It fairly rained goals for the Aussies this week, as no less than four players got on the scoresheet, including one fairly unlikely suspect. But the biggest news of all this week came during USC’s road trip to Oregon, as freshman Lulu Pullar made her college debut with a 10 minute cameo in a 3-1 win over Oregon.
It’s been a long time coming, but after joining USC in January, Lulu Pullar has finally made her college debut a full 9 months after making the move to Los Angeles. With USC up 3-1 with 10 minutes to play, Lulu was given the opportunity to play the final part of the game, replacing star midfielder Morgan Andrews with the game sewn up.
Paige Hayward continued to lead from the front for Texas Southern, making a tangible impact on both games this week as the Tigers took a win and a draw from a trip east. Paige banged home her second penalty in as many weeks to tie the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which ended 1-1, before contributing an assist in a win over Grambling State which helped the Tigers maintain equal top billing in the SWAC.
Jess Coates was also amongst the goals, but it wasn’t quite the weekend that Nicholls State would have hoped for. Jess tallied the opener in a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but that would be the Colonels’ only win of the weekend. Whilst Jess snared another goal against Houston Baptist, it came after a pair of earlier goals from Houston Baptist, and the game finished 2-1.
Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine had a slightly more encouraging weekend, and it was Harriet at the centre of things for Murray State as they finished with a win and a draw for their troubles this week. In a 2-2 draw with Maddy Cornell and Southeast Missouri State, Harriet got the opener but it was left to Taylor Richerson to score the equaliser with 34 seconds to play for the Racers to salvage a draw after neither team was able to score in overtime. Harriet also tallied the opening goal against Tennessee-Martin, before a shot from Nyomi Devine ended up leading to an own goal which put Murray State two goals clear. Tennessee-Martin scored in the 90th minute but it proved to be little more than a consolation despite outshooting Murray State 20-17.
Despite playing centre back for Wyoming nowadays, one gets the feeling that Alisha Bass has never really lost her attacking instincts, and she proved that yet again as the Sydneysider headed one home just a minute into the game against Nevada. Wyoming quickly went up 2-0, and after dropping the weekend’s earlier game to UNLV 3-1, the win was no doubt gratefully received by all involved with the program. Georgia Rowntree, with a bit of help from Alisha, kept another clean sheet, her fourth of the season.
Isabel Hodgson and Kate Swartwout faced off in an Aussie v Aussie local derby between East Tennessee State and Western Carolina, and it was Isabel who got the chocolates on this occasion. Isabel picked up an assist on the opener, before Western Carolina went 2-1 up with 27 minutes to play. Two late goals to East Tennessee State turned things right around, and the Buccaneers held on for the win, holding Western Carolina to just four shots on target for the game.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
1: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Stony Brook 4-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in the win over Stony Brook.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: lost 1-0 to La Salle (OT); lost 1-0 to Richmond
Laura Johns came off the bench in both games this week, playing 42 minutes against La Salle and 56 minutes against Richmond. Laura tallied two shots against La Salle, both of which were on target.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Oregon 3-1; defeated Oregon State 3-1
Lulu Pullar made her college debut in the win over Oregon, coming off the bench to play 10 minutes.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Oregon State 1-0; defeated Oregon 3-2
Teagan Micah played two complete games yet again this week, making two saves against Oregon State, and four saves against Oregon, including a fingertip effort early on to deflect a goal-bound shot wide.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: lost 3-1 to San Diego; lost 4-0 to BYU
Price Keogh came off the bench to play 6 minutes against San Diego, but did not feature against BYU.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Washington State 2-1; defeated Washington 3-0
Beattie Goad started both games this week, playing a full 90 minutes in each game.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated Arizona 1-0; defeated Arizona State 1-0
Kahlia Hogg played two complete games in defence for Colorado this week, but Isobel Dalton did not feature for the Buffaloes.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: drew 1-1 with Arkansas-Pine Bluff; defeated Grambling State 3-2 (OT)
Paige Hayward was on fire this week, scoring the tying goal from the spot in the draw with Arkansas-Pine Bluff and contributing an assist in the overtime win over Grambling State.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-1; lost 2-1 to Houston Baptist
Jess Coates started both contests and tallied a goal in each game for Nicholls State, whilst Kristy Helmers also started both games for the Colonels, playing 56 minutes against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and 63 minutes against Houston Baptist.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost 3-1 to UNLV; defeated Nevada 2-0
Georgia Rowntree played two complete games this week, making seven saves against UNLV and three against Nevada, keeping a clean sheet in the latter game. Alisha Bass played 83 minutes against UNLV and 80 minutes against Nevada, and also tallied the opener with a header against Nevada. Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games, playing 25 minutes against UNLV and 30 minutes against Nevada.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Western Carolina 3-2
Isabel Hodgson played a full 90 minutes for East Tennessee State, and continued her recent excellent form with yet another assist, this time on Eleonora Goldini’s opener, but also picked up a late yellow card.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated James Madison 1-0; defeated Towson 2-0
Emma Heckenberg continued her run in the starting lineup for Drexel, being part of the first eleven in both games this week. Heckenberg played 90 minutes against James Madison and 75 minutes in the win over Towson.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-2 to East Tennessee State
Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina and played the full 90 minutes in the loss to East Tennessee State.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: drew 0-0 with Georgia State; lost 2-1 to Georgia Southern (OT)
Alexandra Huynh played 102 minutes against Georgia State, tallying two shots, but did not feature against Georgia Southern.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: lost 1-0 to College of Charleston; lost 4-1 to UNC Wilmington
Emily Hulbert is still recovering from an injury sustained early in the season and unfortunately did not feature this week.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: drew 2-2 with Murray State; drew 1-1 with Austin Peay
Maddy Cornell came off the bench in both games this week, playing 43 minutes against Murray State and 55 minutes against Austin Peay, but Siena Senatore did not play this week.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: lost 1-0 to Nebraska
Julia De Angelis started for Indiana and played 32 minutes in the loss to Nebraska.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-0 to Florida
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench for LSU in the loss to Florida.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: lost 2-1 to Oklahoma State; lost 2-1 to Kansas
Monique Iannella started both games for Texas this week, playing 103 minutes against Oklahoma State and 87 minutes against Kansas, registering a shot against Oklahoma State.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: drew 2-2 with Southeast Missouri State; defeated Tennessee-Martin 2-1
Nyomi Devine played two complete games this week, registering a single shot against Southeast Missouri State and two against Tennessee-Martin. Harriet Withers was the star for Murray State this week, scoring a goal in each game. Jade Horcicka did not feature for the Racers this week.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to Fairfield
Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Fairfield, registering a single shot.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 2-0 to Longwood
Jai Jackson started in midfield for Winthrop, playing the full 90 minutes and tallying a shot.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated St Francis University 3-2 (OT)
Sam Roff started for Fairleigh Dickinson and played all 114 minutes of the overtime victory.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: defeated Saint Mary’s 1-0
Ellie Papalexiou is recovering from a minor knock and was unfortunately unavailable for selection this week.