(Featured Image Credit: Jonathan Heisler)
Monique Iannella came up with not only one of the performances of the week but also the moment of the week as Hofstra secured an overtime victory over Boston University in their only game of the week. Despite giving up just two shots on target all game, the Pride found themselves trailing coming into the final minute courtesy of a Boston University free kick in the 65th minute. However, Hofstra won themselves a corner with just 20 seconds to play, which Iannella whipped in, finding the head of teammate Madeline Anderson for the game-tying goal to force overtime. The Pride would then go on to secure victory with a golden goal in the second minute of the second overtime period to move to 2-1 through three games.
Gaby Bentley also picked up a goal this week as Old Dominion took on Towson. Coming off the bench, Bentley played 34 minutes and scored the Monarchs’ third goal in the 65th minute, picking up a pass from a teammate before firing home as Old Dominion would romp to a 4-0 win. Towson’s Aussie freshman Jodie Burchell also played in that game, making her collegiate debut with a 27-minute stint off the bench in the Tigers’ defeat.
Kate Swartwout generally spends most of her time in the back line for Western Carolina, but a move into a more advanced position paid dividends, including one vital play that allowed the Catamounts to come away with a win and a draw from the weekend’s games. Having tallied two shots but failed to find the back of the net in her side’s 1-1 draw with Elon, Swartwout came up with the assist on her side’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Belmont. Bringing down an aerial ball, Swartwout got in a tangle with a defender but managed to get the ball to teammate Cani Couch, who launched a rocket from the edge of the area to tally the game-winner.
Stanford continued to roll in their early season games, following up last week’s 5-0 win over UC Davis with a 5-1 win over San Francisco. The Cardinal gave up an equaliser on the half-hour mark after going up early, but responded with a penalty just a minute later before tallying three second-half goals to add five goals to the eight they put past USF in their last meeting in 2017. Beattie Goad was solid in a more central role than she usually plays, distributing the ball well and tallying four shots, including a cannon that ricocheted off the near post with the goalkeeper left stranded.
Teagan Micah and UCLA travelled to fellow title contenders Penn State, and now have bragging rights and the wood on the Nittany Lions should they meet again in the NCAA Tournament after securing a 2-1 victory. Teagan Micah made five saves, with a penalty for Penn State’s equaliser shortly after UCLA’s opener the only way the hosts could get past the Australian goalkeeper who was in simply outstanding form. UCLA outshot Penn State 13-9, and eventually that attacking dominance paid dividends as a 70th minute goal from Delanie Sheehan proved to be the winner.
Finally, we saw another Australian make their debut this week as Freyja Murray saw the first minutes of her college career. In a week that saw Akron go down to Charlotte but defeat Wofford on their trip the Carolinas, Murray saw a total of 51 minutes split evenly between the two games, easing her way into college soccer.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: lost 1-0 to Charlotte; defeated Wofford 3-0
Freyja Murray came off the bench against Charlotte to play 26 minutes on her college debut, before again making a substitute appearance in the win over Wofford, playing 25 minutes.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 5-0 to Boston College; lost 2-0 to Colgate
Claire Urquhart did not feature against Boston College, but came off the bench to play the entire second half in the loss to Colgate.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 3-0 to South Dakota
Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in the loss to South Dakota.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Missouri 6-0
Isobel Dalton played 14 minutes off the bench in the win over Missouri, registering a single shot on target.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: drew 1-1 with Columbia
Emma Heckenberg came off the bench to play 67 minutes in Drexel’s draw with Columbia.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 2-1 to Tennessee Tech
Isabel Hodgson started and played 84 minutes in the loss to Tennessee Tech, tallying a single shot which was on target.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 1-0 to Lehigh
Sam Roff played the full 90 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson in the loss to Lehigh, her third consecutive full-game effort to start the season.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0; lost 3-0 to Gardner-Webb
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in either game this week.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Houston Baptist 1-0; lost 1-0 to Northern Arizona (2OT)
Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon in either game this week.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Boston University 2-1 (2OT)
Monique Iannella played all 101 minutes in the win over Boston College, delivering the corner for the game-tying goal with 20 seconds to play before the Pride grabbed victory in overtime. Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost 3-1 to DePaul; defeated Northern Illinois 8-0
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench in both games this week, playing 24 minutes in the loss to DePaul and 22 minutes in the win over Northern Illinois.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Manhattan 1-0
Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes in the win over Manhattan, saving the one on-target shot she faced. Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench for the Explorers, attempting one shot in her ten minutes on the pitch.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Liberty 1-0; defeated Texas State 2-0
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 3-1 to Tennessee-Martin
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in the loss to Tennessee-Martin.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 3-1 to Mississippi Valley State; lost 1-0 to Prairie View A&M (OT)
Kristy Helmers came off the bench in both games, playing 74 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 42 minutes against Prairie View A&M, registering 3 shots in each game. Tessa Calabria came off the bench to play 65 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 27 minutes against Prairie View A&M, tallying 2 shots against Prairie View A&M. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game for the Colonels this week.
North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: match abandoned v Weber State due to weather conditions.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Towson 4-0; drew 0-0 with Appalachian State
Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games this week, scoring with her only shot against Towson.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Illinois-Springfield 3-0
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in the win over Illinois-Springfield.
St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated UMBC 4-0; lost 1-0 to Loyola Maryland
Shelby Milton came off the bench in both games this week, playing 20 minutes in the win over UMBC and 12 minutes in the loss to Loyola Maryland.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated San Francisco 5-1
Beattie Goad got the start for Stanford and played all 90 minutes in their dominant win, registering four shots, including two on target and one which cannoned back off the near post after beating the keeper all ends up.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated San Diego State 2-1; defeated Abilene Christian 1-0
Demi Koulizakis saw just six minutes off the bench against San Diego State, but registered a pair of shots with one on target in 31 minutes of playing time in the win over Abilene Christian.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: lost 4-0 to Old Dominion; drew 1-1 with Longwood
Jodie Burchell made her collegiate debut off the bench with 27 minutes of playing time against Old Dominion before playing 20 minutes off the bench in the draw with Longwood.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Penn State 2-1
Teagan Micah played all 90 minutes in UCLA’s win over Penn State, making five saves in the process.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: drew 1-1 with Elon; defeated Belmont 1-0
Kate Swartwout started against Elon and registered a pair of shots with one on target before coming off the bench to pick up an assist on the game’s only goal in the win over Belmont.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 3-0 to Virginia; defeated Coastal Carolina 2-0
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary in either game this week.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)
This week: drew 0-0 with Northern Iowa
All four Australians started for Wyoming in the draw with Northern Iowa. Jessie Gentle and Annika Clayton each played 100 minutes and registered two shots apiece. Caitlin Pickett played 94 minutes and tallied two shots of her own, whilst Indianna Asimus had four shots in her 67 minutes on the pitch.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)