Assists were the order of the week for the Australians this week, as no less than six players combined for nine over the course of the weekend. Three of those were assists for their fellow Australians to score goals, so it was a massive weekend of attacking output across the country.
It was a tough old week for East Tennessee State as the Buccaneers took just one point from the weekend to drop out of the Southern Conference regular season title race and back into 5th spot. Isabel Hodgson was able to make an impact on a personal level though, as her assist against Chattanooga helped salvage what could still be a vital point in the race for seedings in the conference tournament.
It was a spectacular weekend for the Aussies at Wyoming. Despite losing 3-1 to San Jose State, Annika Clayton was able to tally the assist on the Cowgirls’ solitary goal of the game, before Alisha Bass and Jessie Gentle took charge against Fresno State. Alisha was the main contributor, registering assists on both goals in Wyoming’s 2-1 win, but assists don’t come unless someone puts the ball in the back of the net, which is exactly what Jessie Gentle did for the first time in her college career, knocking hime the game winner in the 69th minute.
It may have been Jess Coates’ Senior Day down in Thibodaux, but the Nicholls State midfielder was the one dishing out the gifts in a 3-0 hammering of Sam Houston State. After defeating Sam Houston State 1-0 in an upset win in their first game of the weekend, spirits were sure to be high in the Colonels’ camp, and it proved as much in the demolition of lowly Sam Houston State. Jess Coates assisted on all 3 Nicholls goals, with fellow Australian Kristy Helmers was the recipient of two of those assists to finish with a brace as the Aussies continued what has been an excellent partnership in attack this season.
Alexandra Huynh also celebrated her Senior Day this weekend and, like Jess Coates, delivered for her teammates. After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Coastal Carolina in the weekend’s first game, it was Alex’s corner that led to a Troy goal which would secure victory and send Alex and her fellow seniors out on a high.
Murray State kept themselves atop the Ohio Valley Conference with a win and a draw, but two dropped points to SIU Edwardsville means the chasing pack is right on the Racers’ heels. Harriet Withers surprisingly didn’t manage a goal in a 3-0 win over Eastern Illinois, but did tally an assist in the win. More surprisingly, four shots on target from the reigning OVC Offensive Player Of The Year against SIU Edwardsville didn’t lead to a goal from Harriet as the goalkeepers at both ends played spoiler in a 1-1 draw between the top two teams in the league. Nyomi Devine was ever-present at the back for Murray State as a top defensive effort saw the Racers concede a solitary goal in 200 minutes of play.
Texas Southern came up against Howard this weekend in a top of the table clash in the SWAC, coming within 45 seconds of salvaging a point and giving the ladder leading Bison something to sweat over in the latter stages of the season. After going down 1-0, Australian striker Paige Hayward equalised for the Tigers, but a Howard goal in the final minute of overtime broke Texas Southern hearts and, combined with Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s results this weekend, dropped the Tigers to 3rd in the SWAC with 3 games remaining in the league schedule.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: defeated Ohio State 3-2; defeated Maryland 1-0
Julia De Angelis started both games for Indiana, but only played around half the minutes of the weekend as Indiana continues to manage her playing time following injury.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: lost 1-0 to Davidson; drew 1-1 with Rhode Island
Laura Johns came off the bench in both games, playing 18 minutes against Davidson and 9 minutes against Rhode Island.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Arizona 2-1 (OT)
Teagan Micah played all 101 minutes in the overtime win, making 3 saves including one just 45 seconds from the end of the first overtime period to keep the game tied at 1-1 before Sunny Dunphy’s winner in the second overtime period.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: lost 3-1 to San Jose State; defeated Fresno State 2-0
Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes in both games, making three saves against San Jose State and four against Fresno State. Alisha Bass played 57 minutes against San Jose State, tallying a shot, before notching assists on both goals against Fresno State in an 87 minute effort. Jessie Gentle played just 4 minutes off the bench against San Jose State, but tallied Wyoming’s second goal against Fresno State in a half-hour stint. Annika Clayton tallied an assist on Wyoming’s only goal against San Jose State and played 46 minutes off the bench against Fresno State.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: lost 1-0 to Tennessee Tech; lost 2-1 to Eastern Kentucky (OT)
Maddy Cornell came off the bench in both games this week, playing 13 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 27 minutes against Eastern Kentucky. Siena Senatore also came off the bench in both games, playing 48 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 31 minutes against Eastern Kentucky.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0; drew 1-1 with SIU Edwardsville
Nyomi Devine played all 200 minutes of action for Murray State this week, remaining a rock at the back for the Racers. Harriet Withers tallied an assist in 80 minutes of action against Eastern Illinois, and did everything but score as she tallied 4 shots on target in 104 minutes of playing time against SIU Edwardsville.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: defeated Stephen F. Austin 1-0; defeated Sam Houston State 3-0
Kristy Helmers played 60 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, before tallying two goals against Sam Houston State. Jess Coates played the full 90 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, then tallied assists on all 3 goals against Sam Houston State, playing 75 minutes on Senior Day.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated Washington 2-1
Neither Kahlia Hogg nor Isobel Dalton featured for Colorado in the win over Washington.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: drew 0-0 with Elon; lost 2-1 to William & Mary
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel, tallying a shot on target in the draw with Elon.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: drew 2-2 with Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford
Isabel Hodgson played all 110 minutes against Chattanooga and tallied an assist, before playing 70 minutes against Samford.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: drew 0-0 with Sacred Heart; defeated Bryant 2-1
Sam Roff played all 110 minutes against Sacred Heart, and all bar four minutes of the win over Bryant.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to Samford; lost 1-0 to Chattanooga
Kate Swartwout started against Samford, but came off the bench against Chattanooga to register a single shot.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: lost 2-0 to Coastal Carolina; defeated Texas State 2-1
Alex Huynh started both games, playing 69 minutes against Coastal Carolina and the full 90 minutes against Texas State, tallying an assist against Texas State on Senior Day.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Mississippi State
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in the loss to Mississippi State.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: lost 2-0 to Iowa State
Monique Iannella started and played 45 minutes in the loss to Iowa State.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 1-0 to West Virginia
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench but only played 2 minutes against West Virginia.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Oregon State 3-2
Beattie Goad started and played 59 minutes in the win over Oregon State, registering a shot.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 4-1 to Canisius
Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Canisius, tallying a single shot on target.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: lost 2-1 to Gardner-Webb
Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 73 minutes in the loss to Gardner-Webb.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: defeated Northeastern 2-1
Emily Hulbert started for Hofstra and played all 90 minutes in the upset win, tallying a shot.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Arizona State 2-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC against Arizona State.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 2-1 to Howard (OT)
Paige Hayward started for Texas Southern in the overtime loss, scoring the Tigers’ equaliser.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Loyola Marymount
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week due to injury.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Vermont 3-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany against Vermont.