There were plenty of goals for the Aussies this week, but the most positive news of the week was at the other end of the pitch, with Emily Hulbert starting both games for Hofstra this week and Georgia Rowntree starting in goal for Wyoming and coming up with 4 saves in 45 minutes of play.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week’s results: Game abandoned v Louisiana College, lost to Southern Mississippi 4-0
A tough week to take all-round for Southern this week, as a promising start against Louisiana College was literally washed away by a downpour that forced the game to be abandoned with the Jaguars leading 1-0, followed by a 4-0 loss to Southern Mississippi after the sides were tied 0-0 at halftime. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur was again not involved in either game, and the side really could have used her presence in midfield as the side struggled to contain the Southern Mississippi attack, who managed 26 shots for the game.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: defeated IUPUI 3-1, defeated Northern Kentucky 4-1
After defeating Saint Louis this week, Murray State notched two more wins this weekend to extend their streak to three games leading into conference play. Murray State dominated IUPUI from the kickoff in their first game, and although the first goal didn’t come until the 37th minute, the shooting stats, which were 17-5 in Murray State’s favour, show how the game went. In fact, Harriet Withers managed to have as many shots as the entire IUPUI side, but didn’t manage to grab a goal. It was much the same against Northern Kentucky, with Murray State taking a 2-1 lead into halftime, and putting two more past the Norse goalkeeper on their way to a 4-1 win. This game saw Nyomi Devine return to the side, off the bench, whilst Harriet Withers came off the bench in both games, and scored her 3rd goal of the season in the Northern Kentucky game.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost to California 3-0, lost to UC Santa Barbara 6-1
A tough schedule brought a tough week for Pacific, as they went down 3-0 to California before succumbing to UC Santa Barbara in an unexpectedly heavy defeat. The game against California was actually a lot closer than the scoreline would suggest, with California managing 11 shots to the Tigers’ 6. The Golden Bears’ ruthlessness in front of goal was the story of the day, however, with 3 goals from 5 shots on target, whilst Pacific were unable to score from any of their 3 shots on target. Against UC Santa Barbara, the Tigers had only themselves to blame – the Gauchos went up 4-0 inside 16 minutes and from there, they were simply able to coast to victory. Interestingly, the final 3 goals of the game also came in a spurt, all coming between the 64th and 70th minute. But there was no coming back from the lead they’d given up, and Pacific suffered their heaviest loss of the season. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench for Pacific in both games.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week’s results: defeated Bryant 2-0, defeated San Francisco 3-0
Colorado turned a pair of wins last week into a four game winning streak with comfortable victories over Bryant and San Francisco. The game against Bryant started brilliantly for Colorado, with a 5th minute goal to Darcy Jerman. With Bryant almost completely unable to break down the Buffaloes’ defence, registering just two shots in total, it was just a matter of time until Colorado scored again, but it took 19 shots and 84 more minutes for them to do so. The game against San Francisco saw Kahlia Hogg put in one of the top performances by an Australian so far this season. The young Canberran opened the scoring in the 4th minute, before notching assists on both of Colorado’s goals in the second half to register 4 points for the match. Alexandra Huynh also started in both games, playing around an hour in each game and contributing to the side in both attack and defence.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week’s result: defeated Arkansas State 3-0
Just the one game this week for Southeast Missouri State, and it ended with a 3-0 win over Arkansas State that saw the Redhawks move back to .500, with their record now standing at 3-3-0. It was a first-half attacking outburst that saw Southeast Missouri State jump out to an early lead, with goals in the 7th, 22nd, and 33rd minutes. From there, it was just a case of keeping Arkansas State from scoring, which is exactly what the Redhawks managed to do. Jenna Collingridge again started for Southeast Missouri State, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 50 minutes.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week’s results: defeated Delaware State 4-0, defeated American 3-0
