The first week of the college soccer season brought more than a bit of success for the Australians. Sam Roff, Caitlin Cantrill, Demi Koulizakis, Isobel Dalton, Kiri Dale, and Teagan Micah made their debuts, with Teagan being recognised by the Pac-12 for an excellent debut performance. Paige Hayward also picked up SWAC Offensive Player of the Week for an outstanding shift for Texas Southern against Texas A&M-Texarkana.
From an attacking standpoint, Jessie Gentle was the first Australian this season to have a tangible impact on a game, tallying an assist on Wyoming’s second goal as the Cowgirls won their opener 2-0 against Houston Baptist. Goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree played all 90 minutes in keeping a clean sheet, with Alisha Bass forming part of her back four. Wyoming’s second game saw Annika Clayton go one better than Jessie, scoring the team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Idaho State as Georgia kept a second successive clean sheet.
Kahlia Hogg also registered an assist, in Colorado’s first game of the season. Playing a full 90 minutes against both Air Force and Colorado State this week, Kahlia tallied her assist on the Buffs’ second goal against Air Force as Colorado won 2-0 before following up with a 2-1 win over Colorado State. Sophomore transfer Isobel Dalton came off the bench to make her debut against Air Force, registering a shot in her 6 minutes of play.
Murray State’s first game of the season was cancelled as the Racers were due to travel to the flood-ravaged state of Louisiana for their opener. However, once the side got on the field, reigning Player of the Year Harriet Withers showed that she will certainly be in the reckoning for the award again as the striker banged home two goals against Alabama. Unfortunately for Murray State, they imploded in the second half as their opponents tallied four unanswered goals to storm home for a 4-2 win.
Perhaps playing slightly out of position in an overlapping left fullback role, Beattie Goad nevertheless earned starts in her first two college games as Stanford picked up wins over Navy and Georgetown on their trip to the national capital. Goad played 53 minutes against Navy and 69 minutes against Georgetown as the Cardinal picked up 2-1 and 3-0 wins on the first weekend of the season.
Paige Hayward and Texas Southern had a slow start to the season, going down 3-0 to Houston in the side’s opening game. Playing NAIA team Texas A&M-Texarkana proved to be far less of a challenge for the Tigers. Paige assisted on Texas Southern’s first three goals before banging home one of her own as the Tigers racked up a 4-1 win. Paige’s performance against Texas A&M-Texarkana was pivotal in her being named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Teagan Micah proved to be the surprise packet of the week. Earning the start in UCLA’s first game of the season, Teagan kept a clean sheet in the Bruins’ 5-0 win over San Diego State. Teagan’s highlight of the game was a brilliant save to deny the Aztecs a goal in the bottom left corner. Whilst Despite not featuring in UCLA’s second game of the week, an exhibition against Beijing Normal University, Teagan was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for her debut performance.
Player Of The Year Votes:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: defeated Buffalo 1-0; lost 3-1 to Penn State.
Hulbert played 90 minutes in both games, picking up a yellow card against Penn State.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 3-1 to UNLV; defeated UTRGV 3-2 (OT)
Roff started against UNLV, playing 40 minutes, and came off the bench to play 58 minutes against UTRGV, registering a shot on target.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Virginia Tech; defeated College of Charleston 1-0
Cantrill started both games, playing 68 minutes against Virginia Tech and 51 minutes against College of Charleston.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 3-1 to Holy Cross; lost 2-0 to Bryant
Dale started for Iona against Holy Cross, but did not feature against Bryant.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated USC Upstate 1-0; defeated Radford 1-0
Hodgson played a full 90 minutes in both games, registering 2 shots against USC Upstate.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Navy 2-1; defeated Georgetown 3-0
Goad started both matches, playing 53 minutes against Navy and 69 minutes against Georgetown.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Tennessee 1-0; defeated Illinois-Springfield 3-1
Cornell and Senatore both came off the bench in both games. Cornell played 33 minutes against Tennessee and 53 minutes against Illinois-Springfield, registering a shot which was on target against Illinois-Springfield. Senatore played 26 minutes against Tennessee and 25 minutes against Illinois-Springfield.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Army 2-0; lost 3-0 to St John’s
Urquhart started both games, playing a full 90 minutes against Army and 79 minutes against St. John’s.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: defeated Houston Baptist 2-0; defeated Idaho State 2-0
Alisha Bass played 66 minutes against Houston Baptist and 90 minutes against Idaho State, registering a shot in each game. Annika Clayton sat out the Houston Baptist game as a precaution but played 35 minutes against Idaho State, scoring the team’s 2nd goal. Jessie Gentle played 41 minutes against Houston Baptist and 35 minutes against Idaho State, tallying an assist on Wyoming’s 2nd goal against Houston Baptist. Georgia Rowntree played a full 90 minutes in each game, registering a clean sheet in each game. Candace Sciberras was rested from both games.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Temple 2-1; defeated Villanova 3-0
Heckenberg played 38 minutes against Temple, but did not feature against Villanova.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: drew with Louisville 1-1; lost 2-0 to Western Michigan
De Angelis was rested from both games this week.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: defeated Gardner-Webb 2-0; lost 2-0 to Samford
Huynh played 90 minutes in each game, registering a single shot on both occasions.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 5-1 to Charlotte; defeated Winthrop 3-1
Swartwout did not feature in either game this weekend.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost 4-2 to Alabama
Harriet Withers played 87 minutes and scored 2 goals on 6 shots. Nyomi Devine played a full 90 minutes in defence. Jade Horcicka did not feature in this game.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 3-0 to Houston; defeated Texas A&M-Texarkana 4-1
Hayward played 90 minutes in both games, scoring a goal and tallying 3 assists against Texas A&M-Texarkana.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated New Mexico 2-1; defeated Missouri State 1-0
Koulizakis came off the bench in both games, playing 8 minutes against New Mexico and 10 minutes against Missouri State.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated Air Force 2-0; defeated Colorado State 2-1
Kahlia Hogg played 90 minutes in both games, registering an assist on the 2nd goal against Air Force. Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 6 minutes against Air Force, tallying a shot, but did not feature against Colorado State.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1; defeated UC Riverside 2-1
Keogh did not feature in either game this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated San Diego State 5-0; defeated Beijing Normal University 7-0
Micah played the full 90 minutes against San Diego State, keeping a clean sheet, but was rotated out for the Beijing Normal University game.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: lost 3-2 to Santa Clara (OT); defeated Beijing Normal University 5-1
Pullar did not feature in either game this week.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 3-1 to Western Carolina; defeated USC Upstate 1-0
Jackson came off the bench in both games, playing 20 minutes against Western Carolina and 31 minutes against USC Upstate.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Cal Poly
Papalexiou started for Pacific, registering a shot.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: defeated Holy Cross 2-0
Johns started for Massachusetts, playing 39 minutes.