Week 7 Preview

This week sees two Aussie v Aussie matches, including a rematch of a conference championship game from 2015. Elsewhere, a couple of California-based Aussies take road trips north for some challenging games in the Pac-12, and Paige Hayward attempts to keep Texas Southern atop the table in the SWAC.

Last season saw the Aussie trio of Southeast Missouri State take on Murray State and their own Aussie duo in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game, with Murray State getting the win in overtime. This season, it’s Murray State who have three Aussies whilst Southeast Missouri State are down to two, but it’s shaping up to be just as tight as their last encounter. Southeast Missouri State have definitely enjoyed the better start to the season, but Murray State have played a slightly tougher schedule. With that said, Southeast Missouri State may still be the slight favourites, but if Harriet Withers can keep up her attacking form of last week, in which she scored a goal and tallied an assist, Murray State could easily take the win.

Staying in the southeast, Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State travel to Cullowhee, North Carolina to take on Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina in a local derby of sorts. Both teams have had solid starts to the season, but in a one-bid conference it’s all about getting that auto-bid, so wins from here on out are like gold dust for both teams. With Isabel playing in a more advanced role in recent weeks, we may even see a couple of direct duels between the South Australian sophomore and Gold Coast freshman Kate Swartwout, who has been a mainstay in the Western Carolina defensive unit.

Beattie Goad has made her way back into the starting lineup for Stanford after a few weeks coming off the bench for the #1 team in the nation, and will be hoping to continue her solid form as Stanford host the Apple State pair of Washington and Washington State. It’s been a rocky season of sorts for both Washington schools, with Washington accumulating a 5-4-1 record and Washington State having compiled a 5-3-1 record to this point. However, teams don’t get more hunted than a national #1 in conference play, so both of Stanford’s opponents will be desperate to pick up what would be a massive win this week.

Whilst Beattie and Stanford stay home, Teagan Micah and UCLA will make their way north this week as they take on Oregon and Oregon State. Beattie Goad and Stanford cut a swathe through Oregon in the second half of a 3-0 win last week, so UCLA’s potent attack will be looking to do the same, safe in the knowledge that Teagan is in excellent form between the sticks. Both Oregon and Oregon State sit above .500 to this point, but UCLA are one of the top 20 teams in the country by just about any measure, and look the goods to pick up another couple of wins.

Paige Hayward has already netted five goals this season, and with both herself and her Texas Southern teammates in solid form recently, the Tigers go on the road this week with the opportunity to extend their perfect start to conference play in the SWAC. Texas Southern take a trip to Arkansas-Pine Bluff before heading south to play Grambling State in Louisiana in the second game of the weekend. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, who sit at 2-4 so far, certainly appear to be the tougher of this week’s two opponents on paper, with Grambling State representing something of a basket case in Division I soccer terms, having played just 4 non-conference games and losing all 4 to the tune of a combined 29-1 margin.

Full Schedule:

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: v Stony Brook – 9am, Friday September 30

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: at La Salle – 9am, Friday September 30; at Richmond – 4am, Monday October 3

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: at Oregon – 9:30am, Friday September 30; at Oregon State – 7am, Monday October 3

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: at Oregon State – 12pm, Friday September 30; at Oregon – 7am, Monday October 3

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: at San Diego – 12pm, Friday September 30; at BYU – 10:30am, Tuesday October 4

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Washington State – 12pm, Friday September 30; v Washington – 8am, Monday October 3

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: at Arizona – 12pm, Friday September 30; at Arizona State – 9am, Monday October 3

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: at Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 7am, Saturday October 1; at Grambling State – 5am, Monday October 3

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: v Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 7am, Saturday October 1; v Houston Baptist – 5am, Monday October 3

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: v UNLV – 8am, Saturday October 1; v Nevada – 5am, Monday October 3

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: at Western Carolina – 9am, Saturday October 1

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: at James Madison – 9am, Saturday October 1; at Towson – 4am, Monday October 3

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v East Tennessee State – 9am, Saturday October 1

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: at Georgia State – 9am, Saturday October 1; at Georgia Southern – 4am, Monday October 3

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: at College of Charleston – 9am, Saturday October 1; at UNC Wilmington – 4am, Monday October 3

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: v Murray State – 10am, Saturday October 1; v Austin Peay – 6am, Monday October 3

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: at Nebraska – 10am, Saturday October 1

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Florida – 10am, Saturday October 1

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: v Oklahoma State – 10am, Saturday October 1; v Kansas – 5am, Monday October 3

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: at Southeast Missouri State – 10am, Saturday October 1; at Tennessee-Martin – 6am, Monday October 3

Iona (Kiri Dale)

This week: v Fairfield – 4am, Sunday October 2

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: 5am, Monday October 2

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v St Francis University – 3am, Monday October 3

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at Saint Mary’s – 7am, Monday October 3

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