This week saw some more high-level performances from Aussies, including a multiple assist game by Jess Coates, a wall-like goalkeeping effort from Georgia Rowntree, and a goal from Harriet Withers. Emma Heckenberg also made her collegiate debut this weekend, coming off the bench for Drexel in both games this weekend.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s results: drew with Hawai’i 2-2 (2OT), drew with Denver 0-0 (2OT)
After a draw last week, Wyoming remain both undefeated and winless after another two draws this week in a trip to Hawaii. The Cowgirls were dominated by Hawaii in the opening game of the weekend, but came back from a goal down on two occasions before holding on throughout overtime to secure a draw. Against Denver, it was Wyoming’s turn to dominate, outshooting the Pioneers 11-4, but with only 3 of those on target it became hard for the Cowgirls to score. Georgia Rowntree was huge for Wyoming against Hawaii, making six saves in the first half. Alisha Bass, Jessie Gentle, and Candace Sciberras also started both games, whilst Annika Clayton came off the bench to play around half a game in both contests this weekend. Sciberras and Gentle also each tallied an assist in the Hawai’i game.
Colgate (Dylan Holmes)
This week’s results: defeated Albany 2-0, lost to St John’s 1-0
After last week’s heavy losses, Colgate picked up their first win of the season this week as they split a pair of games in a tournament at Syracuse. The Raiders easily dealt with Albany, scoring goals either side of halftime to ease their way to a 2-0 win, before coming up against a St. John’s team that provide a far tougher challenge. The Red Storm scored the lone goal of the game in the 40th minute in a tight contest to see the match finish 1-0. Unfortunately, there was no playing time for Dylan Holmes this weekend.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week’s results: lost to Colgate 2-0, lost to Syracuse 2-1
Albany dropped to 1-3 for the season as they went down to Colgate and Syracuse, but there were plenty of positives for the Great Danes to take out of games where they ran a couple of highly-fancied teams close. Albany conceded goals at bad times against Colgate, just before and just after halftime, and despite having 11 attempts on goal in the second half, couldn’t mount a comeback. Getting a result against Syracuse appeared on paper to even tougher than it would against Albany, but Mariah Williams put the side ahead 1-0 just after halftime. That appeared to kick Syracuse into gear, and the favourites scored just five minutes later before sealing the match with an 84th minute winner. Claire Urquhart unfortunately did not take to the field in either game.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week’s results: defeated Wagner 3-0, lost to NJIT 4-1
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more mixed bag of results than Iona’s two games this weekend, as a 3-0 win over Wagner was followed by a 4-1 capitulation at the hands of NJIT. Outshooting Wagner 15-7, the Gaels were rarely troubled as they scored in the 18th, 34th, and 69th minutes, whilst goalkeeper Taylor Rice was forced into only 3 saves all game. Any confidence that came from that win was no doubt dented by NJIT, as Iona were denied repeatedly by the NJIT goalkeepers, with 18 shots yielding a single goal. Conversely, NJIT had only 11 shots and managed to rack up 4 goals. A lesson in taking chances. Unfortunately, we once again did not see Kiri Dale play in either game this weekend.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s result: drew with South Carolina Upstate 3-3 (2OT)
After last week’s close loss to Troy, Alabama State came into this game with a definite shot at a result against South Carolina Upstate, and they came within 4 minutes of securing a win. After giving up a goal after just 61 seconds, Alabama State hit the lead with 2 goals inside the first 20 minutes. South Carolina Upstate managed an equaliser on the 63 minute mark, and with 10 minutes to go the teams were still level. Ariela Lewis put Alabama State within touching distance of the win when she put the Hornets up 3-2, but just 4 minutes later it was 3-3. Overtime couldn’t split the teams, and in the end a draw was probably a fair result. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam played the full 110 minutes in a defensive role for Alabama State.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week’s results: drew with Southern Mississippi 2-2 (2OT), defeated Southern 2-0
Nicholls State put last week’s loss to Louisiana-Lafayette behind them to go undefeated this weekend with a draw and a win. In a game they probably just edged, Nicholls State went up 2-0 within 25 minutes courtesy of Spencer Valdespino’s double (on which she was assisted on both goals by Jess Coates), but the second half saw the Golden Eagles come storming back to grab a draw. Jess Coates had another barnstorming performance against Southern University in the Colonels’ 2-0 win. The Aussie senior had 5 shots, of which 4 were on target. The only thing missing was a goal in what proved to be a top-notch weekend for Jess.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s results: defeated Columbia 2-0, defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 4-3
Hofstra kickstarted their season after two losses last week by notching a couple of wins this weekend, knocking off Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson. Hofstra peppered the Columbia goal throughout the first half, but it wasn’t until the second half until they finally found a goal, just 65 seconds after the restart. Despite allowing Columbia more attacking chances in the second half, Hofstra were able to keep a clean sheet and sealed the win in the 79th minute. The Fairleigh Dickinson match was a far more open affair, with Hofstra tallying a mind-boggling 31 shots to Fairleigh Dickinson’s 10. Fairleigh Dickinson were far more efficient, though, and after giving up a 3-2 lead, it took until the 81st minute for Hofstra to take a lead that they would hold until the end of the game. Emily Hulbert started against Columbia and played 59 minutes, before coming off the bench to play 33 minutes against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s results: defeated Northern Illinois 4-1, defeated Central Michigan 1-0
Creighton took their season record to 3-1 with two wins over MAC opponents this week. In a match that saw neither side able to find the back of the net in the first half, Creighton turned it up a notch in the second period, scoring all four goals in a 25 minute span between the 57th and 82nd minutes, before giving up a late consolation goal to Northern Illinois 4 minutes from time. Against Central Michigan, the Bluejays couldn’t put the ball in the net at all. Fortunately for them, Central Michigan conceded an own goal just 40 seconds out from halftime that would prove to be the only goal of the game in an open game that should have seen both sides score more goals than they did. Anastasia McCleary was again heavily involved in both games, playing 67 minutes off the bench against Northern Illinois before playing the full 90 minutes against Central Michigan.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week’s results: defeated Tennessee Tech 1-0, lost to North Carolina State 2-0
