There were plenty of goals and assists for the Australians this week, with no less than five Aussies tallying assists and three more scoring goals. The Nicholls State pair of Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers may have stolen the show but Troy defender Alex Huynh popped up with some surprising offensive impact to complement excellent defensive performances.
Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers were the undoubted stars of the week amongst the Australians. The attacking pair were instrumental for Nicholls State as the Colonels finished the weekend with two wins from their first two games. Coming up against Louisiana-Lafayette, the Nicholls State side fairly shredded the form book and threw it on the fire in a 3-1 victory in which Kristy Helmers tallied an assist on her debut. That, however, was just an appetiser for what the Aussie pair would bring in an 8-0 over Southern University. Jess Coates would finish with a hat-trick and an assist, whilst freshman Helmers tallied two goals of her own as well as two assists, only being denied Southland Conference Offensive Player Of The Week by, you guessed it, Jess Coates!
Alex Huynh has become a staple of the Troy backline, and there was no change this week as the senior played all bar 17 minutes of the week, only being subbed out late in the team’s third game of the week after picking up a yellow card. Helping the team to clean sheet victories against Belmont and Jacksonville State, Alex also helped the side at the attacking end, picking up two assists across the weekend with a pair of sublime free kicks that set teammates up perfectly as the Trojans finished with three victories, finishing the week with a 4-1 win over Alabama State.
Teagan Micah appears to have supplanted Siri Ervik as UCLA’s starter, with UCLA coach Amanda Cromwell impressed by the confidence that the young Queenslander gives the team’s back four. Tallying eleven saves across the weekend, Teagan kept a clean sheet in the Bruins’ 1-0 victory over Texas A&M, but couldn’t quite save the team in a 4-3 overtime loss to Florida in the side’s second game of the weekend. It must be said, however, that Teagan was left with little chance on any of Florida’s goals, with the match-winning golden goal coming from a deflection with Teagan in otherwise good position.
Paige Hayward kept up her goalscoring form, and her Texas Southern team needed her to after the team laboured to victory over NAIA team University of St. Thomas. In the side’s only game of the week, it was Paige’s penalty that proved to be the game-winner as the former UNSW striker tallied her fourth goal of the season.
Whilst Georgia Rowntree and Alisha Bass have been the standout Aussies at Wyoming so far, Annika Clayton is quietly going about her work and reaping the rewards. Although the Cowgirls went winless this past week, Annika helped ensure that they would at least secure a draw against Montana, feeding a pinpoint pass through to Michaela Stark for the opener, although Montana would hit back four minutes from time with a header that left Georgia Rowntree with no chance. Clayton unfortunately did not play against Iowa, although having sat in other games with a slight knock this may have been precautionary.
Texas freshman Monique Iannella has slotted straight into the Longhorns’ side, and this week made her first impact on the box score as her side finished the week with a pair of 3-1 wins against College of Charleston and Detroit. Playing 80 or so minutes in both games, Monique tallied an assist on Texas’ 2nd goal against College of Charleston that proved to be the game winner.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
1: Alexandra Huynh (Troy)
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 3-2 to La Salle; defeated Monmouth 1-0
Emma Heckenberg came off the bench to play 52 minutes against La Salle, and started against Monmouth, playing 70 minutes and registering a single shot.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: lost 4-0 to UCF; lost 3-0 to South Florida
Laura Johns came off the bench in both games, registering a shot on goal in 22 minutes against UCF and playing 17 minutes against South Florida.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: defeated Boston University 2-0; defeated Columbia 1-0
Emily Hulbert started against Boston University and tallied a shot in her 80 minutes of play, but did not feature against Columbia.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 5-0 to Rider
Sam Roff started against Rider and played 54 minutes.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Green Bay 1-0 (OT), defeated Milwaukee 1-0
Maddy Cornell started against Green Bay and played 26 minutes, but did not feature against Milwaukee. Siena Senatore played 9 minutes against Green Bay and 10 minutes against Milwaukee, coming off the bench on both occasions.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-1 to George Washington; lost 2-1 to Colgate
Caitlin Cantrill started both games, playing 85 minutes against George Washington and 50 minutes against Colgate, registering a shot on target in each game.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 4-0 to Columbia – 6am; lost 3-0 to Dartmouth
Kiri Dale started in both games and registered a shot in each, playing 76 minutes against Columbia. Minutes for the Dartmouth game were not available.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Chattanooga 2-0
Nyomi Devine played a full 90 minutes in this week’s game. Harriet Withers played 82 minutes, registering two shots with one on target. Jade Horcicka did not feature in this game.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 1-0 to Siena; lost 2-0 Syracuse
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany this week.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 3-1; defeated Southern University 8-0
Jess Coates started in both games. Coates played 71 minutes against Louisiana-Lafayette, registering four shots, and played 53 minutes against Southern, scoring a hat-trick and tallying an assist. Kristy Helmers also started both games. Helmers played 61 minutes against Louisiana-Lafayette, registering 3 shots, and played 54 minutes against Southern, scoring two goals and tallying two assists.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: drew 1-1 with Montana; lost 3-2 to Iowa
Georgia Rowntree played a complete game in goal in both games this week, making one save against Montana and five saves against Iowa. Alisha Bass started in defence and played a complete game on both occasions, registering three shots against Montana, two of which were on target. Annika Clayton started against Montana and played 58 minutes, registering two shots and an assist, but did not play against Iowa. Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games, playing 54 minutes against Montana and 49 minutes against Iowa, registering a single shot against Montana and two on target against Iowa.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-1 to UNC Asheville; lost 4-0 to East Carolina
Kate Swartwout did not play against UNC Asheville, but came off the bench against East Carolina to play 31 minutes.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: defeated Butler 1-0; defeated Northern Colorado 3-0
Julia De Angelis did not feature this week due to injury.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 2-1 to Coastal Carolina; defeated South Carolina State 2-0
Jai Jackson came off the bench to play 28 minutes against Coastal Carolina and played 22 minutes off the bench against South Carolina State.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: defeated Belmont 2-0; defeated Jacksonville State 1-0; defeated Alabama State 4-1
Alexandra Huynh played a full 90 minutes against Belmont and Jacksonville State, and 73 minutes against Alabama State. The defender also tallied assists against Belmont and Alabama State.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: drew 2-2 with Arizona; defeated Northeastern 2-0
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games, playing a season-high 49 minutes against Northeastern.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: lost 1-0 to Kansas; lost 2-1 to Missouri (OT)
Kahlia Hogg started at centre back and played every minute of the weekend, but Isobel Dalton did not feature this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Texas A&M 1-0; lost 4-3 to Florida (OT)
Teagan Micah played two complete games this week, tallying 5 saves against Texas A&M and 6 saves against Florida.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: lost 1-0 to Long Beach State; defeated Pepperdine 3-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: lost 2-1 to Cal Poly (OT); lost 2-0 to UC Santa Barbara
Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Florida 1-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 11 minutes.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 5-2 to New Mexico
Ellie Papalexiou started for Pacific against New Mexico, tallying a single shot.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 3-2 to Tennessee
Isabel Hodgson started and played a full 90 minutes for East Tennessee State.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated St. Thomas 1-0
Paige Hayward played 85 minutes in Texas Southern’s only game of the week, scoring the only goal.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated College of Charleston 3-1; defeated Detroit 3-1
Monique Iannella started both games this week, playing 83 minutes and tallying an assist against College of Charleston before seeing 74 minutes of action against Detroit.