2018 Week 3 Preview

Title contenders Stanford and UCLA head on the road for some early season tests, with Beattie Goad and Teagan Micah looking to maintain their outstanding early season form. Elsewhere, Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson will be looking to get back to winning ways, whilst Monique Iannella and Hofstra are hoping that a win comes a little more easily than in last week’s overtime thriller against Boston University.

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Beattie Goad and Stanford face a difficult road double this week, with their task not made any easier by the amount of distance they will cover across the weekend. The Cardinal begin their week in Utah at BYU, facing the Cougars for the first time since an NCAA Tournament win in 2015. BYU currently sit at 1-1-1, a fair record considering their schedule to this date, but Stanford will go into this one as heavy favourites. Stanford then travel to Minnesota for their second game of the week, facing a Golden Gophers side that has started the season 3-1, with a loss to nationally ranked Washington State their only blip so far. With plenty of travel and a game in their legs, Stanford will have to make sure they get up for this one or it could prove to be a potential banana skin for the #1 team in the country.

UCLA also head away this week, and whilst their two opponents may not be as spread as wide as Stanford’s, the Bruins have set themselves up with a solid early-season test against national title contenders Florida and Florida State. Florida in particular will be itching to bounce back as their ambitions to secure a high seeding in the NCAA Tournament took an early hit after falling to Ohio State and Oklahoma State last week after starting the season with a pair of wins. Florida State, on the other hand, are absolutely flying at the moment. The Seminoles have started the season 4-0, scoring 12 goals and conceding the princely sum of zero. However, UCLA have already shown their wares in last week’s 2-1 win over Penn State, a game in which Teagan Micah’s performance earned the Australian junior Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honours after some scintillating saves as Penn State needed a spot kick to get by the Queenslander, and even that was nearly saved.

Hofstra make the trip from Long Island into the city for a local derby of sorts against Bronx-based Fordham in what is a regular fixture for the two sides. The Pride are on a three-game winning streak dating back to 2015, and with the team looking to maintain their reputation as a mid-major powerhouse, this is one game they simply have to win to keep themselves in the national conversation, particularly after slipping to a loss to Fairfield earlier in the season. Fordham are yet to pick up a win this season, falling to three defeats to start their campaign, so expect this one to be battled out intensely, and whilst it would be great to see Monique Iannella pick up another assist or two, hopefully the Pride won’t require one in the final minute again as they did to force overtime in their win over Boston University.

Although the Pride will start favourites against Fordham, they will definitely be underdogs in their road game against #7 Virginia which rounds out their weekend. However, with that said, the Pride have very little to lose in this matchup, and that may just give them the freedom to play which could help them perhaps spring a surprise against a highly-rated Cavaliers that is tipped to be in the mix in the latter stages of the NCAA Tournament come the end of the season.

La Salle’s Australian goalkeeper Claudia Jenkins has given up only one goal in four games this season, but unfortunately that one goal came in the second overtime of a midweek match against Drexel as the Explorers fell to a still-impressive 3-1 record through four games. The Explorers play just the one game this week, against a Colgate side that currently sits at 1-1-1 through three games after picking up their first victory of the season last weekend in a double overtime win over Claire Urquhart and Albany. But with Jenkins in sparkling form recently and Aussie freshman Alyssa Van Heurck helping to shore up the defence off the bench, the Explorers have turned into a defensive juggernaut of sorts, and if La Salle are to pick up a fourth victory in five games, it will start at the back.

Fairleigh Dickinson looked set to take victory in their midweek match against Rider before giving up a last-minute game-tying goal before falling in overtime, but Sam Roff and the Knights will be looking to bounce back on neutral turf as they face a pair of Ohio schools in Wilmington, North Carolina. Having suffered three consecutive losses, this trip away for a pair of games could hopefully serve as the shake-up the team needs to get them back in their rhythm after a tough couple of weeks since their opening day victory over Marshall. The first game, against Cleveland State, looks set to be the Knights’ best chance at victory, particularly as the Vikings fell 2-0 to Kent State, the other team that Fairleigh Dickinson will face this weekend, just last week. However, neither game will be a walk in the park, and another solid performance from Roff and her fellow defenders will go a long way to getting the Knights over the line this weekend.

Full Schedule:

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: v Indiana State – 9am, Saturday September 1; v Youngstown State – 3am, Monday September 3

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: v Iona – 6am, Saturday September 1; v Buffalo – 3am, Monday September 3

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v SIU Edwardsville – 4am, Saturday September 1; v Eastern Illinois – 4am, Monday September 3

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: v UTSA – 8am, Saturday September 1; v Iowa State – 4am, Monday September 3

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v St. John’s – 9am, Friday August 31; v Maryland – 4am, Monday September 3

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: @ USC Upstate – 9am, Friday August 31; @ Charlotte – 9am, Monday September 3

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Cleveland State – 7am, Saturday September 1; v Kent State – 1am, Monday September 3

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)

This week: v Stetson – 6am, Saturday September 1; v Davidson – 3am, Monday September 3

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ UTEP – 10am, Saturday September 1; @ UTSA – 4am, Monday September 3

Hawaii (Kiri Dale) 

This week: @ Saint Mary’s – 9:30am, Friday August 31; @ Pacific – 6am, Monday September 3

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: @ Fordham – 9am, Friday August 31; @ Virginia – 3am, Monday September 3

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre) 

This week: v Oklahoma State – 10am, Saturday September 1; v SIU Edwardsville – 4am, Monday September 3

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ Colgate – 9am, Friday August 31

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ South Alabama – 10am, Friday August 31

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Eastern Kentucky – 9am, Saturday September 1; @ Ohio – 3am, Monday September 3

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: v Jackson State – 7am, Saturday September 1; v Alcorn State – 4am, Monday September 3 

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone) 

This week: v Northern Colorado – 10am, Saturday September 1; v Drake – 4am, Monday September 3 

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley) 

This week: @ George Mason – 9am, Friday August 31

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Arizona – 7:30am, Saturday September 1; @ Arizona State – 4:30am, Monday September 3

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)

This week: v Binghamton – 6am, Saturday September 1; v Bucknell – 6am, Monday September 3

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ BYU – 11am, Friday August 31; @ Minnesota – 4am, Monday September 3

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ Boston College – 10am, Sunday September 2

Towson (Jodie Burchell)

This week: v Utah State – 1am, Monday September 3 

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Florida – 9am, Saturday September 1; @ Florida State – 7am, Monday September 3

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Campbell – 9am, Saturday September 1; v Navy – 3am, Monday September 3

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: v South Carolina – 9am, Friday August 31; v Liberty – 4am, Monday September 3

Wyoming (Indiana Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: @ Idaho State – 8am, Friday August 31

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