This week saw the battle of the two most recent national champions certainly delivered, with Amy Sayer front and centre, whilst the Claire Farrington and Butler show continues to roll on as conference play approaches.
Amy Sayer certainly enjoyed her first goal for Stanford last week, and this week doubled her career tally with a crucial goal against the defending national champions. Stanford found themselves in trouble early as Izzy D’Aquila put Santa Clara 1-0 up within three minutes, and although Stanford equalised through Katie Duong in the 36th minute, the game remained level at 1-1 with the final 15 minutes looming. However, a 75th minute corner would provide the game-winner via the head of Sayer, who glanced home a corner from Duong to give the Cardinal a late advantage. Maya Doms would add a third eight minutes later to seal the win for Stanford, whilst Sayer would finish with a pair of shots on target in her 35 minutes on the pitch. Stanford now head into Pac-12 play with a 6-2 record, their only losses coming on the road against national powerhouses Duke and North Carolina.
Still in California, Isabel Rolley’s minutes had been limited early in the season, but the USC junior looks to be returning to form as the Women of Troy picked up a pair of wins against in-state opponents this week. The defender saw 53 minutes of action despite coming off the bench in a 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara, and went within the width of the crossbar of rifling home a spectacular goal in a 33 minute outing in a 4-0 win over Cal State Northridge. It may only be early in the season, but hopefully Rolley’s trajectory can continue in an upwards direction and we see a return to her exploits of 2019, in which she started regularly for USC.
Claire Farrington continues to perform admirably for Butler as the Bulldogs head into conference play on a high following a dominant 5-0 win over Western Michigan. Farrington and the Butler defence were almost impenetrable throughout the 90 minutes, allowing only five shots all game and playing out of the back with aplomb, with the Aussie playing 55 minutes. With Big East play commencing on Friday, Farrington and the Bulldogs could not be in a better position at this point.
Alyssa Van Heurck may be listed as a defender for La Salle, but reminded everyone of her attacking prowess this week as Atlantic 10 play kicked off against Fordham. Van Heurck rattled off three of La Salle’s 28 shots as the Explorers dominated proceedings, but required an 87th minute equaliser just to send the game to extra time after Fordham opened the scoring in the 68th minute. La Salle peppered the Fordham goal throughout the additional period, with Van Heurck tallying the last of her team’s five shots in the extra 20 minutes, but somehow La Salle were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw. However, despite not securing the win, there is plenty to be happy about after a dominant performance to open conference play.
Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)
This week: game v Lipscomb cancelled
Alabama State’s game against Lipscomb was cancelled due to field conditions stemming from heavy rain in the lead-up to the game.
Butler (Claire Farrington)
This week: defeated Western Michigan 5-0
Claire Farrington started for Butler in their win over Western Michigan, playing 55 minutes in defence.
Creighton (Ayana Aoyagi, Renée Pountney)
This week: lost to Iowa State 1-0
Neither Ayana Aoyagi nor Renée Pountney featured for Creighton in their loss to Iowa State.
DePaul (Katie Godden)
This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0
Katie Godden started for DePaul in their win over Eastern Illinois, registering a shot on target in her 63 minutes on the pitch.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: drew with Tennessee Tech 0-0
D’arne Boato came off the bench for East Tennessee State in their draw with Tennessee Tech, playing a brief three-minute cameo.
Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)
This week: lost to DePaul 3-0
Ash Harvie did not feature for Eastern Illinois in their loss to DePaul.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated UC San Diego 4-1
Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in their win over UC San Diego to play 33 minutes.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia)
No games this week.
Hofstra (Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Princeton 2-0
Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in their win over Princeton.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost to Michigan 2-1
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in their loss to Michigan, playing five minutes.
Illinois State (Indianna Asimus)
This week: lost to Valparaiso 1-0; lost to Toledo 1-0
Indianna Asimus started both games for Illinois State this week, registering a shot in 55 minutes against Valparaiso and playing 49 minutes against Toledo.
Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)
This week: lost to Northwestern State 2-0; lost to McNeese State 2-1
Madison McComasky started both of Incarnate Word’s contests this week, firing off one shot in 79 minutes against Northwestern State and playing 65 minutes against McNeese State.
La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: drew with Fordham 1-1
Alyssa Van Heurck started for La Salle in their draw with Fordham, tallying three shots in 104 minutes of action.
Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)
This week: lost to Montana 1-0; lost to California 2-0
Aimee Medwin started both games for Long Beach State this week, tallying two shots in 87 minutes against Montana before playing 76 minutes in the loss to California.
Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)
This week: lost to UAB 2-0; lost to Charlotte 2-1
Caitlin Le Roux did not feature for Louisiana Tech against UAB, but came off the bench to play 33 minutes in the loss to Charlotte.
Louisiana-Monroe (Brianna Edwards, Siobhan Edwards)
This week: game v Troy abandoned due to inclement weather.
Louisiana Monroe’s game against Troy commenced but was abandoned before reaching official status, rendering the game a no-contest and rescheduled for later in the season.
Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)
This week: defeated Duquesne 2-1
Hannah Peric did not feature for Massachusetts against Duquesne.
Oregon (Lara Kirkby)
This week: defeated Portland 1-0; defeated Portland State 1-0
Lara Kirkby did not feature for Oregon in either game this week.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: defeated Davidson 1-0
Teresa Morrissey did not feature for Rhode Island in their win over Davidson.
San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)
This week: lost to Southern Methodist 1-0; drew with Baylor 1-1
Ashley Jordan did not feature for San Francisco in either game this week.
Stanford (Amy Sayer)
This week: defeated Santa Clara 3-1
Amy Sayer came off the bench to play 35 minutes against Santa Clara, scoring the game-winning goal in the process.
Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)
This week: lost to Arkansas 4-0
Kiarnie Latham came off the bench for Tennessee-Martin in their loss to Arkansas, playing 12 minutes.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)
This week: defeated McNeese State 1-0; lost to Northwestern State 4-0
Molly Arens did not feature for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this week.
UMBC (Isobel Davy, Annaliese Grove, Abi Jordan)
This week: defeated Wagner 2-0; defeated Maine 1-0
None of UMBC’s Aussie trio featured for UMBC in either game this week.
UNC Asheville (Jasmine Barry)
This week: lost to Gardner-Webb 2-0
Jasmine Barry started for UNC Asheville in their loss to in-state foes Gardner Webb, playing 61 minutes.
USC (Talia Grossman, Isabel Rolley)
This week: defeated UC Santa Barbara 3-0; defeated Cal State Northridge 4-0
Isabel Rolley came off the bench for USC in both games this week, playing 53 minutes against UC Santa Barbara and tallying a pair of shots in 33 minutes in the win over Cal State Northridge.
VCU (Greta Kraszula)
This week: defeated George Washington 3-2 (OT)
Greta Kraszula did not feature for VCU in their win over George Washington.