Plenty of Australians from smaller schools take on power conference teams this week, with Alex Huynh and Troy taking on Florida State, whilst Murray State’s trio take on in-state rival Kentucky and Price Keogh and San Francisco take on the Pac-12’s Arizona schools as all three face challenging weekends. Elsewhere, Beattie Goad and Stanford take on Notre Dame and Minnesota in an effort to prolong their perfect start to the season, which sits at 5 wins on the trot, but there are plenty of interesting stories this week.
They’re not the two biggest schools featuring Australians, but Fairleigh Dickinson and Massachusetts do play each other this week and that means Laura Johns and Sam Roff will face off in an Aussie v Aussie matchup. With Laura playing an attacking role for Massachusetts and Sam generally in a more defensive position for Fairleigh Dickinson, we could very well see a direct battle between the two Aussies as Fairleigh Dickinson look to kick-start their season after a 1-4 start.
Florida State went down to Sun Belt team South Alabama last week in a huge upset and Alexandra Huynh and Troy will try to make it two in a row for the conference as they take on the Seminoles this week. The Trojans’ defence, anchored by Alex, has been solid for the most part this season but it will take an outstanding performance to slow down Florida State. Prior to that though, Troy take on a Mercer side that has won just two of their six games so far this season. This will certainly be the more winnable of the two games, and victory would ensure the Trojans stay above .500 regardless of the result against Florida State.
LSU took home silverware last week from their trip to Indiana for the Hoosier Challenge Cup, and this week they begin their quest for another trophy as their SEC slate commences. It starts with a fairly stern challenge though, with Texas A&M being their first opponent. Prior to that, though, the Tigers have to get through a trip to Western Kentucky.
Texas have given themselves a challenging non-conference schedule and this week’s trip to Ohio State will be yet another uphill task for the Longhorns. Ohio State currently sit at 5-1 and are currently ranked #19. If the Texas attack can fire as it has in the team’s wins so far, they will be more than a fighting chance in this one, especially with a defence, which features Monique Iannella, that is conceding less than a goal per game. Texas then take on Miami (Ohio) in their second game. This should prove to be a slightly less challenging game, but still one that Texas will have to take seriously if they are to return from Ohio successful.
This week sees women’s soccer powerhouse North Carolina take a trip to Los Angeles, where they will face a pair of Aussies. The Tar Heels face off against an in-form UCLA first up, with Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah acting as the backbone of the Bruins’ excellent start to the season. Whilst her defence have given up more than a few shots in just about every game this season, Teagan has pulled off at least five saves in no less than three games, and keeping three clean sheets. North Carolina then take on Lulu Pullar and USC, and whilst Lulu is yet to see game time this season, it only takes one substitution for someone to make their debut, and to do so against North Carolina would certainly be something to tell the grandchildren one day, even in a slightly down season for the Tar Heels.
Nicholls State have been banging home the goals, and the Colonels’ Aussies have been at the forefront of this. Kristy Helmers already has four goals, with Jess Coates tallying three of her own. However, this week brings the Colonels’ toughest challenge of their non-conference schedule as they take on Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech sit at 4-1-1 from their six games, but they have played a couple of teams that may not stand up to this Nicholls State side, so the Colonels are not without a fighting chance in this one, especially with their attack in such good recent form.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: v Seton Hall – 9am, Friday September 9; v Quinnipiac – 3am, Monday September 12
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: at Fordham – 9am, Friday September 9; at Bucknell – 4am, Monday September 12
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: v Fairfield – 9am, Friday September 9; at Rutgers – 3am, Monday September 12
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: at Western Kentucky – 10am, Friday September 9; at Texas A&M – 9am, Monday September 12
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: v Fairleigh Dickinson – 6am, Saturday September 10; v Central Michigan – 2am, Monday September 12
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: at Massachusetts – 6am, Saturday September 10; at Dartmouth – 3am, Monday September 12
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: v Ohio State – 7am, Saturday September 10; at Miami (Ohio) – 3am, Monday September 12
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: v Hawaii – 8:30am, Saturday September 10; v Iowa – 5am, Monday September 12
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: v Utah Valley – 8:30am, Saturday September 10
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: at Mercer – 9am, Saturday September 10; at Florida State – 6am, Monday September 12
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: at Morehead State – 9am, Saturday September 10; at Eastern Kentucky – 3am, Monday September 12
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: at Virginia Tech – 9:30am, Saturday September 10; v James Madison – 1am, Monday September 12
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: at Arizona State – 9:30am, Saturday September 10; at Arizona – 6:30am, Monday September 12
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: v Loyola Marymount – 9:30am, Saturday September 10; v North Carolina – 6am, Monday September 12
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: v Oral Roberts – 10am, Saturday September 10; at Appalachian State – 3am, Monday September 12
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: at North Texas – 10am, Saturday September 10; v Huston-Tillotson – 7am, Tuesday September 13
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: v Minnesota – 11am, Saturday September 10; v Notre Dame – 4am, Monday September 12
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: at Fresno State – 12pm, Saturday September 10; at Sacramento State – 6am, Monday September 12
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: v North Carolina – 12pm, Saturday September 10; v San Diego – 10am, Monday September 12
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: v Army – 3am, Sunday September 11
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: v Marist – 2am, Monday September 12
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: v Louisiana Tech – 4am, Monday September 12
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: v Florida Atlantic – 4am, Monday September 12
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: at Kentucky – 8am, Monday September 12
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: at Tennessee Tech – 9am, Monday September 12