This week saw mixed results for the nine Aussies involved, but may have unearthed a rising star, with Alisha Bass notching two goals for Wyoming in a 5-1 win over Colorado School Of Mines.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s results: lost 2-1 to Arkansas, lost 2-0 to Missouri State
Two losses this week may suggest an inauspicious commencement to the season for Creighton, but there was plenty to be positive about for the Bluejays. Firstly, the team hung with an SEC side to the point where it took a 40 yard shot to loop in for Arkansas to beat them, whilst they outshot Missouri State 17-8, despite going down 2-0. On a personal level, Anastasia McCleary played 64 minutes in the game against Arkansas across 4 positions, and also managed 3 shots on target in 46 minutes of play against Missouri State.
Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)
This week: defeated Clayton State 6-1, lost 4-2 to Middle Tennessee State
A mixed week this week for Kennesaw State, with two high scoring games, but only one positive result. There is definite goalscoring firepower in this Kennesaw State team, but the side will have to avoid conceding scores like the ones they did to Middle Tennessee State if they are to capitalise on their strikeforce. Nicole Calder played solid minutes in both games as she continues to recover from illness, registering multiple shots in each game.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s result: lost 2-0 to Faulkner
Not the best start for Alabama State, going down 2-0 to NAIA Faulkner University. The Hornets were not without their chances, forcing the Faulkner goalkeeper into 8 saves, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam played the full match, managing to tally two shots, including one on target.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s result: defeated Colorado School of Mines 5-1
Undoubtedly the highlight of the week, all three Australians saw playing time for Wyoming as they defeated Colorado School of Mines 5-1. Of particular note was Alisha Bass’s performance, as she knocked in two goals in a star performance that follows on from her goalscoring performance in the team’s preseason scrimmage and her solid spring form.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost 7-1 to Western Kentucky
Not the best start to proceedings for Murray State, as they went down 7-1 to a vastly superior Western Kentucky side. It wasn’t all bad news, however, as Nyomi Devine managed to get a starting berth for the Racers, whilst Harriet Withers came off the bench to have three shots during her stint on the pitch.
The exhibition season has now concluded – as of Week 3, every game counts, meaning that the games will be coming thick and fast from here on out as teams get stuck into the competitive fixtures.