UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week: lost to Vermont 2-1, tied with Stony Brook 1-1 (2OT)
An unexpectedly tough week for UMBC this week, as the conference favourites stuttered their way through two games to end with a loss and a draw. Vermont had managed just 2 wins so far this season, but that mattered little as they opened the scoring 23 minutes in, before adding a second 12 minutes after halftime. Aussie senior Lilly Rydon scored a late goal for UMBC, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the Retrievers were unable to find a second goal which would have sent the game into overtime. Stony Brook also came into this week with just two wins under their belt, but also battled hard, with the sides going into the break tied 0-0. UMBC were able to break the deadlock nine minutes after the interval, but Stony Brook hit back quickly, tallying an equaliser just 4 minutes later. Lilly Rydon also started in this game, and tallied a shot but was not involved in UMBC’s goal.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week: defeated Providence 2-1 (2OT), tied with Seton Hall 1-1 (2OT)
Two overtime games for Creighton this week, and whilst the Bluejays won the tougher game against Providence, they left a potential win on the field against Seton Hall in a 1-1 tie. The Providence game saw Creighton go 1-0 down in the 35th minute, but managed to win a penalty literally 30 seconds later, which was converted to make the game 1-1, which is how it stayed until the 106th minute, when Creighton managed to tally the winner to seal the upset. The Seton Hall game was notable mainly for a crazy five minute period early in the second half. After the sides failed to tally a goal throughout the first half, a 54th minute penalty saw Seton Hall take the lead. Just four minutes later, however, Creighton won a penalty of their own which was duly converted to tie things up. Despite the sides combining for THIRTY-TWO shots over the 110 minutes of play, these two penalties remained the only goals of the game. Anastasia McCleary played 14 minutes off the bench against Seton Hall, but the Creighton coach’s unwillingness to use substitutes saw Anastasia (along with most of the substitute players) miss out on playing time against Providence.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost to Utah State 2-0, defeated Boise State 1-0 (2OT)
A mixed week for Wyoming, but with three wins from four games in conference play, it’s hardly time for panic to set in. The Utah State game saw Georgia Rowntree and Alisha Bass once again start for the Cowgirls, but Rowntree was forced off after half an hour after appearing to roll her ankle. Utah State scored 11 minutes later from a free kick, and then 3 minutes after the break added a second, a deficit from which Wyoming were unable to come back. Rowntree sat out the game against Boise State, but Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras started, with both players creating numerous chances, tallying four and five shots respectively. Despite Wyoming’s dominance of play, it took 19 shots and 104 minutes before Kaitlyn Lomsnes knocked home a parry from the goalkeeper to give Wyoming the win.
Southern (Simone Arthur)
This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-0, tied with Mississippi Valley State 0-0 (2OT)
Southern remain undefeated after this week, but the record is no longer perfect as a plucky Mississippi Valley State side held out the more fancied Jaguars for 110 minutes for a 0-0 draw. The match against Alcorn State was a much easier affair, with a 3rd minute goal getting things off to a great start, before a second ten minutes before the break put Southern firmly in command. The Jaguars then rounded out the win with a goal shortly before full-time for a 3-0 victory. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur has been ruled out for the season, and with this being her senior year, this signals an end to her college career.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week: defeated USC 1-0, lost to UCLA 1-0
When you’ve been pretty much written off in the weekend’s games, any result is better than no result, and Colorado managed to come away with a win and a loss in two fixtures in which they looked, on paper, to be fairly outmatched. With Alexandra Huynh out through injury, the Colorado defence was a little leakier than usual, allowing USC 19 shots, but the Trojans forced Colorado goalkeeper Kate Scheele into just four saves. This could possibly be chalked up to the pressure applied by Colorado – they had USC chasing the game from the fifth minute after Madison Krauser’s early goal, and that goal proved to be enough. Considering the result against USC, you could argue that Colorado did enough to win against top-ranked UCLA – they managed 7 shots and allowed UCLA only 9, and both teams had 3 shots on target. Allowing Sam Mewis to shoot, however, is never a smart idea, and it was one of her three, in the 64th minute, that saw the deadlock broken to give UCLA a 1-0 win. Kahlia Hogg started up front in both games for Colorado, playing around 75 minutes in each game.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week: defeated Lamar 2-0
