It was a topsy-turvy week this week to say the least, with some vital wins tempered by a couple of brutal losses. Julia De Angelis, Kristy Helmers and Kate Swartwout saw their freshman seasons end with tournament losses, whilst Laura Johns and Jess Coates rounded out their college careers this week as their teams failed to reach conference tournaments. On the other side, Beattie Goad and Stanford are in pole position for a conference title, whilst Demi Koulizakis, Paige Hayward and Isabel Hodgson enjoyed crucial victories.
The undoubted star of the week was Paige Hayward. With Texas Southern needing a win over in-state rival Prairie View A&M in their final league game to secure second place, the junior came up huge for the Tigers. The striker scored both goals for Texas Southern, including a penalty, to ensure that her team would finish in second place and earn a favourable draw for the SWAC conference tournament quarterfinals, where they will play Prairie View A&M again in the 2-7 matchup, with Prairie View A&M hosting the tournament.
Laura Johns’ impact with Massachusetts has been reduced in her senior season after winning the 2015 College Matildas Breakout Player Of The Year, but the South Australian showed just what she could offer in her final college game. Although the Minutewomen lost 3-1 to Dayton in their final game of the season, that goal came courtesy of Laura as she wrapped up her college career in the best way possible on a personal level, if not from a results level.
It was a mixed week for the Aussies in the Pac-12, to say the least. Teagan Micah and UCLA lost both their games this weekend to drop out of conference title contention, but one of those losses came at the hands of Colorado. Whilst Colorado were able to get that win over UCLA, they lost 3-0 to Lulu Pullar and USC, but neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg played any minutes all weekend. It was a better weekend for Beattie Goad and Stanford, though. Their trip south to play the two Arizona schools saw them come away with a pair of wins to take a two-point lead at the top of the Pac-12 table with one game to play.
In an Aussie v Aussie matchup in the Southern Conference quarterfinals, it was Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State who got the chocolates over Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina. East Tennessee State opened the scoring on the 20 minute mark through Molly Collinson who finished off some neat play from Irina Brutsch and Eleonora Goldoni. Western Carolina equalised through a penalty in the 73rd minute, but East Tennessee State earned the winner less than 3 minutes later. Isabel Hodgson tallied a single shot, but was heavily involved in the attack throughout the game, opening up several opportunities for the Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Kate Swartwout was solid in defence for the 47 minutes that she played off the bench for the Catamounts.
Demi Koulizakis has been used sparingly off the bench for the most part this season, but in a must-win game against nationally ranked Oklahoma, the Aussie freshman earned a rare start. Koulizakis’ performance must have improved the Texas Tech coaching staff as the Sydneysider saw 69 minutes of playing time in a 1-0 overtime win that saw the Red Raiders steal a Big 12 tournament spot from Monique Iannella and Texas.
This week saw us say goodbye to Nicholls State legend Jess Coates after the Colonels went down 3-0 to Southeastern Louisiana in a game that they had to win to reach the Southland Conference tournament and keep their season alive. Jess finishes her college career as Nicholls State’s all-time assists leader with 19 in 4 seasons, and was also a Senior CLASS Award nominee in her shortened senior season in 2015. Jess also won the 2014 College Matildas Midfielder Of The Year and was also 2nd in the Player Of The Year award in 2014.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Laura Johns (Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: lost 2-1 to Saint Joseph’s; lost 3-1 to Dayton
Laura Johns started in both games this weekend, playing 38 minutes against Saint Joseph’s and 56 minutes against Dayton. Despite the loss against Dayton, Laura rounded off her college career with a goal in her final game.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 1-0 to Colorado; lost 2-0 to Utah
Teagan Micah played two complete games this week, making three saves against Colorado and five saves against Utah.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: defeated UCLA 1-0; lost 3-0 to USC
Neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg saw any playing time for Colorado this weekend.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: drew 0-0 with Austin Peay
Harriet Withers had six shots for Murray State with two on target as the striker played all 110 minutes. Nyomi Devine continued to sit out through injury, whilst Jade Horcicka also did not feature against Austin Peay.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 2-0 to Arkansas
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench to play 36 minutes in the loss to Arkansas.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Tennessee-Martin 4-1
Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 25 minutes, whilst Siena Senatore played 28 minutes as a substitute.
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: drew 1-1 with Utah; defeated Colorado 3-0
Lulu Pullar did not feature against Utah, but came off the bench to play the final five minutes against Colorado.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Arizona 4-0; defeated Arizona State 2-1
Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 15 minutes in both games this week, registering a shot on target in the win over Arizona.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-1 to San Diego; lost to BYU 4-0
Ellie Papalexiou missed this week due to injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: defeated Colorado State 1-0
Alisha Bass had four shots, of which three were on target, in 74 minutes of action against Colorado State. Georgia Rowntree played all 90 minutes and saved all five shots that came her way. Annika Clayton and Jessie Gentle both had short stints off the bench, whilst Candace Sciberras missed out through injury.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Long Island-Brooklyn 4-2; lost 2-1 to Mount St. Mary’s
Sam Roff started both games and played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, managing to register a shot against Long Island-Brooklyn.
Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 3-0 to Southeastern Louisiana
Kristy Helmers tallied a single shot in 45 minutes of action, whilst Jess Coates had two shots on target in 84 minutes in what would be her final college game.
Texas (Monique Iannella)
This week: lost 3-2 to TCU
Monique Iannella did not feature this week as Texas’ season came to an end with the loss to TCU.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Prairie View A&M 2-0
Paige Hayward scored both goals for the Tigers, including one from the spot, from seven shots in a complete game effort.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Oklahoma 1-0 (OT)
Demi Koulizakis managed a rare start for Texas Tech and played 69 of the 103 minutes in the overtime win, tallying a shot from midfield.
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: lost 1-0 to Portland; defeated Gonzaga 2-1
Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Western Carolina 2-1
Isabel Hodgson played 75 minutes in the win, tallying a shot on target in the process.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to East Tennessee State
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 75 minutes in defence in the tight quarterfinal loss.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated New Hampshire 1-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in their conference tournament semi-final victory.
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: lost 3-1 to Minnesota
Julia De Angelis came off the bench to play 13 minutes as Indiana’s season ended with a quarter-final loss to Minnesota.