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The 18-yard area isn’t usually Monique Iannella’s turf in attack, but the senior fullback found herself in exactly that position in scoring Hofstra’s opener in their win over Columbia. Iannella banged home an 11th minute penalty for her first career goal to send Hofstra on their way, rolling to a 2-0 win over their fellow New Yorkers. Back on home turf against local rivals Stony Brook, Iannella and the Hofstra defence kept their opponents to just six shots for the game as the Pride secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a 71st minute goal.
Wyoming may only have played one game this week, but that was more than enough time for the Aussie Cowgirls to yet again make an impact as the team from Laramie picked up a 2-1 win over Southern Utah. Wyoming fell behind in the first half to a goal just shy of the half-hour mark, but Annika Clayton teed up Sekoya Romero for the 68th minute equaliser. The Cowgirls then picked up the winner in the 84th minute, with the goal initially awarded to Aussie freshman Caitlin Pickett but then changed to a Southern Utah own goal after the ball ricocheted off a Thunderbirds defender following a post-free kick scramble in the box.
Claudia Jenkins again came up trumps for La Salle as the Explorers moved to 5-1-1 heading into conference play with a 2-1 win over Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson. La Salle gave up 11 shots in the win, with Jenkins coming up with saves on three of the four that were on target, which proved to be enough as it took a 75th minute penalty for the Knights to get the ball past the South Australian. But the Explorers would prevail, with two early goals enough to keep their opponents at bay and extend their unbeaten streak to three games.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: defeated Robert Morris 3-1
Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in their win over Robert Morris.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Northeastern 3-1; lost 3-2 to Dartmouth
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in either game this week.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 5-3 to Western Illinois; lost 8-0 to Indiana State
Sarah Clark started both games for Chicago State this week, playing 53 minutes and registering a shot against Western Illinois, before playing 28 minutes against Indiana State.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Utah Valley 3-0; defeated Denver 2-1
Isobel Dalton came off the bench in both games for Colorado this week, playing 12 minutes against Utah Valley and 5 minutes in the win over Denver.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 2-1 to Providence (OT); drew 0-0 with Princeton
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 84 minutes against Providence and 104 minutes against Princeton.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to La Salle; drew 1-1 with Hartford
Sam Roff played every minute of the weekend for Fairleigh Dickinson, registering a shot on target in the draw with Hartford.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: defeated Georgia State 2-0; match v Louisiana cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in their win over Georgia State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Portland State 4-1; defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1
Sandra Hill started both games this week, playing 56 minutes against Portland State before registering a single shot in a complete game performance against Cal State Fullerton.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: drew 1-1 with Nevada; lost 2-0 to San Francisco
Kiri Dale played every minute of Hawaii’s two games this weekend, registering two shots with one on target in the draw with Nevada.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Columbia 2-0; defeated Stony Brook 1-0
Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes against Columbia and slotted a penalty, before playing 82 minutes in the win over Stony Brook. Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Minnesota 2-0; lost 1-0 to Wisconsin (OT)
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench to play 10 minutes against Minnesota, but did not feature in the overtime loss to Wisconsin.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1
Claudia Jenkins played all 90 minutes for La Salle in their win over Fairleigh Dickinson, making 3 saves, whilst Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench to play just mere seconds at the end of the first half.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-0 to Texas A&M; lost 2-1 to Cincinnati
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 2-1 to Florida Atlantic
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Florida Atlantic.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: match v Lamar postponed due to field conditions; match v Southern abandoned after 55 minutes due to lightning
Despite leading 5-1, Nicholls State’s game against Southern was ruled a no-contest as the game did not reach 70 minutes of play due to lightning. Kristy Helmers had played 23 minutes when the game was called off.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: match v North Texas cancelled due to Hurricane Florence; defeated Richmond 4-1
Gaby Bentley came off the bench for Old Dominion in their win over Richmond, playing 24 minutes.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: lost 4-1 to Murray State; lost 1-0 to Tennessee-Martin
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in either game this week.
St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)
This week: lost 2-0 to Duquesne; lost 2-0 to West Virginia
Shelby Milton started and played 17 minutes in St. Francis’ loss to Duquesne, but did not feature in the loss to West Virginia.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Cal Poly 3-0; drew 1-1 with Santa Clara
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, playing 34 minutes against Cal Poly and tallying a single shot from distance in her 19 minutes against Santa Clara.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Cal State Northridge 2-0; defeated Loyola Marymount 2-0
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games this week, tallying a shot in 22 minutes against Cal State Northridge before playing 7 minutes in the win over Loyola Marymount.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: lost 1-0 to Pennsylvania
Jodie Burchell came off the bench to play 14 minutes in Towson’s loss to Pennsylvania.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Loyola Marymount 3-0; defeated San Diego State 3-0
Teagan Micah did not feature for UCLA in their win over Loyola Marymount, but played the full game against San Diego State, although the junior was not required to make a save in keeping a clean sheet.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 1-0 to VCU
Lorena Bugden came off the bench for William & Mary in their loss to VCU, playing 35 minutes.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)
This week: defeated Southern Utah 2-1
Caitlin Pickett was the hero for Wyoming, forcing Southern Utah to turn her shot into their own net for the winner seven minutes from time in her 60 minutes on the pitch. Annika Clayton had the assist on the opener in her 73 minutes of action, whilst Jessie Gentle played the full 90 minutes and tallied a single shot. Indianna Asimus came off the bench for the Cowgirls, playing 42 minutes.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
1: Caitlin Pickett (Wyoming)