College Matildas W-League Preview

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Adelaide United is certainly the place to look for former NCAA Division I players in the W-League in 2019/20, with no less than four members of the Reds having played in college. Usual suspects Alexandra Huynh and Amy Jackson are back for another season in the W-League, whilst former Houston midfielder Rebekah Horsey finally gets a crack at the bigtime, having signed with Canberra United.

Isabel Hodgson | Adelaide United

College Career: East Tennessee State (2015-18)

Isabel Hodgson may have spent four years at East Tennessee State, but the Buccaneers legend was never out of an Adelaide United jersey for too long, even spending one college off-season playing for the Reds in 2015/16. An interrupted stint with the Reds last season saw Hodgson make seven appearances and score one goal before returning to Johnson City to complete her degree, but the dynamic attacker now returns for a first full W-League campaign since 2014/15. Hodgson also finds herself in good scoring form of late, banging home eight goals in nine NPLW appearances with Adelaide City on the way to securing grand final success.

Kahlia Hogg | Adelaide United

College Career: Florida State (2012-13), Colorado (2014-16)

Kahlia Hogg’s 2018/19 season was blighted by injury, but Adelaide United coach Ivan Karlovic nonetheless brought the versatile wide player back into the fold for 2019/20. Having played for Canberra United before leaving for college and Western Sydney Wanderers upon her return, Adelaide is Hogg’s third W-League club, and it may also be the place at which the former Florida State and Colorado winger gets her chance to truly shine. Whether deployed in the backline or further up the pitch, Hogg appears primed for a breakout season in the W-League after appearing 24 times for Illawarra Stingrays in NPL New South Wales this season.

Dylan Holmes | Adelaide United

College Career: Colgate (2015)

It’s fair to say that Dylan Holmes’ year at Colgate wasn’t the most enjoyable or successful time, but since returning to Adelaide, the midfielder has flourished. Holmes picked up the NPL South Australia Coaches’ Player of the Year after a fantastic season for Adelaide City in which the club secured the league and grand final double. Having played 12 games for Adelaide United in 2018/19, Holmes returns for her third W-League season as one of four Aussies to have played in college in the Reds squad. Having started every game in 2018/19, Holmes shapes as an integral player as Adelaide United looks to atone for that campaign’s late-season jitters which eventually cost them a first finals berth.

Laura Johns | Adelaide United

College Career: Massachusetts (2013-16)

A midfielder throughout her college days at Massachusetts, Laura Johns found herself deployed at fullback for much of the 2018/19 W-League season, performing admirably throughout the campaign. Like most of this year’s players, Johns featured for the Reds prior to playing in college, making six appearances in 2012/13 before returning to play 20 more games across the last two seasons. Having made 11 starts in the 2018/19, Johns is firmly entrenched as a member of the Adelaide United squad, emerging as a wide attacking threat whilst capably handling her defensive duties. Johns also enjoyed an outstanding season in NPL South Australia this season, finishing in a tie for fifth in Player of the Year voting with former Kennesaw State defender Nicole Calder.

Isobel Dalton | Brisbane Roar

College Career: Colorado (2016-18)

A Brisbane Roar player even before leaving for college, Isobel Dalton returns home in 2019 after three seasons at Colorado and a brief spell at Nottingham Forest in the English FA Women’s National League North. Despite not receiving a lot of playing time at Colorado as part of a stacked midfield unit, Dalton showed her class on a number of occasions when given the opportunity on a Colorado team that has gained a solid footing in the Pac-12 over the last few seasons. Now, the English-born Queenslander returns home to shore up the Brisbane Roar midfield alongside the likes of Matildas duo Katrina Gorry and Elise Kellond-Knight, and American import Celeste Boureille.

Rebekah Horsey | Canberra United

College Career: Houston (2012-13)

It’s not often that a player returns from college and waits six years to make their W-League debut, but that is exactly how the career of Queenslander Rebekah Horsey has panned out. An integral part of the Lions FC side that completed a Premiership-Championship double in NPL Queensland this year, Horsey was outstanding in the midfield of a team that scored 108 goals whilst giving up just 22 in 24 regular season games. A defensive presence first and foremost, Horsey will likely be tasked with shielding the Canberra United back four as the team in green looks to make a return to the finals for the first time since finishing top of the table in 2016/17.

