It wasn’t the most eventful week for the Australians this week, but there were still a few exceptional performances worthy of mentioning, including Georgia Rowntree’s brick-wall like performance in goal for Wyoming to earn Mountain West Player Of The Week honours.
Wyoming took on Utah Valley and the Australians were the saviours at both ends. With Utah Valley peppering the Wyoming goal with 16 shots, Georgia Rowntree earned the Mountain West Player Of The Week Award for a seven save performance that saw the junior keep a clean sheet. Rowntree’s performance allowed Wyoming to go in search of a winner in a match that eventually went to overtime, where another Australian literally popped up to score. With 10 seconds left in overtime, Alisha Bass nodded home a Sammi Dunda corner to send the Wyoming players and fans into delirium as the Cowgirls stole a victory in a match where they looked least likely to score for large parts, improving to 4-2-1 for the season in the process.
Just over the border in Colorado, Kahlia Hogg scored one of the goals of the season as the Buffaloes managed two decisive victories against Hawaii and Iowa. After dispatching of Hawaii 3-1, Kahlia stepped up and looped home a 35 yard free kick against Iowa on the way to a 4-1 win as Colorado improved to a 5-3 record for the season.
It was a tough old week for Texas Southern as they lost heavily to North Texas before going down to NAIA school Huston-Tillotson. However, Paige Hayward was still able to get amongst the goals. In a 7-1 loss to North Texas, Paige was the Tigers’ lone goalscorer on a tough day for the team. Paige also helped Texas Southern to overtime against Huston-Tillotson, scoring yet another goal as the Tigers went down 3-2 thanks to an early overtime winer from their opponents.
Julia De Angelis’ start to the season may have been delayed due to a stress fracture in her leg, but the Indiana freshman is making up for lost time. The former Canberra United player was one of the few bright sparks for Indiana in a 3-0 loss to Virginia Tech, bossing the midfield and hitting the post with a shot from range. Julia was able to have a more tangible impact on the game against James Madison, tallying an assist on Indiana’s opener as the Hoosiers won 4-2 to improve to 4-3-1 for the season.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 2-1 to Seton Hall (OT); lost 3-1 to Quinnipiac
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany this week.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 2-0 to Fordham; lost 8-0 to Bucknell
Kiri Dale started both games in a tough weekend for Iona.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Fairfield 1-0; lost 5-0 to Rutgers
Emma Heckenberg came off the bench in both games this week, playing 19 minutes against Fairfield and 29 minutes against Rutgers.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Western Kentucky 1-0; lost 3-0 to Texas A&M
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench against Western Kentucky, but did not feature against Texas A&M.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: lost 3-1 to Central Michigan
Laura Johns came off the bench to play 35 minutes against Central Michigan.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 1-0 to Dartmouth
Sam Roff started and played the full 90 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson in the loss to Dartmouth.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: lost 2-1 to Ohio State; defeated Miami (Ohio) 2-0
Monique Iannella played 39 minutes against Ohio State, but did not feature against Miami (Ohio).
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated Hawaii 3-1; defeated Iowa 4-1
Kahlia Hogg started both games this week, playing 83 minutes against Hawaii and 75 minutes against Iowa, scoring from a 35 yard free kick against Iowa. Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 12 minutes against Iowa.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: defeated Utah Valley 1-0 (OT)
Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, and Jessie Gentle all started for Wyoming in the win over Utah Valley. Alisha Bass played the entire game and scored the winner for Wyoming with 10 seconds remaining in overtime. Jessie Gentle played 90 minutes, registering a shot. Georgia Rowntree played a full match in goal, making seven vital saves and being rewarded with Mountain West Player Of The Week. Annika Clayton and Candace Sciberras were forced to sit this week.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: drew 0-0 with Mercer; lost 1-0 to Florida State
Alexandra Huynh played the full 110 minutes against Mercer, but did not play against Florida State due to a suspension resulting from an accumulation of yellow cards.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to Morehead State; lost 1-0 to Eastern Kentucky
Kate Swartwout started both games this week, registering a shot on target against Western Kentucky.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: lost 3-0 to Virginia Tech; defeated James Madison 4-2
Julia De Angelis started both games, hitting the post with a shot from range against Virginia Tech and tallying an assist on the opener against James Madison.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: defeated Arizona State 2-1; lost 1-0 to Arizona
Price Keogh came off the bench to play 3 minutes against Arizona State, but did not feature against Arizona.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Loyola Marymount 2-0; defeated North Carolina 3-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature this week for USC.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Oral Roberts 1-0; defeated Appalachian State 2-1
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench to play 34 minutes against Oral Roberts and 23 minutes against Appalachian State.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 7-1 to North Texas; lost 3-2 to Huston-Tillotson (OT)
Paige Hayward played all 182 minutes of the weekend, notching a goal in each game.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Minnesota 4-1; drew 2-2 with Notre Dame
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games, playing 12 minutes against Minnesota and 87 minutes in the overtime match against Notre Dame.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Fresno State; drew 1-1 with Sacramento State
Ellie Papalexiou started both games for Pacific this week, tallying a shot on target against Sacramento State.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 2-1 to North Carolina; defeated San Diego 3-1
Teagan Micah played two complete games this week, registering 2 saves against North Carolina and 4 against San Diego.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: lost 3-1 to Army
Emily Hulbert did not feature for Hofstra this week.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: defeated Marist 3-2
Jai Jackson came off the bench to play 54 minutes in the win over Marist.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-1 to Louisiana Tech (match shortened due to lightning)
Kristy Helmers and Jess Coates both started for Nicholls State, with Kristy playing 55 minutes and Jess playing 53.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Florida Atlantic 1-0
Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 24 minutes and tally a single shot, whilst Siena Senatore played 5 minutes off the bench in the win.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: lost 5-0 to Kentucky
Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers both started for Murray State, with Nyomi playing the full 90 minutes and Harriet playing 85 minutes. Jade Horcicka did not feature for the Racers.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: drew 1-1 with Tennessee Tech
Isabel Hodgson played the complete 110 minutes for East Tennessee State, also registering a shot.