Having drawn their opening game of the weekend against Fresno State, Wyoming desperately needed a win over high-flying San Jose State, and senior Annika Clayton stepped up for the Cowgirls when it mattered most. With the Cowgirls down 1-0 after conceding in the 19th minute, Clayton teed up Savannah Warner for the equaliser seven minutes later to level things at 1-1. The teams would trade goals in the second half, sending the game to overtime. In the third of the extra minutes, Clayton picked up the ball in an attacking position and made a marauding run into the box before being brought down for a stonewall penalty, which was duly given. It was Clayton herself stepping up to the spot, burying the penalty for the golden goal winner and her fourth goal of the season to round out a scintillating performance from the senior.
Isabel Hodgson also enjoyed a solid weekend for an East Tennessee State side also needing wins to maintain their position in the conference tournament spots. Facing VMI on her own Senior Night, Hodgson scored the Buccaneers’ second goal in the 68th minute as the team rolled to a vital 3-1 victory to keep themselves in the conference tournament race. East Tennessee State then went on to solidify their position with a 2-1 win over UNC Greensboro in their second game of the week to now sit third in the Southern Conference with just two games remaining against fifth-placed Mercer and ninth-placed The Citadel.
Kristy Helmers has seen her minutes reduced from last season, but popped up at the perfect time to seal the win for Nicholls State on Senior Day. Coming into the game without a win in conference play, the Colonels faced Stephen F. Austin in a battle of the bottom two teams in the Southland Conference. Despite being outshot 22-2, the Colonels won 2-0 after scoring on both of those shots, with Helmers knocking a chipped ball home for the second goal in the 84th minute after Nicholls State had earlier opened the scoring on the 70th minute mark. The win also gives the team a chance to lift themselves off the bottom of the table, now just three points back with three games to play.
Playing behind a solid UCLA defence doesn’t always leave Teagan Micah with a ton of work between the sticks, but as per usual, the junior came up huge when needed as the Bruins won their fourth consecutive game with a 2-0 win over Washington. Although UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute, Micah was called upon on a number of occasions to maintain that lead with four saves and a clean sheet as Delanie Sheehan doubled the Bruins’ lead 7 minutes from time to maintain the team’s solid form despite the absence of Hailie Mace and Jessie Fleming, both of whom are away representing the US and Canada respectively at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
The other starting goalkeeper among Aussies, Claudia Jenkins had significantly more work to do than Micah this week, and although La Salle fell to a pair of losses, things could have been much worse if not for the South Australian’s efforts. Coming up against Dayton in their first game of the week, La Salle were outshot 18-8 by Dayton, with Jenkins making 8 saves. But two own goals, one of those in overtime, meant Jenkins’ efforts were in vain as Dayton took the 2-1 victory. Five more saves followed for Jenkins against Fordham later in the week, but in a defensive struggle, a 54th minute goal proved to be enough for Fordham to secure the 1-0 win and leave La Salle in a precarious position in the Atlantic 10 heading into the final few games.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: lost 1-0 to Ball State (OT); defeated Miami (Ohio) 2-1
Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in either match this week.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: lost 2-1 to Hartford; defeated New Hampshire 3-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature in Albany’s loss to Hartford, but came off the bench against New Hampshire to play 8 minutes, finishing with 2 shots including one on target.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 3-0 to Grand Canyon; lost 2-1 to New Mexico State
Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in either game this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Oregon 4-1
Isobel Dalton came off the bench against Oregon to play 18 minutes, tallying a single shot.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 3-2 to Hofstra (OT); drew 0-0 with Towson
Emma Heckenberg played every minute of the weekend for Drexel, registering a single shot on target in the draw with Towson.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated VMI 3-1; defeated UNC Greensboro 2-1
Isabel Hodgson started both games this week, finishing with a goal in 84 minutes against VMI and tallying a single shot in a complete game performance against UNC Greensboro.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated LIU Brooklyn 2-0; defeated Wagner 6-2
Sam Roff played the full game on both occasions this week, tallying the first assist of her career on the final goal in the 6-2 demolition of Wagner.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: lost 2-0 to Coastal Carolina; defeated Louisiana 2-0
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in either game this week.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Chicago State 3-0; lost 2-0 to UMKC
Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 67 minutes in Grand Canyon’s win over Chicago State before playing the full 90 minutes in the loss to UMKC.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Drexel 3-2 (OT); defeated Elon 4-1
Monique Iannella tallied a single shot in a complete game performance against Drexel before playing the full 90 minutes against Elon, tallying two shots of which one was on target. Reserve goalkeeper Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Purdue 3-1; defeated Indiana 1-0
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench to play 10 minutes in the win over Purdue, but did not feature against Indiana.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: lost 2-1 to Dayton (OT); lost 1-0 to Fordham
Claudia Jenkins played two complete games this week, making 8 saves in the loss to Dayton and five more against Fordham. Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench to play 10 minutes against Dayton before starting and playing 24 minutes in the loss to Fordham.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Mississippi 3-1
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their win over Mississippi.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 2-1 to Rice; lost 3-0 to North Texas
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 Sam Houston State; defeated Stephen F. Austin 2-0
Kristy Helmers came off the bench in both games this week, playing 23 minutes against Sam Houston State before tallying the match-sealing second goal in her 15 minutes on the pitch in the win over Stephen F. Austin. Tenille Harberger did not feature against Sam Houston State but came off the bench to play six minutes against Stephen F. Austin, whilst Tessa Calabria did not feature in either match this week.
North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated South Dakota State 1-0
Lauren Featherstone did not feature in North Dakota State’s win over South Dakota State.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: drew 0-0 with Florida Atlantic; defeated UAB 1-0
Gaby Bentley came off the bench for Old Dominion in both games this week, playing 4 minutes against Florida Atlantic and 9 minutes in the win over UAB.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0; drew 1-1 with SIU Edwardsville
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 Robert Morris
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in their loss to Robert Morris.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Kansas State 2-0; defeated Kansas 2-1 (OT)
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games this week, tallying 2 shots in 36 minutes against Kansas State and playing 12 minutes in the win over Kansas.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: defeated Delaware 2-1 (OT); drew 0-0 with Drexel
Jodie Burchell started both games for Towson this week, finishing with a shot on target in 78 minutes against Delaware before playing 47 minutes in the draw with Drexel.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Washington 2-0
Teagan Micah played the full game in UCLA’s win over Washington, making four saves.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-0 to UNC Greensboro; defeated VMI 1-0
Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, playing 15 minutes against UNC Greensboro and 11 minutes in the win over VMI.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: defeated Elon 2-1; v James Madison – 5am, Monday October 15
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 Fresno State; defeated San Jose State 3-2 (OT)
Annika Clayton started both games this week for Wyoming, playing 103 minutes in the draw with Fresno State before tallying a goal and an assist in 74 minutes in the win over San Jose State. Jessie Gentle played all 110 minutes against Fresno State, and tallied a shot in 37 minutes in the win over San Jose State. Caitlin Pickett also started both games, playing 77 minutes in the draw with Fresno State and 59 minutes against San Jose State. Indianna Asimus played 73 minutes off the bench against Fresno State, but got the start against San Jose State, playing 50 minutes and registering a single shot.
Player of the Year Points
3: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
2: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)