Caitlin Pickett was the undoubted hero for Wyoming in their win over Utah State, with her game-winning goal just reward for a scintillating performance that saw her lead the team with four shots. With just 30 seconds left in overtime, Wyoming launched an attack with a through ball. Morgan McDougal slid in to beat the onrushing goalkeeper, with the ball falling to Pickett on the edge of the area. With the goalkeeper stranded and just a defender backpedalling towards the line to contend with, Pickett lifted the ball over the Utah State player and into the back of the net for a golden goal just 16 seconds from the end of overtime for a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn’t make it two from two for the weekend as they fell to league leaders Boise State in their second game of the week, but remain decently positioned at 2-2 through four games.
Claudia Jenkins continued to face barrages of shots but did everything in her power to keep La Salle in each game as the Explorers fell to a pair of losses. An impressive nine saves proved not to be enough against Duquesne as La Salle fell to a 3-2 defeat after being outshot 21-5 despite leading 2-0 at the hour mark. A similar pattern emerged against Massachusetts, with another seven saves from Jenkins not enough to stop the Minutewomen from banging home 3 goals as they outshot La Salle 15-8, with the Explorers managing only three shots on target in a 3-1 defeat.
Kiri Dale played a major role in Hawaii’s 2-1 bounce-back win over Cal State Northridge after dropping the weekend’s opener to UC Irvine, tallying the assist on the Wahine’s opening goal. The Mullumbimby product smartly laid the ball off for teammate Raisa Strom-Okimoto from a short corner in just the fourth minute of play, with Strom-Okimoto burying the shot from the edge of the area. Hawaii would give up an equaliser with just two seconds remaining in the match, but found the winner in the final minute of the opening period of overtime to split their games this weekend.
As a defender, Sam Roff occasionally flies under the radar, but there was no escaping the dominance of the junior or the Fairleigh Dickinson defence against Robert Morris. Although they conceded a single goal in the 3-1 win, Roff and the FDU backline gave up just four shots all game, with only two on target in a solid return to form after conceding 11 shots on target in a 2-1 loss to Central Connecticut State earlier in the week.
Finally, although it may not have been the most spectacular performance of the week, Teagan Micah’s return from concussion for UCLA was certainly the most welcome news of the last few days. Having missed the last two games after taking a knock to the head in the warm-up prior to UCLA’s loss to Washington State, including a 3-2 loss to Beattie Goad and Stanford earlier in the week, Micah returned for the second half of the Bruins’ dominant 4-0 win over California. The junior made three saves to round out the clean sheet, and with another week under her belt before playing again, it shouldn’t be long until Micah is back in full flight.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: lost 1-0 to Eastern Michigan (OT); lost 1-0 to Central Michigan
Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in either game this week.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: drew 3-3 with Stony Brook; lost 2-1 to UMass Lowell
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in either game this week.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 5-2 to Cal State Bakersfield; lost 6-0 to Cal Baptist
Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 26 minutes against Cal State Bakersfield, before starting and playing 31 minutes against Cal Baptist, registering a single shot on target.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: drew 1-1 with Arizona State; drew 1-1 with Arizona
Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in either game this week.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 2-0 to William & Mary
Emma Heckenberg started and played 74 minutes for Drexel in the loss to William & Mary.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Western Carolina 1-0
Isabel Hodgson started for East Tennessee State in their win over Western Carolina, playing 74 minutes.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to Central Connecticut State; defeated Robert Morris 3-1
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson, playing her usual 90 minutes in defence in both games.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: defeated Louisiana-Monroe 7-2; lost 2-0 to South Alabama
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in either game this week.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Seattle 1-0
Sandra Hill came off the bench in Grand Canyon’s win over Seattle, playing 13 minutes.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to UC Irvine (OT); defeated Cal State Northridge 2-1 (OT)
Kiri Dale started both games this week, playing 83 minutes in the win over UC Irvine and coming up with the assist on Hawaii’s opener in the overtime win against Cal State Northridge.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Delaware 1-0; defeated UNC Wilmington 2-1
Monique Iannella played every minute of the weekend for Hofstra in their two victories, but Grace Watson-Carr did not feature in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Michigan State 1-0
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in their win over Michigan State, playing 30 minutes.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: @ Duquesne – 9am, Friday September 28; v Massachusetts – 3am, Monday October 1
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Alabama 2-0
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their win over Alabama.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: defeated Old Dominion 1-0; lost 3-2 to Charlotte
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-1 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; lost 4-0 to Houston Baptist.
Kristy Helmers came off the bench to play 61 minutes against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, registering a shot on target before starting and playing 46 minutes in the loss to Houston Baptist. Tenille Harberger did not feature against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but played five minutes off the bench against Houston Baptist, whilst Tessa Calabria did not feature in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Western Illinois 1-0 (OT); defeated Fort Wayne 5-1
Lauren Featherstone came off the bench in both games this week, registering a shot in her 19 minutes against Western Illinois and playing 8 minutes in the win over Fort Wayne.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 1-0 to Marshall; defeated Western Kentucky 4-0
Gaby Bentley did not feature in the win over Marshall, but came off the bench to tally a shot in 9 minutes of action against Western Kentucky.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: drew 1-1 with Eastern Kentucky; defeated Morehead State 2-0
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in either game this week.
St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated Sacred Heart 3-2; drew 1-1 with Bryant
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in either game this week.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated UCLA 3-2; defeated USC 1-0 (OT)
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, playing 13 minutes against UCLA and registering a shot in her 9 minutes against USC.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: drew 0-0 with Oklahoma; lost 2-0 to Baylor
Demi Koulizakis did not feature in the game against Oklahoma, but played 22 minutes off the bench in the loss to Baylor.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: lost 3-0 to Northeastern; lost 2-0 to Elon
Jodie Burchell came off the bench to register two shots in 41 minutes against Northeastern, before starting and doing the same in 53 minutes in the loss to Elon.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 3-2 to Stanford; defeated California 4-0
Teagan Micah did not feature against Stanford, but made her return from concussion in the second half against California, making three saves in the Bruins’ dominant victory.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 1-0 to East Tennessee State
Kate Swartwout came off the bench for Western Carolina in their loss to East Tennessee State, finishing with one shot on target in her 36 minutes on the pitch.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 3-1 to UNC Wilmington; defeated Drexel 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: defeated Utah State 1-0 (OT); lost 2-1 to Boise State
Caitlin Pickett was the hero for Wyoming against Utah State, scoring the game winner with her fourth shot of the game just 16 seconds from time in a 73-minute performance. Pickett also started against Boise State, playing 76 minutes. Jessie Gentle started both games, playing 96 minutes against Utah State and the full 90 minutes against Boise State. Annika Clayton tallied 2 shots in a 100-minute performance against Utah State before following up with another 3 in 84 minutes against Boise State, whilst Indianna Asimus came off the bench to play 44 minutes against Utah State and 14 minutes against Boise State.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Caitlin Pickett (Wyoming)
2: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
1: Kiri Dale (Hawaii)