A win in their sole game of the weekend saw Nicholls State move to 3-2 in conference play and get their season back on track after an inconsistent start to the league schedule. The Colonels were always going to be favoured in this game against Lamar, and the Cardinals didn’t help their slim chances when they conceded an own goal on the half-hour mark, which proved to be the only goal of the first half. 9 minutes after halftime, the international pairing of Norway’s Emily Werenskiold and our own Jess Coates combined, with Werenskiold teeing up Coates, who slotted the ball home for Nicholls State’s second, which proved to be two too many for Lamar. Jess started for Nicholls State, and her goal was one of five shots, of which two were on target.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: lost to James Madison 3-1, defeated Towson 1-0
Another loss for Hofstra in their Friday game this week threatened to derail the Pride’s season, but they got things back on track on Sunday, managing to grind out a 1-0 win over Towson. Hofstra took the lead early against James Madison, scoring just 6 minutes into the match, but the Dukes were unfazed by going down 1-0 early, and equalised on the half-hour mark. James Madison didn’t let up in the second half either, notching another pair to go home with the win. The Towson match was a different event entirely – Hofstra took 19 shots but it was all academic after Sam Scolarici’s 5th minute opener – Towson weren’t unable to get even one shot on target throughout the match, so despite Hofstra’s inability to turn their attacking dominance into goals, they were never in danger of losing their lead. Emily Hulbert started both games and played a majority of minutes in each, moving back to her regular position in defence after a stint in midfield in the last couple of weeks.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week: lost to Tennessee-Martin 2-1, defeated Murray State 2-1
A week of 2-1 games for the Redhawks this week, with the results going in opposite directions. Southeast Missouri State weren’t expected to pull out a win over Tennessee-Martin, but they looked all but certain of getting a draw after cancelling out Tennessee-Martin’s 76th minute opener with an 85th minute equaliser. Football can be a strange sport at times, however, and Tennessee-Martin were able to score with just two minutes remaining to clinch the victory. Jenna Collingridge proved to be top of the five-Aussie pile in the match against Murray State, as she notched an assist on Southeast Missouri State’s opening goal, delivering a corner that would be headed in by Kasey Crowden. Murray State managed an equaliser, but the Redhawks managed to grab the lead with 11 minutes to go and hang on. As well as Jenna Collingridge’s efforts in the second game, she also started against Tennessee-Martin, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench against Murray State.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost to SIU Edwardsville 2-1 (2OT), lost to Southeast Missouri State 2-1
Two losses this week for Murray State saw them fall back to .500 in conference play, as a tight match against league leaders SIU Edwardsville ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss before going down in the Aussie v Aussie matchup against Southeast Missouri State. The first game of the weekend saw SIU Edwardsville go up just 6 minutes in, before Murray State nabbed an equaliser shortly before the hour mark. With Nyomi Devine returning to her starting spot, the defence was able to hold SIU Edwardsville out until just six minutes before the end of overtime, when the home side nabbed a winner. The game against Southeast Missouri State once again saw the Racers go down early, just 3 minutes in this time, and again clawing back to equalise, on this occasion ten minutes before halftime. Harriet Withers came off the bench to tally two shots, both on target, but couldn’t grab a winner and in the end it was Southeast Missouri State who did get a winner, 12 minutes before the end.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost to Portland 3-0, lost to Gonzaga 1-0
A trip north this week for Pacific ended in two losses in two admittedly stern tests for the Tigers. First up against Portland, the Tigers were on the back foot early as the home side scored after 17 minutes, but Pacific battled to keep the score 1-0 at halftime. Portland kicked ahead in the 59th minute with their second, and rounded out the win on 73 minutes with a third to put the game to bed. The Gonzaga game was a case of one side having so many chances that eventually one had to go in, and in this case it was Gonzaga who had 18 shots, and managed to nab the only goal of the game on the hour mark despite forcing the Pacific goalkeeper into 7 saves. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench against Portland, but unfortunately didn’t get to play against Gonzaga.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week: lost to Howard 3-2
Alabama State’s tough start to the season continued this week as the Hornets went down 3-2 in a tight contest. Alabama State took the lead after just five minutes through Aaliyah Lewis, with Australian Shelbi-Vienna Hallam providing the assist. Howard hit back with two goals in a six minute span either side of the 20 minute mark, before Lewis popped up again with the equaliser on 28 minutes in a crazy start to the game. Things then slowed right down, with no scoring from either side until, just 4 minutes before the end, a Howard player chipped a shot in to make the score 3-2, which it would remain until the final whistle.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)
1: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)