Wins have been hard to come by for Illinois State this season, but Indianna Asimus helped the Redbirds on their way to their third victory of the campaign with a goal against Southern Illinois. After a scoreless first half, the senior put her side up 1-0 with a 48th minute opener. Lurking at the far post, Asimus was Jenny on the spot to tap home from no more than three yards out. The Redbirds would double their lead 24 minutes later, and whilst Southern Illinois responded in the 80th minute to ensure an exciting final ten minutes, Illinois State were good value for their win, outshooting their in-state rivals 24-13.
The Big East is one of the most even of the elite conferences, and it showed this week as Renée Pountney helped Creighton to a 1-1 draw with title favourites Georgetown. With halftime rapidly approaching, the former Newcastle Jet managed to make room down the left for a cross, which found Abigail Santana who expertly controlled the ball before launching a shot into the corner. Unfortunately, the Bluejays conceded an own goal just before the hour mark, and with the next 30 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime unable to produce a goal, the teams split the points. Pountney would also play 43 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Providence later in the week that only further evidenced the parity within the league.
Hawaii sophomore Eliza Ammendolia was also in a helpful mood this week, despite the Rainbow Wahine falling to a pair of losses. A delightful headed flick-on allowed Kelci Sumida to net the opener against Cal State Northridge, but unfortunately Hawaii would concede the next three goals of the game. Sumida would add an 85th minute tally, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Matadors came away with the 3-2 victory. Ammendolia would also start against Aimee Medwin and Long Beach State later in the week, but saw just 19 minutes of action as Long Beach State came away with the 3-1 win, with Medwin playing the full 90 minutes.
Amy Sayer would probably prefer to be in the starting eleven for Stanford, but the sophomore is having an outstanding time of it coming off the bench, with her excellent form continuing as the Cardinal knocked off Utah 3-0 to start conference play. Although the sophomore did not tally a goal to continue her scoring streak, Sayer did manage three shots, all of which were on target, and routinely found herself in outstanding position as she earned a 60-minute outing despite not starting the Cardinal’s Pac-12 opener.
Madison McComasky was similarly threatening without finding the back of the net as Incarnate Word split a pair of games this weekend. The senior tallied five shots over the course of the weekend, playing all bar 14 minutes as the Cardinals knocked off Nicholls State 2-0 before falling to Southeastern Louisiana in a narrow 2-1 defeat. Despite being listed as a defender, McComasky has certainly shown that she possesses a real attacking threat and can be deployed in a number of positions.
Finally, there was one extremely welcome sight as VCU travelled up the road to Fairfax to face George Mason. Having spent several weeks on the sideline through injury, freshman Greta Kraszula returned for the Rams, coming off the bench to play 56 minutes in a 4-1 win. Such a performance certainly bodes well for Kraszula, who was looking solid for VCU before going down with injury.
Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)
This week: defeated Alcorn State 2-1; defeated Mississippi Valley State 2-1 (OT)
Grace Norbury started both games for Alabama State this week, playing 67 minutes in the win over Alcorn State whilst minutes were not recorded for the game against Mississippi Valley State. Madison Chambers remains out for the Hornets through injury.
Butler (Claire Farrington)
This week: defeated Marquette 1-0; defeated Seton Hall 3-1
Claire Farrington started both games for Butler this week, playing the full 90 minutes against Marquette and 44 minutes in the win over Seton Hall.
Creighton (Ayana Aoyagi, Renée Pountney)
This week: drew with Georgetown 1-1; lost to Providence 1-0 (OT)
Renee Pountney started and played 43 minutes in both games this week, tallying an assist and a shot on target against Georgetown.
DePaul (Katie Godden)
This week: lost to St. John’s 1-0
Katie Godden came off the bench for DePaul in their loss to St. John’s, playing 49 minutes.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost to The Citadel 2-0; drew with Mercer 0-0
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)
This week: drew with Morehead State 1-1
Ash Harvie did not feature for Eastern Illinois in their draw with Morehead State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: drew with Utah Valley 0-0; defeated Dixie State 5-1
Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Utah Valley and registering a shot during her 26 minutes on the pitch against Dixie State.
Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia)
This week: lost to Cal State Northridge 3-2; lost to Long Beach State 3-1
Eliza Ammendolia started both games for Hawaii this week, registering an assist in 75 minutes against Cal State Northridge but playing just 19 minutes in the loss to Long Beach State.
Hofstra (Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: defeated Towson 2-0
Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in their win over Towson.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost to Purdue 2-1; lost to Indiana 2-1
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in both games this week, playing 10 minutes against Purdue and 21 minutes against Indiana.
Illinois State (Indianna Asimus)
This week: defeated Southern Illinois 2-1
Indianna Asimus started for Illinois State in their win over Southern Illinois, netting the opener and playing 52 minutes.
Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)
This week: defeated Nicholls State 2-0; lost to Southeastern Louisiana 2-1
Madison McComasky started both games for Incarnate Word this week, tallying two shots with one on target in 76 minutes against Nicholls State before adding another three shots in a 90-minute outing against Southeastern Louisiana.
La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: lost to Dayton 3-0; lost to Saint Louis 2-0
Alyssa Van Heurck did not feature for La Salle against Dayton, but returned to start and play 81 minutes against Saint Louis.
Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)
This week: defeated UC San Diego 2-1; defeated Hawaii 3-1
Aimee Medwin started both games for Long Beach State this week, playing just 26 minutes against UC San Diego but putting in a full 90 minutes in the win over Hawaii.
Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)
This week: lost to Rice 2-1
Caitlin Le Roux came off the bench to play 34 minutes in Louisiana Tech’s loss to Rice.
Louisiana-Monroe (Brianna Edwards, Siobhan Edwards)
This week: drew with Georgia State 3-3; defeated Coastal Carolina 6-1
Neither Brianna nor Siobhan Edwards featured for Louisiana-Monroe this week.
Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)
This week: defeated George Mason 2-0; drew with Rhode Island 1-1
Hannah Peric did not feature for Massachusetts in either game this week.
Oregon (Lara Kirkby)
This week: drew with UCLA 0-0
Lara Kirkby did not feature for Oregon in their draw with UCLA.
San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)
This week: defeated Santa Clara 2-0
Ashley Jordan did not feature for San Francisco in their win over Santa Clara.
Stanford (Amy Sayer)
This week: defeated Utah 3-0
Amy Sayer came off the bench for Stanford in their win over Utah, registering three shots on target in her 60 minutes on the pitch.
Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)
This week: defeated Austin Peay 1-0
Kiarnie Latham did not feature for Tennessee-Martin in their win over Austin Peay.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)
This week: drew with Southeastern Louisiana 1-1; defeated Nicholls State 2-0
Molly Arens did not feature for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in either game this week.
UMBC (Isobel Davy, Annaliese Grove, Abi Jordan)
This week: lost to Hartford 2-0
None of UMBC’s Aussie trio featured for the Retrievers in their loss to Hartford.
UNC Asheville (Jasmine Barry)
This week: defeated Hampton 4-0
Jasmine Barry started for UNC Asheville and played 84 minutes in their win over Hampton.
USC (Talia Grossman, Isabel Rolley)
This week: defeated Oregon State 2-1
Isabel Rolley came off the bench to play 38 minutes for USC in their win over Oregon State, but Talia Grossman did not feature this week.
VCU (Greta Kraszula)
This week: defeated St. Bonaventure 1-0; defeated George Mason 4-1
Greta Kraszula did not feature for VCU against St. Bonaventure, but made a welcome return from injury with a 56-minute performance off the bench against George Mason.