A few Aussies’ seasons have come to an end, including Jai Jackson, whose college career unfortunately ended last week after the Eagles failed to secure the win they needed to sneak into the Big South tournament. However, there are still plenty of Aussies in the hunt for conference tournament spots and, by extension, NCAA Tournament spots, and as they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it!
The Pac-12 doesn’t actually have a conference tournament, preferring to run with a league schedule only, and what a season it’s proving to be! All four Pac-12 teams that feature Aussies are right in the hunt for the conference title, and this week could see a couple of them break clear at the top or fall by the wayside. Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg and Colorado play host to Lulu Pullar and USC as well as Teagan Micah and UCLA this week, with the standings reading as follows through 8 games:
Colorado – 21 points
USC – 21 points
Stanford – 21 points
UCLA – 19 points
That’s right, throw Beattie Goad and Stanford in the mix and the Aussies have the top four spots locked up. For now. Stanford travel to lowly Arizona and Arizona State this weekend, as do fifth placed California, so at this point anything could happen. It’s looking good for an Aussie to walk away with the Pac-12 title this season; which one it might be is another question entirely!
In the Big 12, the excitement is at the foot of the table. In the 9 team league, of which 8 teams qualify for the conference tournament, Monique Iannella and Texas sit 8th, whilst Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech occupy the bottom spot. However, Texas play 7th placed TCU, meaning if they can win and Texas Tech can somehow overcome 4th placed Oklahoma, both Aussies’ teams will leapfrog TCU and reach the conference tournament. It’s a big ask for Texas Tech, though, who have compiled just one win in 7 matches to this point. Draws aren’t enough at this stage either – it’s win or bust for both.
Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers, and Nicholls State have it even tougher as they look to jump from 7th into the top 6 and gain a Southland Conference tournament berth. Not only do they need to defeat 8th placed Southeastern Louisiana, they are also relying on either McNeese State or Houston Baptist to lose to one of the bottom teams in the conference. Like the Big 12 teams, draws won’t do any good here – Houston Baptist and McNeese State both own the tiebreakers with Nicholls State. That means it’s going to take a lot for Jess Coates’ college career to extend beyond this weekend – surely such a great servant of Nicholls State soccer can’t go out this way!
The five-strong Aussie contingent at Wyoming have helped the Cowgirls secure a tournament berth by virtue of tiebreakers with a week to go, and now it’s time to see if they can’t jag a slightly higher seed with a win in their final regular season game. With Boise State and Utah State sitting two points ahead and playing each other, as long as those teams don’t draw, a win for Wyoming will see them move into fifth, above the loser of the Boise State-Utah State fixture. If that were to happen, they would play the winner of that fixture in the first round of the Mountain West tournament. But the Cowgirls’ main focus will be just to defeat bottom placed Colorado State in that last regular season match.
A few teams will be kicking off their tournaments this weekend, and we’ve got an absolute belter of a game coming up in the Southern Conference. Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina knocked off Wofford in the play-in game, meaning they’ll now face off against Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State on the Buccaneers’ home patch. Not only is this an Aussie v Aussie battle, it’s a local derby, and East Tennessee State will be playing for a chance to play on a final weekend that they themselves are hosting. There is certainly plenty on the line here aside from the chance to continue the charge towards a conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Julia De Angelis and Indiana managed to sneak into the Big Ten tournament by virtue of other results going their way in midweek games, and now they take on top seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals. Minnesota may have won the regular season matchup 3-0, but what better time for revenge than a knockout tournament game?
Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers, and Murray State kick off their Ohio Valley Conference tournament campaign this weekend against a currently unknown opponent, as do Claire Urquhart and Albany in the America East. Later this week, Alexandra Huynh and Troy will take on South Alabama in the Sun Belt first round, whilst Drexel are still awaiting their opponent in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals after earning a quarterfinal bye.
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: v Saint Joseph’s – 6:30am, Friday October 28
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: at Colorado – 8am, Friday October 28; at Utah – 7am, Monday October 31
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: v UCLA – 8am, Friday October 28; v USC – 5am, Monday October 31
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: at Austin Peay – 11am, Friday October 28; OVC Tournament begins Sunday October 30
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: v Arkansas – 11am, Friday October 28
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: v Tennessee-Martin – 11am, Friday October 28
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: at Utah – 12pm, Friday October 28; at Colorado – 5am, Monday October 31
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: at Arizona – 1pm, Friday October 28; at Arizona State – 9am, Monday October 31
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: v San Diego – 1pm, Friday October 28; v BYU – 7am, Sunday October 30
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: v Colorado State – 8am, Saturday October 29
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: v Long Island-Brooklyn – 10am, Saturday October 29; at Mount St. Mary’s – 2am, Monday October 31
Nicholls State (Jess Coates)
This week: at Southeastern Louisiana – 11am, Saturday October 29
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: at TCU – 11am, Saturday October 29
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: v Prairie View A&M – 11am, Saturday October 29
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: v Oklahoma – 11am, Saturday October 29
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: v Portland – 1pm, Saturday October 29; v Gonzaga – 7am, Monday October 31
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: v Western Carolina (Southern Conference Tournament Quarterfinals) – 10am, Sunday October 30
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: at East Tennessee State (Southern Conference Tournament Quarterfinals) – 10am, Sunday October 30
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: v New Hampshire or Maine (America East Tournament Semifinals) – 7am, Monday October 31
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: at Minnesota (Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals) – 6am, Monday October 31