Having kicked off the individual honours last week with Eliza Ammendolia’s All-Big West First Team selection, this week saw more Aussies earn awards for their performances this season.
Katie Godden was rewarded for a season that saw the sophomore deliver for a DePaul team that otherwise had a tough campaign, earning All-Big East First Team honours. Fresh off a summer that saw the former Arsenal academy player earn an Australian Under 23 call-up, Godden banged home seven of DePaul’s seventeen goals to finish tied atop the regular season goalscoring charts.
Meanwhile, Molly Arens may have only played nine games this season, but the Novocastrian was just that good prior to her season-ending injury that she still managed to pick up All-Southland Conference Second Team honours. Three goals and seven assists in those appearances would have struck fear into Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s future opponents, but injury will only delay the inevitable as Arens still has time on her side to terrorise the rest of the conference in future seasons.
Meanwhile, in NCAA Division II, Missouri-St Louis’ attacker Candice Parziani earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference 3rd Team honours for her efforts in helping the Tritons to a conference tournament semi-final berth. A starter in 12 of her 16 appearances, Parziani put 16 of her 34 shots on target, finishing with three goals as well as four assists for the campaign. Unfortunately, an injury in the warm-up forced Parziani out of UMSL’s conference tournament semi-final, ending her season at least 90 minutes early as the Tritons lost to Illinois-Springfield.
However, this week wasn’t all about individual honours as a number of teams contended for conference championships and bids to national tournaments.
Tied with UCLA heading into the final day of Pac-12 play, the equation was simple for Amy Sayer and Stanford: equal UCLA’s result and secure a share of the conference title as well as the conference’s NCAA Tournament auto-bid, or better UCLA’s result and win the conference title outright. Kicking off against California an hour after the Bruins’ game against USC, Stanford found themselves in an ideal position even before their game started as USC went up 2-0 inside half an hour in Los Angeles. Although it took almost an hour for Stanford to score the opener in their game, by that point the result was known in the UCLA game, ensuring Stanford would at least share the conference crown. Cal tied things up in the 74th minute, but with no further goals, a 1-1 draw was enough for the Cardinal to win the Pac-12 title outright. Sayer came off the bench in the draw, playing an 11-minute cameo for Stanford.
Holly Furphy’s Santa Clara outfit also found themselves needing a result on the final day to secure a conference championship. Needing a win against Pepperdine to win outright or a draw to share the crown with BYU, the Broncos found themselves in a hole as the Waves converted an 18th minute penalty. Despite dominating play, Santa Clara simply couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net for the first 70 minutes of the game, and back in Utah, anticipation was surely rising as BYU players and fans crowded around TVs and laptop screens. However, a 72nd minute equaliser for Santa Clara made the final portion of the game interesting, before the inevitable occurred. An 83rd minute Izzy D’Aquila winner secured the points and the WCC crown for Santa Clara, their third in as many years. Unfortunately, Furphy continues to sit due to a season-ending injury, but the freshman still has a conference championship next to her name after just one season in college.
Aimee Medwin and Long Beach State already knew they could take it to #1 seed Cal Poly after a regular season draw in San Luis Obispo, and went one better in their Big West tournament semi-final. Having outshot their opponents 6-3 in the first half without reward, it was actually during Cal Poly’s second half resurgence that Long Beach State scored the game’s only goal; a Summer Laskey strike just after the hour mark. Cal Poly rattled off 11 shots in the second half, but forced Long Beach State goalkeeper Zora Standifer into just three second-half saves as quantity did not lead to quality, leaving Long Beach State to celebrate victory before directing their attention to a championship matchup with UC Irvine. These teams had also drawn during the regular season, but on this occasion, it would be UC Irvine going one better as the Anteaters rolled to a 3-0 victory courtesy of a trio of first-half goals. Medwin played the full 90 minutes against Cal Poly and 63 minutes against UC Irvine, registering a shot in each contest.
