NCAA Tournament First Round Wrap

It was a perfect weekend for the Aussies in the NCAA Tournament, as all five teams picked up victories to move onto the second round. Beattie Goad and Stanford broke a number of records in a ruthless victory over Prairie View A&M, but undoubtedly the most excitement was to be found in Texas Tech’s shootout victory over Pepperdine as Demi Koulizakis’ college career was extended for at least one more game.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

First Round: defeated Loyola Chicago 1-0 (OT)

Hofstra dominated the majority of the contest, but couldn’t convert that dominance into goals as the Pride were forced into extra time by Loyola Chicago. Outshooting their opponents 15-11, Hofstra were able to create a number of solid chances, but found themselves unable to find the back of the net in normal time. But a beautiful team move in the 94th minute changed everything. Following passes by Miri Taylor and Bella Richards, Sabrina Bryan finished off the base of the far post to send the Hofstra faithful into raptures as their team moved on to face Beattie Goad and Stanford in the second round. Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra as the Pride used just one substitute throughout the contest.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: defeated Prairie View A&M 15-0

Stanford broke all kinds of tournament records in their ruthless 15-0 win over Prairie View A&M, dominating on their way to a second-round matchup against Aussie-laden Hofstra. Three goals in the first 15 minutes set the tone, but the Cardinal didn’t slow down, breaking the previous NCAA Tournament record for goals in a game with their 11th in the 70th minute, and tallying another four just for good measure. Reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario finished with 4 goals and 5 assists, also setting an NCAA Tournament record for most points in a game. Things shape to be slightly more difficult against Hofstra in the second round, but Stanford will still come in as heavy favourites next Friday. Beattie Goad’s performance last week earned the senior a start for the Cardinal, with the senior registering three shots on target in a 52-minute outing.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: drew 2-2 with Pepperdine (Texas Tech advanced 4-3 on penalties)

Texas Tech took an early 2-0 lead against Pepperdine, with Demi Koulizakis drawing the foul that led to the Red Raiders’ second goal as the hosts looked in complete control after 11 minutes. Things swung even further in Texas Tech’s favour as Pepperdine’s goalkeeper was forced off after a collision and striker Devyn Gilfoy was forced to deputise. However, it was Pepperdine who rallied to tie the game at 2-2 just after halftime, eventually outshooting Texas Tech 21-7. Despite this, the teams could not be separated after 90 minutes. 20 minutes of extra time couldn’t split the pair, sending the game to penalties. With her team down 3-2 in the shootout after three rounds, Texas Tech goalkeeper Madison White came up with saves on Pepperdine’s final two attempts as the Red Raiders advanced with a 4-3 win in the shootout. As per usual, Koulizakis started for the Red Raiders, playing 99 minutes as they advanced to face Michigan in the second round.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

First Round: defeated Lamar 4-1

UCLA were unlikely to be troubled by Lamar in their first round matchup, and it proved as such, with the Bruins running out 4-1 victors. Canadian star Jessie Fleming opened the scoring 9 minutes in, and by halftime the scoreline had reached 3-0, with Teagan Micah forced to make just one save in the same time span. Micah would take an early mark after 52 minutes, whilst UCLA would add one more to their tally before Lamar grabbed a late consolation with less than a minute to play. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in her return to action following Young Matildas commitments, attempting 3 shots with one on target in 41 minutes of action.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

First Round: defeated Memphis 1-0

Memphis may have been ranked in the coaches’ poll coming into this game, but it was Washington State who dominated much of the contest on their home patch in Pullman on their way to a 1-0 victory. The Cougars outshot their opponents 9-1 in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net until just after the hour mark as Makamae Gomera-Stevens tallied the game’s only goal. With Memphis tallying just two shots on target against one of the nation’s best goalkeepers in Ella Dederick, finding a goal would be tough. It proved as such, as Washington State emerged victorious to move on to face Virginia in the second round. Backup goalkeeper Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their win over Memphis as Dederick played the entire 90 minutes.

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