2021 Week 8 Wrap

VCU continue their undefeated march through Atlantic 10 play, with Greta Kraszula again playing a role. The Rams were matched on the statsheet by Dayton, with VCU winning the shot count 17-16. However, the team from Richmond were far more ruthless with their chances, taking an early lead before going up 3-0 inside 65 minutes on their way to a 3-1 win. Kraszula again came off the bench for the Rams, playing 21 minutes. With four games remaining, VCU hold a six-point advantage atop the Atlantic 10 table, and it would take something special from another team to deny the Rams a regular season crown from here.

USC also remain atop the league standings, but with the Pac-12 not playing a tournament to decide their champion, maintaining that position atop the ladder becomes even more crucial for the Women of Troy. Two dominant performances saw USC smash 11 goals against the mountain schools, knocking off Colorado 4-1 before dismantling Utah 7-0. Isabel Rolley continues to come off the bench for USC, playing 32 minutes against Colorado before backing up with 28 minutes in the win over the Utes. USC sit three points clear atop the standings at the moment, but with still six games to play and a number of contenders, nothing is close to being decided yet.

One of those contenders is Amy Sayer’s Stanford team, who travelled north to face Washington and Washington State, bringing home six points to keep the pressure on USC. The Cardinal were made to work though, edging a tight game against Washington State courtesy of a lone goal from Naomi Girma in the 29th minute, before an 83rd minute winner from Madison Haley broke a 1-1 tie late in the piece to hand Stanford victory against Washington. Sayer continues to play solid minutes as a starter for Stanford, playing 53 minutes against Washington State before adding another 47 minutes in the win over Washington.

Sandra Hill’s Grand Canyon side are also fighting for top spot in their division in the Western Athletic Conference, and have built a handy 4-point buffer with five games to play after demolishing second-placed New Mexico State 6-0 over the weekend. The Lopes got Ted Lasso Night off to a perfect start with a goal in the sixth minute, and continued scoring at regular intervals as New Mexico State found themselves unable to contain the Grand Canyon attack. Sandra Hill reprised her usual role off the bench, playing 38 minutes as the fifth-year senior continues to provide veteran leadership.

Complete Results

Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)

No games this week.

Butler (Claire Farrington)

This week: lost to Georgetown 1-0

Claire Farrington started for Butler in their loss to Georgetown, playing the first 24 minutes of the contest.

Creighton (Ayana Aoyagi, Renée Pountney)

This week: lost to Villanova 2-1

Renée Pountney came off the bench for Creighton to play 56 minutes in their loss to Villanova, whilst Ayana Aoyagi did not feature.

DePaul (Katie Godden)

This week: defeated Seton Hall 3-0; defeated Connecticut 1-0

Katie Godden came off the bench for DePaul in both games this week, registering two shots on target in 29 minutes against Seton Hall and playing 40 minutes in the win over Connecticut.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: defeated Western Carolina 1-0

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their win over Western Carolina.

Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)

This week: game v SIU Edwardsville postponed; lost to Tennessee Tech 1-0

Eastern Illinois’ game against SIU Edwardsville was abandoned at halftime, whilst Ash Harvie did not feature in the loss to Tennessee Tech.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated New Mexico State 6-0

Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 38 minutes in Grand Canyon’s win over New Mexico State.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia)

This week: drew with UC Riverside 1-1; lost to Cal State Fullerton 1-0 (OT)

Eliza Ammendolia came off the bench for Hawaii to register a shot in 56 minutes against UC Riverside, before returning to the starting lineup and playing 74 minutes against Cal State Fullerton.

Hofstra (Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: defeated Delaware 4-0; defeated UNC Wilmington 2-1

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

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: drew with Wisconsin 1-1

Ashleigh Lefevre was one of just two substitutes used during Illinois’ draw with Wisconsin, playing 38 minutes.

Illinois State (Indianna Asimus)

This week: drew with Evansville 1-1

Indianna Asimus came off the bench for Illinois State in their draw with Evansville, playing 40 minutes.

Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)

This week: defeated Houston Baptist 2-0

Madison McComasky started for Incarnate Word in their win over Houston Baptist, playing 76 minutes.

La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated George Washington 1-0

Alyssa Van Heurck started for La Salle in their win over George Washington, playing 73 minutes.

Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost to UC Irvine 1-0 (OT)

Aimee Medwin started for Long Beach State in their overtime loss to UC Irvine, playing 96 of the game’s 97 minutes.

Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)

This week: drew with Southern Miss 1-1

Caitlin Le Roux came off the bench in Louisiana Tech’s draw with Southern Miss, playing 18 minutes.

Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)

This week: lost to Saint Louis 2-0

Hannah Peric remains out through injury and did not feature for Massachusetts against Saint Louis.

Oregon (Lara Kirkby)

This week: defeated Arizona 1-0; defeated Arizona State 1-0

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

San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)

This week: lost to Portland 1-0

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

Stanford (Amy Sayer)

This week: defeated Washington State 1-0; defeated Washington 2-1

Amy Sayer started both games for Stanford this week, playing 53 minutes against Washington State before registering a shot in 47 minutes against Washington.

Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)

This week: lost to Tennessee Tech 2-1 (OT); defeated SIU Edwardsville 1-0

Kiarnie Latham did not feature for Tennessee-Martin in either game this week.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)

This week: lost to Houston Baptist 2-0

Molly Arens did not feature for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their loss to Houston Baptist.

UMBC (Isobel Davy, Annaliese Grove, Abi Jordan)

This week: defeated Delaware State 5-1; lost to New Hampshire 3-0

Annaliese Grove did not feature against Delaware State for UMBC but came off the bench to play 10 minutes against New Hampshire. Isobel Davy and Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers this week.

UNC Asheville (Jasmine Barry)

This week: lost to Campbell 3-1

Jasmine Barry came off the bench for UNC Asheville in their loss to Campbell, playing 38 minutes.

USC (Talia Grossman, Isabel Rolley)

This week: defeated Colorado 4-1; defeated Utah 7-0

Isabel Rolley came off the bench for USC in both games this week, playing 32 minutes against Colorado and 28 minutes against Utah. Talia Grossman did not feature for the Women of Troy this week.

VCU (Greta Kraszula)

This week: defeated Dayton 3-1

Greta Kraszula came off the bench for VCU in their win over Dayton, playing 21 minutes.

About Lachy 296 Articles
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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