player Named National Player of the WeekSeptember 19, 2012
Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer player Michael Raftu (Marta Valle H.S./Manhattan) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Division III Men's Soccer Player of the Week. The sophomore sport management major is the first Panther honored by the NJCAA this season.
Raftu has helped the Panthers to a strong start that has seen the team rise to a school-best ranking of fourth in the national poll. This past week, he helped Tompkins Cortland to a pair of wins that extended the team's current winning streak to six games. He scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Hudson Valley Community College and then had three goals and an assist, all in the first half, in the 8-0 win over Corning Community College. He has scored the game-winning goal in the last four games and has a total of eight goals and three assists in eight games this season.