Whilst Emily Hulbert was forced to watch from the sidelines after suffering a minor injury last week, fellow Australian Monique Iannella was again exemplary in defence for Hofstra as the Pride picked up a pair of wins to start conference play. In a defensive battle, both Hofstra and Delaware were only able to get four shots on target apiece, with Iannella playing a large part in that defensive strength. In the end, it was Hofstra’s attack that helped out their defence, banging home a goal either side of halftime for a 2-0 win. The Pride did go down 1-0 to UNC Wilmington on the half-hour mark in their second game of the week, but once again their attack was on hand to score two goals, registering the equaliser just 40 seconds after falling behind, before a penalty from Kristin Desmond in the 57th minute proved to be the game-winner.
Jessie Gentle scored a rare starting berth for Wyoming in their clash with Colorado College, and it promptly paid dividends. The junior became just the second Australian to tally multiple assists this year, floating in a cross just after halftime which was met by the head of Brittney Stark, who found the bottom far corner to score the game’s only goal. At the other end, Georgia Rowntree came up with four vital saves which maintained Wyoming’s advantage, whilst Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, and Jemma House all saw solid playing time. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls fell 1-0 in overtime against Air Force in their second game of the week, despite another three saves from Rowntree and a shot count that favoured the Cowgirls 20-12.
It’s rare that Harriet Withers goes very long without a goal, and after a goalless week last week, the Murray State senior returned with a vengeance. Whilst Withers was unable to break the deadlock in the Racers’ 0-0 draw with Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State faced the striker at her rampaging best. After Murray State went up 1-0 early, Withers doubled the lead from the edge of the area just 8 minutes in, but the Murwillumbah product wasn’t done at that point. Withers whipped in a corner early in the second half, meeting Miyah Watford’s head for the third and final goal in a comprehensive victory for Murray State. Withers’ goal also saw the senior tie the Murray State career goalscoring record with 34, whilst she also leads Murray State in career points with 82. Fellow Australian Nyomi Devine did more than her fair share of work at the defensive end, playing all 200 minutes as the Racers kept two clean sheets.
Finally, it would be remiss not to mention the return of Ellie Papalexiou from injury. Having been out of the game for 12 months, the Pacific senior made her first steps towards making a serious impact on the remainder of her senior season, getting on the field for a couple of minutes in the first half in the Tigers’ 2-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)
1: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated UMBC 3-1
Claire Urquhart did not feature in Albany’s win over UMBC.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Temple 1-0
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in their win over Temple
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: lost 2-0 to UCLA
Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado against UCLA.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: drew 1-1 with Northeastern; defeated William & Mary 2-0
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 99 minutes against Northeastern and 69 minutes in the win over William & Mary.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Chattanooga 3-0; lost 2-0 to Samford
Isabel Hodgson started both games for East Tennessee State, playing the full 90 minutes against Chattanooga and 75 minutes in the loss to Samford.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: drew 0-0 with Cornell
Sam Roff played the complete 110 minutes and tallied two shots in a game that saw Fairleigh Dickinson and Cornell combine for 37 shots but somehow fail to score a goal.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: defeated Howard 2-1
Priya Gakhar came off the bench to play seven minutes in the win over Howard.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Cal State Northridge; lost 4-0 to Cal State Fullerton
Sandra Hill did not feature in the loss to Cal State Northridge, but came off the bench to play 24 minutes against Cal State Fullerton.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Delaware 2-0; defeated UNC Wilmington 2-1
Emily Hulbert spent the weekend on the sidelines through injury, but Monique Iannella played a pair of complete games as Hofstra picked up two wins.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: defeated Duquesne 3-0; defeated St Joseph’s 3-2 (OT)
Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle against Duquesne, but played 12 minutes off the bench against St. Joseph’s after starting goalkeeper Larissa Zambelli took a knock and was forced off.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: drew 1-1 with Alabama; drew 2-2 with Mississippi State
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: drew 0-0 with Tennessee Tech; defeated Jacksonville State 3-0
Harriet Withers started both games, and whilst her five shots didn’t bring a goal against Tennessee Tech, she notched a goal and an assist in the win over Jacksonville State. Nyomi Devine played all 200 minutes over the course of the two games.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 4-0 to Incarnate Word; defeated Abilene Christian 2-1
Kristy Helmers came off the bench to play 25 minutes in the loss to Incarnate Word before returning to the starting lineup and playing 38 minutes against Abilene Christian. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game for the Colonels this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 1-0 to Florida Atlantic
Gaby Bentley started for Old Dominion in the loss to Florida Atlantic, playing 22 minutes.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: lost 2-1 to Arizona State
Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon State in the loss to Arizona State.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: defeated Cal State Bakersfield 2-0
Ellie Papalexiou made her long-awaited return from injury against Cal State Bakersfield, coming off the bench to play a couple of minutes at the end of the first half.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: drew 1-1 with Morehead State; drew 1-1 with Eastern Kentucky
Maddy Cornell started against Morehead State and played 47 minutes before coming off the bench to play 71 minutes against Eastern Kentucky.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Washington State 2-1
Beattie Goad started for Stanford in the win over Washington State, playing 53 minutes.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Southern 2-0; drew 1-1 with Jackson State
Paige Hayward did not feature for Texas Southern in either game this week.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Kansas State 3-1; drew 1-1 with Kansas
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games this week, playing 25 minutes against Kansas State and 6 minutes against Kansas.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Colorado 2-0
Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in the win over Colorado, making a single save to register a clean sheet.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 1-0 to Samford (OT); lost 1-0 to Chattanooga
Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, playing 22 minutes against Samford and 14 minutes against Chattanooga.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 2-0 to James Madison; lost 2-0 to Drexel
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 Colorado College 1-0; lost 1-0 to Air Force (OT)
Georgia Rowntree played all 188 minutes that the Cowgirls played across the weekend, making a total of seven saves and finishing with a clean sheet against Colorado College. Alisha Bass also started both games, playing 89 minutes against Colorado College and 75 minutes against Air Force, registering three shots across the weekend. Jemma House started against Colorado College and played 36 minutes, before coming off the bench to play 22 minutes in the loss to Air Force. Jessie Gentle got the start against Colorado College, playing 81 minutes and delivering the assist for the game’s only goal. Gentle then came off the bench to play 26 minutes against Air Force. Annika Clayton came off the bench in both games, playing 36 minutes against Colorado College and 45 minutes against Air Force.