Harriet Withers continues her remarkable season for Murray State, breaking the team’s record for career goals after bringing up the tying goal last week. Withers’ goal in the 18th minute against Southeast Missouri State not only broke the career goalscoring record, but also proved to be the winner as the Racers secured a 1-0 victory. Withers then extended her record with two goals in less than a minute to lead Murray State to a 3-1 win in a game that was still 0-0 with ten minutes to play. With 12 goals this season, Withers has now eclipsed her personal mark of 11 which she set in 2015, and is now one goal shy of the Racers’ single season record and four points shy of the single season points record, which she already shares.
It’s been a few weeks between goals for Paige Hayward, but the 2016 Player of the Year scored one at the best possible time this week. In a 1-0 win over Alabama State, Hayward’s goal proved the difference in a game that saw Texas Southern outshot 13-4 by the Hornets, but somehow come away with a win courtesy of the Australian’s strike. Hayward had another four shots against Alabama A&M as the Tigers came away with another 1-0 win in a successful trip to Alabama.
In a week during which their goalscoring was lacking, Wyoming could not have been more thankful for the performances of goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree. The senior’s three saves against Fresno State earned the Cowgirls a 0-0 draw as they were unable to find the back of the net despite 8 shots on target. Rowntree then came up big a second time, making four saves against San Jose State as an 81st minute winner proved the difference in a 1-0 win to see Wyoming bounce back from last week’s loss to Air Force with a pair of solid results that moved the team into a solid mid-table position in the Mountain West Conference.
Staying in the south, Kristy Helmers’ week started off less than impressively as her Nicholls State side fell 4-0 to Houston Baptist. Things quickly improved though, with Helmers scoring the opener with her only shot of the game as the Colonels knocked off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-1 to salvage something from an initially tough trip to Texas.
Monique Iannella continued her solid form for Hofstra, playing the complete 90 minutes on both occasions this week as the Pride defeated Drexel 2-0 before dispatching with William & Mary 3-1, with Iannella and the Hofstra defence holding their opponents to 8 shots on targets across the two games. However, the highlight of this week was the return of Emily Hulbert from a minor injury to play 39 minutes in the game against William & Mary with no apparent problems in the aftermath.
Olivia Ellis may be coming off the bench for Oregon State at this early point in her career, but over the weekend saw playing time generally reserved for starters in the Beavers’ losses to USC and UCLA. With her side down 2-0 early on against USC, Ellis came on to play 57 minutes in the eventual 4-0 loss to the defending national champions. After another poor defensive start against UCLA, where the Beavers fell behind 2-0 inside 7 minutes, Ellis once again came on in the first half, playing another 68 minutes in a 4-1 loss, and surely it can’t be long until the former Melbourne City defender gets a chance in the starting lineup.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
1: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 1-0 to Binghamton; lost 3-0 to New Hampshire
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in either game this week.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: lost 1-0 to Fairleigh Dickinson; lost 1-0 to Mount St. Mary’s
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in either game this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Washington State 2-0; drew 0-0 with Washington
Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in either game this week.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 2-0 to Hofstra; defeated Towson 1-0
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 75 minutes and rattling off two shots against Hofstra before playing 61 minutes in the win over Towson.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 2-0 UNC Greensboro; lost 1-0 to VMI
Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes in both games, registering four shots in the loss to VMI.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Central Connecticut State 1-0
Sam Roff played the full 90 minutes in defence for Fairleigh Dickinson in the Knights’ 1-0 win over Central Connecticut State.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: defeated Jackson State 2-1; defeated Southern 2-1 (OT)
Priya Gakhar came off the bench in both games for Grambling State this week, playing five minutes against Jackson State and six minutes against Southern.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to UC Davis; lost 2-0 to Long Beach State
Kiri Dale played the full 90 minutes in both games this week, managing to register two shots against UC Davis, with one on target.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Drexel 2-0; defeated William & Mary 3-1
Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes in both games, even managing to tally a shot on target against William & Mary. Emily Hulbert missed the game against Drexel, but returned from injury against William & Mary to play 39 minutes.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: defeated Dayton 4-0; defeated Rhode Island 2-0
Backup goalkeeper Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in either game this week.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-0 to Kentucky
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench for LSU in their loss to Kentucky, playing two minutes.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Southeast Missouri State 1-0; defeated Tennessee-Martin 3-1
Harriet Withers scored the game’s only goal in the win over Southeast Missouri State, and followed up with a brace in the space of 38 seconds to lead the Racers to victory over Tennessee-Martin. Nyomi Devine was again rock solid in defence, playing every minute of the two games.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 4-0 to Houston Baptist; defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-1 (OT)
Kristy Helmers started both games this week, playing 63 minutes in the loss to Houston Baptist and scoring with her only shot of the game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as part of a 56 minute shift. Tenille Harberger did not feature for Nicholls State in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Texas-San Antonio 2-1; defeated UTEP 2-1
Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games for Old Dominion this week, registering a shot in the win over Texas-San Antonio.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: lost 4-0 to USC; lost 4-1 to UCLA
Olivia Ellis came off the bench in both games, playing 57 minutes against USC and 68 minutes against UCLA.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-1 to Gonzaga; defeated Portland 2-0
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week as the team continues to manage her return from injury.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated Sacred Heart 2-0; defeated Bryant 2-1
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in either game this week.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: lost 1-0 to Murray State
Maddy Cornell started for Southeast Missouri State and played 75 minutes in their loss to Murray State.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Arizona 1-0; defeated Arizona State 6-0
Beattie Goad did not feature against Arizona, but came off the bench to play 47 minutes and register a shot.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: defeated Alabama State 1-0; defeated Alabama A&M 1-0
Paige Hayward played every minute of the week for Texas Southern, scoring the game’s only goal in the win over Alabama State.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 3-2 to Texas (OT); lost 1-0 to TCU (OT)
Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech in either game this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Oregon 2-0; defeated Oregon State 4-1
Teagan Micah played all 180 minutes for UCLA this week, making three saves against Oregon and two more against Oregon State.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated VMI 1-0 (OT); drew 2-2 with UNC Greensboro
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 60 minutes and register a shot against VMI, then started against UNC Greensboro, playing 77 minutes.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: drew 0-0 with College of Charleston; lost 3-1 to Hofstra
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: drew 0-0 with Fresno State; defeated San Jose State 1-0
Georgia Rowntree lived up to her Great Wall of Laramie moniker, making seven saves two finish with two crucial clean sheets which earned the Cowgirls an undefeated weekend. Alisha Bass started both games, playing 94 minutes against Fresno State and 73 minutes against San Jose State, tallying a pair of shots on target in the latter game and one against Fresno State. Annika Clayton came off the bench to play 47 minutes against Fresno State, but earned the start against San Jose State, playing 62 minutes. Jessie Gentle came off the bench for a pair of extended stints, playing 58 minutes against Fresno State and 47 minutes against San Jose State, whilst Jemma House played 32 minutes off the bench against Fresno State and 9 minutes against San Jose State.