It may have been Bill Withers who sang Lean On Me, but it’s Harriet Withers that Murray State are leaning on with regards to goalscoring at the moment, with the senior delivering yet again in a thrilling win over Arkansas-Little Rock this week. Withers capitalised on a mistake from the UALR goalkeeper to bang home Murray State’s third, but the Trojans came back from 3-1 down to force overtime. However, Withers was on hand again in the first minute of golden goal, bending a shot home from the edge of the area to hand the Racers a 4-3 win and keep their perfect record intact at 5-0.
Wyoming scored three goals this week, and they had their Australian attackers to thank for all three. Despite falling 2-1 to Utah Valley, Jemma House came up with her first collegiate goal, a just reward for a performance that saw the junior get into plenty of good positions before finally being able to send one home.
The Cowgirls then took on local rivals Northern Colorado, and Alisha Bass was the undoubted star. Wyoming had not beaten the Bears in the whole time that the senior had been with the team, but two first half goals ensured herself and fellow Australian senior Georgia Rowntree would get to lift the trophy at their final opportunity.
Stanford cruised to a pair of absolute demolitions this week, scoring a ridiculous 15 goals across their two games, with Beattie Goad starting in both contests. The sophomore played 49 minutes in the 8-0 win over San Francisco, but had to wait until the 7-0 win over Yale to see some tangible reward for her work. Picking up the ball on the left flank, Goad sailed in a cross from deep that Sam Tran headed home with real velocity for the Cardinal’s third goal. Goad would play 41 minutes in the win as coach Paul Ratcliffe employed a high level of rotation with the game in the bag by halftime courtesy of five first-half goals for Stanford.
UCLA travelled across the country to Virginia for a Top 10 matchup, with Teagan Micah proving vital yet again for the top team in the nation. In a game where UCLA were deadly with the shots they did take, the Bruins came up with two goals on just three on-target shots. However, without Micah keeping out four of the five Virginia shots which were headed for the goal, including a couple of absolute pearlers, UCLA’s time at the top would have been short-lived. Instead, the Bruins escaped with a 2-1 win to head back to Los Angeles in a buoyant mood.
Monique Iannella’s performances for Hofstra to this point may have been slightly overshadowed by fellow Australian Emily Hulbert to this point, but the Texas transfer was exceptional in her 47 minutes in the Pride’s 1-0 win over Fordham. Despite the abbreviated stint on the field in that game, Iannella was rewarded with a 110 minute performance at the back in the 0-0 overtime draw against Monmouth as the former Melbourne City player continues to prove to be a valuable addition for the Pride.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
2: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
1: Jemma House (Wyoming)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 3-0 to Dartmouth; lost 2-1 to Colgate
Claire Urquhart continued to start for Albany, playing the full 90 minutes against Dartmouth and 84 minutes against Colgate.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: lost 4-0 to Navy
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State against Navy.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: lost 3-0 to Texas; defeated Texas-San Antonio 2-0
Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 10 minutes against Texas, but did not feature against Texas-San Antonio.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 2-1 to Monmouth
Emma Heckenberg did not feature for Drexel in their loss to Monmouth.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 3-1 to Virginia Tech
Isabel Hodgson did not feature for East Tennessee State against Virginia Tech as she recovered from a knock taken in the team’s previous game.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to Niagara; drew 2-2 with Buffalo
Sam Roff continued to be a mainstay for Fairleigh Dickinson, playing all 200 minutes for the Knights this week.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: defeated UC Riverside 1-0; lost 1-0 to Cal State Bakersfield
Priya Gakhar did not feature for Grambling State this week.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara; lost 2-0 to Houston Baptist
Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon this week.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Fordham 1-0; tied 0-0 with Monmouth
Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella each started both games for Hofstra this week. Hulbert played the complete 90 minutes against Fordham, registering one shot, and 99 of the 110 minutes against Monmouth, rattling off 3 shots in a game that saw Hofstra rattle off 27 shots to 5 despite the 0-0 result. Iannella was outstanding in her 47 minutes against Fordham, and backed up with a complete 110 minute performance against Monmouth.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: defeated Villanova 1-0
Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle this week.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Liberty 1-0
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 4-3 (OT)
Harriet Withers was the star for Murray State yet again, scoring a brace that included the overtime game winner in an 81 minute effort. Nyomi Devine yet again played a complete game in defence for the Racers.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 1-0 to Alcorn State; lost 5-1 to Louisiana-Lafayette
Kristy Helmers started against Alcorn State and played 63 minutes, before coming off the bench to play 36 minutes against Louisiana-Lafayette. Tenille Harberger did not feature for Nicholls State this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: drew 2-2 with UNC Wilmington
Gaby Bentley started for Old Dominion against UNC Wilmington, playing 86 minutes.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: defeated Portland State 1-0 (OT); lost 3-0 to BYU.
Olivia Ellis came off the bench to play 13 minutes against Portland State, before playing another 45 minutes off the bench against BYU, tallying one shot on target.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Yale; lost 2-1 to Northern Arizona
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: lost 5-0 to Georgetown; lost 2-0 to George Washington
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis this week.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated San Francisco 8-0; defeated Yale 7-0
Beattie Goad started both games this week for Stanford, playing 49 minutes in the drubbing of San Francisco, and dishing up an assist for the third goal in the demolition of Yale.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 3-0 to Lamar; lost 3-0 to Southern Miss
Paige Hayward started both games, playing 82 minutes and tallying a shot against Lamar before backing up with an 81 minute effort against Southern Miss, registering two shots.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Arizona State 2-1; lost to Arizona 1-0
Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Virginia 2-1
Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes against Virginia, making four saves.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to Lipscomb (OT); defeated Tennessee-Martin 3-2 (OT)
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 72 minutes against Lipscomb, but did not feature against Tennessee-Martin.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 1-0 to Maryland – 9am; lost 4-0 to DePaul
Lorena Bugden did not feature this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)
This week: lost 2-1 to Utah Valley; defeated Northern Colorado 2-1
Alisha Bass was the star for Wyoming this week, playing 69 minutes against Utah Valley before scoring both of the Cowgirls’ goals in a 78 minute effort in the win over Northern Colorado. Georgia Rowntree played 79 minutes against Utah Valley, making five saves, before playing a full game against Northern Colorado, being forced to make just the one save. Jemma House started both games, playing 69 minutes and scoring her first collegiate goal against Utah Valley before playing 67 minutes against Northern Colorado, tallying 2 shots. Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games to play 46 minutes against Utah Valley and 63 minutes against Northern Colorado, but Annika Clayton did not feature for Wyoming this week.