There was some great news and some terrible news coming out of this weekend’s games, with Shelbi Vienna-Hallam being named SWAC Defensive Player Of The Week, but with Nicole Calder unfortunately suffering an ACL injury which has prematurely ended her senior year. These weren’t the only events of the week, so let’s take a look all 18 Aussies.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s results: Game postponed v Louisiana-Lafayette, defeated Louisiana-Monroe 4-3
After their first game for the weekend against Louisiana-Lafayette was unfortunately postponed, Jess Coates and Nicholls State were involved in an absolute cracker of a game against Louisiana-Monroe, which they eventually won 4-3. After taking an early 1-0 lead, the Colonels then conceded an equaliser before Jess Coates was involved in setting up Nicholls State’s second and third goals on the way to a 4-1 lead. Louisiana-Monroe then started a comeback with two goals in 5 minutes to leave the score 4-3 with 5 minutes to go, but that’s where the scoring would finish to leave Nicholls State with a 3-3-0 record.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s results: defeated UNC Asheville 1-0, lost to Presbyterian College 5-1
Despite mixed results this week, Alabama State proved to be the SWAC’s one shining light with their third win of the season. The game against Presbyterian College proved to be a tough one for Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and the Alabama State defence, but Shelbi proved to be instrumental in the shutout win over UNC Asheville, for which she was named SWAC Defensive Player Of The Week. Shelbi has now played all bar one minute of game time this season for Alabama State.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week’s results: lost to Kansas 2-1, defeated Detroit 3-0
After an unfortunate loss to Kent State last week, Colorado would have been hoping to get back to winning ways right away, but a loss to Kansas sadly nipped that in the bud. After Kansas scored in the 69th minute, Colorado nabbed an equaliser with 10 minutes remaining, sending the game to overtime. The first period of overtime ended scoreless, but Kansas managed to score a winner just two minutes into the second period of overtime. Fortunately, a win was forthcoming in the game against Detroit. Colorado opened the scoring just 3 minutes in, but it would take another hour before they managed a second, with Australian Alexandra Huynh setting up Brooke Rice for the goal. Colorado would round out the scoring 10 minutes later to finish with a 3-0 win. Kahlia Hogg and Alexandra Huynh started both games this weekend, playing the majority of minutes over the weekend.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: lost to Florida International 1-0, lost to Florida Gulf Coast 4-0
A trip to Florida this week for Murray State didn’t provide the fun usually associated with trips to the Sunshine State, as the Racers headed back to Kentucky with nothing to show for their efforts. Against Florida International, a 65th minute goal was enough for Florida International to secure the win, whilst against Florida Gulf Coast, it was a 3 goal spurt in 6 second half minutes from the home side that secured a win after they had opened the scoring late in the first half. On a positive note, Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine each started both games.
Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)
This week’s results: defeated Austin Peay 1-0, lost to South Florida 1-0 (OT)
It was a week of mixed results for Kennesaw State this week, with a fighting 1-0 victory over Austin Peay being followed by an even tighter 1-0 overtime loss to South Florida. However, the weekend was marred by an unfortunate ACL injury for Nicole Calder that has ended her senior season. Nicole had enjoyed a solid start to the season, despite some minor injury setbacks, and had also been made captain of the side, and this is not the way that any player deserves to end their senior year, much less a player who has contributed so much not only to the program, but to the university and the local community.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week’s results: defeated UC Davis 2-0, lost to Northern Colorado 1-0
A trip to Colorado saw Southeast Missouri State split their games in the Falcon Invitational, as they defeated UC Davis to mark their second consecutive win, before that streak was snapped by a 1-0 loss to Northern Colorado. Goals either side of halftime snared the win for the Redhawks against UC Davis, whilst a goal just 3 minutes into the second half was enough for Northern Colorado to secure a win on home turf. Maddy Cornell played 71 minutes against UC Davis and a full 90 against Northern Colorado, whilst Jenna Collingridge played 75 minutes against UC Davis, but sat out against Northern Colorado.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s results: defeated New Mexico State 6-0, defeated Drake 4-3
Creighton continued their barnstorming start to the season this week by firstly demolishing New Mexico State before they defeated former conference rival Drake 4-3. Once again, Anastasia McCleary was used as an impact player off the bench, and it paid off in the best way against Drake, as the junior picked up her first goal for the Bluejays since transferring from Alabama State. It can only be a matter of time now until McCleary manages to get a start for Creighton.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week’s result: St Joseph’s 1-0
An unfortunate loss for UMBC this week, as they went down 1-0 to a St. Joseph’s side that the Retrievers would consider themselves at least the equal of. UMBC outshot St. Joseph’s 9-8, but a breakaway just after the hour mark saw St. Joseph’s manage to score the only goal of the game. Lilly Rydon once again started up front for UMBC, but, like the rest of the side, lacked that decisiveness in front of goal.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s result: lost to Utah Valley 3-0
Wyoming suffered a surprising loss to Utah Valley this week, but on a positive note, Georgia Rowntree made her first appearance for Wyoming, proving that she is the number one backup goalkeeper for the Cowgirls after playing the final hour of the game. Wyoming were only able to get three shots on goal, putting them on the back foot from an attacking point of view. Utah Valley, on the other hand, had six shots on target and were ruthless in their finishing to net 3 goals. Alisha Bass started for Wyoming, taking two shots, but Candace Sciberras sat out this game after being red carded in the side’s last game.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week’s results: defeated Canisius 2-1, lost to San Jose State 4-0
Pacific split results this week in two very differing games. Against Canisius, the Tigers took an early lead before conceding on the hour mark. Just 60 seconds later though, Pacific scored the winner. The San Jose State game was unfortunately a different story, with the Tigers conceding after just 18 seconds, and things not progressing in a positive way from there. Ellie Papalexiou played in both games and was able to tally two shots in the game against San Jose State.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week’s results: lost to Louisiana Tech 2-1, defeated South Alabama 7-0
Simone Arthur made her long-awaited season debut for Southern University this week, but the results were not those that the side would have wanted. After almost managing to come back to win against a heavily favoured Louisiana Tech team, things did not go quite as well against South Alabama, with Southern being dominated in the battle of the Jaguars as South Alabama notched 24 shots to 4. Simone Arthur played in both games, in an unusual role of right back.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s results: lost to West Virginia 4-0, defeated Indiana State 9-1
It appears hell hath no fury like a Hofstra side scorned, as a crushing 4-0 defeat was followed up by an absolute demolition of Indiana State to the tune of a 9-1 win. Hofstra were always going to be up against it against a West Virginia side featuring the likes of Kadeisha Buchanan, and this was evident in the final score. Against Indiana State, however, the Pride made sure to take their chances and racked up the goals almost at will. Emily Hulbert came off the bench in both games, and the defender was even able to tally a shot against Indiana State.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
1: Anastasia McCleary (Creighton)