Amy Jackson | Melbourne Victory

College Career: Florida International (2007-09)

Anyone who’s watched the W-League for a significant period of time already knows what Amy Jackson brings to the table. A versatile midfielder who has also been deployed in defence during her time with both Melbourne clubs, Jackson returns to Victory after spending the last four seasons with crosstown rivals Melbourne City. A three-time W-League champion with Melbourne City, Jackson now returns to her original club to help them attempt to build on last season’s premiership success. Jackson is also on the cusp of becoming a member of the vaunted 100-game club, having made 90 appearances in the W-League to this point. One of the league’s most experienced players, Jackson will provide outstanding leadership alongside the likes of English star Natasha Dowie and recently capped Matildas centre back Jenna McCormick.

Alexandra Huynh | Western Sydney Wanderers

College Career: Colorado (2013-15), Troy (2016)

To say Alexandra Huynh bleeds red and black would be an understatement, so it is little surprise to see the former Colorado and Troy defender back with Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2019/20 season after not playing in the W-League in 2018/19. Since moving to Brisbane after her return from college, Huynh has spent the last two seasons as a mainstay of the Souths United defence in NPL Queensland, and even scored one of the goals of the season in 2019 with a peach of a free kick. However, Huynh’s actual job this season will be shutting down opposition attacks as a Wanderers squad that looks to be the best the club has put together in a number of seasons attempts to break their finals duck.

2019 NCAA Tournament Preview

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2019 sees five teams featuring Australians enter the NCAA Tournament, and all have real opportunities to make deep runs. Beattie Goad and Stanford have secured the #1 overall seed, and we could see the Cardinal face another Aussie-laden side in Hofstra in the Round of 32. Meanwhile, Teagan Micah and Rachel Lowe will look to lead UCLA back to the College Cup for the first time since 2017 after a sublime finish to the regular season. Demi Koulizakis will look to bang home a few goals as Texas Tech attempt to take advantage of their #4 seeding, whilst backup goalkeeper Aly Hay will no doubt be ready if called upon for Washington State.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

First Round: v Loyola Chicago – 5am, Sunday November 17

Hofstra dominated the Colonial Athletic Association once again in 2019, securing their third consecutive conference championship with an undefeated league season that culminated in a 5-1 win over James Madison in the title game. The Pride finished 15-3-2, with all three of their losses coming to top-25 RPI sides as they ran roughshod over the majority of their opponents. Having earned hosting rights for the opening round, Hofstra now face Missouri Valley Conference champions Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers put together a solid season, albeit in a weaker conference than Hofstra, dropping just four games on their way to the conference title. Hofstra will certainly be favoured here, but should they get through Loyola, improving upon last year’s second-round exit will be tough; the Pride are slated to face Beattie Goad’s Stanford outfit on the road in the Round of 32.

It unfortunately seems unlikely that either Grace Watson Carr or Monique Iannella will see any playing time in this one, but if the game descends into a blowout, we could see some bench cameos in the latter stages.

Tale of the Tape

Hofstra Team Loyola Chicago
15-3-2 Record (W-L-D) 14-4-1
16 RPI Rank 57
2.5 Goals Per Game 1.84
1.35 Goals Conceded Per Game 1

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: v Prairie View A&M – 2pm, Saturday November 16

The overall #1 seed in the tournament for the fourth consecutive season, Stanford have once again carved out an exceptional regular season and given themselves the best possible chance at tournament success. Smashing home an impressive 72 goals in an 18-1 campaign that included a perfect conference record, Stanford look primed for a repeat run to the College Cup for the third consecutive season. Standing in their way first up is Prairie View A&M, the champions of the SWAC. However, first round games have barely proven to be an obstacle in recent seasons. Stanford have scored 16 goals and conceded just 1 in their last three opening round encounters, with that one conceded goal coming in a 9-1 win over Utah Valley in 2017.

It also shapes to be intriguing to see how much playing time Beattie Goad sees in the tournament this year. Having come off the bench for much of the season, the Victorian tallied two assists in a Senior Day start, and that may have garnered Goad a few more minutes on the pitch at the most crucial stage.

Tale of the Tape

Stanford Team Prairie View A&M
18-1-0 Record (W-L-D) 13-7-0
1 RPI Rank 246
3.79 Goals Per Game 1.4
0.52 Goals Conceded Per Game 0.95

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: v Pepperdine – Saturday November 16

Texas Tech reached the Big 12 semi-finals before falling to TCU, but had been all but guaranteed an at-large bid for at least a couple of weeks prior to that defeat. A well-balanced Red Raiders team with a stingy and defence and high-powered offence dropped just three games across the course of the season, snagging a #4 seeding in the process. However, they have been rewarded with a tricky opponent in the form of Pepperdine. The Waves may have dropped six games this season, but one of their 11 wins came against the might of Stanford, handing the Cardinal their only loss of the season.

