(Image Credit: Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos)
It may not have been her prettiest finish of the season to this point, but Wyoming sophomore Indianna Asimus found a way to find the back of the net for the fourth time this season even as the Cowgirls fell to a 3-2 overtime defeat to South Dakota. Finishing the night with four shots, Asimus’ third found the goal as a scrum on the goal line ended with the midfielder just managing to steer the ball home. As the only Aussie to score a goal this week, Asimus doubled her lead atop the goalscoring charts, and the sophomore’s willingness to have a crack at goal suggests that there are more goals to come.
Fresh off a frustrating 2-2 draw with Pepperdine earlier in the week, UCLA were looking to bounce back against Hawaii, and did so emphatically with a 4-0 win that saw an Aussie heavily involved. However, it was Rachel Lowe, rather than Teagan Micah, who made more of an impact as the senior goalkeeper found herself completely untested in her 45 minutes on the pitch, finishing the half without a save but also without conceding a goal. However, Lowe came off the bench to tally an assist on the Bruins’ opening goal whilst also tallying two shots on target in 48 minutes of action to go with one that the freshman had tallied against Pepperdine. Despite the scoreline, there were positives for Hawaii freshman Eliza Ammendolia, who started for the second consecutive game, playing 56 minutes and tallying two shots. Kiri Dale also featured for ten minutes off the bench, ensuring that all four Aussie players saw time on the pitch.
However, the outstanding day was not over for Micah and Lowe, with the UCLA pair named to the Matildas squad for a training camp featuring a mixture of Women’s World Cup squad members and players looking to break into the team.
La Salle may have fallen to a 3-1 defeat to George Washington to open conference play, but defender-turned-attacker Alyssa Van Heurck continues to prove why she is fully deserving of a starting berth for the Explorers. Starting for the seventh time in eight games this season, Van Heurck once again saw playing time either side of halftime, managing to tally an assist on La Salle’s only goal of the game as the Explorers managed to pull one back to trail 3-1 just after the hour mark, but found themselves unable to put together a rally. Claudia Jenkins once again played a complete game for the Explorers, coming up with four saves in the defeat.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2: Rachel Lowe (UCLA)
1: Alyssa Van Heurck (La Salle)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 4-1 to North Alabama; lost 4-3 to Mercer
Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in either game this week.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 8-1 to Oral Roberts; lost 6-0 to Tulsa
Sarah Clark started and played 73 minutes in Chicago State’s loss to Oral Roberts, but did not feature against Tulsa.
Clark – start, 73 minutes v ORU
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: defeated Hampton 2-1
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their win over Hampton.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Long Island 2-0; lost 2-0 to West Virginia
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, registering two shots in 70 minutes against Long Island, before playing the full 90 minutes and tallying another shot in the loss to West Virginia.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 2-0 to CSU Northridge
Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes for Grand Canyon in their loss to CSU Northridge.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to Washington State; lost 4-0 to UCLA
Eliza Ammendolia started both games for Hawaii this week, playing 62 minutes against Washington State before tallying 2 shots in 56 minutes of action against UCLA. Kiri Dale did not feature against Washington State, but came off the bench to play 10 minutes against UCLA.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated Penn 2-1
Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured for Hofstra in their win over Penn.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Northwestern 3-1
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench to play 33 minutes in Illinois’ win over Northwestern.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: lost 3-1 to George Washington
Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes between the sticks in La Salle’s loss to George Washington, making four saves. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, playing 44 minutes and tallying an assist on La Salle’s goal, as well as a shot on target.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 3-0 to Florida; lost 1-0 to James Madison
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 4-0 to Florida Atlantic; lost 2-0 to Florida Gulf Coast
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: drew 1-1 with Missouri
Aimee Medwin did not feature in Mississippi’s draw with Missouri.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 6-0 to Lamar
Tessa Calabria started for Nicholls State in their loss to Lamar, registering a pair of shots in 58 minutes. Kristy Helmers also started, tallying a shot on target in her 76 minutes on the pitch. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: defeated Eastern Washington 4-2
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in their win over Eastern Washington.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 1-0 to North Texas
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their loss to North Texas.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: lost 2-0 to Dartmouth; lost 4-1 to Saint Louis
Teresa Morrissey started both games this week, playing a complete game and making two saves against Dartmouth, before playing 65 minutes and making 3 saves whilst conceding four goals in the loss to Saint Louis.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Belmont 2-1; defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0
Siena Senatore came off the bench in both games this week, playing 15 minutes against Belmont and 10 minutes in the win over Eastern Illinois.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Santa Clara 4-2
Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in their win over Santa Clara, playing 15 minutes.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated South Florida 2-1
Demi Koulizakis started for Texas Tech in their win over South Florida, playing 67 minutes.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: drew 2-2 with Pepperdine; @ Hawaii – 11:30am, Monday September 23
Teagan Micah started both games this week, making 1 save in 110 minutes against Pepperdine before going untested in 45 minutes of action against Hawaii. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in both games, tallying a shot on target in 14 minutes against Pepperdine, before testing the goalkeeper twice more and also tallying an assist in 48 minutes against Hawaii.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 4-1 to George Washington; lost 2-0 to New Hampshire
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in either game this week.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated UNC Asheville 2-0; v lost 3-1 to North Florida
Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina in the loss to UNC Asheville, playing 45 minutes before coming off the bench in the loss to North Florida, playing 13 minutes.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: lost 3-2 to South Dakota (OT)
Indianna Asimus scored her fourth goal of the season in Wyoming’s loss to South Dakota, whilst tallying four shots including two on target in an 87-minute outing.