Spring 2021 Week 8 Preview

As we inch ever closer to conference tournament time, the final chance for teams to secure the best possible seeding is approaching rapidly. Whilst some teams are looking to charge towards the top seed, others are just trying to sneak their way into the tournament. However, in both scenarios, picking up points is becoming more and more crucial as the weeks wear on.

It seems to be a regular theme lately, and once again the Aussies face off in the Atlantic 10 as Teresa Morrissey’s Rhode Island side take on Hannah Peric and Massachusetts in a game that doubles as a battle of two of the tallest Aussies in NCAA Division I. Morrissey has been rotating games with local freshman Faith Hutchins, but if the pattern of recent games continues, the sophomore will be between the sticks for this contest between two teams with contrasting fortunes but in equal need of a victory. Peric and the Minutewomen sit just two points adrift of the conference lead, whilst Rhode Island sit just back from a congested mid-table pack where a single win could see a team jump two or three places in the Atlantic 10 standings.

Staying in the Atlantic 10, Alyssa Van Heurck has been in solid form in recent times, capping off an outstanding few weeks with a goal against Saint Joseph’s, and will now seek to increase La Salle’s winning streak to three games against Fordham. The Explorers have a decent history against Fordham, winning four of the last five games against the Rams, but the teams have not faced off since Fordham’s 1-0 home win in 2018. But with Fordham sitting winless through their three games this season, La Salle will fancy their chances of victory and Van Heurck will no doubt be eyeing off another goal or assist to help them get there.

Grace Norbury picked up an assist on Senior Day, and will now look to help Alabama State maintain their unbeaten record in the SWAC. It won’t be easy against league leaders Prairie View A&M, with the trip to face the Panthers as well as Texas Southern having a reputation as a difficult trip for all SWAC teams. Norbury has become something of a fulcrum in midfield even at this early stage in her career, becoming increasingly crucial to the Hornets’ successes. Look also for Sophie Bui to come off the bench to provide an impact as Alabama State attempt to make a run at top spot in the conference before heading home to play Alabama A&M in the in-state derby next week.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Grace Norbury, Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Prairie View A&M – 11am, Saturday March 27; @ Texas Southern – 5am, Monday March 29

Butler (Claire Farrington)

This week: @ Marquette – 5am, Monday March 29

Creighton (Renee Pountney)

This week: @ Xavier – 4am, Friday March 26; @ Iowa State – 6am, Monday March 29

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Wofford – 6am, Saturday March 27; v Furman – 4am, Monday March 29

Eastern Illinois (Ashleigh Harvie)

This week: @ Austin Peay – 6am, Saturday March 27

Grambling State (Ashley Commens)

This week: @ Southern – 11am, Saturday March 27; @ Jackson State – 5am, Monday March 29

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ Chicago State – 5am, Friday March 26; @ Chicago State – 5am, Monday March 29

Hofstra (Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Delaware – 7am, Sunday March 28

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Michigan – 5am, Friday March 26; @ Michigan State – 8am, Monday March 29

Incarnate Word (Madison McComasky)

This week: v Southeastern Louisiana – 9am, Saturday March 27; v Nicholls State – 5am, Monday March 29

La Salle (Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Fordham – 4am, Monday March 29

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Old Dominion – 8am, Friday March 26; v West Virginia Tech – 8am, Monday March 29

Massachusetts (Hannah Peric)

This week: v Saint Joseph’s – 7am, Saturday March 27; @ Rhode Island – 6am, Monday March 29

Nicholls State (Shauni Reid)

This week: @ Abilene Christian – 11am, Saturday March 27; @ Incarnate Word – 5am, Monday March 29

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ Fordham – 6am, Friday March 26; v Massachusetts – 6am, Monday March 29

San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)

This week: v Saint Mary’s – 7am, Sunday March 28

St. Francis Brooklyn (Jazzmin Forwood)

No games this week.

Stanford (Amy Sayer)

This week: v Oregon State – 1pm, Saturday March 27; v Oregon – 7am, Monday March 29

Tennessee-Martin (Kiarnie Latham)

This week: @ Tennessee Tech – 11am, Saturday March 27

UMBC (Abi Jordan)

This week: @ NJIT – 5am, Monday March 29

USC (Talia Grossman)

This week: v Arizona – 6:30am, Saturday March 27

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: @ Colorado – 6am, Sunday March 28

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Colorado College – 6am, Saturday March 27; v Air Force – 6am, Monday March 29

About Lachy 268 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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