It was a week of firsts for the Australians this week, as no less than three players tallied either their first career goal or assist. There were goals for the more experienced players too though, as Harriet Withers and Jess Coates continued their recent scoring form.
Kiri Dale didn’t get any game time in her freshman year, but she’s quickly making up for lost time and this week provided her first mark on the stat sheet, providing a ripping assist for Iona’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to NJIT. Skinning a defender down the left wing, Dale whipped in a cross which found a teammate who bundled the ball into the net. Kiri also started in Iona’s second game of the week, a 1-1 draw against Yale.
Whilst Julia De Angelis’ injury denied us an Aussie v Aussie matchup as LSU took on Indiana, Caitlin Cantrill ensured all was not lost as the Tigers notched a 3-0 win. Cantrill notched her first career goal to open the scoring, pouncing on a rebound to slot the ball home to double LSU’s advantage just before halftime after they had gone 1-0 up in the 34th minute. Caitlin also came off the bench in LSU’s second game of the week, a 2-1 win over Butler that saw the Tigers take home the Hoosier Challenge Cup for the weekend’s efforts in Indiana.
It’s rare that Harriet Withers goes long without scoring, and the Murray State junior was on the scoresheet again this week. Whilst it was a long old game against Vanderbilt as the Racers were whipped soundly and put to bed in a 4-0 drubbing, the Racers were back to their attacking best against Arkansas State, save for their ability to score goals. Despite outshooting the Red Wolves 27-11, a massive FIFTEEN saves by Arkansas State goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder saw Harriet’s goal be Murray State’s solitary tally as Arkansas State somehow salvaged a 1-1 draw.
Kate Swartwout has established herself as part of the Western Carolina side and despite being a defender, her attacking instincts are already well-known. This week, these instincts had a tangible impact on the game, as teammate Kasey Cooke knocked the ball home from point blank range to give Kate her first assist of the season and tie the game. Cooke added her second of the game two minutes later to give Western Carolina the win. Kate would start the second game of the week, against Elon, and play 64 minutes, but Western Carolina would go down 1-0 in a tight game.
Monique Iannella is another freshman who has slotted into a back four with consummate ease, and the former Adelaide United defender added another assist to her season stats this week in Texas’ 7-0 demolition of Sam Houston State. Benefitting from the “hockey assist” as it is colloquially known, Monique provided the pass which led directly to a cross for Texas’ third goal. Texas would go down 1-0 to California in the team’s second game of the week, but to concede just a single goal to this California team is still a remarkable effort after they demolished Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech 4-0 just two days earlier.
Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers were amongst the goals yet again for Nicholls State as they continued their in-state slate of games. Although the Colonels went down 1-0 to Louisiana-Monroe, Jess was able to tally 3 shots, only to be denied by ULM goalkeeper Brooke Scroggins on two occasions. Grambling State, on the other hand, were never expected to be a real challenge, but much like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects a 10-0 win. However, that’s exactly what Nicholls State pulled off. Kristy Helmers banged home two goals, whilst Jess added one of her own in the Colonels’ second massive win in just a couple of weeks.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
2: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
1: Caitlin Cantrill (LSU)
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: lost 2-1 to Michigan State (OT); defeated Drexel 5-0
Kahlia Hogg started both games, playing 89 minutes against Michigan State and 78 minutes against Drexel. Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 26 minutes against Drexel.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost 4-0 to Vanderbilt; drew 1-1 with Arkansas State
Nyomi Devine started both games, playing 86 minutes against Vanderbilt and the full 110 minutes against Arkansas State, tallying a shot on target against Arkansas State. Harriet Withers started and played 86 minutes in both games. Harriet tallied 3 shots against Vanderbilt, before registering 8 shots against Arkansas State and scoring the opening goal of the game.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 5-1 to Colgate; lost 3-2 to Hartford
Sam Roff started both games, playing a full game on both occasions.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Rhode Island 2-1 (OT); lost 2-1 to Marist
Claire Urquhart did not feature this week for Albany.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 4-3 to Davidson; lost 3-0 to Marshall
Isabel Hodgson played all 180 minutes this week, registering a shot on target in each game.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Wisconsin 2-1; defeated Marquette 3-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games, playing 17 minutes against Wisconsin and 25 minutes against Marquette.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 2-1 to NJIT; drew 1-1 with Yale
Kiri Dale started both games this week, tallying her first career assist against NJIT.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: lost 3-0 to LSU; v Southern Methodist – 3am, Tuesday 6th September
Julia De Angelis did not feature for Indiana this week due to injury.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Indiana 3-0; defeated Butler 2-1
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench in both games this week, scoring her first career goal in the win over Indiana.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 1-0 to Louisiana-Monroe; defeated Grambling State 10-0
Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers each started both games, with Kristy scoring two goals against Grambling State and Jess tallying one of her own.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 1-0 to Connecticut; lost 5-1 to Boston College
Ellie Papalexiou started both games, tallying a single shot against Connecticut.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Georgia 3-0; defeated Auburn 2-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Sam Houston State 7-0; lost 1-0 to California
Monique Iannella started both games this week, playing 69 minutes and tallying an assist against Sam Houston State before playing a full 90 minutes against California, also tallying two shots with one on target.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 1-0 to Northern Colorado; lost 5-0 to Colorado
Emma Heckenberg came off the bench in both games, playing 30 minutes against Northern Colorado and an impressive 78 minutes against Colorado.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated Kennesaw State 3-2; lost to Elon 1-0
Kate Swartwout started both games, tallying her first career assist against Kennesaw State.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 3-2 to Georgia Southern
Jai Jackson did not feature for Winthrop this week.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: lost 4-1 to Missouri; lost 2-1 to Vanderbilt
Price Keogh came off the bench in both games this week, playing 7 minutes against Missouri and 12 minutes against Vanderbilt.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: drew 1-1 with DePaul; defeated UNC Greensboro 5-2
Emily Hulbert came off the bench to play 10 minutes against DePaul and register a shot, but did not feature against UNC Greensboro.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: lost 2-1 to Tennessee-Martin; lost 1-0 to Mississippi
Alex Huynh played 73 minutes against Tennessee-Martin, registering a shot, and played the full 90 minutes against Mississippi.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 4-0 to California; defeated Abilene Christian 3-1
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games, playing 5 minutes against California and 41 minutes against Abilene Christian. Demi also tallied a shot against Abilene Christian.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost 2-0 to UTEP; defeated New Mexico State 4-1
Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes against UTEP, making 4 saves, and 83 minutes against New Mexico State, making 1 save. Alisha Bass started both games and registered a shot against UTEP. Jessie Gentle started up front in both games, tallying a shot against New Mexico State, but Annika Clayton and Candace Sciberras sat out this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Penn State 1-0 (OT)
Teagan Micah played the entire 98 minutes, making six saves in the win.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: defeated Maine 1-0
Laura Johns came off the bench to play 21 minutes in the win.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 7-0 to TCU
Paige Hayward played the full 90 minutes, tallying a single shot.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: drew 0-0 with Evansville
Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 50 minutes, tallying three shots with two on target.