In what was undoubtedly the top week of the season so far, five different players scored goals, whilst another notched an assist. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam tallied an amazing four assists plus a goal for the week, whilst Kahlia Hogg and Alisha Bass led their sides to thrilling victories.
UMBC (Lilly Rydon)
This week’s results: drew with New Hampshire 0-0, defeated Maine 1-0
With a draw and a win this week, UMBC have put together a 3 game winning streak, although the first two of those three have been draws, meaning they are still slightly behind the eight ball in the America East. The game against New Hampshire saw the Retrievers outshot 19-10 over 110 minutes of pulsating football that somehow culminated in a 0-0 draw, with UMBC having their goalkeeper to thank, as Jen Nance came up with 11 saves whilst UMBC could only manage two shots on target, with Lilly Rydon uncharacteristically wayward in her shooting, as all three of her shots ended up off target. Fortunately, things were slightly better against Maine as one of the side’s ten shots managed to find the back of the net, the goal coming just two minutes after halftime. Lilly Rydon also started in this game, managing one shot, which was on target but was not the shot to find the goal.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: defeated Morehead State 5-0, defeated Eastern Kentucky 2-0
An absolutely tremendous week this week for Murray State, as they demolished Morehead State before soundly defeating Eastern Kentucky to move to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Harriet Withers played a large part in the victory over Morehead State, scoring the fourth goal and picking up an assist on the fifth against Morehead State after Julie Mooney had picked up a hat-trick to put the side up 3-0, whilst Nyomi Devine started in defence and helped the side to a clean sheet. Both players started against Eastern Kentucky as the side cruised a 2-0 win, notching 19 shots to Eastern Kentucky’s 7, of which Harriet Withers had 3, but could not manage a goal.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)
This week’s results: defeated Oregon State 1-0, defeated Oregon 2-1
It took some real fight from Colorado, but the Buffaloes managed to escape this week with two wins against the Pac-12’s Oregon pair. Colorado were never really in danger of losing to Oregon State as the Beavers only managed one shot on target, but Colorado were stopped by the Oregon State goalkeeper for the entire first half. Just a minute into the second half, however, Brie Hooks knocked home the only goal of the match. Kahlia Hogg started in this match, but it was the game against Oregon in which the junior from Canberra came to the fore. With Colorado down 1-0 after 74 minutes courtesy of Oregon’s 7th minute opener, Kahlia tallied Colorado’s opener to equalise. But she wasn’t done there. With just three minutes to play, Madison Krauser’s shot rebounded into Kahlia’s path, and she buried it for a brilliant comeback win for Colorado.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s results: defeated Colorado College 3-2 (2OT), defeated Air Force 5-2
After almost blowing a win in their first game, Wyoming stormed home in both games this weekend to move up to equal second in the Mountain West conference standings. With Alisha Bass starting and Candace Sciberras coming off the bench to play all bar 9 minutes of the game, Wyoming came back from 1-0 down against Colorado College to take a 2-1 lead, before Colorado College hit back with a 76th minute penalty to send the game into overtime. Wyoming weren’t to be denied, however, and in the 2nd minute of the second half of overtime, they managed to notch the winner. Bass and Sciberras were again heavily involved in the game against Air Force, but with 20 minutes to go, Air Force were up 2-1 and Wyoming’s chances of a win were slipping away. Enter Alisha Bass. 73rd minute – assist. 78th minute – goal, assisted by fellow Aussie Sciberras. 86th minute – assist. 4 goals for Wyoming in the last 17 minutes, and Alisha Bass was involved in three of them.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)
This week: lost to Austin Peay 1-0, defeated Belmont 1-0
This week saw Southeast Missouri State cop an unexpected poor loss to Austin Peay, before notching a vital mid-table win over Belmont to put a gap between themselves and the chasing pack in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks had only themselves to blame against Austin Peay – they led the shot count 13-4, but didn’t manage a single strike in the five minutes of overtime that were played between regulation finishing at 0-0 and Austin Peay’s winner with their fourth shot of the game. With that win putting Southeast Missouri State right back amongst the pack, a loss to Belmont would see the Redhawks fall back out of the tournament places. After 85 minutes, it looked as if the game might go to overtime, but Southeast Missouri State managed to find a late goal to get a vital win for the side. Jenna Collingridge started both games, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench against Belmont.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s results: defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-0, defeated Grambling State 4-0
35 minutes played, three assists. That was the story of Shelbi Vienna-Hallam’s performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff as Alabama State comprehensively demolished their lowly opponents. Shelbi had assists on the first, third, and fourth goals as the Hornets went up 4-0 inside half an hour, before many of the side’s starters, including Shelbi, were subbed off before or at halftime. Things were almost as good against Grambling State in the side’s second game, as Shelbi knocked in a goal of her own, as well as two more assists to chalk up 7 points for the weekend. Shelbi has teamed up really well with the player considered one of the best in Alabama State’s history, Aaliyah Lewis, as the pair has combined for four straight games – against Grambling State, both of Shelbi’s assists were on goals to Aaliyah, whilst Aaliyah provided the assist for Shelbi’s goal.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost to Loyola Marymount 3-1, lost to Pepperdine 5-0
Pacific once again showed that they can mix it with the best, but once again also showed that a 90 minute performance of that ilk is just out of reach. Pacific were right in the game against Loyola Marymount for the first half, even showing some attacking flair as they notched up 4 shots in the first half, although their opponents tallied 7. A two minute lapse from Pacific in the second half, however, ruined the game for them as Loyola Marymount knocked home goals in the 53rd and 55th minutes, and whilst the Tigers grabbed a goal in the 83rd minute, this was negated by Loyola’s 3rd two minutes later. The first half against Pepperdine was also promising, as it almost mimicked the first half of Pacific’s game against USC a few weeks ago, with the only difference being that Pepperdine managed one first half goal to lead 1-0 at halftime. The score stayed this way until the 75th minute, but 4 goals in ten minutes to the Waves was more than enough proof of the side’s class. Ellie Papalexiou unfortunately didn’t get to play against Loyola Marymount, but did come off the bench for Pepperdine.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s result: lost to DePaul 2-0
A tough Big East conference slate continued this week for Creighton as they went down 2-0 to nationally ranked DePaul in possibly their toughest match this season. DePaul weren’t given the free reign of the pitch that had been predicted by some, but were still able to tally 12 shots, of which four were on target, with their goals coming in the 38th and 56th minutes. Their defence, however, did a brilliant job of shutting down the Creighton attack, limiting the Bluejays to just two shots. Once again, Anastasia McCleary saw limited minutes, managing just four minutes at the end of the first half and ten minutes at the end of the second half. This appears to have been the modus operandi for the Creighton coach, but five and ten minute stints are just not long enough to let a player get into their groove and show their true worth.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s result: defeated Northeastern 1-0
Hofstra came into this game looking to reel in undefeated conference leaders Northeastern, and they managed to do just that in a 1-0 win. Northeastern had the better of the play, taking 12 shots to Hofstra’s six, but could only force the Hofstra goalkeeper into a single save, a statistic that would come back to haunt them via the head of Australian freshman Emily Hulbert, whose first career goal via a redirected header in the 65th minute was enough to give Hofstra the win as they held on for the final 25 minutes to secure a vital win which keeps them in the mix for top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s result: Game Postponed v Central Arkansas
Unfortunately, there was no game for Jess Coates this week, as the scheduled game against Central Arkansas has been postponed.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)