The Aussies keep making an impact over in the US and this week provides plenty more opportunities. Teagan Micah has the chance to make amends for last week’s loss to Florida, whilst Nicholls State’s Aussie pair of Kristy Helmers and Jess Coates will attempt to keep their excellent individual form going as the team attempts to go 3-0 to start the season. On the defensive side, Alex Huynh will be attempting to stop Mississippi whilst also providing attacking support for her Troy teammates, whilst Colorado’s Kahlia Hogg will be tasked with stopping fellow Aussie Emma Heckenberg and her Drexel forward line partners.
Teagan Micah and UCLA suffered their first loss of the season last week to Florida, and things don’t get any easier this week as the Bruins take on defending national champions Penn State. However, the Nittany Lions haven’t had the smoothest start to the season, winning just one of their first three games of the season. The Penn State side is still extremely talented and ranked #13 in the latest poll, so this one could be an absolute barnburner if both teams fire.
This week also brings us an Aussie v Aussie matchup as Emma Heckenberg and Drexel travel west to play a Colorado side featuring Isobel Dalton and Kahlia Hogg. With Kahlia playing centre back for Colorado, we could see a direct battle between herself and Emma, who plays up front for Drexel. Colorado will be desperate for a win to stay above .500, whilst Drexel will be expecting to beat Northern Colorado in their first game of the week before moving on to Boulder to try and grab a victory in what should be a far more testing game.
Murray State have looked good in their first two games, but sit at 1-1 after going down to Alabama in their first game of the season before downing Chattanooga last week. This week, the Racers take on their second SEC side in three games, facing off against Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt have played four games for 2 wins, and with one of their losses coming against Lipscomb, Murray State have a real chance to completely forget about that loss to Alabama. Harriet Withers failed to find the back of the net in last week’s win against Chattanooga, but was still a menace to the defence, whilst Nyomi Devine continues to be a rock at the back for Murray State, and expect nothing to change either in the short or long term.
Whilst California don’t have any Australians on their side, they will be a team to watch this week as they run the Aussie-laden gauntlet against Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech followed by Monique Iannella and Texas. Cal will be the far tougher of each team’s two opponents this week, but both Texas and Texas Tech have more than a fighting chance in these games. Demi Koulizakis played a season-high 49 minutes against Northeastern last week, whilst Monique Iannella has become an integral part of Texas’ side, but California will be a true test of how well they have truly slotted into their respective teams.
After going winless last week, Wyoming will be looking to bounce back as they travel to UTEP and New Mexico. With the Cowgirls and their opponents all sitting near the .500 mark at this early stage in the season, all three teams will be desperate for victories to keep their season on track. With Georgia Rowntree and Alisha Bass in solid form at the back and Annika Clayton already providing two assists so far this season, expect to see the Australians playing pivotal roles for Wyoming this week.
Nicholls State have already taken down a pair of in-state rivals this season, and with Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers in scintillating form, more goals could be on the cards against Louisiana-Monroe. Louisiana-Monroe have only won one of their four games so far, with victory over lowly Mississippi Valley State their only success so far. Nicholls State, on the other hand, have already defeated Louisiana-Monroe’s fellow Sun Belt team Louisiana-Lafayette as well as demolishing Southern University 8-0. This will probably be the toughest of the Colonels’ three games so far, but it is definitely still winnable for Nicholls State.
Troy had an excellent week last week, picking up 3 wins and conceding only one goal. Things get a lot tougher this week though, as Belmont, Jacksonville State, and Alabama State aren’t quite of the same ilk as a 3-1 Ole Miss side intent on improving on last season’s short NCAA Tournament run. However, Troy will first have the chance to continue their excellent recent form against winless Tennessee-Martin, who should provide little resistance. Australian defender Alex Huynh has been providing excellent support to the attack in conjunction with her solid defensive play, and has quickly turned into one of Troy’s most pivotal players following her transfer from Colorado.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: v Michigan State – 8:30am, Friday 2nd September; v Drexel – 4am, Monday 5th September
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: at Vanderbilt – 8:30am, Friday 2nd September; v Arkansas State – 5am, Monday 5th September
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: at Colgate – 9am, Friday 2nd September; at Hartford – 4am, Monday 5th September
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: v Rhode Island – 9am, Friday 2nd September; at Marist – 3am, Monday 5th September
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: at Davidson – 9am, Friday 2nd September; at Marshall – 6am, Monday 5th September
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: v Wisconsin – 12pm, Friday 2nd September; v Marquette – 6am, Monday 5th September
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: at NJIT – 5am, Saturday 3rd September; at Yale – 3am, Monday 5th September
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: v LSU – 5am, Saturday 3rd September; v Southern Methodist – 3am, Tuesday 6th September
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: at Indiana – 5am, Saturday 3rd September; v Butler – 5am, Monday 5th September
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: at Louisiana-Monroe – 7am, Saturday 3rd September
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: at Connecticut – 7:30am, Saturday 3rd September; at Boston College – 2am, Monday 5th September
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: v Georgia – 7:30am, Saturday 3rd September; at Auburn – 9am, Monday 5th September
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: v Sam Houston State – 8am, Saturday 3rd September; v California – 2am, Monday 5th September
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: at Northern Colorado – 9am, Saturday 3rd September; at Colorado – 4am, Monday 5th September
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: v Kennesaw State – 9am, Saturday 3rd September
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: v Georgia Southern – 9am, Saturday 3rd September
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: at Missouri – 9:30am, Saturday 3rd September; at Vanderbilt – 3am, Monday 5th September
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: v DePaul – 9:30am, Saturday 3rd September; v UNC Greensboro – 1:30am, Monday 5th September
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: at Tennessee-Martin – 10am, Saturday 3rd September; at Mississippi – 10am, Monday 5th September
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: v California – 10am, Saturday 3rd September; v Abilene Christian – 4am, Monday 5th September
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: at UTEP – 11am, Saturday 3rd September; at New Mexico State – 3:30am, Monday 5th September
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: v Penn State – 1pm, Saturday 3rd September
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: v Maine – 2:30am, Sunday 4th September
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: v TCU – 9am, Monday 5th September
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: at Evansville – 10am, Monday 5th September