Demi Koulizakis has been a crucial part of the Red Raiders attack all year, producing four goals and five assists to be among the best Aussies in both categories. Texas Tech will need not only Koulizakis, but the entire attack to be at their best if they are to secure a second victory in as many years against Pepperdine; the Red Raiders knocked off a nationally ranked Waves side 1-0 early in 2018.

Tale of the Tape

Texas Tech Team Pepperdine
15-3-2 Record (W-L-D) 11-6-2
20 RPI Rank 46
2.1 Goals Per Game 1.79
0.65 Goals Conceded Per Game 1.16

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

First Round: v Lamar – 1pm, Saturday November 16

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Between September 19 and October 3rd, UCLA’s results went as follows: draw, win, loss, loss. That is but ancient history now though, as the Bruins won eight of their last nine games, only dropping a 1-0 decision to Stanford. That barnstorming finish earned UCLA a 2nd seed that looked rather unlikely six weeks earlier, and with it a match against Southland Conference champions Lamar. The Cardinals feature one of the most prolific offences in the nation, chalking up 69 goals in 22 games. However, they are yet to face a defence of UCLA’s ilk, much less a goalkeeper of Teagan Micah’s class. UCLA concede an average of less than a goal per game, with Micah keeping seven clean sheets this season.

Rachel Lowe should also be back for the Bruins after her Young Matildas commitments, having finished fourth at the recent Under 19 Asian Championship. The freshman has seen a decent amount of playing time in her first season, and will no doubt be champing at the bit to get her first taste of NCAA Tournament action.

Tale of the Tape

UCLA Team Lamar
14-4-1 Record (W-L-D) 16-6-0
7 RPI Rank 87
1.95 Goals Per Game 3.14
0.78 Goals Conceded Per Game 1.87

Washington State (Aly Hay)

First Round: v Memphis – 12pm, Saturday November 16

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On paper, Washington State have found themselves in one of the tightest games of the opening round as they take on Memphis, who sit a single position above them in the RPI rankings. Memphis have lost just twice this season, with one of those losses coming in the American Athletic Conference championship game. However, Washington State will host this game and have lost only twice in nine games on the Palouse this season. If they are to secure victory, the Cougars will have to slow down Memphis’ attack, which has produced 2.7 goals per game. Fortunately, Washington State give up just 1.16 goals per game, but on the 12 occasions they did concede a goal this year, they gave up multiple goals on five occasions. Memphis’ defence is even more stingy, conceding just 0.55 goals per game, but they have rarely faced teams of the same calibre that Washington State have.

As a backup behind one of the top goalkeepers in the nation in Ella Dederick, it of course seems unlikely that Aly Hay will see any playing time in this year’s tournament. However, with Dederick moving on to the professional ranks next season, expect to see the Canadian-Australian between the sticks in future tournaments.

Tale of the Tape

Washington State Team Memphis
12-6-1 Record (W-L-D) 17-2-1
27 RPI Rank 26
1.89 Goals Per Game 2.7
1.16 Goals Conceded Per Game 0.55

Where Could They Meet?

Hofstra v Stanford – Round of 32
Hofstra v Texas Tech – Final
Hofstra v UCLA – Semi-Final
Hofstra v Washington State – Final
Stanford v Texas Tech – Final
Stanford v UCLA – Semi-Final
Stanford v Washington State – Final
Texas Tech v UCLA – Final
Texas Tech v Washington State – Final
UCLA v Washington State – Final

2019 Week 12 Wrap

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Beattie Goad has come off the bench in recent weeks, but received a starting berth on her own Senior Day and took the opportunity with both hands as the Cardinal routed local rivals California 4-0. Stanford took a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, with Goad tallying an assist on the second. The senior found Carly Malatskey in space out wide with a neat pass, before Malatskey tucked a finish just inside the near post to deliver Stanford a handy advantage.

Goad would do something quite similar in the build-up to Stanford’s third goal after halftime. This time, Goad found Sophia Smith out wide, who cut in before curling home past the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand. Stanford finished the game outshooting California 39-1, with 17 of those on target. The win completed a perfect Pac-12 season for Stanford, who look set to go into the NCAA Tournament as the #1 overall seed as they look for a second national championship in three seasons.

