Five different Aussies got on the scoresheet this week, with several also picking up assists in a sublime week on an individual level for the Aussies. There were also a bunch of wins to celebrate as well, with UMBC in particular having plenty to be happy about as they maintained their 100% winning record to start the season.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: defeated Georgia State 2-1, lost to Dayton 5-1
Harriet Withers is the story of the week this week, as her two goal performance saw Murray State storm back from a goal down to grab a 2-1 victory over Georgia State. The Racers weren’t so fortunate against Dayton, though, as the Flyers piled on five goals to storm to a dominant win. Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine both started the two games this week as they further cemented their places in the Murray State lineup.
Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)
This week’s results: lost to Troy 1-0, defeated South Alabama 2-1
A trip across the border to Alabama for Kennesaw State saw the side split their games against Troy and South Alabama. Both games were tightly fought, with the first game against Troy being separated by a 6th minute goal to the home side in a game in which Troy outshot the Owls 10-6. Against South Alabama, it took a comeback from an early goal to South Alabama for Kennesaw State to grab a result to take back to Georgia, with Maddie Gaughan scoring in the 12th and 82nd minutes to seal the win for the Owls. Unfortunately, Nicole Calder was missing from these matches after spraining her ankle in training, but should be back next week.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s results: lost to Idaho State 3-2 (1OT) – 8am, lost to Weber State 2-1 (1OT)
A heartbreaking week all-round for Wyoming as the side took the lead in both games before falling in overtime on both occasions. The game against Idaho State saw Wyoming take the lead before 2 goals to Idaho State saw them take the lead before Aussie Alisha Bass assisted on the equaliser. Unfortunately, in the 8th minute of overtime, Idaho State managed to poke home a goal from a corner to nab the win. The game against Weber State saw the first of what is hopefully many goals created by the Aussie connection of Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras, as Alisha set up Candace for the opening goal on 14 minutes. Weber State managed an equaliser on 41 minutes, and with the score locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game went to overtime. It took just 33 seconds of overtime, however, for Weber State to score the winner. This game also unfortunately saw Candace Sciberras sent from the field for fighting.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week’s result: lost to Louisiana-Monroe 5-0
Another unfortunate result for Southern this week, as they went down to a much stronger Louisiana-Monroe side 5-0. With Louisiana-Monroe taking 33 shots, times were always going to be tough for Southern, and although goalkeeper Sarah Forde made 13 saves, the barrage of shots meant there were always going to be goals. Simone Arthur was unfortunately once again unavailable for Southern.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s results: lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 3-1, defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-0, lost to LSU 3-0
A mixed week for Nicholls State this week, with two losses separated by an absolutely dominant 8-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The week got off to an inauspicious start as Arkansas-Little Rock scored twice in the first 20 minutes to put the game firmly in their control on the way to a 3-1 win, but the match against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was a complete turnaround. Aussie Jess Coates opened the scoring on 13 minutes via a penalty, before setting up Lauren O’Brien just a minute later to put the Colonels 2-0 up early. The side didn’t let their foot off the pedal all game, scoring at regular intervals on their way to an 8-0 win. This was followed by a match against LSU in which Nicholls State were always up against it, allowing 21 shots whilst tallying just 5 of their own in a game that ended 3-0 to the Tigers.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week’s result: defeated Missouri-St Louis 2-0
It took three games and one cancellation, but Southeast Missouri State got their first win of the season this week, defeating Division II Missouri-Saint Louis 2-0 on the back of 2 goals in 27 seconds in the 74th minute. Maddy Cornell and Jenna Collingridge both played for Southeast Missouri State in this game, playing 77 and 70 minutes respectively.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s result: defeated South Carolina Upstate 1-0
Alabama State restored their record to the .500 mark with a 1-0 win over South Carolina Upstate that was a case of “score early and hold them out”, as Aaliyah Lewis’ 12th minute goal was enough to secure the win for the Hornets despite being outshot 8-6. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam once again played a full 90 in defence for Alabama State as the side registered a second shutout for the season.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week’s results: defeated UNLV 3-0, lost to Kent State 1-0
Colorado took a trip to Las Vegas this week looking for two wins to keep their 100% winning record intact, but unfortunately a late goal from Kent State meant they headed back to Boulder with their first loss. Their first match, against UNLV, saw the Buffaloes romp to a 3-0 win, with Aussie Kahlia Hogg notching the side’s 3rd goal on 63 minutes to seal the win. Alex Huynh also started and played 65 minutes in defence for Colorado against UNLV. The match against Kent State saw Colorado dominate the shooting stats 12-9, but the Kent State goalkeeper stood up tall, keeping the Buffaloes at bay and in the end a late goal from the Golden Flashes saw them nick the win.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week’s results: defeated Quinnipiac 1-0, lost to Florida International 1-0
A mixed week for Pacific, with two hard-fought games leaving the side with one win and one loss from the week. First up, the Tigers took on Quinnipiac, and it appeared as if the game was headed to overtime tied at 0-0, but an 88th minute goal saw Pacific grab the win. The match against Florida International was also a tight contest, with the only goal coming in the 70th minute for Florida International. After starting against Quinnipiac, Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench against Florida International, taking two shots, but it wasn’t to be for Pacific in the second game.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week’s results: defeated Howard 1-0, defeated Bucknell 2-1
Two games and two more wins for UMBC as they continued their early-season charge, and it was Aussie senior Lilly Rydon at the centre of it all, notching two goals. First up, against Howard, Lilly scored the only goal in the 7th minute following a mistake by the opposing goalkeeper. This was followed up in the victory over Bucknell, where Lilly scored the opening goal in the 13th minute as UMBC took a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes, which they held onto despite an 87th minute goal from Bucknell.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s result: defeated St. Joseph’s 5-0
After a 4 goal performance last week against Bucknell, there was no turning off the goals this week against St. Joseph’s as the Pride smashed home five in a resounding win. It took just four minutes for Hofstra to kick off the scoring, and by the 32 minute mark, they were already 4-0 up. The scoring then slowed up, with the score remaining 4-0 until the 85th minute when the fifth goal finally came. Emily Hulbert once again came off the bench for Hofstra, playing the last 15 minutes of each half.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s result: defeated Western Illinois 4-0
A dominant performance for Creighton this weekend saw them move to 3-0-0 with a 4-0 victory over Western Illinois, although the score was 1-0 until the 73rd minute, before 3 quick goals sealed a decisive victory. Anastasia McCleary was once again impressive off the bench, tallying 3 shots (2 on target) in 28 minutes of play.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)
2: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
1: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)