Despite some less than impressive results for some teams, there were plenty of standout individual performances from the Australians this week, including goalscoring efforts by Jess Coates, Alisha Bass, Harriet Withers, and a first collegiate goal for Shelbi Vienna-Hallam. A few teams also managed to win both games this weekend, placing themselves in an early prime position for conference supremacy.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s results: lost to Abilene Christian 3-0, defeated Incarnate Word 3-1
The inconsistent start to Nicholls State’s Southland season continued this week, going down to Abilene Christian before defeating Incarnate Word to leave their recent form at L-W-L-W, and their season record at 6-5-0. Nicholls State started slowly, and were punished by Abilene Christian, who opened the scoring on 26 minutes. The goals kept coming after the break, with strikes coming from the Wildcats on the hour mark and then again in the 82nd minute to wrap up the game as Abilene Christian put on an attacking exhibition, outshooting Nicholls State 13-8. The match against Incarnate Word was much tighter than the 3-1 scoreline suggests. Aussie junior Jess Coates opened the scoring for the Colonels on 38 minutes, but Incarnate Word hit back almost right on the hour mark. The game was even heading into the final 10 minutes, but Norwegian Emily Werenskiold scored twice in five minutes to put the game to bed, assisted both times by Jess Coates. Jess played in both games, picking up a yellow card in the first game before her outstanding performance in the match against Incarnate Word.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week’s result: defeated Robert Morris 1-0
UMBC completed their non-conference on a high note this week, defeating Robert Morris 1-0 to finish with a non-conference record of 8-2-0. UMBC got off to a solid start, and in the 21st minute, the first and only goal of the game came via the head of Jessy Brown. With the shots tied at 3-3 at halftime, Robert Morris came out firing in the second half, launching 8 more attempts at goal compared to UMBC’s 3, but they could manage a grand total of one on target for the match, meaning that all their attacking was in vain. Lilly Rydon started for UMBC, picking up a yellow card in the 18th minute.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: defeated Tennessee Tech 3-0, defeated Jacksonville State 3-0
Two wins for Murray State this week saw them get their record back above .500, but more importantly, means they sit atop the Ohio Valley table with a 2-0 conference record. Against Tennessee Tech, however, the side would have been less than impressed with their scoring ability, especially in the first half. Despite outshooting Tennessee Tech 10-3 in the first half, the sides went in locked at 0-0. Fortunately, 14 more shots in the second half yielded three goals, including one for Harriet Withers. Harriet wasn’t quite as lucky in front of goal against Jacksonville State, and it took an own goal just 50 seconds from halftime to see Murray State take a lead into that game. Again, a better second half saw Murray State ease home, with a double from Taylor Stevens sealing things for the Racers. Nyomi Devine also came off the bench in both games, playing a total of 37 minutes over the weekend.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Jenna Collingridge, Bridget Sankey)
This week’s result: defeated Eastern Illinois 4-0
A cracking start to conference play for Southeast Missouri State, as they demolished lowly Eastern Illinois 4-0 courtesy of a first half barrage that saw the Redhawks go up 3-0 inside 35 minutes before cruising in the second half, adding a fourth goal in the 67th minute. Jenna Collingridge started in her usual midfield role for Southeast Missouri State, playing 49 minutes, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 35 minutes, registering one shot.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s results: defeated Nevada 4-0, defeated UNLV 3-0
What loomed as a potentially testing week for Wyoming turned into an absolute goalfest for the Cowgirls, as they piled on seven for the weekend against the two teams from Nevada. Aussie redshirt freshman Alisha Bass put Wyoming in front early against Nevada, tapping home a parry from the Wolf Pack goalkeeper in the 9th minute, before following up with a solo effort ten minutes later. Wyoming tallied two more goals in the second half to finish with a 4-0 win. The match against UNLV saw the Australians have slightly less impact, with all three playing at least 45 minutes, but the goals being scored by other players. Candace Sciberras came off the bench in both games, whilst Georgia Rowntree had undoubtedly the best weekend of her short Wyoming career, playing the first 45 minutes in each games, and totalling six saves over the weekend.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s results: defeated Elon 4-1, lost to William & Mary 4-0
