A solid week for a few of the teams this week, with Colorado, Creighton, and UMBC all going undefeated for the week, notching up two wins apiece. Results weren’t quite up there for everyone else, but all bar one Aussie who had the chance to play did.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s result: defeated Southern Mississippi 2-1, lost to South Alabama 3-0
A case of one extreme to the other for Nicholls State this weekend, as a stunning upset win over Southern Mississippi, the Colonels’ first in team history, was followed up by a disappointing 3-0 loss to South Alabama. Jess Coates didn’t manage to notch a goal in either game, but was one of Nicholls State’s main attacking threats, tallying two shots against Southern Mississippi and another against South Alabama.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost to Arkansas State 3-2
Another loss for Murray State this week, but a far more promising performance from the racers, with a 3-2 loss to Arkansas State comparing favourably to last week’s 7-1 exhibition loss to Western Kentucky. The Racers outshot their opponents 22-10, but allowed the Red Wolves to score the first 3 goals of the game, and it took until the 88th minute for Murray State to score their second goal. Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers both started for Murray State, with Harriet notching up 4 shots, of which 3 were on target.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week: defeated Colorado State 2-0, defeated Northern Colorado 1-0
A successful weekend for Colorado, notching up two wins to finish with the best record at the season opening Colorado Cup. Alexandra Huynh and Kahlia Hogg both played instrumental roles in the team’s victories, with Alex playing 90 minutes in both games, and Kahlia notching an assist on the only goal against Northern Colorado as she came off the bench to play 55 minutes. As with last season, Colorado’s defence has started in an imposing fashion on the stat sheet, allowing just 9 shots in 180 minutes of soccer.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: lost to Connecticut 1-0, defeated Bucknell 4-2
A tale of two games this week for Hofstra, as a stellar defensive performance that almost saw the side nick a result against UConn was followed up by a 45 minute attacking masterclass in the first half against Bucknell. After keeping pace with Connecticut in the first half, an inability to get out of the gates as quickly as their opponents after the break saw the Pride give up a goal just a minute into the second half. Connecticut may have outshot Hofstra 21-10, but had only one additional shot on target, which proved to be decisive. Against Bucknell, it was the first half in which Hofstra started slowly, giving up a second minute goal, but this sparked the side into action, and 45 minutes later the score was 4-1, with the game eventually finishing 4-2. Emily Hulbert came off the bench in both games, playing 31 minutes against Connecticut and 54 minutes against Bucknell.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week: lost to Texas Pan-American 2-0, lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 6-0
A disappointing start to the season for Southern, as they went down firstly to a side comprised mostly of freshmen in Texas Pan-American, before conceding six first half goals in a loss to Arkansas-Little Rock. Southern were not without their chances against Texas Pan-American, managing 10 shots, but things were not as positive against Arkansas-Little Rock, allowing 31 shots and managing to register just one. Simone Arthur was unfortunately not involved in either of this week’s games; hopefully she’ll be back soon.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week: lost to College of Charleston 4-0, defeated South Carolina State 1-0, lost to Troy 6-0
A win and two losses for Alabama State this week, but the large defeats to College of Charleston and Troy may leave the side with more questions than answers. Nevertheless, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam started all three games this week and appears to be establishing herself as a presence in the Alabama State lineup as the Hornets attempt to notch up some more non-conference victories in the next couple of weeks.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week: defeated Navy 1-0, defeated Loyola Maryland 3-2
UMBC escaped with two wins from two games this week, but it could’ve been so different for the Retrievers. A 29th minute goal was enough to get a win against Navy, despite being outshot 15-11, with each team registering 5 on target. The match against Loyola Maryland saw UMBC go down 2-0 with goals either side of halftime for Loyola, but 2 goals in 3 minutes from UMBC saw the game equal with 35 minutes to play, before UMBC tallied the winner with ten minutes to play. Lilly Rydon was a starter for UMBC in both games, registering a shot against Navy but not managing to test the goalkeeper.
Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)
This week: lost to Alabama 5-1, tied with Georgia State 1-1 (2OT)
An inauspicious beginning to proceedings for Kennesaw State this season, with a heavy loss in what was a very tough matchup against Alabama, but the Owls managed to salvage something from their second game, registering a tie with in-state rivals Georgia State. Facing Alabama was always expected to be an uphill battle for the Owls, and their job wasn’t made any easier when they conceded two goals in the space of 13 seconds just 13 minutes into the game. From there, it became an almost impossible task, and Alabama went on to complete a convincing 5-1 win. Things didn’t appear to be improving in the match against Georgia State as a 38th minute goal sent the Owls 1-0 down, but a 71st minute equaliser saw the teams head to overtime, where they couldn’t be split. With no shootouts in regular season games, the teams shared the spoils. Newly installed team captain Nicole Calder was a substitute in the game against Alabama and played 72 minutes, but returned to the starting lineup against Georgia State, playing 79 minutes.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week: defeated South Dakota State 3-2, defeated Incarnate Word 2-0
Creighton got their competitive slate off to a flyer this week, notching up two wins and exhibiting some real attacking prowess. The Bluejays had 19 shots against South Dakota State, helping the side to a 3-2 win, although conceding two goals and allowing 17 shots will not be something that the side will be too happy with. The defensive effort was far more solid against Incarnate Word, as Creighton limited the Texan side to 7 shots in a 2-0 shutout victory. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench in both games, playing a total of 90 minutes across two games and registering a total of 3 shots with 2 on target.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost to Kansas 3-1, defeated Montana 1-0
A slow start to the game against Kansas condemned the Cowgirls to a first-up loss, as the Jayhawks scored in the 2nd minute and then again in the 18th to have the match in their control almost from the outset. A third goal just after halftime meant that Shelby Shorb’s 87th minute goal for Wyoming was little more than a consolation. Then, in a complete turnaround, it was Wyoming’s fast start against Montana that proved decisive as a 3rd minute goal became the game-winner in the 1-0 victory. Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras both featured for Wyoming, starting and registering shots in both games. Georgia Rowntree was unfortunately confined to the bench as senior starter Alex Boehm played the full 90 minutes in each contest.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost to St. Joseph’s 4-1, lost to Sacramento State 1-0 (2OT)
After a first up loss to St. Joseph’s despite taking an early lead, Pacific went so close to holding out for a tie against Sacramento State, but conceded just 12 seconds from the end. Ellie Papalexiou was a starter against St. Joseph’s before coming off the bench against Sacramento State, playing on the left side of midfield in both games, and managing to tally a shot in each game.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week’s results: Game Cancelled v Tennessee-Martin
Unfortunately, due to extreme heat, the Aussie trio at Southeast Missouri State were not able to take the field for their game against Tennessee-Martin.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)
1: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)