A combination of losses for other teams and their own two wins means Washington State is now one of just three teams with a perfect record in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer. There were also big wins this weekend for Wyoming, Murray State, and Drexel as a few teams improved their records markedly this weekend.
Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)
This week’s results: lost to Seattle 3-2, defeated Montana 1-0
Creighton had two games this week that could have gone either way, and indeed that’s what happened – one win, one loss. Against Seattle, the Bluejays went down 1-0 after 15 minutes, but were able to equalise on the half-hour mark through Emma Braasch, and the score remained that way until halftime. A late surge from Seattle brought two more goals for the RedHawks, and with 12 minutes to play they led 3-1. Creighton got one back with 5 minutes to play but it wasn’t enough and Seattle took the win, 3-2. The game against Montana was a far more cagey affair. Creighton had enough shots to win the game easily, but couldn’t manage to score a goal until the 53rd minute as Ylenia Sachau knocked home a corner for the only goal of the game. Anastasia McCleary played the full 90 minutes against Seattle and 36 minutes against Montana, starting in both games.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week’s results: defeated Louisiana Tech 1-0, defeated Middle Tennessee State 2-0
Murray State chalked up two wins this week to move to a 4-2 record for the season on a weekend that saw them face two tough teams in games that could have gone either way. First up, the Racers played Louisiana Tech, whom they dominated throughout the 90 minutes in every facet of play except goalscoring as a shot line of 14-7 disappointingly led to a 0-0 scoreline at the end of regulation. Clearly, Murray State were saving their real shots for overtime, as just 140 seconds later, Taylor Richerson knocked in the winner. The game against Middle Tennessee State was slightly less heartstopping for Murray State fans, as Aussie striker Harriet Withers scored the opener just 9 minutes in. Middle Tennessee State rarely threatened and whilst it took until the final 10 minutes of the game, Murray State finally put the game to bed with a second goal. Nyomi Devine once again played full games in both matches, with the two minutes of overtime against Louisiana Tech bringing her season average to 90 minutes per game, whilst Harriet Withers played an hour or so in each game, with 4 shots and a goal against Middle Tennessee State.
Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)
This week’s results: lost Georgia Southern 10-2, lost to Jacksonville State 7-0
It was a tough weekend for Alabama State, as a couple of games in which they were underdogs turned into slaughters. The match against Georgia Southern saw the Eagles pepper the Alabama State goal from the outset, scoring four goals in four minutes between the 15th and 19th minutes to put the game to bed early. 29 shots delivered 10 goals, but surprisingly it wasn’t all bad news – Shelbi Vienna-Hallam had the assist on Alabama State’s first goal. Jacksonville State weren’t quite as dominant, but still managed to put 7 goals away on 23 shots, and also didn’t concede a goal. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam played a full 90 minutes for Alabama State in each game.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week’s result: defeated Kansas 2-1
Wyoming continued their unbeaten start to the season with an upset win over highly-fancied Kansas; their third win on the trot after three draws to start the season. With Candace Sciberras unfortunately out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, four Aussies started in this game. Wyoming started the game positively, getting their first goal from a corner in the 9th minute courtesy of a Kimmy Burbank header. Burbank followed up with a second just before the hour mark, nodding home a free kick from Sammi Dunda. Kansas’ star player Liana Salazar got one back for the Jayhawks seven minutes later, but Wyoming held on for the 2-1 win. Of the Aussies, Jessie Gentle was most involved, registering 3 shots with one on target.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week’s results: defeated Stony Brook 2-1, lost to Boston University 2-1 (OT)
Hofstra will be ridiculously frustrated with their inability to score more goals as it almost cost them a result against Stony Brook, before it did cost them a win against Boston University. Despite outshooting Stony Brook 33-9, Hofstra could only manage 10 shots on target for the match and it took them until the second half to even get a goal on the board. Stony Brook even managed to equalise in the 64th minute, and if that result had held it would have been an absolute killer for Hofstra, but an error in the area from Stony Brook saw Madeline Anderson turn the ball home for the winner just a minute after Stony Brook’s equaliser. Against Boston University, the Pride weren’t so lucky. Or, more to the point, their failure to take their chances cost them. They outshot Boston University 21-10, but only had 5 on target, whereas the Terriers had 7. BU took the lead in the 26th minute, but Hofstra finally scored on the hour mark through Jill Mulholland. Hofstra can really have no complaints about the calibre of goal they gave up in extra time – an absolute screamer from 25 yards, but really the game should never have even got to that point. Emily Hulbert played half an hour against Stony Brook, registering a single shot, but didn’t see any playing time against Boston University.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week’s result: defeated South Carolina State 2-1
