Claudia Jenkins may have given up two goals in La Salle’s draw with Rutgers in their only game of the weekend, but taking into account that Rutgers finished with 31 shots and 11 on target, the South Australian’s performance was actually one of the finest of the week as La Salle escaped with a share of the points. Jenkins’ nine saves were more than La Salle’s total number of shots for the game and allowed the Explorers to secure a result that they really had no right to leave with and move to 4-1-1 to start the season.
It may have taken until her junior year, but Demi Koulizakis grabbed her first college goal this week, and certainly made up for lost time with a scintillating strike in Texas Tech’s 6-0 win over Florida International. Latching onto a long ball, Koulizakis stopped on a dime to leave her defender out of position, and took advantage of the extra space to find the back of the net from the edge of the area with her left foot. Koulizakis wasn’t able to add to her tally in Texas Tech’s 4-1 win over Oregon State, but did earn another half-hour stint off the bench as her minutes continue to increase as the season progresses.
It’s been a long time coming, but after battling through a number of knee injuries, Lorena Bugden finally made her college debut this week, coming off the bench against Bucknell in William & Mary’s thrilling 3-2 victory, playing 36 minutes and ending a stint of more than 12 months stuck to the bench. Bugden reprised the role in the Tribe’s second game of the week against Texas A&M, but Aggies star Ally Watt rattled off 12 shots as William & Mary found themselves under pressure all game in falling to a 2-0 defeat.
Two Australians also made their first college starts this week. Lauren Featherstone started both games this week for North Dakota State, playing 16 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Minnesota and 14 minutes in a 2-1 win over Northern Iowa. Meanwhile, Chicago State may have fallen 8-0 to Massachusetts after a six-goal second half from the Minutewomen, but Innisfail junior Sarah Clark started for the first time in her NCAA Division I career, playing 47 minutes for the Cougars.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: lost 3-2 to Dayton; lost 3-0 to Xavier
Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in either game this week.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Siena 3-0; defeated Rhode Island 4-1
Claire Urquhart came off the bench to play five minutes against Siena, but did not feature against Rhode Island.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 8-0 to Massachusetts
Sarah Clark earned a start for Chicago State in their only game of the week and played 47 minutes, but Massachusetts rolled with six second-half goals to romp to a dominant victory.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Marquette 2-1; defeated Michigan State 3-0
Isobel Dalton did not feature in the win over Marquette, but came off the bench to play 14 minutes as Colorado rolled against Michigan State.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: drew 1-1 with St. Joseph’s
Emma Heckenberg started for Drexel in their draw with St. Joseph’s, playing all 110 minutes in the process.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 4-0 to Tennessee
Isabel Hodgson played all 90 minutes for ETSU in their loss to Tennessee, registering a single shot.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to Hofstra (2OT); drew 0-0 with Army
Sam Roff played the complete game on both occasions this week, tallying a single shot in the loss to Hofstra.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: lost 1-0 to Kennesaw State
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in their loss to Kennesaw State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 2-1 to Northern Colorado; lost 1-0 to Colorado State
Sandra Hill started both games for Grand Canyon this week, playing the full 90 minutes on each occasion.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 2-1 to UC San Diego
Kiri Dale started and registered a single shot during her 51 minutes on the pitch in Hawaii’s loss to UC San Diego.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1 (2OT); lost 2-1 to Princeton
Monique Iannella played all 196 minutes this week, but Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Illinois State 1-0
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in the win over Illinois State, playing 10 minutes.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: drew 2-2 with Rutgers
Claudia Jenkins played the complete game and made a career-high 9 saves in the draw with Rutgers, whilst Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench to play 7 minutes.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Stetson 2-0; defeated Samford 2-0
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: defeated High Point 1-0; drew 2-2 with Gardner-Webb
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-0 to Southern Mississippi
Kristy Helmers started and played 40 minutes in Nicholls State’s loss to Southern Mississippi, but Tessa Calabria and Tenille Harberger did not feature for the Colonels this week.
North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: lost 4-0 to Minnesota; defeated Northern Iowa 2-1
Lauren Featherstone earned her first career starts this week, playing 16 minutes against Minnesota and 14 minutes against Northern Iowa.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 2-1 to VCU (OT); lost 1-0 to Duke
Gaby Bentley came off the bench to play 18 minutes in Old Dominion’s loss to VCU, but did not feature against Duke.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Oral Roberts 1-0
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their win over Oral Roberts.
St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)
This week: lost 2-0 to Niagara; lost 3-0 to Buffalo
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in the loss to Niagara, but came off the bench to play 18 minutes against Buffalo.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Notre Dame 3-1; defeated North Carolina 2-1 (OT)
Beattie Goad started and played 47 minutes in the win over Notre Dame, before playing 4 minutes off the bench against North Carolina.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Florida International 6-0; defeated Oregon State 4-1
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games this week, scoring her first collegiate goal in a 23-minute cameo against Florida International, before playing 31 minutes in the win over Oregon State.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: defeated Loyola Maryland 3-2 (OT); defeated UMBC 2-1
Jodie Burchell did not feature for Towson in either game this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Pepperdine 3-0
Teagan Micah made a rare appearance off the bench, playing the second half and rounding out the combined clean sheet with two saves in UCLA’s victory over Pepperdine.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to Tennessee-Martin; lost 4-0 to Middle Tennessee State
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 22 minutes against Tennessee-Martin, before playing 30 minutes off the bench against Middle Tennessee State.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: defeated Bucknell 3-2; lost 2-0 to Texas A&M
Lorena Bugden came off the bench for her first two college appearances this week, playing 36 minutes against Bucknell and 37 minutes in the loss to Texas A&M.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)
This week: drew 0-0 with Montana; defeated Iowa 1-0
Indianna Asimus started against Montana and played 72 minutes before coming off the bench against Iowa to play 38 minutes. Annika Clayton started both games, tally three shots with one on target in 90 minutes of action against Montana and tallying a single shot in 58 minutes in the win over Iowa. Caitlin Pickett also started both games, tallying a single shot in 80 minutes against Montana and seeing 66 minutes of action against Iowa. Jessie Gentle was also in the starting lineup for both games, playing 96 minutes and tallying a shot against Montana and playing 81 minutes against Iowa.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)