2021 Week 11 Wrap

Their conference tournament chances may have fallen by the wayside even before kick-off thanks to other results, but Katie Godden still managed to have a day to remember in DePaul’s final day 2-1 loss to Marquette. Having threatened the goal all season, the freshman finally slotted home the first of her college career to open the scoring. Although the result didn’t go the Blue Demons way as Marquette responded twice before halftime to take a 2-1 lead that they would hold until the end, that goal will surely have been a relieving one for one of the best-performed Aussie freshmen in NCAA Division I this season.

Meanwhile, the Aussie v Aussie battle between Renée Pountney and Claire Farrington saw the pair face off directly at times, but it was Farrington’s Butler side that came away with a crucial 3-1 victory over a Creighton side also featuring Ayana Aoyagi on the bench. Both players were heavily involved, with Pountney registering a shot on target in her 38 minutes off the bench and Farrington playing 79 minutes as a starter. In fact, Farrington’s last act of the game was to draw a foul from Pountney, with the resulting free kick culminating in an 87th minute goal to seal victory for the Bulldogs.

Butler would then go on to face Connecticut in the Big East conference tournament quarter-finals, knowing that only multiple victories in the tournament would keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. In a tight game that eventually went to double overtime, Butler picked up a 1-0 win to move on and face Georgetown in the semi-finals in a replay of the spring campaign’s conference championship game. Farrington saw 40 minutes of action, reprising her usual role as a starter for the Bulldogs.

Sandra Hill and Grand Canyon came into this week needing only to keep winning to ensure they would win the West Division of the WAC for the first time, and they secured the title in emphatic fashion with dominant victories over Dixie State and Utah Valley. The Lopes demolished Dixie State 4-1 courtesy of three second half goals, but that would count for nothing if they couldn’t also get a win over Utah Valley. Things became extremely interesting just nine minutes in when Utah Valley star Breanna DeWaal opened the scoring, but Grand Canyon were simply ruthless from then on. Three first-half goals, followed by one just after the break put the game beyond doubt with still plenty of time on the clock. Utah Valley responded with a second on the hour mark, but two more from Grand Canyon in the space of 63 seconds either side of the 80-minute mark wrapped up an emphatic 6-2 victory. Sandra Hill played brief cameos in both games, registering around 10 minutes of action on each occasion.

Finally, there was another Player of the Match award for Incarnate Word star Madison McComasky, who continues to be one of the stars among the mid-major players this season. Despite playing just 45 minutes in the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over Molly Arens and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McComasky still did enough to secure a share of the Cardinals’ best on ground. Meanwhile, Arens played 76 minutes for the Islanders as both teams head into the Southland Conference tournament battle-hardened after a solid test.

Complete Results

Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)

This week: lost to Alabama A&M 1-0

Grace Norbury finished with a pair of shots on target in a 90-minute effort in Alabama State’s loss to Alabama A&M, whilst Madi Chambers remains out through injury.

Butler (Claire Farrington)

This week: defeated Creighton 3-1; defeated Connecticut 1-0 (OT) (Big East Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)

Claire Farrington started both games for Butler this week, playing 79 minutes in the win over Creighton and 40 minutes in the overtime win over Connecticut.

Creighton (Ayana Aoyagi, Renée Pountney)

This week: lost to Butler 3-1

Renée Pountney came off the bench for Creighton in their loss to Butler, registering a shot on target in 39 minutes. Ayana Aoyagi did not feature for the Bluejays in their final game of the season.

DePaul (Katie Godden)

This week: lost to Marquette 2-1

Katie Godden started for DePaul in their loss to Marquette, scoring the opener as part of a 79-minute outing for the Blue Demons.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost to Mercer 2-0

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their Southern Conference tournament loss to Mercer.

Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)

This week: lost to Tennessee Tech 1-0

Ash Harvie did not feature for Eastern Illinois in their Ohio Valley Conference tournament loss to Tennessee Tech.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Dixie State 4-1; defeated Utah Valley 6-2

Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both games this week, playing 9 minutes against Dixie State and registering a shot on target in 12 minutes in the win over Utah Valley.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia)

This week: game v UC San Diego cancelled

Eliza Ammendolia’s season finished earlier than expected as Hawaii’s game against UC San Diego was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Hofstra (Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: defeated Charleston 6-0

Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in their win over Charleston.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

No games this week.

Illinois State (Indianna Asimus)

No games this week.

Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)

This week: defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1-0

Madison McComasky started for Incarnate Word in their win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, playing 45 minutes.

La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)

No games this week.

Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost to Cal Poly 1-0; lost to UC Santa Barbara 2-1

Aimee Medwin started for Long Beach State against Cal Poly, playing 32 minutes before coming off the bench to play 28 minutes in a season-ending loss to UC Santa Barbara.

Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)

This week: defeated Florida International 4-0

Caitlin Le Roux did not feature for Louisiana Tech in their final game of the season.

Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)

This week: defeated St. Bonaventure 5-1 (Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)

Hannah Peric did not feature for Massachusetts in their conference tournament quarter-final win over St. Bonaventure.

Oregon (Lara Kirkby)

This week: lost to Washington State 1-0; lost to Washington 3-1

Lara Kirkby did not feature for Oregon in either game this week.

San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)

This week: lost to Pepperdine 4-1

Ashley Jordan did not feature for San Francisco in their loss to Pepperdine.

Stanford (Amy Sayer)

This week: lost to UCLA 1-0; lost to USC 3-2

Amy Sayer did not feature for Stanford in their loss to UCLA, but returned to play 8 minutes off the bench against USC.

Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)

No games this week.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)

This week: lost to Incarnate Word 1-0

Molly Arens started for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their loss to Incarnate Word, playing 76 minutes.

UMBC (Isobel Davy, Annaliese Grove, Abi Jordan)

This week: lost to Stony Brook 1-0

None of UMBC’s Australian trio featured in the Retrievers’ final game of the season.

UNC Asheville (Jasmine Barry)

No games this week.

USC (Talia Grossman, Isabel Rolley)

This week: defeated California 2-0; defeated Stanford 3-2 (OT)

Neither Talia Grossman nor Isabel Rolley featured for USC in either game this week.

VCU (Greta Kraszula)

This week: lost to Saint Joseph’s 1-0

Greta Kraszula did not feature for VCU in their Atlantic 10 Conference tournament quarter-final loss to Saint Joseph’s.

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Founder of College Matildas. An Australian women's football fan who also happens to be a college sports fan. Often found at W-League or NPLW games.

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