(Photo: Greg Carroccio / Sideline Photos)
La Salle and Dayton combined for five goals last week in their regular season finale, but there would be no repeat of that goalfest in their Atlantic 10 tournament quarter-final, with Claudia Jenkins in top form between the sticks. The South Australian came up with seven saves, with each one proving vital as La Salle snuck home with a 1-0 victory to move within two wins of a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. However, they will now have to go through Atlantic 10 regular season champions Saint Louis in the semi-finals to get there.
Texas Tech’s final day 4-1 victory over Kansas State secured second spot in the Big 12, with Demi Koulizakis once again playing a crucial role for the Red Raiders. A flying start from Texas Tech saw the home side smash home four goals inside the first 20 minutes to put the game to bed early, with Koulizakis providing an assist on the second of those four. A blocked shot from teammate Charlotte Teeter found its way to Koulizakis just outside the six-yard box, but rather than take on the low-percentage shot on the turn, the senior returned the ball to Teeter, who smashed it home from the edge of the area to put her team up 2-0.
The Red Raiders would then face Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament, the same team that knocked them out in overtime in last year’s semi-finals. However, revenge would be sweet for Koulizakis and Texas Tech, with a first-half goal enough to see the second seeded Red Raiders through to next Friday’s semi-finals against TCU.
Beattie Goad has enjoyed immense success at Stanford, and that continued this week as the Cardinal secured their fifth consecutive conference championship. The 3-0 win over Arizona State secured a share of the title, and with Washington’s loss to Colorado later in the day, Stanford secured the championship outright. The title makes Goad a member of one of three Stanford classes to secure four conference championships in their four years on The Farm, and the Cardinal will now head into the NCAA Tournament as one of the favourites as they attempt to secure a second national championship in three years.
Eliza Ammendolia’s recent run of form continued as the freshman managed to tally another assist for Hawaii in a history-making week for the Rainbow Wahine. Needing at least one win to qualify for the Big West tournament for the first time, Ammendolia was dangerous throughout the contest against UC Davis. The freshman finished with three shots, including one on target, as Hawaii notched a 3-2 win. A loss for UC Irvine the next day secured Hawaii’s berth in the tournament, and heading into the final day of the season, they remained an outside chance of winning the regular season title. Whilst other results put paid to that, Hawaii still secured a 1-1 draw with Long Beach State to go into the tournament in solid form, with Ammendolia notching the assist on Hawaii’s goal, helping to tee up sophomore Morgan Meza’s equaliser.
Teagan Micah once again demonstrated why she is considered one of the nation’s top goalkeepers, registering a pair of clean sheets as UCLA continue their hot streak of form as the season approaches its climax. The senior came up with three saves in a 4-0 rout of Oregon State, before tallying another two in a 1-0 victory over Oregon that pushed the Bruins’ winning streak to four, with their only dropped points in the last eight games coming in a loss to the unstoppable Stanford side.
It’s been a tough season for Nicholls State, but Tessa Calabria was able to add something positive to her final college game, notching an assist in the Colonels’ defeat to Southeastern Louisiana. Having gone 1-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes, Calabria was able to tee up senior Blaire Laiche for the equaliser in the 38th minute. Nicholls State took the the lead just after halftime, but Southeastern Louisiana came home with a flourish, scoring four goals in the last half-hour to secure victory in the final game for both Calabria and Kristy Helmers.
Player of the Year Points
3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 2-1 to Alabama A&M
Sophie Bui started for Alabama State in their loss to Alabama A&M, tallying a shot on target in a 75-minute outing.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 5-1 to Kansas City
Sarah Clark came off the bench to play the last 28 minutes against Kansas City in the final game of the senior’s college career.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: drew 0-0 with Wagner; defeated Mount St. Mary’s 4-1
Sam Roff started both games this week, playing 75 minutes against Wagner before tallying a pair of shots on target in 73 minutes against Mount St. Mary’s.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Cal State Bakersfield
Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes for Grand Canyon in their loss to Cal State Bakersfield.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)
This week: defeated UC Davis 3-2; drew 1-1 with Long Beach State
Eliza Ammendolia started against UC Davis, tallying three shots with on one target in 79 minutes. The freshman also started against Long Beach State, notching an assist on Hawaii’s goal and tallying six shots in 97 minutes. Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 20 minutes against UC Davis, before tallying a shot in 20 minutes off the bench against Long Beach State.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated Elon 3-1 (CAA Conference Tournament)
Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in their win over Elon.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Dayton 1-0
Claudia Jenkins finished with seven saves in a complete-game performance in La Salle’s conference tournament quarter-final win over Dayton. Alyssa Van Heurck also started for the Explorers, playing 35 minutes in the win.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Kentucky 3-2
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench to play 19 minutes in her final game for LSU.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 3-1 to Western Kentucky
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Western Kentucky.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: lost 2-1 to Texas A&M
Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in their loss to Texas A&M.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 5-2 to Southeastern Louisiana
Tessa Calabria came off the bench against Southeastern Louisiana in her final college game, tallying an assist and two shots in 66 minutes. Kristy Helmers also came off the bench in her last game for the Colonels, tallying a shot in 64 minutes. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: defeated North Dakota 1-0; lost 1-0 to Denver
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Charlotte 1-0
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their win over Charlotte.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Arizona State 3-0; defeated Arizona 6-2
Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games this week, tallying a shot in 41 minutes against Arizona State and playing 31 minutes against Arizona.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Kansas State 4-1; defeated Baylor 1-0 (Big 12 Tournament)
Demi Koulizakis tallied an assist and a shot in a 67-minute outing against Kansas State. The senior then played the full 90 minutes in Texas Tech’s conference tournament opener against Baylor, registering a shot in the victory.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Oregon State 4-0; defeated Oregon 1-0
Teagan Micah played every minute of the weekend for UCLA, making three saves against Oregon State and another two in the win over Oregon to keep two clean sheets. Rachel Lowe missed these games due to Young Matildas commitments.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 2-0 to Binghamton
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Binghamton.
Washington State (Aly Hay)
This week: defeated Utah 4-1; defeated Colorado 4-1
Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in either game this week.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 1-0 to Mercer (OT) (Southern Conference Tournament)
Kate Swartwout started in her final college game, tallying a shot in a 34-minute outing in Western Carolina’s overtime loss to Mercer.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: drew 0-0 with Colorado State
Indianna Asimus tallied 2 shots in 90 minutes as Wyoming’s season came to an end with an overtime draw against Colorado State.