Having both knocked off heavy favourites in their semi-finals, both Layla Lopez’s Oral Roberts side and their championship opponents, Omaha, found themselves with a massive opportunity in the Summit League championship game. Unsurprisingly for a game featuring teams separated by just a handful of positions in the RPI, it was a close game, but one that swung back and forth between the two teams. Oral Roberts outshot Omaha 7-2 in the first half before the Mavericks responded to lead the second half shooting 6-4; however, neither team could find the back of the net as the game went to overtime locked at 0-0. 20 extra minutes couldn’t separate the teams either, leaving the championship to be decided in a shootout. Unfortunately for Lopez and the Golden Eagles, it was Omaha who held their nerve from the spot to win the shootout 3-1 and take home the silverware and an NCAA Tournament bid. Lopez also unfortunately did not feature in the championship game for Oral Roberts.
Creighton came into their Big East semi-final against Georgetown as heavy underdogs, but gave a solid account of themselves throughout the 90 minutes. Although a 19th minute goal for the Hoyas put Creighton behind on the scoreboard, the Bluejays came into the game as time progressed and even showed some periods of dominance, particularly in the second half. However, despite hitting the woodwork on multiple occasions and almost matching Georgetown in the shooting stats, they couldn’t quite find the equaliser as a 1-0 defeat ended their season at the semi-final stage. Unfortunately, Renée Pountney did not feature for Creighton in the loss.
Playing Texas Southern in the 4th v 5th quarter-final, Alabama State could have been considered slight favourites in their SWAC Tournament opener, but this game always seemed likely to be a close one. As the teams went to halftime locked at 0-0, there seemed to be little deviation from that theory, but Texas Southern opened the scoring in the 64th minute as their attack showed far more potency than the Hornets after the break. With the Tigers rattling off five shots to one in the second half, a second Texas Southern goal looked more likely than a Hornets equaliser, and victory was secured with an 88th minute goal that doubled the Houston-based side’s advantage. Grace Norbury played 85 minutes for Alabama State in the season-ending 2-0 loss, whilst Madison Chambers came off the bench and registered one of the Hornets’ 3 shots on target during her 31-minute stint.
The news coming out of the Conference USA tournament wasn’t any better as both UAB and Louisiana Tech fell to defeats on a day that would have seen the draw open up for them after #1 seed Rice lost to #8 seed Charlotte in the quarter-finals as well. Abbey Burns came off the bench to play 69 minutes as UAB went to overtime against UTSA, but a 108th minute goal for UTSA gave the Blazers almost no time to manufacture an equaliser, and the Roadrunners would advance with the thrilling 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, Caitlin Le Roux’s Louisiana Tech side gave up two goals in the space of 40 seconds in the tenth minute of their game against Florida Atlantic put the Techsters on the back foot early. Louisiana Tech would pull one back on the half-hour mark, but two goals in the space of five minutes for Florida Atlantic just after 60 minutes would secure a 4-1 win for the Owls. Caitlin Le Roux played a brief eight-minute cameo shortly before halftime, finishing with a shot on target.
Tuesday also saw the three teams featuring Australians learn the identity of their first-round opponents for the NCAA Division I Tournament. Amy Sayer and Stanford earned a #3 seed and will face San Jose State. Meanwhile, just down the road, Holly Furphy and Santa Clara were selected as an #8 seed and face a tricky tie against California. Meanwhile, Talia Grossman and Southern California can exact revenge for another Australian as they face UC Irvine, who defeated Aimee Medwin and Long Beach State in the Big West championship decider.
NCAA Division I
Alabama State (Madison Chambers, Grace Norbury)
This week: lost 2-0 to Texas Southern (SWAC Tournament Quarter-Final)
Grace Norbury started for Alabama State in their loss to Texas Southern, playing 85 minutes. Madison Chambers came off the bench for the Hornets, registering a shot on target in her 31 minutes of action.
Creighton (Renée Pountney)
This week: lost 1-0 to Georgetown (Big East Tournament Semi-Final)
Renée Pountney did not feature in Creighton’s semi-final loss to Georgetown.
Long Beach State (Aimee Medwin)
This week: defeated Cal Poly 1-0 (Big West Tournament Semi-Final), lost 3-0 to UC Irvine (Big West Championship Game)
Aimee Medwin started both games for Long Beach State this week, registering a shot in 90 minutes against Cal Poly and another shot in 63 minutes in the loss to UC Irvine.
