2019 Week 9 Preview

It’s approaching crunch time for teams looking to secure conference tournament berths, with Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Texas Tech all in solid positions. Meanwhile, Beattie Goad and Teagan Micah face off in the always highly-anticipated UCLA v Stanford matchup.

(Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Undoubtedly the biggest news of this week has already been released, with UCLA midfielder Rachel Lowe and Rhode Island goalkeeper Teresa Morrissey being named to the Young Matildas squad for the AFC Under-19 Championship. The pair will miss the remainder of the regular season on international duty as they attempt to secure Under-20 World Cup qualification before hopefully going on to secure the trophy in Thailand.

Back in the States, Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson find themselves preparing for a top of the table clash with Bryant in the Northeast Conference. The Knights sit two points clear of the Bulldogs with four games to play, and a win here would ensure that they hold at least a one-game lead heading into the final two weeks. With Fairleigh Dickinson having conceded just two goals in six games in league play and Bryant giving up just three, whichever defence best maintains its current form could be the catalyst for their team’s success. That makes Roff a crucial part of the equation, with the Fairleigh Dickinson senior in outstanding form in recent weeks. Furthermore, a win in this contest could secure a postseason berth for the Knights, with a number of teams in the chasing pack still set to take points off each other in the coming games.

Rachel Lowe may not be available, but Stanford v UCLA remains one of the most anticipated games in the college season for Australian fans. Beattie Goad and Teagan Micah have put together two of the most storied careers in College Matildas history, and this weekend brings their final matchup in conference play. Somehow, Micah and UCLA are yet to best Stanford in any of their matchups, with Goad coming away victorious in all three of their Pac-12 matchups as well as the 2017 College Cup final. Stanford are in blistering form at the moment, but Micah comes into this contest on the back of a Matildas camp call-up and a clean sheet against Utah last week. These games have a history of producing thrilling contests, making Sunday afternoon’s matchup an absolute must-watch – if you can find a way to watch, that is. The game is being televised on Pac-12 Bay Area, which is not available in Australia.

Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech finished last week with a win and a draw, but that was enough to put the Red Raiders top of the Big 12 table with each of the top six teams having now played 5 of their 9 conference games. Despite that, this week’s game come against a TCU side that sits five points back but has a game in hand, making this contest far more crucial that it appears at first glance. Not only would a loss almost certainly cost Texas Tech their position atop the table, it would allow the Horned Frogs to edge their way back into the league race at a time when the Red Raiders should really be pulling ahead of the pack. TCU have conceded just three goals in their four games to this point, so Koulizakis and her attacking teammates will need to reprise their solid form of recent weeks if they are to break down the Horned Frogs’ defence. Koulizakis won a penalty against West Virginia last week before tallying five shots in the draw with Kansas. However, just one of those five shots was on target. If the senior can convert some of those opportunities that she has been able to create, it is all but guaranteed to spell success for the #13 ranked Red Raiders.

Hawaii currently have the best RPI ranking in the Big West Conference, but that will mean very little if they can’t continue winning league games. Sitting at 2-0 with a game in hand over conference leaders Cal State Fullerton, the Rainbow Wahine face off against the Titans themselves this week. This will be a tough fixture against a team with an 11-2-1 record, but Hawaii’s starting lineup features a certain in-form Australian, with Eliza Ammendolia coming off a hat-trick of assists in last week’s 3-0 win over UC Irvine. However, before they can even think about knocking off the ladder-leaders, Hawaii will have to get past bottom side UC Riverside. A win over Cal State Fullerton would still be crucial regardless of the result in their earlier game, but it looks unlikely that many opponents will be dropping points to UC Riverside this season. Having missed last year’s Big West tournament by just two points, bagging points against the lower teams in the league will be crucial if Hawaii are to reach the postseason for the first time since joining the conference.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: v Texas Southern – 10am, Saturday October 19; v Prairie View A&M – 5am, Monday October 21

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Utah Valley – 5am, Saturday October 19; v New Mexico State – 5am, Monday October 21

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Mercer – 10am, Saturday October 19; v The Citadel – 5am, Monday October 21

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Bryant – 3am, Monday October 21

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Seattle – 1pm, Saturday October 19; @ Cal Baptist – 7am, Monday October 21

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ UC Riverside – 1pm, Saturday October 19; @ Cal State Fullerton – 2pm, Monday October 21

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v UNC Wilmington – 4am, Monday October 21

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Penn State – 10am, Friday October 18; @ Ohio State – 5am, Monday October 21

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ George Mason – 10am, Friday October 18; v Davidson – 4am, Monday October 21

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Vanderbilt – 11am, Saturday October 19

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Rice – 11am, Saturday October 19; @ North Texas – 4am, Monday October 21

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Alabama – 10am, Friday October 18

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: @ Stephen F. Austin – 11am, Saturday October 19; @ Sam Houston State – 5am, Monday October 21

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v Purdue Fort Wayne – 11am, Saturday October 19; v Western Illinois – 5am, Monday October 21

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Florida Atlantic – 10am, Friday October 18; @ UAB – 4am, Monday October 21

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ St. Bonaventure – 10am, Friday October 18; v Richmond – 4am, Monday October 21

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Tennessee-Martin – 6am, Monday October 21

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v UCLA – 1pm, Sunday October 20

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v TCU – 11am, Saturday October 19

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Stanford – 1pm, Sunday October 20

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Maine – 3am, Monday October 21

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v The Citadel – 10am, Saturday October 19; v Mercer – 9am, Monday October 21

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Boise State – 8am, Saturday October 19; v Utah State – 6am, Monday October 21

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