(Image Credit: Hawaii Athletics)
Eliza Ammendolia forced her way into the Hawaii starting lineup earlier in the season, and this week delivered a performance worthy of being one of the first names on the team sheet. Aside from a generally solid performance in midfield, the freshman delivered two pinpoint balls for assists on each of Hawaii’s first two goals before playing the final pass for the third goal as the Rainbow Wahine rolled to a 3-0 victory over UC Irvine. The first came courtesy of a delightful ball over the top of the Anteaters’ defence, finding Kayla Watanabe in behind, with the striker cushioning the pass before burying the finish just prior to the 20-minute mark.
However, the second was somehow even better. With UC Irvine failing to successfully clear their lines, the ball fell to Ammendolia, who rifled a wicked curling ball into the box, finding Watanabe completely unmarked in front of the goalkeeper. Once again, the striker was only too happy to oblige, turning the ball home for the second of the night. Late in the evening, tenacious play from Ammendolia near the top of the box enabled the freshman to win the ball and play a wide pass to Kayla Ryan, who cut back before launching a scintillating chip across the goalkeeper to give Ammendolia a hat-trick of assists.
Teresa Morrissey continued her outstanding freshman season, coming within a couple of minutes of a heroic match-winning performance before settling for an overtime draw against Fordham. Coming up with seven saves, it looked as though Morrissey’s performance between the sticks had given Rhode Island a chance at a 1-0 win before her clean sheet bid was cruelly denied by an 89th minute penalty. However, Morrissey and the Rams regrouped to ensure that they would at least escape with a draw as the freshman made her eighth save of the night on Fordham’s only on-target shot of overtime.
However, Morrissey wasn’t the only goalkeeper turning in a solid performance. UCLA star Teagan Micah returned to the Bruins’ lineup after three games away at Matildas camp, and didn’t miss a beat as the team from Westwood defeated Utah 2-0. Called upon on three occasions, Micah came up trumps on each occasion to maintain UCLA’s lead and eventually secure the victory. Meanwhile, Claudia Jenkins came up with ten saves for La Salle, but against Saint Louis’ blistering attack even that wasn’t enough as the Explorers leaked four goals in a 4-1 defeat.
However, Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson were able to keep it tight at the back as they maintained their grip on top spot in the Northeast Conference. The Knights allowed just two shots on target in a 2-1 win over Saint Francis University, with Roff playing 66 minutes in the process. Roff and her teammates backed that up with another clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Robert Morris, with the Aussie senior playing 46 minutes as Fairleigh Dickinson maintained a two-point advantage over the chasing pack in the Northeast Conference.
Finally, we have our first guaranteed postseason entrant of 2019, with Siena Senatore and Southeast Missouri State clinching a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament with still three games remaining in league play. Senatore came off the bench in both fixtures, playing a total of 82 minutes across the weekend as the Redhawks secured victories over Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)
2: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)
1: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-2; defeated Mississippi Valley State 1-0
Sophie Bui came off the bench in both games this week, playing 14 minutes against Alcorn State and 32 minutes against Mississippi Valley State.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 3-0 to Cal Baptist; lost 2-0 to UTRGV
Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in either game this week.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost 2-0 to Furman; lost 1-0 to Wofford
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Saint Francis University 2-1; drew 0-0 with Robert Morris
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, playing 66 minutes in the win over Saint Francis before tallying a shot in a 46-minute outing in the draw with Robert Morris.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Kansas City 2-0
Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes in Grand Canyon’s win over Kansas City.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated UC Irvine 3-0
Eliza Ammendolia was key for Hawaii in their win over UC Irvine, tallying a pair of assists in 63 minutes of action. Kiri Dale came off the bench for the Rainbow Wahine, playing 28 minutes in the win.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated James Madison 3-1; defeated Delaware 3-2
Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost 4-1 to Michigan; defeated Michigan State 2-1
Ashleigh Lefevre started against Michigan, playing 50 minutes before coming off the bench to play 22 minutes in the win over Michigan State.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: lost 4-1 to Saint Louis
Claudia Jenkins made ten saves but even that wasn’t enough to keep La Salle in the contest as the junior played 79 minutes of the Explorers’ 4-1 defeat. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, playing 48 minutes.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 4-0 to Arkansas; lost 3-0 to Alabama
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 3-2 to UTSA
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to UTSA.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: defeated Florida 3-2; lost 2-1 to Georgia
Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in either game this week.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 5-1 to McNeese State
Kristy Helmers played the full 90 minutes for Nicholls State in their loss to McNeese State, tallying one shot. Tessa Calabria started and played 64 minutes, whilst Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: lost 1-0 to Omaha; drew 1-1 with Oral Roberts
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Middle Tennessee State 3-2 (OT)
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their win over Middle Tennessee State.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: drew 1-1 with Fordham
Teresa Morrissey played all 110 minutes in Rhode Island’s draw with Fordham, making 8 saves.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Eastern Kentucky 1-0; defeated Morehead State 5-1
Siena Senatore came off the bench in both of Southeast Missouri State’s wins this week, playing 37 minutes against Eastern Kentucky and 45 minutes against Morehead State.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Oregon State 2-0; defeated Oregon 5-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games this week, playing 44 minutes in the win over Oregon State and 64 minutes against Oregon.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated West Virginia 1-0; drew 1-1 with Kansas
Demi Koulizakis started and played 69 minutes in Texas Tech’s win over West Virginia, tallying a shot and drawing the penalty that resulted in the Red Raiders’ goal. The senior then played 85 minutes against Kansas, finishing with five shots including one on target.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Colorado 3-0; defeated Utah 2-0
Teagan Micah and Rachel Lowe both missed the game against Colorado as they made their way back from Matildas camp, but Micah returned to the UCLA side for the game against Utah, making three saves.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 1-0 to Vermont
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Vermont.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated Wofford 1-0; lost 1-0 to Furman
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 37 minutes in Western Carolina’s win over Wofford, before starting and playing 44 minutes in the loss to Furman.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: drew 0-0 with San Jose State; lost 2-0 to Fresno State
Indianna Asimus tallied a shot in a 102-minute performance in Wyoming’s draw with San Jose State, before playing the full 90 minutes in the loss to Fresno State.