Louisiana Tech (Caitlin Le Roux)
This week: lost 4-1 to Florida Atlantic (C-USA Tournament Quarter-Final)
Caitlin Le Roux came off the bench for Louisiana Tech in their loss to Florida Atlantic, finishing with one shot on target in her 8 minutes.
Oral Roberts (Layla Lopez)
This week: lost to Omaha 3-1 on penalties (0-0 AET) (Summit League Championship Game)
Layla Lopez did not feature in Oral Roberts’ championship game defeat to Omaha.
Oregon (Lara Kirkby, Isabel Rolley)
This week: drew 2-2 with Oregon State
Isabel Rolley started and played 78 minutes in Oregon’s draw with Oregon State, but Lara Kirkby did not feature on this occasion.
San Francisco (Ashley Jordan)
This week: defeated Portland 1-0; defeated Saint Mary’s 1-0
Ashley Jordan came off the bench for San Francisco in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Portland and registering a shot on target in the win over Saint Mary’s.
Santa Clara (Holly Furphy)
This week: drew 0-0 with Gonzaga; defeated Pepperdine 2-1
Holly Furphy did not feature for Santa Clara this week as she continues her recovery from a season-ending injury.
Stanford (Amy Sayer)
This week: drew 1-1 with California
Amy Sayer came off the bench to play 11 minutes in Stanford’s outright Pac-12 title-sealing draw with California.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Molly Arens)
This week: lost 2-1 to Texas A&M-Commerce (Southland Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Molly Arens did not feature in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s loss to Texas A&M-Commerce as she continues to recover from a season-ending injury.
UAB (Abbey Burns)
This week: lost 1-0 to UTSA (OT) (C-USA Tournament Quarter-Final)
Abbey Burns came off the bench for UAB in their overtime loss to UTSA, playing 69 minutes.
USC (Talia Grossman)
This week: defeated UCLA 2-0
Talia Grossman did not feature in USC’s rivalry win over UCLA.
NCAA Division II
Florida Tech (Ayana Aoyagi)
This week: defeated Florida Southern 5-3 on penalties (1-1 AET) (Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semi-Final), lost 1-0 to Embry-Riddle (Sunshine State Conference Championship)
Ayana Aoyagi did not feature for Florida Tech in either game this week.
Franklin Pierce (Brianna Trappett)
This week: lost 2-1 to Adelphi (Northeast-10 Tournament Semi-Final)
Brianna Trappett came off the bench in Franklin Pierce’s loss to Adelphi, playing 42 minutes.
Gannon (Holly Gray, Paige Taylor)
This week: defeated Bloomsburg 3-1 (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament Semi-Final); lost 3-0 to West Chester (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship)
Holly Gray came off the bench for Gannon twice this week, registering two shots with one on goal in the win over Bloomsburg and playing 22 minutes in the championship loss to West Chester.
Midwestern State (Laura Elliott)
This week: defeated West Texas A&M 2-1 (Lone Star Conference Tournament Semi-Final); lost 4-1 to Dallas Baptist (Lone Star Conference Championship)
Laura Elliott did not feature for Midwestern State in either game this week.
Mississippi College (Erin Stamatopoulos)
This week: defeated West Alabama 9-8 on penalties (0-0 AET) (Gulf South Conference Tournament Semi-Final), defeated Lee 4-2 (Gulf South Conference Championship)
Erin Stamatopoulos did not feature for Mississippi College on either occasion this week.
Missouri-St Louis (Candice Parziani)
This week: lost 2-1 to Illinois-Springfield (Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Semi-Final)
Candice Parziani did not feature in Missouri-St Louis’ loss to Illinois-Springfield after suffering an injury in the warm-up.
Southwestern Oklahoma State (Ashley Hughes)
This week: defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State 1-0 (Great American Conference Tournament Semi-Final); defeated Oklahoma Baptist 2-0 (Great American Conference Championship)
Ashley Hughes played the full 90 minutes on both occasions for Southwestern Oklahoma State this week. The goalkeeper was not required to make a single save against Northwestern Oklahoma State, but made six in her team’s championship victory over Oklahoma Baptist.