It was a case of going from one extreme to the other this week for Hofstra, as a 4-1 win over Elon was followed up by a crushing 4-0 loss to William & Mary in a matchup of expected Colonial Athletic Association heavyweights. It was actually Elon who opened the scoring in Hofstra’s first match of the weekend, tallying a goal in the tenth minute. 22 minutes later, however, it was already 3-1 Hofstra. Hofstra then tacked on a 4th in the second half, whilst Emily Hulbert played 68 minutes, starting in midfield as opposed to her usual position in defence. Emily started again against William and Mary, playing 64 minutes, but the result wasn’t quite as positive as earlier in the week. William and Mary took a lead into the break after a first half goal, but the match was still fairly even on the scoreboard after an hour, even if William and Mary had dominated the play. Two goals in 3 minutes saw that dominance turned into a secure result, and the Tribe tacked on a fourth just before the end. Despite the result, two more starting performances for Emily, and out of her usual position, prove how integral she is becoming to the Hofstra side just half a season into her college career.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week’s results: defeated Grambling State 4-2, defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3-0
After a tough non-conference schedule, Southern came into this weekend looking to atone for the recent past, and did so in spectacular fashion, smashing seven goals past their opponents to take an early lead in the SWAC. A fast-starting Jaguars side took a 2-0 lead against Grambling State into halftime, taking a total of 14 shots and allowing not a single shot, but Grambling State came out fast in the second half. The Tigers scored just 43 seconds after the break, then tied it up 8 minutes later. Southern were not to be denied, however, and took the lead in the 71st minute, before wrapping things up with a fourth just 19 seconds before the final whistle on a penalty. The match against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was somewhat more comfortable. A third minute goal to Shelby Carbin saw the Jaguars lead 1-0 at halftime, which in the end was all they needed, as Arkansas-Pine Bluff failed to even register a shot in the second half. Nonetheless, Southern tacked on two more in the 56th and 65th minutes to cruise home to a 3-0 win. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur was once again forced to sit for the week and did not see playing time.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week: lost to Prairie View A&M 5-1, lost to Texas Southern 2-1
A first college goal for Shelbi Vienna-Hallam wasn’t able to hide the fact that this was a wholly disappointing weekend for Alabama State. After being tipped to be near the top of the SWAC this season, these two losses will have rocked this prediction. Especially surprising was shipping 5 goals to unfancied Prairie View A&M. Prairie View A&M opened the scoring in the 6th minute, before Alabama State hit back 12 minutes later through Kayla Edwards. Unfortunately, Prairie View hit the lead again in the 40th minute, before kicking on in the second half. Two goals in the space of a minute just shy of the hour mark put the game to bed, before an 86th minute penalty put the finishing touches on the game. Against Texas Southern, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam moved up front, and opened the scoring in the 25th minute. The second half, however, saw some unfortunate defensive lapses lead to two goals for Texas Southern, which were enough for the win. Once again, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam started both games, and proved she is more than a defender with her goal against Texas Southern, a sublime chip from 25 yards.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week: lost to California 4-2
Colorado suffered a loss in their Pac-12 opener, going down 4-2 to California in a match that saw their defence suffer some unfortunate lapses at crucial moments which allowed their opponents to grab 3 first half goals. Their chances were also not aided by the fact that Aussie sophomore Alexandra Huynh was ruled out through injury. Whilst Colorado outshot California 18-13, it was the Golden Bears who made the most of their chances, knocking in three first half goals before sealing the victory with a fourth in the second half. Colorado made a late charge with two goals, but the damage had been done. Kahlia Hogg started for Colorado, and managed one shot in 82 minutes of play.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: tied with UC Davis 0-0 (2OT)
Pacific escaped with a tie in this game against UC Davis despite being outshot 23-10 and managing just two attempts on target in 110 minutes of play. UC Davis managed to get 9 shots on target, including 4 in the second period of overtime, but Pacific goalkeeper Melissa Ma came up huge for the Tigers, holding the Aggies scoreless as Pacific were unable to get much going on attack. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench for Pacific, playing the final 13 minutes of regular time.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week: lost to St. John’s 1-0
Creighton’s tough start to the conference season continued with a 1-0 loss against St. John’s in a tight game. St. John’s scored the only goal of the game in the 36th minute, but both sides had a number of chances to put away even more goals, with Creighton leading the shooting stats 18-16, and the teams combining to force the goalkeepers into 14 saves. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench for Creighton, but was given little opportunity to make an impact, playing just 14 minutes.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)