More than a couple of Aussies got amongst the goals this week, however they couldn’t always bring victory to their teams. Isabel Hodgson continued her solid play, whilst Harriet Withers returned with a vengeance after a couple of weeks without finding the net. At the other end of the field, Teagan Micah continued her scintillating form in goal for UCLA as they defeated Arizona State.
It was a bit of a topsy-turvy week for East Tennessee State as they split their games against The Citadel and Mercer, but Isabel Hodgson kept up her exquisite attacking form of recent weeks. Having been moved into a more advanced role of late, Isabel knocked home her second goal of the season and also tallied an assist as the Buccaneers demolished The Citadel by a 4-1 margin. Unfortunately, despite having the edge in the majority of the stats against Mercer, it was the Bears who led in the one at the top of the page, finishing with a 3-2 victory to prevent Isabel and East Tennessee State from finishing off a perfect weekend.
Teagan Micah’s stunning form between the sticks for UCLA continued this week as the freshman was instrumental in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over Arizona State. Whilst Canadian international Jessie Fleming scored two goals, including a 25 yard rocket into the top corner, Teagan activated brick wall mode at the other end, making five saves and keeping yet another clean sheet as UCLA picked up the win in their only game of the weekend.
Harriet Withers may not have scored a goal for almost three weeks, but you can never keep the Palm Beach product off the scoresheet for long, and Morehead State felt the full brunt of the reigning College Matildas Player Of The Year’s return to form. In a 3-2 victory in the Racers’ only game of the season, Harriet scored the opener and also teed up a teammate for the winner. Nyomi Devine also started this game and played a full 90 minutes, as is customary for the Queenslander.
Texas Southern got off to a perfect start in conference play as Alabama A&M and Alabama State came to town. Slightly surprisingly, Paige was not amongst the goalscorers in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over Alabama A&M despite playing 90 minutes. The Sydneysider made up for that against Alabama State, though. Paige played 85 minutes and scored the game’s only goal, stepping up to bury one from the spot in the 60th minute as Texas Southern put themselves in pole position in the SWAC.
Whilst it wasn’t a great weekend for Nicholls State results-wise, with losses to Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word, Jess Coates made sure it wasn’t a complete disaster. The 3-0 loss to Incarnate Word saw Nicholls State completely outplayed, but Jess was able to tally a goal in the 2-1 loss to Abilene Christian in a far tighter matchup.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-1 to South Carolina; lost 3-0 Vanderbilt
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature against South Carolina, but did come off the bench in the loss to Vanderbilt.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Stony Brook 2-1; lost 7-1 to Florida Gulf Coast
Sam Roff started in both games, playing 90 minutes against Stony Brook and 67 minutes against Florida Gulf Coast, also tallying a shot against Stony Brook.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 3-2 to UC Santa Barbara
Ellie Papalexiou was injured in Pacific’s game against UC Davis and unfortunately had to miss this game.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Arizona State 2-0
Teagan Micah started for UCLA and came up big with 5 saves and a clean sheet in a 90 minute performance.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated The Citadel 4-1; lost 3-2 to Mercer
Isabel Hodgson played a full 90 minutes in each fixture this weekend, registering a goal and assist in the win over Citadel.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0; lost 2-0 to SIU Edwardsville
Maddy Cornell started both games, playing 62 minutes against Eastern Illinois and 29 minutes against SIU Edwardsville, but Siena Senatore did not feature this week.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Arizona 4-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost 1-0 to Boise State; lost 3-0 to Utah State
Georgia Rowntree, Alisha Bass, and Jessie Gentle all started both games this week. Georgia played complete games on both occasions, making 3 saves against Boise State and 7 saves against Utah State. Alisha Bass played all bar one minute of the weekend, tallying 90 minutes against Boise State and 89 against Utah State, registering a shot on target against Boise State. Jessie Gentle played 39 minutes against Boise State and 55 minutes against Utah State, tallying a shot against Utah State.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: lost Minnesota 3-0; defeated Wisconsin 3-2
Julia De Angelis started both matches in midfield for Indiana this week.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: drew 1-1 with Baylor; lost 2-1 to Oklahoma (OT)
Monique Iannella did not feature against Baylor, but played the full 100 minutes in the overtime loss to Oklahoma.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated Mercer 1-0; defeated The Citadel 3-0
Kate Swartwout started both games for Western Carolina this week, tallying a shot against Mercer.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: lost 3-0 to Drexel; lost 2-1 to Delaware
Emily Hulbert did not feature for Hofstra this week.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Hofstra 3-0; lost 1-0 to Northeastern (OT)
Emma Heckenberg started both matches this week, playing all 184 minutes of game time for Drexel across the two fixtures.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated Washington State 1-0
Kahlia Hogg played the full 90 minutes against Washington State and registered a shot, but Isobel Dalton did not play in the win.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Alabama A&M 2-1; defeated Alabama State 1-0
Paige Hayward played 90 minutes against Alabama A&M before scoring the winner from the spot in an 85 minute effort against Alabama State.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-1 to Abilene Christian; lost 3-0 to Incarnate Word
Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers each started both games for Nicholls State, with Jess scoring the Colonels’ only goal of the weekend in the loss to Abilene Christian.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 2-1 to Kansas; defeated Iowa State 3-0
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games, playing 7 minutes against Kansas and 4 minutes against Iowa State.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated St Peter’s 2-0
Kiri Dale started for Iona in the win and played around 70 minutes.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 5-2 to Radford
Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 67 minutes in the loss.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Oregon 3-0
Beattie Goad started at fullback for Stanford and played 83 minutes in the Cardinal’s comprehensive victory.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana-Lafayette (OT)
Alex Huynh started in a more advanced role than usual for Troy, playing all 103 minutes and registering 3 shots.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Morehead State 3-2
Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers both started for Murray State. Nyomi played 90 minutes, whilst Harriet played 83 minutes, tallying the opening goal and an assist on the final goal. Jade Horcicka did not feature for Murray State.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 1-0 to Massachusetts-Lowell
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in this game.