It was a nervy week for a few Aussies this week as teams relied on other results going their way. It worked out for Alex Huynh and Troy, who snuck into the Sun Belt tournament, but the news was not so good for Emily Hulbert and Hofstra, who missed the CAA tournament despite defeating the top two teams in the league. Elsewhere, other teams were in control of their own destiny, with Murray State and Wyoming amongst teams to solidify their position with victories.
Paige Hayward was the undoubted star of the week, making an impact on both games as Texas Southern earned two wins from two this week. In a 1-0 win over Southern, Paige tallied the assist on the winner, and then scored the equaliser after the Tigers went down 1-0 early against Southern in a game that would see Texas Southern storm home for a 2-1 victory.
Isabel Hodgson has been enjoying her move into midfield for East Tennessee State, and made yet another tangible impact on a game. In a 4-0 demolition of Wofford in the Buccaneers’ first game of the weekend, Isabel played a neat pass for Molly Collinson who tucked home the opener inside 5 minutes to give the South Australian yet another assist for the campaign. East Tennessee State would go on to defeat Furman 2-0 in their second game of the weekend to jump the Paladins and finish 2nd in the Southern Conference and earn a favourable draw for the conference tournament, of which they will host the final weekend.
Georgia Rowntree was in exemplary form this weekend for Wyoming as the junior kept two clean sheets in some vital games for Wyoming. A draw and a win kept the Cowgirls in the hunt for a spot in the Mountain West tournament, and eight saves from Rowntree formed the backbone of Wyoming’s performance. At the other end, Alisha Bass tallied an assist in the team’s 3-0 win over New Mexico as the SYdneysider continued to enjoy playing in a more advanced role than in previous weeks.
Teagan Micah might be well-known as one of the top young goalkeepers in the nation, but this week she showed that she’s more than just an excellent shot-stopper. Compiling nine saves in two wins over Washington and Washington State, Teagan was also able to tally an assist against Washington State as the Queenslander played the ball long to a teammate who was able to tuck it home.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: drew 0-0 with Duquesne; defeated Virginia Commonwealth 3-0
Laura Johns came off the bench to play 11 minutes against Duquesne, and started on senior day against VCU, playing 41 minutes.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: defeated Washington State 3-0; defeated Washington 1-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Maine 21; defeated UMBC 2-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany this week.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 2-1 to Auburn; drew 0-0 with Alabama
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Washington 3-2 (OT); defeated Washington State 2-1
Teagan Micah played two complete games this weekend, finishing with five saves against Washington, and four saves plus an assist against Washington State.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Colorado 2-0; defeated Utah 2-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games, playing 23 minutes against Colorado and 2 minutes against Utah, tallying a shot on target against Colorado.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: lost 2-0 to Stanford; defeated California 3-2 (OT)
Neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg featured for Colorado this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0 (OT); defeated Belmont 1-0
Nyomi Devine was forced to sit out this week with a minor flare-up in her ankle, but Harriet Withers featured in both games, playing all 184 minutes across the weekend and tallying a total of five shots.
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana-Monroe; lost 2-0 to Arkansas-Little Rock
Alexandra Huynh played a full 90 minutes in each game, tallying a shot on both occasions as Troy scraped into the Sun Belt conference tournament thanks to other results despite losing both games this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 1-0 to Robert Morris; defeated Central Connecticut State 2-0
Sam Roff started in both games this week and played a full 90 minutes on both occasions as Fairleigh Dickinson kept in touch with the leaders in the Northeast Conference.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Wofford 4-0; defeated Furman 2-0
Isabel Hodgson started both games, playing 57 minutes and registering an assist on the opener against Wofford, before playing 86 minutes in the vital win over Furman which moved East Tennessee State into second spot in the Southern Conference at the conclusion of league play.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: defeated James Madison 4-1; defeated Towson 1-0
Emily Hulbert started both games for Hofstra, playing 83 minutes against James Madison and the full 90 minutes against Towson, but Hofstra were narrowly eliminated from CAA tournament contention as other results went against them on the final day of league play.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-1 to Furman; defeated Wofford 4-0
Kate Swartwout did not feature against Furman, but came off the bench in the win over Wofford as the Catamounts finished 8th in the Southern Conference, but easily claiming the last quarter final berth, nine points clear of 9th placed The Citadel.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 2-0 to Texas; lost 1-0 to TCU
Demi Koulizakis started against Texas and played 26 minutes, before playing 47 minutes off the bench against TCU, registering a shot.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Jackson State 1-0; defeated Southern 2-1
Paige Hayward was again the leader for Texas Southern, tallying an assist against Jackson State and netting the equaliser in the win over Southern.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: drew 0-0 with Northwestern State; lost 3-0 to Central Arkansas
Jess Coates played 98 minutes against Northwestern State, registering an amazing 8 shots but was unable to find the back of the net, before putting in a 39 minute shift against Central Arkansas. Kristy Helmers played 44 minutes against Northwestern State and 35 minutes against Central Arkansas.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Texas Tech 2-0; lost 1-0 to West Virginia – 9am, Monday October 24
Monique Iannella came off the bench against Texas Tech to play 14 minutes, but did not feature against West Virginia.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: defeated New Mexico 3-0; drew 0-0 with San Diego State
Georgia Rowntree played two complete games this week, making 5 saves against New Mexico and 3 saves against San Diego State. Alisha Bass played 83 minutes against New Mexico and tallied an assist, and played 106 minutes in the draw with San Diego State. Annika Clayton came off the bench to play 34 minutes against New Mexico and 51 minutes against San Diego State, whilst Jessie Gentle played 40 minutes against New Mexico and 20 minutes against San Diego State.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: lost 3-2 to Loyola Marymount; lost 1-0 to Pepperdine
Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Portland; lost 4-3 to Gonzaga
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week due to injury.
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 2-1 to Niagara
Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Niagara, registering a shot on target.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: drew 2-2 with Purdue
Julia De Angelis started for Indiana but played only 20 or so minutes as her playing time continues to be managed after her return from injury.
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: defeated Presbyterian 2-1
Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 66 minutes in the win over Presbyterian.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: drew 0-0 with Delaware
Emma Heckenberg started for Drexel and played all 110 minutes in the draw.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Morehead State 3-1
Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 45 minutes in the win over Morehead State, but Siena Senatore was forced to sit out with an injury.