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La Salle managed to secure a 2-1 win on the road at Florida Gulf Coast, and had Claudia Jenkins to thank following a massive performance between the sticks. After conceding early, Jenkins came up with a career-high 10 saves to keep her team in the game as a previously insipid Explorers offence turned up the wick after the hour mark, banging home two goals in the space of six minutes to secure the victory. The South Australian followed up that scintillating performance with a clean sheet against St. John’s in the second game of the week, with all three saves proving crucial as La Salle secured a 1-0 win to round out a perfect weekend. Fellow Australian, Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot in a 65-minute outing against Florida Gulf Coast and seeing 31 minutes of action in the win over St. John’s.
Stanford’s last two outings against San Francisco had resulted in 5-1 and 8-0 wins for the Cardinal, but Beattie Goad had yet to be involved in a single one of those 13 goals despite starting on both occasions. However, that all changed in the space of less than two minutes as the senior tallied an assist on the first of Catarina Macario’s three goals. Just 17 minutes later, Goad put Stanford up 3-0 with a goal of her own, latching onto a through ball before finishing a one-on-one opportunity. Stanford would roll to a 9-0 victory, taking their record to 5-0 with a combined scoreline of 26-3, and look set to move to #2 in the national coaches’ poll.
Senior Night is a time for celebrations, and Demi Koulizakis made sure they lasted beyond the pre-game ceremony for Texas Tech, tucking home a goal in the Red Raiders’ win over Abilene Christian. With her team already 2-0 up inside half an hour, Koulizakis found herself wide open in the area as teammate Kirsten Davis forced a turnover in the corner before hitting a neat low cross that the Sydneysider was able to sweep home off the inside of the post to all but lock up the win in the 28th minute as Texas Tech moved to 4-1, with Koulizakis finishing with a pair of shots in her 65 minutes on the pitch.
Teresa Morrissey continued her solid early season form as Rhode Island continue to put last year’s 0-17-1 record behind them. The freshman was unbeatable for 85 minutes against Pittsburgh, but a late header just snuck inside the post to force overtime as the teams played out a 1-1 draw. However, Sacred Heart were unable to beat the Victorian, with Morrissey making three saves as the Rams secured a 2-0 win, their first multi-goal game of the season following a pair of 1-0 wins and a 1-0 defeat coming into the weekend.
Eligibility issues had prevented Sophie Bui from making her debut for Alabama State, but with her clearance coming through during the week, the freshman finally hit the pitch in the Hornets’ outing against UAB. The freshman came off the bench to play 56 minutes, tallying two shots in the process. That performance was enough to earn a start and 45 minutes of playing time against Jacksonville State as Alabama State took an early 2-0 lead before falling to a 3-2 overtime defeat.
Finally, there was a moment to remember for Eliza Ammendolia and Eden Taylor-Wineera as Hawaii faced North Dakota State. Despite playing for teams based almost 4,000 miles apart, the pair of ex-Macarthur Rams faced off, with both players coming off the bench Ammendolia securing bragging rights as Hawaii came away with the 1-0 win. Both players would also have impressive ends to the week, with Ammendolia going on to secure her first career start in Hawaii’s 2-1 loss to North Dakota, whilst Taylor-Wineera’s 33 minutes against Chicago State represented more minutes than the freshman had played in her three previous appearances combined.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 5-0 to UAB; lost 3-2 to Jacksonville State (OT)
Sophie Bui made her college debut in the loss to UAB, coming off the bench to register a pair of shots in 56 minutes on the pitch. Bui was then rewarded with her first start against Jacksonville State, playing the first 45 minutes in the overtime defeat.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 6-0 North Dakota; lost 2-0 to North Dakota State
Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 51 minutes in Chicago State’s loss to North Dakota, before playing a complete game in the loss to North Dakota State.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost 2-1 to Navy; defeated Delaware State 5-2
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 1-0 to Monmouth; drew 1-1 with William & Mary
Sam Roff played two complete games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, registering a single shot in the draw with William & Mary in the process.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 2-1 to Northern Colorado; lost 1-0 to Colorado State
Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both games this week, seeing 13 minutes of action in the loss to Northern Colorado before registering a shot in 47 minutes of playing time against Colorado State.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated North Dakota State 1-0; lost 2-1 to North Dakota (OT)
Kiri Dale came off the bench in both games this week, playing 28 minutes on each occasion and tallying two shots with one on target against North Dakota State. Eliza Ammendolia came off the bench to register two shots with one on target in 35 minutes against North Dakota State, before making her first college start in a 38 minute outing against North Dakota.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: lost 4-1 to Rutgers; defeated Stony Brook 2-1 (OT)
Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Illinois State 3-2
Ashleigh Lefevre started for Illinois in their win over Illinois State, playing 53 minutes.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1; defeated St. John’s 1-0
Claudia Jenkins was the saviour for La Salle in their win over Florida Gulf Coast, making a career-high 10 saves in the 2-1 win, before making 3 more against St. John’s to keep a clean sheet in the win. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot on target in 65 minutes of action against Florida Gulf Coast and playing 31 minutes against St. John’s.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 1-0 to North Carolina; lost 6-0 to Duke
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature in LSU’s loss to North Carolina, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes in the Tigers’ loss to Duke.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 2-0 to Lipscomb; lost 3-2 to Vanderbilt (OT)
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: defeated Western Kentucky 1-0 (OT); defeated Murray State 5-4 (OT)
Aimee Medwin played brief cameos off the bench in both games this week, seeing 11 minutes of action against Western Kentucky and 5 minutes in the win over Murray State.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 2-1 to Prairie View A&M
Tessa Calabria and Kristy Helmers each started for Nicholls State in the loss to Prairie View A&M, playing 70 and 80 minutes respectively. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: lost 1-0 to Hawaii; defeated Chicago State 2-0
Eden Taylor-Wineera came off the bench for North Dakota State in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Hawaii and 33 minutes in the win over Chicago State.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Longwood 2-1; defeated VCU 4-3
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in either game this week.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: drew 1-1 with Pittsburgh; defeated Sacred Heart 2-0
Teresa Morrissey played all 110 minutes in the draw with Pittsburgh, making four saves before playing all 90 minutes and coming up with another three saves to keep a clean sheet in the win over Sacred Heart.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Evansville 2-1
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their win over Evansville.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated San Francisco 9-0
Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their rout of San Francisco, contributing a goal and an assist in her 55 minutes on the pitch.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Abilene Christian 3-0; v Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 9
Koulizakis – 2 shots, 2 on target, 1 goal, 65 minutes v ACU
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 2-0 to Santa Clara
Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes for UCLA, making 3 saves in the loss to Santa Clara. Rachel Lowe did not feature for the Bruins in their only game of the week.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 1-0 to Towson
Teal Kilbride played the first 45 minutes for UMBC in their loss to Towson, whilst Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated Davidson 1-0; lost 5-0 to Charlotte
Kate Swartwout finished with a single shot and a yellow card in a complete-game performance against Davidson, before starting and playing 24 minutes in the loss to Charlotte.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: lost 2-0 to Baylor; defeated Idaho State 4-1
Indianna Asimus started both games this week, playing 78 minutes in the loss to Baylor before tallying a single shot in 49 minutes of action in the win over Idaho State.