UMBC continue their strong performance in non-conference play, putting another pair of teams to the sword with convincing victories over Delaware State and American. It took half an hour for UMBC to open the scoring against Delaware State, but once they’d done it once, they were quickly back down there again, scoring just 6 minutes later. The third had to wait until after halftime, and then it was Lilly Rydon scoring the final goal shortly before the final whistle to complete the demolition job. The match against American saw the Retrievers come out a lot faster, notching in the 10th minute before adding another two before halftime to seal the game inside the first 45 minutes. With American only able to notch two shots on target for the entire game, UMBC never looked like dropping the result in this one, and ended the week with two solid wins.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s results: lost to McNeese State 3-2, defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1-0
‘Unconvincing’ would probably be the best way to describe Nicholls State’s first weekend of conference play. Coming up against two teams picked to finish in the doldrums of the Southland Conference, the Colonels lost one game before managing to scrap to victory in the other. Against McNeese State, Nicholls State went up 1-0 inside 3 minutes, but gave up the equaliser just a minute later, before McNeese State took the lead just after halftime. A tying goal came shortly after for the Colonels, but it wasn’t to be, as they conceded the winner just 4 minutes before the end. Nicholls State had Jess Coates to thank for the victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as a game that saw plenty of chances but not a lot of finishing end 1-0 courtesy of the Australian junior’s 11th minute goal off Emily Werenskiold’s free kick; one of five shots Jess had for the game.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s results: lost to Yale 2-1, defeated Monmouth 4-1
Whilst it was a mixed week for Hofstra as they split their games this week, on a personal level for Emily Hulbert, it was exciting to say the least. Having come off the bench until now, Emily started both games this week, playing 62 minutes against Yale and then 80 against Monmouth. The game against Yale saw all the goals come in the first half, with Yale taking the lead in the 6th minute before Hofstra hit back through Sam Scolarici in the 29th minute. Yale managed to regain the lead in the 37th minute, though, and the score would remain at 2-1 for the remainder of the game. The game against Monmouth could not have been more different – in this game, the scoring didn’t begin until the 38th minute, when Hofstra opened the scoring. Monmouth equalised ten minutes after halftime, and with half an hour to go, the game was evenly poised. Three goals in the last 26 minutes, including two in the last ten, put paid to that idea, as Hofstra ended the game on a charge to take the result 4-1.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week: lost to UMKC 2-0, defeated Omaha 2-1 (2OT)
They say that all good things must come to an end, and this week it was Creighton’s perfect record that fell by the wayside courtesy of an unexpected 2-0 loss to UMKC. The game was evenly poised at 0-0 at halftime, but a 62nd minute own goal by Creighton followed by UMKC knocking in another five minutes saw the Kangaroos put the game away. Things didn’t look like they were getting much better against Omaha, who took the lead after 22 minutes, but an 89th minute Creighton goal took the game to overtime. The first half of overtime went by without a goal, but two minutes after the break, Creighton tallied the winner to move to 8-1-0 for the season. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench in both games, but played just 12 minutes against UMKC and 18 minutes against Omaha.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: drew with Northern Colorado 0-0 (2OT)
16 shots, zero goals. Or, if you count both teams, 26 shots, zero goals. It was just one of those days in Greeley, as Wyoming managed to break down the Northern Colorado defence time and again, but were foiled on ten occasions by the Northern Colorado goalkeeper. At the other end, Georgia Rowntree kept Northern Colorado out four times as she played 45 minutes as starter for Wyoming. Alisha Bass started for Wyoming and played all 110 minutes, whilst Candace Sciberras came off the bench to play 80 minutes and had three shots, all of which were on target.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s result: lost to Alabama 8-0
This was always going to be a tough game for Alabama State, coming up against an Alabama side that has put together a solid CV this year already. Despite this, 8-0 is definitely not the kind of result that can be excused, no matter the opposition. The damage was done mostly in the first half, as the Crimson Tide smashed home six goals on 21 shots. The second half saw things slow down a bit, but Alabama were still able to tack on another two goals. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam again played 90 minutes for Alabama State, and had three shots despite playing in defence.
Player Of The Year Points
3: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)
2: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
1: Alexandra Huynh (Colorado)