Paige Hayward may not have got her name on the scoresheet in the opening week of the season, but returned with a vengeance against NCAA Division III side Concordia of Austin, Texas, banging home a hat-trick in Texas Southern’s 5-0 win. Hayward also teed up a teammate to tally an assist to be directly involved in four goals despite playing just 50 minutes in her team’s only game of the week.
Whilst Hayward was scoring her first goals of the season, fellow SWAC player Priya Gakhar was making the first appearances of her college career for Grambling State. Coming off the bench in both games as the Tigers kicked off their season, Gakhar played 19 minutes in a win over NAIA side Texas A&M-Texarkana before enjoying an extended 52 minute stint in a 1-0 loss at home to New Mexico State. Gakhar wasn’t the only player making their debut this weekend. Claudia Jenkins also managed to find her way onto the pitch for La Salle, playing 24 minutes and making two saves in the Explorers’ 3-0 win over Iona.
It may not have been Gaby Bentley’s first game of college soccer, but the South Australian did pick up her first goal for Old Dominion this week. Coming off the bench against VCU, Bentley tallied the first strike of her college career, but the goal was unfortunately in vain as the Monarchs fell 3-1. Bentley then came off the bench to play 40 minutes in Old Dominion’s second game of the week against Duke, with the Monarchs again falling 3-1.
Harriet Withers was dominant last week for Murray State with two goals, and continued her scintillating early season form to lead the Racers to a pair of wins on their Alabama road trip. Withers scored a 77th minute winner against Troy as the Racers were rightly rewarded for their dominance with a 2-1 win. A tougher opponent came next in the form of South Alabama, but Withers cared not for reputations. South Alabama went up 1-0 on a 16th minute penalty, but the Australian senior tallied a pair of unassisted goals courtesy of her own pressure high up the field, creating her own chances to lead Murray State to a third consecutive win to start the season.
Beattie Goad was almost the hero for Stanford in their only match of the week against Florida. The sophomore swept home Jaye Boissiere’s centring ball to restore Stanford’s lead at 2-1 just shy of the hour mark after Florida had cancelled out a Stanford first half goal with one of their own. Unfortunately, two late goals from the Gators condemned Stanford to their first loss of the season despite outshooting Florida 14-8.
— Stanford Women's Soccer (@StanfordWSoccer) August 28, 2017
Alisha Bass is generally good for a bit of offensive spark, and brought in the best way possible in Wyoming’s game against Southern Utah. The senior knocked in a header at the far post early in the contest to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead, which they would eventually turn into a comprehensive 3-1 win. Unfortunately, things were less positive for Wyoming on their trip to Kentucky later in the weekend, going down 2-1 despite battling into a second overtime period before the Wildcats found the golden goal winner in the 103rd minute.
— Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer (@wyosoccer) August 25, 2017
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Colorado College 2-1; lost 5-1 to Denver
Claire Urquhart started both games for Albany this week, playing the full 90 minutes against Colorado College before backing up to play 67 minutes in the loss to Denver.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Rhode Island 1-0; lost 1-0 to Providence
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in either contest this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated TCU 1-0; defeated UC Riverside 6-0
Isobel Dalton did not feature against TCU, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes against UC Riverside, ripping one 30 yard shot that forced the goalkeeper into a spectacular save.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Loyola Chicago 1-0; lost 3-0 to DePaul
Emma Heckenberg did not feature for Drexel in either game this week.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 6-1 to Tennessee; defeated Davidson 2-0
Isabel Hodgson played 79 minutes against Tennessee, tallying a single shot, before backing up to play 71 minutes in the win over Davidson, registering three shots.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 3-2 to William & Mary; defeated Rider 2-0
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, completing the full 90 minutes on both occasions.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: defeated Texas A&M-Texarkana 1-0, lost 1-0 to New Mexico State
Priya Gakhar came off the bench to make her debut, playing 19 minutes against Texas A&M-Texarkana, before following up with 52 minutes off the bench in Grambling State’s loss to New Mexico State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Northern Arizona; defeated Weber State 2-1
Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 7 minutes against Northern Arizona, but did not feature against Weber State.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to Pacific; lost 2-0 to Seattle
Kiri Dale came off the bench against Pacific to play 68 minutes, registering one shot in the process. Dale started against Seattle, playing 20 minutes.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: drew 1-1 with Columbia – 8am; lost 1-0 to Boston University
Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella each started both games for Hofstra this week. Hulbert played 45 minutes against Columbia and tallied a shot before completing a full game against Boston University, registering another shot. Iannella also played 45 minutes against Columbia, before registering a shot on target in a complete game against Boston University.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: defeated Iona 3-0; defeated Penn 1-0
Claudia Jenkins made her collegiate debut with 24 minutes off the bench against Iona, making two saves. Jenkins did not feature in the win over Penn, however.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Lamar 2-0
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their win over Lamar.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Troy 2-1; defeated South Alabama 2-1
Harriet Withers was the undoubted star for Murray State, scoring the winner against Troy and both goals against South Alabama. Nyomi Devine played two complete games in defence, and even popped up for a couple of shots against South Alabama.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: Game v Prairie View A&M cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 3-1 to VCU; lost 3-1 to Duke
Gaby Bentley scored her first career goal as part of a half-hour stint off the bench against VCU, before playing 40 minutes against Duke.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: drew 0-0 with Missouri; lost 2-0 to Kansas
Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon in either game this week.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: defeated Hawaii 1-0, lost 3-0 to Seattle
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week as she continues to recover from injury.
Saint Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: lost 3-0 to Dayton
Shelby Milton did not feature for Saint Francis in their loss to Dayton.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: lost 1-0 to Wisconsin-Milwaukee; defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 2-0
Maddy Cornell played 37 minutes in the loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but did not feature against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: lost 3-2 to Florida
Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 50 minutes, knocking home Stanford’s second goal in their loss to Florida.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Concordia (Texas) 5-0
Paige Hayward was the star of Texas Southern’s 5-0 drubbing of Concordia, banging home a hat-trick and also tallying an assist in just 50 minutes of playing time.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 3-0 to Pepperdine; defeated San Diego 1-0
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench to play 14 minutes against Pepperdine, but did not feature against San Diego.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Santa Clara 4-2; defeated UC Santa Barbara 3-1
Teagan Micah played two complete games this week, making three saves against Santa Clara but having very little to do against UC Santa Barbara. Micah didn’t make a save all game, but could hardly be blamed for the goal that UCLA conceded.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-2 to Belmont; lost 1-0 to Tennessee Tech
Kate Swartwout started and played 77 minutes for Western Carolina in the loss to Belmont, before starting and playing 20 minutes against Tennessee Tech, registering a shot in the process.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: defeated Fairleigh-Dickinson 3-2; defeated Bucknell 3-1
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary this week as she continues to recover from injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)
This week: defeated Southern Utah 3-1; lost 2-1 to Kentucky (OT)
Alisha Bass started both games, scoring the opener against Southern Utah and playing 90 of the 102 minutes against Kentucky. Jemma House started both games but failed to register a shot in either contest. Georgia Rowntree was ever-present between the sticks, making one save against Southern Utah and four against Kentucky, whilst Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games.