East Tennessee State were probably expected to split these games, and did exactly that as a win over Tennessee Tech was followed by a loss to North Carolina State. East Tennessee State thoroughly shut down their in-state rivals, affording Tennessee Tech just 3 shots on target for the entire match, all of which were dealt by goalkeeper Jasmie Elliott, whilst star midfielder Sarah Zadrazil scored the winner in the 59th minute. Against North Carolina State, the Buccaneers actually had more attacking chances than their more fancied opponents, but mistakes from East Tennessee State gave the Wolfpack some gilt-edged chances that were finished clinically. Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes in defence in both matches, and registered a single shot against North Carolina State.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week’s results: defeated Evansville 1-0, lost to Northern Colorado 1-0
Southeast Missouri State had a win over Evansville and a loss to Northern Colorado this weekend, but looking at the stats you’d be forgiven for thinking those results should have been reversed. Southeast Missouri State started strongly against Evansville, outshooting their opponents 6-2 in the first half and scoring the only goal of the game in the 15th minute. Evansville stormed back in the second half, registering 13 shots, but they could only manage 3 on target and the Redhawks escaped with the win. The second match saw Northern Colorado score the only goal of the game early – right on the 11 minute mark. Southeast Missouri State unleashed their attacking force throughout the first half, but couldn’t manage an equaliser with any of their nine shots. The second half became a far more cagey affair, with the sides combining for just 3 shots as the game finished 1-0 to Northern Colorado. All 3 Aussies saw significant playing time in both games, with Siena Senatore starting against Evansville, Jenna Collingridge starting against Northern Colorado, and Maddy Cornell coming off the bench in both games.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week’s results: defeated Fairfield 3-1, defeated Stony Brook 2-1
Drexel took advantage of some inefficiency by their opponents’ attackers this week to come away with two solid wins to take their record to 3-1. A quick start against Fairfield put the Dragons on the right track, with two goals in the first 20 minutes setting up the win early. A third goal came on the hour mark to all but seal it, and whilst Fairfield got one back 10 minutes later, this game belonged to Drexel. Facing Stony Brook in the second game, the Dragons will not have been happy with giving up 21 shots, but two first half goals combined with a major lack of accuracy from Stony Brook’s strikers led to a second victory of the weekend. Emma Heckenberg played some token minutes, coming off the bench in the final ten minutes of both games.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 2-1, defeated Arkansas State 3-2
Last week’s win over Mississippi State brought a week that promised a lot for Murray State, but ended with a mixed bag of results from their trip to Arkansas. Comprehensively outplayed by Arkansas-Little Rock, the Racers could perhaps count themselves lucky to only go down by 1 goal, as some terrible shooting accuracy by the hosts led to only 4 of 18 shots ending up on target. Things didn’t look like they were getting much better in the first half against Arkansas State as the Racers went down 1-0 in the 36th minute. Sparked into life by that goal, Murray State equalised just 2 minutes later before taking the lead in the 70th minute. Arkansas State then hit back with a quick goal of their own to make the score 2-2 after 73 minutes. Aussie Harriet Withers was the hero of the day for Murray State, scoring the winner with 10 minutes to play. Harriet was also one of the side’s better performers against Arkansas-Little Rock, registering 3 shots, whilst Nyomi Devine played 88 minutes against Arkansas-Little Rock before featuring for the entire match against Arkansas State.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alex Huynh)
This week’s results: lost to BYU 2-0, defeated New Mexico 4-0
Colorado lost their unbeaten record with a loss in the first match of the weekend against BYU, but hit back with a vengeance against New Mexico. A fast starting BYU side scored the opener in the 13th minute and followed up with the second in the 27th minute to shut the gate on Colorado early. The Buffaloes were able to tally 11 shots throughout the match, but with only five on target, scoring was always going to be a tough ask. Goals were far easier to come by against New Mexico, as Colorado opened the scoring just seven minutes in. A second goal shortly before halftime put Colorado clear, and a third goal 8 minutes after the break clinched it for the Buffaloes. Colorado added a fourth 17 minutes from time, but this game was well and truly done long before then. Alex Huynh played 70 minutes or so in both games, whilst Kahlia Hogg played a full 90 against BYU and 57 minutes against New Mexico.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week’s result: lost to Rutgers 1-0
After copping a 6-0 demolition at the hands of Syracuse last week, this match against nationally ranked Rutgers looked, on paper, to be headed towards the same outcome. Clearly, nobody told the Massachusetts players as they scrapped against against a barrage of Scarlet Knights attacks to valiantly hold on for 83 minutes. Eventually though, 19 shots took their toll on Massachusetts and Rutgers were able to find a winner 6 minutes from time. Still, this result marks a vast improvement in Massachusetts’ performance in comparison to their last match against a power conference team. Laura Johns played 53 minutes off the bench, a vast increase on last week’s 41 minutes across two games.
Washington State (Tia Gavin)
This week’s result: defeated Boise State 2-1
Washington State gave their fans a real scare this week, as they were unable to put away a Boise State side that finished with a flourish and was actually on the front foot for much of the second half. The Cougars had opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Cara Wegner, but Boise State equalised 16 minutes later through Michelle Reed. Nicolle Marlow’s goal in the 53rd minute proved to be the winner, but Boise State were not without their chances as Washington State almost let this game slip. Tia Gavin was afforded just 15 minutes of playing time as other players were given more playing time in this early season fixture.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)