2021 Week 2 Wrap

Week 2 may not have brought goals or assists for Aussies, but we did see a number of outstanding performances as a few defenders staked their claim for regular starting berths going forward as they led their teams to some remarkable results.

Aimee Medwin and Long Beach State travelled north this week to face a pair of Top 10 teams, but showed everybody that polls can be deceiving as they picked up a win over Pepperdine before running UCLA close in their second game of the weekend. Beach took an early 2-0 lead over Pepperdine, and in fact by the time Medwin entered the game in the 11th minute, Pepperdine had responded with the game’s third goal to halve the deficit. But for the next 65 minutes, Medwin helped Long Beach State maintain their advantage before coming off with 15 minutes to play as her teammates took on closers’ duty to ensure a famous victory in Malibu for Beach. Medwin then played the full 90 minutes as Beach took on #4 UCLA, hoping to secure a second top 10 victory in as many games. Whilst UCLA had the edge, outshooting Long Beach State 16-2, only four of those shots were on target, allowing Beach to hang with the Bruins. However, with just 12 minutes remaining, UCLA finally put one away to secure the 1-0 victory, although Medwin and her teammates can hardly be disappointed with their efforts.

Meanwhile, Madison McComasky earned recognition for her efforts for Incarnate Word this week as the Cardinals fell to a pair of narrow defeats to WAC opponents. Having tallied a shot in a 77-minute outing in a 1-0 loss to Grand Canyon, the senior was considerably more threatening in an 84-minute performance against Cal Baptist, again in a 1-0 loss. McComasky earned player of the match honours from Incarnate Word, posing a danger to the Cal Baptist defence and finishing with three shots for the game, including one on target, as the Cardinals found themselves unlucky to come away from the weekend without a result.

Claire Farrington earned her first collegiate start last week and looks to have cemented her spot for the time being, once again proving integral as Butler rebounded from last week’s 5-0 loss to Michigan to post a pair of wins against another Big Ten duo. Although the Bulldogs didn’t keep a clean sheet in either game, a combination of prolific attack and a back-line that restricted each opponent to a single goal saw Butler come away with a 3-1 wins against both Northwestern and Illinois. Farrington played 72 minutes against Northwestern and another 66 minutes in the win over Illinois, and finished with a shot against Illinois as the sophomore looks to add to her solitary college goal.

On the subject of defenders cementing their spot in the lineup, Jasmine Barry looks to have done that just two weeks into her career at UNC Asheville. Having started her first two games and averaged 66 minutes per outing, Barry was immovable from the lineup as the Big South side took on a pair of more fancied opponents, falling to two narrow losses. Goals inside the first three minutes of each half condemned UNC Asheville to a 2-0 defeat to Furman, but the Bulldogs were much improved against D’arne Boato and East Tennessee State. Barry followed up a 90-minute performance against Furman with a 102-minute effort as the game went into overtime, but in a game that was as close as the scoreline suggests, the Buccaneers clinched a 1-0 victory with a goal early in the second period of overtime. Despite the losses, Barry has every reason to be confident after being trusted to play 192 minutes of football in one weekend.

Complete Results

Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)

This week: lost to Jacksonville State 5-0; lost to Stetson 2-1

Madi Chambers started for Alabama State in their loss to Jacksonville State, registering a shot in 56 minutes on the pitch, before coming off the bench to play 39 minutes against Stetson. Grace Norbury came off the bench to play 43 minutes against Jacksonville State, but returned to the starting lineup to play 84 minutes in the loss to Stetson.

Butler (Claire Farrington)

This week: defeated Northwestern 3-1; defeated Illinois 3-1

Claire Farrington started both games for Butler this week, playing 72 minutes in the win over Northwestern and registering a shot in 66 minutes against Illinois.

Creighton (Ayana Aoyagi, Renée Pountney)

This week: lost to Tulsa 1-0; defeated Oral Roberts 3-0

Renée Pountney came off the bench in Creighton’s loss to Tulsa, tallying a shot on target in her 23 minutes on the pitch. Pountney moved into the starting lineup for the win over Oral Roberts, registering two shots in 48 minutes of action. Backup goalkeeper Ayana Aoyagi did not feature for the Bluejays this week.

DePaul (Katie Godden)

This week: defeated Oakland 1-0; defeated Illinois-Chicago 3-0

Katie Godden played 48 minutes against Illinois-Chicago, but there appear to be some anomalies with the final stats for the game against Oakland, which note Godden as registering a shot but not actually being on the pitch at the time.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: defeated Presbyterian 1-0; defeated UNC Asheville 1-0 (OT)

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their win over Presbyterian, but played the 12 additional minutes in the Buccaneers’ overtime win against UNC Asheville.

Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)

This week: drew with Purdue Fort Wayne 0-0; lost to Wisconsin 5-0

Ash Harvie did not feature for Eastern Illinois in either game this week.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Incarnate Word 1-0; lost to UTSA 2-1

Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon in either game this week.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia)

This week: drew with North Texas 0-0; lost to South Dakota State 1-0

Eliza Ammendolia registered a single shot in 57 minutes off the bench against North Texas, before moving into the starting lineup against South Dakota State, tallying a pair of shots on target in 71 minutes.

Hofstra (Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Brown 4-0; lost to Penn State 2-1

Backup goalkeeper Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost to North Carolina 5-1; lost to Butler 3-1

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench to play 9 minutes in the loss to North Carolina, before moving into the starting lineup for Senior Day against Butler, playing 20 minutes.

Illinois State (Indianna Asimus)

This week: lost to Western Illinois 4-3 (OT); lost to Saint Louis 2-0

Indianna Asimus came off the bench for Illinois State in both games this week, playing 39 minutes against Western Illinois and 20 minutes against Saint Louis.

Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)

This week: lost to Grand Canyon 1-0; lost to Cal Baptist 1-0

Maddy McComasky started both games for Incarnate Word this week, registering a shot in 77 minutes against Grand Canyon and three, including one on target, in 84 minutes in the loss to Cal Baptist.

La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost to UConn 2-1, defeated Colgate 2-1

Alyssa Van Heurck played the full 90 minutes in both games this week, registering a shot in each contest.

Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Pepperdine 2-1; lost to UCLA 1-0

Aimee Medwin came off the bench in the win over Pepperdine to play 65 minutes, before playing the full 90 minutes in the loss to UCLA.

Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)

This week: lost to McNeese State 2-0; game v Southeastern Louisiana postponed

Caitlin Le Roux did not feature for Louisiana Tech against McNeese State, whilst the game against Southeastern Louisiana was postponed until October 3rd due to Hurricane Ida.

Louisiana-Monroe (Brianna Edwards, Siobhan Edwards)

This week: defeated Central Arkansas 1-0; defeated Grambling State 1-0

Neither Brianna nor Siobhan Edwards featured for Louisiana-Monroe in either game this week.

Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)

This week: defeated UMass-Lowell 3-0; defeated Boston University 2-1

Hannah Peric did not feature for Massachusetts in either game this week.

Oregon (Lara Kirkby)

This week: defeated Northern Arizona 4-2

Lara Kirkby did not feature for Oregon in their win over Northern Arizona.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: lost to Northeastern 1-0

Backup goalkeeper Teresa Morrissey did not feature for Rhode Island in their loss to Northeastern.

San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)

This week: defeated San Jose State 2-0

Ashley Jordan did not feature for San Francisco in their win over San Jose State.

Stanford (Amy Sayer)

This week: defeated Cal State Northridge 7-0; defeated San Diego State 6-0

Amy Sayer came off the bench for Stanford in both games this week, registering a shot in 41 minutes against Cal State Northridge and three shots with one on target in 43 minutes against San Diego State.

Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)

This week: lost to Indiana 1-0; defeated Indiana State 2-1

Kiarnie Latham did not feature in Tennessee-Martin’s loss to Indiana, but played 9 first half minutes off the bench in the win over Indiana State.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)

This week: lost to UTRGV 2-0

Molly Arens started for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but was forced off after 25 minutes following a collision, although the sophomore did walk off the pitch under her own power.

UMBC (Isobel Davy, Annaliese Grove, Abi Jordan)

This week: drew with Towson 1-1

Annaliese Grove played the full 110 minutes for UMBC in their draw with Towson, but Isobel Davy and Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers.

UNC Asheville (Jasmine Barry)

This week: lost to Furman 2-0; lost to East Tennessee State 1-0 (OT)

Jasmine Barry played every minute of the weekend in defence for UNC Asheville this week, totalling 202 minutes after the game against East Tennessee State went into overtime.

USC (Talia Grossman)

This week: lost to BYU 2-1; defeated Utah Valley 4-2

Backup goalkeeper Talia Grossman did not feature for USC in either game this week.

VCU (Greta Kraszula)

This week: lost to Wake Forest 2-0; defeated Liberty 2-1

Greta Kraszula did not feature in VCU’s loss to Wake Forest, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes in the win over Liberty.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: defeated Eastern Washington 4-0

Backup goalkeeper Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their 4-0 rout of Eastern Washington.

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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 A-League Women or NPLW games.

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