2017 Week 2 Preview

Week 1 is done and dusted, and whilst a few teams showed us something in the opening games, the second week of the season stands to offer us a chance to look deeper at some teams that are trying to establish championship credentials, either at a conference or national level.

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What might have been a tough trip to the shores of Lake Michigan for Stanford actually turned into a cruise for Beattie Goad and the Cardinal, who demolished Wisconsin and Marquette by a combined score of 9-0. Now the #1 team in the coaches’ poll, Stanford travel to #8 Florida for what should be a far tougher contest, and hopefully a good test for Goad, who came off the bench for a pair of cameos last weekend. Stanford defeated Florida 1-0 at home last season, but travelling to Gainesville is another story entirely.

Murray State knocked off Marshall courtesy of two Harriet Withers goals last week, and the Racers continue to face a solid level of opposition in the opening few weeks of the season. This week, they travel to Alabama to face Troy, the former home of Australian defender Alex Huynh, before taking on Sun Belt powerhouse South Alabama. Both games, in particular the South Alabama game, should provide a challenge for a Racers side looking to stamp their authority on the world of mid-majors.

Priya Gakhar has had to wait a week longer than the remainder of the Aussies to get her chance, but Grambling State kick off their season this weekend against NAIA side Texas A&M-Texarkana before hosting New Mexico State in the opening two fixtures of their season. After playing just 11 games last season and securing just a single victory, soccer looks to be taken much more seriously at Grambling this season, with these two games forming the opening stages of a 17 game slate.

UCLA slaughtered both of their opposition last week with 5-1 wins over San Diego State and Long Beach State. About the only thing missing was a clean sheet, but Teagan Micah will have the chance to rectify that this weekend against Santa Clara and UC Santa Barbara. Santa Clara came within a couple of minutes of taking California to overtime last week and will certainly provide more of a test than last week’s opponents. However, that may just provide an opportunity for Micah to get more than the paltry two saves she was forced into in each game last week. UC Santa Barbara may not provide quite as stern a test as Santa Clara, but they do have wins over Idaho and San Jose State under their belt, so the Gauchos have shown a bit of form.

East Tennessee State demolished South Carolina State 8-0 in their opener, with Isabel Hodgson picking up an assist, but came thudding back to Earth with a 1-0 loss to Tennessee Tech. Things only get tougher for the Buccaneers this week with a game against SEC side Tennessee, who currently sit at 2-0 after wins over Navy and George Mason. Hodgson and East Tennessee State then face off against Davidson, who smashed Gardner-Webb 4-0 in their opener, but were promptly demolished 4-0 by Wake Forest in their second fixture. Nonetheless, these two games should provide a solid test for an East Tennessee State side looking to test themselves before looking to go one step further than last season and win a conference title.

Full Schedule

(All game times are in Sydney time)

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: at Colorado College – 7am, Friday August 25; at Denver – 4am, Monday August 28

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: at Rhode Island – 9am, Friday August 25; at Providence – 9am, Monday August 28

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: v TCU – 8:30am, Saturday August 26; v UC Riverside – 5am, Monday August 28

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: at Loyola Chicago – 10:30am, Saturday August 26; at DePaul – 2am, Monday August 28

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: at Tennessee – 9am, Friday August 25; v Davidson – 4am, Monday August 28

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v William & Mary – 9am, Friday August 25; v Rider – 1am, Monday August 28

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: at Texas A&M-Texarkana – 2am, Saturday August 26; v New Mexico State – 8am, Sunday August 27

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: at Northern Arizona – 12pm, Saturday August 26; v Weber State – 12pm, Monday August 28

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: v Pacific – 3pm, Friday August 25; v Seattle – 3pm, Tuesday August 29

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: at Columbia – 8am, Saturday August 26; at Boston University – 6am, Monday August 28

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: v Iona – 8am, Friday August 25; at Penn – 8am, Monday August 28

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Lamar – 9am, Monday August 28

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: at Troy – 8am, Saturday August 26; at South Alabama – 4am, Monday August 28

Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: at Prairie View A&M – 10am, Saturday August 26

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: at VCU – 9am, Friday August 25; v Duke – 6:30am, Monday August 28

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: v Missouri – 10:30am, Saturday August 26; v Kansas – 4am, Monday August 28

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at Hawaii – 3pm, Friday August 25; v Seattle – 3pm, Sunday August 27

Saint Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: at Dayton – 3am, Monday August 28

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: v Wisconsin-Milwaukee – 9:30am, Saturday August 26; v Wisconsin-Green Bay – 4am, Monday August 28

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: at Florida – 7am, Saturday August 26

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: vs Concordia (Texas) – 9am, Friday August 25

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: at Pepperdine – 8am, Saturday August 26; at San Diego – 9am, Monday August 28

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Santa Clara – 12pm, Friday August 25; v UC Santa Barbara – 10:30am, Monday August 28

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: at Belmont – 7am, Saturday August 26; at Tennessee Tech – 4am, Monday August 28

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: at Fairleigh-Dickinson – 9am, Friday August 25; at Bucknell – 4am, Monday August 28

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)

This week: v Southern Utah – 8:30am, Saturday August 26; at Kentucky – 3am, Monday August 28

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