(Image Credit: Stanford Athletics)
Wyoming remain in the hunt for a conference tournament spot heading into their final game, and they have Indianna Asimus in part to thank. In a game against UNLV that started and finished wildly, Asimus tallied her fifth goal of the season to put Wyoming up 2-1 after just 24 minutes. Teed up perfectly with a square ball, Asimus swept the ball home from just outside the six-yard area. UNLV tied the game with just 9 minutes remaining, but Wyoming responded with an 87th minute winner to secure a much-needed three points.
Asimus would follow up with the opening goal for Wyoming against Nevada on Sunday afternoon. Latching onto a through ball, Asimus’ shot across the goalkeeper found its way into the back of the net to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Nevada would respond twice to take a 2-1 victory with goals in the space of just seconds in the 74th minute.
That result sees Wyoming no longer control their own fate in the Mountain West. A win against Colorado State is now crucial, but they will need other results to go their way if they are to return to the conference tournament.
Having regularly started earlier in the season, Beattie Goad has been more of an impact player off the bench in recent weeks. There is no better way to impact a game than by scoring a goal, and that is exactly what Goad did against Colorado. Tucking home a square pass at the near post from close range, Goad’s goal sealed victory for Stanford, putting the Cardinal up 3-0 with 13 minutes to play, with the final scoreline reading 4-0. The goal was also Goad’s third of the season, a career-high for the senior.
Stanford now sit nine points clear atop the Pac-12 standings with three games to play, meaning a draw in any of their remaining fixtures will secure the conference championship for a fifth consecutive occasion.
Another player coming off the bench to score her third goal of the season this weekend was Western Carolina’s Kate Swartwout. The senior tallied the equaliser against UNC Greensboro as part of a 42-minute outing, finishing after being teed up by fellow senior Mackenzie Wright. Although UNC Greensboro would go on to win the match 3-1, Swartwout and the Catamounts would bounce back against VMI, with the senior playing 44 minutes in a 1-0 victory. That win secured fifth spot in the Southern Conference, and they will now await first round results in the conference tournament to find out their quarter-final opponents.
With just one goal to her name coming into the season, Swartwout is now equal-third for most goals on the Catamount roster this season, behind a pair of players with four goals.
However, not every outstanding performance culminates in goals, and a couple of players demonstrated as much this week. Eliza Ammendolia may not have finished the weekend with a tally, but was nonetheless involved in just about everything good for Hawai’i in a 1-1 draw with Cal Poly. The freshman’s combinations with her fellow attackers are starting to click with more regularity, and whilst the Rainbow Wahine may not have secured the win, several phases of play were scintillating to watch. Kiri Dale also provided outstanding impact for Hawai’i in that game, going close to volleying home a pass from Ammendolia herself in her 28 minutes on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Demi Koulizakis did just about everything but score a goal this week as Texas Tech held onto second spot in the Big 12 with a pair of wins against Baylor and Texas. Having already put in a complete-game performance in the 2-0 victory over Baylor, Koulizakis came out firing against Texas. The Red Raiders led their opponents 12-4 in shots on target, with Koulizakis delivering three of those as each of her shots tested the goalkeeper. In the end, that kind of dominance was bound to result in goals, but Texas Tech left it late. Having peppered the net all day, it took an 89th minute equaliser just to take the game to overtime. A 96th minute golden goal followed, lifting the Red Raiders above Texas in the Big 12 standings and keeping their slim chances of a regular season conference championship alive.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 1-0 to Howard
Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in their loss to Howard.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 5-0 to Grand Canyon; lost 3-0 to Cal State Bakersfield
Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 30 minutes against Grand Canyon, but did not feature against Cal State Bakersfield.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: drew 0-0 with VMI; lost 2-0 to UNC Greensboro
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 1-0
Sam Roff started for Fairleigh Dickinson in their win over St. Francis Brooklyn, playing 78 minutes.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Chicago State 5-0; lost 1-0 to Utah Valley
Sandra Hill started both games this week, playing 71 minutes against Chicago State and the full 90 minutes against Utah Valley.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: drew 1-1 with Cal Poly; lost 4-1 to UC Santa Barbara
Eliza Ammendolia started both games this week, tallying two shots on target in 96 minutes against Cal Poly before adding another shot on target in 73 minutes against UC Santa Barbara. Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 28 minutes on both occasions, finishing with a shot on target in each game.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated Towson 5-1; defeated William & Mary 2-1
Grace Watson Carr came off the bench for the final 15 minutes against Towson, making one save, but did not feature against William & Mary. Monique Iannella did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Minnesota 4-1
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench in Illinois’ win over Minnesota, playing 18 minutes.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: lost 4-2 to Massachusetts; defeated Dayton 3-2
Claudia Jenkins played every minute of the weekend, making 9 saves against Massachusetts and another 2 in the win over Dayton. Alyssa Van Heurck started against Massachusetts and played 39 minutes, before coming off the bench against Dayton to play 27 minutes.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: drew 2-2 with Mississippi State; lost 4-0 to Ole Miss
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana Tech
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Louisiana Tech.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: lost 2-0 to South Carolina; defeated LSU 4-0
Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in either game this week.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 4-0 to Northwestern State; lost 6-0 to Central Arkansas
Tessa Calabria started both matches for Nicholls State this week, playing 74 minutes against Northwestern State and 46 minutes against Central Arkansas. Kristy Helmers also started both games, tallying a shot in 76 minutes against Northwestern State before playing 57 minutes against Central Arkansas. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: lost 1-0 to South Dakota State
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature in North Dakota State’s loss to South Dakota State.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated UTSA 3-0; lost 2-0 to UTEP
Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games this week, playing brief 4-minute cameos on both occasions.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: lost 4-1 to Saint Joseph’s; drew 0-0 with Duquesne
Teresa Morrissey missed both games this week due to Young Matildas commitments.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Jacksonville State 2-0; defeated Tennessee Tech 3-2
Siena Senatore came off the bench to 17 minutes against Jacksonville State before starting and playing 50 minutes against Tennessee Tech, tallying a shot on target in the process.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Colorado 4-0; defeated Utah 4-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 44 minutes against Colorado and playing 46 minutes against Utah.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Baylor 2-0; defeated Texas 2-1
Demi Koulizakis played the full 90 minutes in the win over Baylor, before tallying three shots on target in a 75-minute outing against Texas.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Washington 1-0; defeated Washington State 2-1
Teagan Micah did not feature against Washington, but returned to make a single save in a complete game performance against Washington State. Rachel Lowe missed both games due to Young Matildas commitments.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 2-1 to Hartford
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Hartford.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-1 to UNC Greensboro; defeated VMI 1-0
Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 42 minutes against UNC Greensboro before playing 44 minutes against VMI.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: defeated UNLV 3-2; lost 2-1 to Nevada (OT)
Indianna Asimus started both games this week, scoring a goal with one of her three shots on target in 83 minutes against UNLV before scoring with her only shot in an 86-minute outing against Nevada.