Winthrop got their record back to the .500 mark with a 2-1 win over South Carolina State that moved them to 2-2-1 for the season. The Eagles had the run of play for the majority of the game, but South Carolina State scored a goal in the 87th minute which looked to have sealed their fate. Winthrop hit back literally with the last kick of the game to tie things up and send us to overtime. Winthrop made everyone sweat throughout the extra minutes too, before Taylor Coleman knocked one in at the far post to grab a memorable victory. Jai Jackson played 68 minutes for Winthrop, and had one shot which forced a save from the South Carolina State goalkeeper.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week’s results: defeated Virginia Commonwealth 1-0, defeated Niagara 2-1
Drexel bounced back from last week’s loss to Rutgers in the best way possible, with two wins this weekend taking their record to an impressive 6-2. A tightly contested match against Virginia Commonwealth saw both teams finish with 9 shots, but it was the Dragons who managed to put one away, with Vanessa Kara scoring the only goal of the game in the 18th minute. Vanessa was at it again against Niagara, scoring after just SIXTEEN SECONDS when she intercepted a pass from the Niagara defence. A second goal came for Drexel shortly before halftime to send the Dragons to the sheds 2-0 up. But with both teams notching double digits in the shots column, it was hardly a surprise that Niagara managed to get one back in the 70th minute. Drexel were able to keep the Purple Eagles out for the remainder, and finished with two wins for the weekend. Emma Heckenberg was not used against Virginia Commonwealth, but did play 23 minutes against Niagara, registering a shot in the process.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week’s result: lost to Marshall 2-1
East Tennessee State’s 4-1 start to the season has now fallen to 4-3 as the Buccaneers dropped their second match in a row with a tight 2-1 loss to Marshall. It’s fair to say that ETSU were underdogs here, but they actually had the lead in this one after a 42nd minute opener to Simona Koren. Marshall hit back just after the break though, equalising in the 47th minute. 18 minutes later, the Thundering Herd had a lead that they would not relinquish thanks to their second goal of the game. Isabel Hodgson started for East Tennessee State and played a full game in defence.
Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week’s results: lost to Florida Atlantic 2-0, defeated Lynn 5-3
A mixed weekend for Southeast Missouri State this weekend, but probably the results that were expected given their opponents. The Redhawks scrapped hard against Florida Atlantic, but after conceding a goal 15 minutes in, were caught between defending resolutely and attempting to find an equaliser. Unfortunately, they were only able to come up with three shots throughout the 90 minutes, and when Florida Atlantic added a second 17 minutes from time, the door was shut on the Redhawks’ chances of tying this one up. The side was also given a surprising test by Division II side Lynn. Four goals in a 23 minute span gave the Redhawks a 4-0 lead just five minutes after halftime, but that seemed to jolt their opponents into gear, and half an hour later it was 4-3! An 88th minute penalty to Angie Mann spared Southeast Missouri State’s blushes as they opened up a 2 goal lead again for the game to finish 5-3. Maddy Cornell had her first two starts of the season, whilst Siena Senatore and Jenna Collingridge had cameos off the bench in both games.
Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alex Huynh)
This week’s results: defeated Denver 1-0, lost to Northwestern 1-0 (OT)
Colorado laboured slightly this week, especially in attack, and it cost them heavily in their second game of the weekend as they went down 1-0 to Northwestern after eking out a win against Denver in the weekend’s first game. The Buffaloes didn’t lack for shots against Denver, with 13 opportunities, but only four of these were on target. With Alex Huynh and the Colorado defence stopping all but everything that came their way, a loss was never on the cards as Denver only had one shot. But a disappointing draw looked ever more likely as the game progressed until Mikaela Kraus finished from the edge of the area for the game’s only goal in the 74th minute. Funnily enough, the Buffaloes also had 13 shots with 4 on target against a far more highly fancied opponent in Northwestern. Northwestern were equally profligate in their shooting, with only 3 of their 13 shots troubling the goalkeeper, and it’s little wonder that this game went to extra time tied at 0-0. Unfortunately, it was Northwestern who scored the winner in the 7th minute of extra time. Alex Huynh played the full 187 minutes of playing time across the weekend, but Kahlia Hogg was rested this weekend.
Washington State (Tia Gavin)
This week’s results: defeated Oklahoma State 2-1, defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (2OT)
Washington State remain one of just three teams with perfect records in Division I with two wins this weekend, but they did it the hard way. The Cougars took the lead in just the second minute against Oklahoma State, before Oklahoma State nabbed an equaliser in the 37th minute. In a remarkably even match, both sides had plenty of attacking chances, but it took until the 88th minute for the deadlock to be broken, with Washington State’s Cara Wegner following up after the Oklahoma State goalkeeper spilled Kourtney Guetlein’s shot to make the score 2-1, which is how it finished. The Cougars made it even harder for themselves against Cal State Fullerton as they gave up a penalty in the 24th minute, which was converted. Early in the second half, Washington State’s coach was given a red card, but somehow they found an equaliser with Kaitlyn Johnson tucking one home with 10 minutes to play, but the Cougs had goalkeeper Ella Dederick to thank just as much after her 58th minute penalty save. The first period of extra time went by fairly uneventfully, but 2 minutes into the second period, Kourtney Guetlein rose highest to head home a free kick for the winner. Tia Gavin carried a knock into the weekend and didn’t play against Oklahoma State, but had recovered enough by Sunday to get some time off the bench against Cal State Fullerton.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Nyomi Devine (Murray State)
1: Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)