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La Salle may have ended the weekend with a win and a loss, but Claudia Jenkins has every right to be proud of her performance this weekend after keeping the Explorers in the contest on both occasions. The junior came up with a mammoth 8-save performance in a win over VCU to open the weekend, picking up her third clean sheet of the year as a 17th-minute goal for La Salle was enough to secure victory. However, another three saves against Saint Joseph’s couldn’t atone for the fact that La Salle managed just one shot on target as the Hawks secured a 1-0 victory to leave the Explorers sitting on 9 points of a possible 15 with six conference games remaining.
Teresa Morrissey was even more unlucky than Jenkins to not walk away with a pair of wins this weekend as Rhode Island fell to a pair of overtime defeats despite the freshman’s efforts between the sticks. Seven saves in 97 minutes against Davidson, including a couple of acrobatic tips over the bar, unfortunately proved not enough to counter Rhode Island’s lack of goalscoring. Midway through the first overtime period, a Davidson attacker was played through and beat Morrissey to the ball to slot home for the golden goal victory, denying the freshman a deserved result. Another eight saves from Morrissey against Massachusetts in the Rhode Island’s second game of the week saw the Rams head to overtime for a second time this weekend with the scoreline reading 1-1 after 90 minutes after an equaliser in the final minute of regulation. However, a penalty early in overtime afforded Massachusetts the opportunity to tally the game-winner, with the Minutewomen duly converting. However, with 15 saves across two games, Morrissey was easily one of the standout performers of the weekend.
Tessa Calabria opened the season with a goal against Mississippi Valley State, but the senior had found herself unable to find the back of the net since that opening day effort. However, that changed this weekend as the senior netted the opener for Nicholls State before the Colonels unfortunately conceded two goals in quick succession to fall to a 2-1 defeat to Houston Baptist. Calabria banged home the Colonels’ only goal of the game in the 15th minute, but with Nicholls State only managing three shots on target throughout the contest, adding to their tally would be tough, and it proved as such as Houston Baptist recovered to secure victory.
Beattie Goad has moved into an impact role off the bench as a number of Stanford stars return to full fitness, but the senior showed why she held a starting role for much of the season as the Cardinal dominated both Washington and Washington State this weekend. Whilst not receiving an assist in the Cardinal’s 5-0 win over Washington State, Goad was instrumental in two goals. In the final minute before halftime, the senior played in teammate Belle Briede, who was brought down in the area, resulting in a penalty which was duly converted. Goad then delivered the ball for Stanford’s final goal, which was originally credited to Naomi Girma, but later changed to an own goal, denying Goad an assist but nevertheless failing to diminish her impact on the phase of play that led to the goal.
Sam Roff continues to marshal an outstanding Fairleigh Dickinson defence whilst providing some extra potency to the Knights’ attack, and it showed as much this week as the team from New Jersey produced two vital victories to move to the top of the Northeast Conference standings. With a stellar back four led by Roff backed up by record-breaking goalkeeper Amanda Fitzgerald, the Knights’ goal remained untouched throughout the weekend as they edged to a 1-0 overtime win over Central Connecticut State before dominating Sacred Heart for a 3-0 victory. Hungry for more goals after scoring her first career tally earlier in the season, Roff had yet another shot on target in the win over Sacred Heart, but couldn’t beat the Pioneers goalkeeper on this occasion.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)
1: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: defeated Jackson State 3-2; defeated Southern 1-0
Sophie Bui started both games this week, registering a shot on target in 36 minutes against Jackson State before playing 31 minutes in the win over Southern.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 4-1 to Seattle
Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in their loss to Seattle.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost 2-1 to Samford; drew 0-0 with Chattanooga
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Central Connecticut State 1-0 (OT); defeated Sacred Heart 3-0
Sam Roff started both games this week, playing 75 minutes in the win over Central Connecticut State before registering a shot on target in 69 minutes against Sacred Heart.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated New Mexico State 2-1; lost 1-0 to UTRGV
Sandra Hill started both games for Grand Canyon this week, playing 83 minutes in the win over New Mexico State and the full 90 minutes in the loss to UTRGV.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated Cal State Northridge 2-1 (OT)
Eliza Ammendolia started for Hawaii in their win over Cal State Northridge, tallying a single shot in target in 72 minutes. Kiri Dale came off the bench, playing 23 minutes.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: drew 2-2 with Northeastern; defeated Charleston 3-0
Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost 1-0 to Indiana; lost 6-2 to Maryland
Ashleigh Lefevre started both games for Illinois this week, seeing 58 minutes of action against Indiana and 46 minutes against Maryland.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated VCU 1-0; lost 1-0 to Saint Joseph’s
Claudia Jenkins played all 180 minutes of the weekend, coming up with a mammoth 8 saves in the win over VCU and another 3 against Saint Joseph’s. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, playing 49 minutes against VCU and tallying a shot in 36 minutes against Saint Joseph’s.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 2-0 to Auburn
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their loss to Auburn.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: defeated Old Dominion 3-2 (OT); lost 2-1 to Charlotte
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: lost 3-0 to Arkansas
Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in their loss to Arkansas.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 2-0 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; @ Houston Baptist – 5am, Monday October 7
Tessa Calabria started both games for Nicholls State this week, registering a shot in 67 minutes against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before notching the opener against Houston Baptist in a 74-minute outing. Kristy Helmers played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, tallying a shot on target against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: defeated South Dakota 2-1
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in their win over South Dakota.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 3-2 to Marshall (OT); defeated Western Kentucky 3-0
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in either game this week.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: lost 1-0 to Davidson (OT); lost 2-1 to Massachusetts (OT)
Teresa Morrissey played every minute of Rhode Island’s two overtime losses, coming up with 7 saves against Davidson and 8 more against Massachusetts.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated SIU-Edwardsville 2-1 (OT); defeated Southern Illinois 2-0
Siena Senatore came off the bench for Southeast Missouri State in both games this week, playing 36 minutes against SIU-Edwardsville and 56 minutes in the win over Southern Illinois.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Washington State 5-0; defeated Washington 4-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games, tallying an assist on Stanford’s final goal in a 31-minute outing against Washington State before seeing 38 minutes of playing time in the win over Washington.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Iowa State 1-0 (OT)
Demi Koulizakis started for Texas Tech and played 99 minutes in their win over Iowa State, tallying 3 shots.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 3-0 to Arizona; defeated Arizona State 4-1
Rachel Lowe and Teagan Micah missed both of UCLA’s games this week due to their call-ups to the Matildas training camp in Sydney.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 4-0 to Stony Brook; lost 4-1 to Massachusetts-Lowell
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in either game this week.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-0 to Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford
Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina against Chattanooga, playing 33 minutes before coming off the bench against Samford to play 27 minutes.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: lost 3-2 to Air Force; defeated Colorado College 3-2
Indianna Asimus played the full 90 minutes against Air Force, tallying two shots including one that rattled back off the post, before seeing 69 minutes of action against Colorado College.