West Virginia State (Emma Farrelly)
This week: lost 1-0 to Fairmont State (Mountain East Conference Tournament Semi-Final)
Emma Farrelly started for West Virginia State in their loss to Fairmont State, finishing with a shot in her 62 minutes on the pitch.
Campbellsville (Lauren Woodcock)
This week: defeated Cumberland 4-2 (Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Woodcock: 90 minutes, 1 shot, 1 on target, 1 assist v Cumberland
Cumberlands (Georgia Martell)
This week: defeated Shawnee State 4-1 (Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Georgia Martell played the full 90 minutes between the sticks for Cumberlands in their win over Shawnee State, making four saves.
Dalton State (Sarah Morris)
This week: lost 3-1 to Middle Georgia State (Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Sarah Morris came off the bench in Dalton State’s loss to Middle Georgia State, playing a late seven-minute cameo.
Jamestown (Gaby Sarkis)
This week: defeated Doane 3-1 (Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Quarter-Final); defeated Midland 4-3 (Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Semi-Final)
Gaby Sarkis started for Jamestown in both games this weekend, registering the game-winning goal against Doane and a goal as well as a yellow card in a thrilling 4-3 win over Midland.
Keiser (Georgia Little)
This week: defeated Warner 3-0
Georgia Little came off the bench for Keiser in their 3-0 win over Warner, tallying a shot in her 43 minutes of playing time.
LSU Alexandria (Elena McConnachie)
This week: defeated Texas A&M-San Antonio 5-2 (Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Elena McConnachie came off the bench for LSU Alexandria in their win over Texas A&M-San Antonio, playing 12 minutes.
Midland (Gabrielle McAlpine)
This week: defeated Dordt 3-1 (Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Quarter-Final), lost 4-3 to Jamestown (Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Semi-Final)
Gabrielle McAlpine did not feature in Midland’s win over Dordt, but came off the bench in the loss to Jamestown.
Rio Grande (Saskia Vos)
This week: defeated Oakland City 2-1 (OT) (River States Athletic Conference Tournament Quarter-Final)
Saskia Vos did not feature in Rio Grande’s quarter-final win over Oakland City.
NJCAA Division I
Laramie County (Mattiese Loretan)
This week: defeated Seminole State 2-1 (NJCAA D1 West Plains District Championship)
Mattiese Loretan started in Laramie County’s championship victory over Seminole State, registering a pair of shots on target.
Monroe College (Erin Keyt)
This week: lost 2-0 to Monroe Community College (NJCAA D1 Region 15 Semi-Final)
Erin Keyt played the full 90 minutes for Monroe College in their loss to Monroe Community College, finishing with one shot on target.
Salt Lake (Isabel Andrews, Amelia Suma)
This week: defeated Arizona Western 5-3 on penalties (0-0 AET) (NJCAA D1 West District Championship)
Neither Isabel Andrews nor Amelia Suma featured in Salt Lake’s shootout win over Arizona Western.
Seminole State (Samantha Bayer, Shivani Battaglia)
This week: lost 2-1 to Laramie County (NJCAA D1 West Plains District Championship)
Shivani Battaglia and Samantha Bayer each featured in Seminole State’s championship game loss to Laramie County, with Battaglia making five saves.
NJCAA Division II
Mineral Area (Ashleigh Lawson)
This week: lost 2-0 to Heartland (NJCAA D2 Central District Semi-Final)
Ashleigh Lawson did not feature in Mineral Area’s semi-final loss to Heartland.
Northeast (Chelsea Dolbel, Kailey Lincoln, Mackenzee Stokes)
This week: defeated Pratt 3-1 (NJCAA D2 Plains District Championship)
All three of Northeast’s Australians played the full 90 minutes in their win over Pratt in the Plains District Championship. Chelsea Dolbel tallied three shots with one on target, Mackenzee Stokes finished with two attempts of which one was on target, and Kailey Lincoln registered a single shot.
Peninsula (Katie McDermott)
This week: lost to Spokane 5-4 on penalties (2-2 AET) (NWAC Championship Quarter-Final)
Katie McDermott came off the bench in Peninsula’s loss to Spokane, playing ten minutes.