It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Isabel Hodgson after taking a knock to the ankle a few games ago, but despite East Tennessee State going down to George Mason, the South Australian managed to pick up her first goal of the season. Despite the heavy 6-1 loss, Hodgson’s shot from just inside the area nestled in the bottom left corner to give the Buccaneers a small piece of good news and just perhaps get the junior’s season back on track after an interrupted beginning.
Jemma House took a few weeks to find the back of the net for the first time for Wyoming, but scored her second goal in three games this week as Wyoming rolled to a 3-0 win over Idaho State, extending their non-conference home winning streak to 1457 days. Fellow Australian Jessie Gentle delivered a delightful cross from deep on the right flank which forced an indecisive Idaho State goalkeeper to make a late, and ultimately incorrect, decision to come for the ball, which sailed straight through to House, who belted the ball home from about an inch out with not a single defender in sight.
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That game also saw the return of Annika Clayton to the Wyoming lineup. Having been out for several weeks with concussion-related issues, Clayton was eased back into the lineup with 16 minutes off the bench which was surely just a prelude to more extended minutes in the future.
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Monique Iannella continued her outstanding run in the Hofstra defence, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 local derby win over Stony Brook. The ex-Melbourne City defender resembled something of a moving wall at times as the Stony Brook defence was able to get off just two shots on target all game, with Iannella and the remainder of the Hofstra defence ensuring that their goalkeeper was largely untroubled throughout. Emily Hulbert was also solid in midfield for the Pride, but her night was unfortunately cut short after taking a knock late in the first half, bringing a premature end to what had been a good night to that point for the senior.
Kristy Helmers and Nicholls State found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline in their conference opener against Lamar, but bounced back with a 4-0 win over Southern in their final non-conference game of the season. Providing some spark off the bench, Helmers scored the Colonels’ third goal in the 66th minute to put the game to bed early in the piece, capitalising on a blocked shot to follow up the rebound and double her tally for the season.
3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2: Jemma House (Wyoming)
1: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 2-1 to Rhode Island; lost 3-0 to Missouri
Claire Urquhart started for Albany against Rhode Island, playing 48 minutes before coming off the bench to play the final 26 minutes against Missouri.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Vermont 2-0; lost 2-1 to Brown
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Denver 6-1
Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 21 minutes in Colorado’s demolition of Denver.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Penn 2-1; defeated Villanova 2-1
Emma Heckenberg did not feature against Penn, but started for Drexel in the win over Villanova, playing the full 90 minutes in the process.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 6-1 to George Mason
Isabel Hodgson returned to the starting lineup for East Tennessee State and provided the only real piece of good news for the Buccaneers all night, scoring their lone goal in a heavy loss to George Mason.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 5-1 to Gonzaga; lost 3-2 to Eastern Washington
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson on their trip to Washington, playing all 180 minutes across the two contests.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 2-1 to Stetson; lost 2-1 to Hawaii
Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon against Stetson, but came off the bench to play six minutes against Hawaii.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated Arizona State 1-0 (OT); defeated Grand Canyon 2-1
Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 85 of the 96 minutes against Arizona State, before starting and playing the complete 90 minutes against Grand Canyon.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Stony Brook 1-0
Both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella started for Hofstra in their win over local rivals Stony Brook. Iannella played the full 90 minutes, registering two shots, but Hulbert was forced off late in the first half after taking a knock.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: lost 1-0 to Delaware (OT); lost 1-0 to West Virginia
Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in either game this week.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Cincinnati 1-0; lost 1-0 to Vanderbilt
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Morehead State 1-0 (OT); lost 1-0 to St Louis
Both Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine started both games for Murray State this week. Devine played all 98 minutes against Morehead State, whilst Withers played 88 minutes and tallied two shots. Devine also played the complete 90 minutes in the loss to St Louis, whilst Withers played 76 minutes, again registering two shots.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 3-1 to Lamar; defeated Southern 4-0
Kristy Helmers played 58 minutes off the bench in the loss to Lamar before scoring a goal in a 66 minute effort off the bench in the win over Southern. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Western Kentucky 1-0 (OT); defeated Richmond 2-1 (OT)
Gaby Bentley started both games this week, playing 48 minutes against Western Kentucky and 26 minutes against Richmond.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: lost 1-0 to Portland
Olivia Ellis yet again came off the bench for Oregon State this week, playing 13 minutes in the loss to Portland.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: drew 2-2 with UC Santa Barbara; lost 2-1 to Cal Poly (OT)
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: drew 2-2 with UMBC; defeated Radford 3-0
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis against UMBC, but started and played the full 90 minutes in the win over Radford.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: defeated Tennessee Tech 1-0 (OT); lost 1-0 to Tennessee-Martin
Maddy Cornell started against Tennessee Tech, playing 63 minutes and registering a shot. The senior then came off the bench against Tennessee-Martin, but still managed to play 57 minutes in the loss.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Santa Clara 2-1
Beattie Goad started at left fullback for Stanford and played the entire 90 minutes in the win over Santa Clara.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 1-0 to LSU-Alexandria
Paige Hayward started for Texas Southern and rattled off three shots in her 81 minutes on the pitch, but couldn’t find an equaliser in the loss to LSU-Alexandria.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated San Diego State 1-0; v Cal State Northridge – 4am, Monday September 18
Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech against San Diego State,
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: drew 1-1 with Pepperdine
Teagan Micah played the entire 110 minutes in UCLA’s draw with Pepperdine, making one save.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated Campbell 4-3; lost 1-0 to North Carolina State
Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina against Campbell, but played only 15 minutes or so before coming off the bench and playing just two minutes against North Carolina State.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 1-0 to UNC Greensboro
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)
This week: defeated Idaho State 3-0
All five Australians saw playing time in Wyoming’s win over Idaho State. Jemma House scored the second goal of her college career, smashing home a cross from fellow Australian Jessie Gentle, who picked up the assist on House’s goal. Georgia Rowntree played all bar the last 15 minutes of the contest, making three saves, whilst Alisha Bass was solid in attack for 63 minutes. The story of the day belonged to Annika Clayton, who made her return to the field for Wyoming after spending significant time out with concussion-related issues, playing 16 minutes off the bench.