Texas Tech may not have been able to get a win in their Big 12 semi-final against TCU, but Demi Koulizakis was nonetheless dangerous for the Red Raiders. Just 53 seconds into the contest, Koulizakis’ shot from distance could only be tipped down by the goalkeeper, with the ball dropping into the path of Jordie Harr, who managed to direct the ball home despite the close attention of a TCU defender. However, despite Texas Tech outshooting their opponents 21-10, the Horned Frogs scored with their only two shots on target of the evening to secure a 2-1 smash-and-grab victory, leaving Texas Tech to await their position in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

Eliza Ammendolia remained a threat for Hawaii until the very last moment of the Rainbow Wahine’s season, with the All-Conference selection again proving dangerous despite her team’s 3-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton in the Big West semi-finals. The freshman tallied one of Hawaii’s five shots on target in a complete game performance, but Cal State Fullerton were clinical, putting 10 of their 12 shots on target as they rolled to victory. The loss also saw Kiri Dale’s outstanding college career come to an end, with the redshirt senior proving to be an integral member of the Hawaii side for the last three seasons since transferring from Iona.

Whilst neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr have seen much playing time this year, they will still take away special memories from this season as Hofstra secured their third consecutive CAA Championship. Having dominated all season, the Pride put a bow on things in the best way possible, rolling to a 5-1 victory in the championship game over James Madison.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 1-0 to Prairie View A&M

Sophie Bui started and played 45 minutes in Alabama State’s season-ending loss to Prairie View A&M.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Bryant 2-0; lost 1-0 to Central Connecticut State

Sam Roff started her final two college games, playing 82 minutes in the win over Bryant and 33 minutes in the Northeast Conference championship game loss to Central Connecticut State.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 3-0 to Cal State Fullerton

Eliza Ammendolia played the full 90 minutes for Hawaii in their loss to Cal State Fullerton, tallying 3 shots with one on target. Kiri Dale came off the bench in her final game for the Rainbow Wahine, playing 15 minutes.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated James Madison 5-1

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra as the Pride secured the CAA championship with a win over James Madison.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 1-0 to Saint Louis

Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes in La Salle’s season-ending loss to Saint Louis, making two saves. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, posting a shot in a 50-minute outing.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 2-1 SIU-Edwardsville

Siena Senatore started for Southeast Missouri State in what turned out to be her last college game, playing the full 90 minutes.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated California 4-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their win over rivals California, contributing a pair of assists as well as a shot in a 60-minute outing.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 2-1 to TCU

Demi Koulizakis played the full 90 minutes in Texas Tech’s conference tournament loss to TCU, tallying four shots with two on target.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated USC 4-2

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in UCLA’s victory over cross-town rivals USC, but did not make a save. Rachel Lowe missed this game due to Young Matildas commitments.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: lost 1-0 to Washington

Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their loss to Washington.

2019 Week 12 Preview

At #15 in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings, Texas Tech are the second-highest ranked Big 12 team, and also finished second in the conference standings before knocking off Baylor in last weekend’s conference tournament quarter-finals. That put the Red Raiders into a semi-final against TCU, with the Horned Frogs the only Big 12 team to deliver Texas Tech a defeat this season. However, that slip-up doesn’t change the fact that Texas Tech will come into this game as favourites, with senior Demi Koulizakis part of a Red Raiders attack that has done the required job on just about every occasion this season. With a solid defence that has conceded just five goals in conference play backing them up, Texas Tech has eked out four 1-0 victories this season on their way to second place in the conference standings. However, a 4-1 win over Kansas State last week displayed the Red Raiders’ offensive prowess, and with nine goals in their last four games, if everything clicks, Texas Tech could yet storm to the championship game.

Hawaii have already made history just by reaching the Big West tournament, but that is merely a step on the pathway as the Rainbow Wahine look to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. With the tournament being hosted by the regular season champion, Hawaii’s semi-final against Cal State Fullerton in the 1st v 4th semi-final becomes a true road game rather than a neutral venue contest. However, Hawaii have already drawn with the Titans on the very same pitch that they will be playing this game. It was a hardly a game in which Hawaii just eked out a draw either; although they were outshot 20-13, the Rainbow Wahine certainly had their chances throughout the contest. Big West All-Conference First Team selection Eliza Ammendolia’s emergence as part of the attack has certainly been a game-changer for Hawaii, and whilst they have only won one of their last five, the Rainbow Wahine have lost only one of their past eight as they carved out a number of draws to pick up vital points on their way to the tournament.

UCLA and USC played out one of the most thrilling games of the regular season in 2018, and sparks look set to fly once again as the crosstown rivals face off on the final day of Pac-12 play. Last year’s contest saw Teagan Micah make one of the plays of the season, coming up with an acrobatic tip over the bar with just two seconds remaining in regulation to force the game to overtime. UCLA would go on to secure the golden goal victory, and another victory this week would greatly assist in the Bruins’ push to secure as high a seeding for the NCAA Tournament as possible. Micah kept two clean sheets last week to maintain some outstanding form of late, and another performance of similar ilk would just about get the Bruins halfway to a victory – you can’t lose if you’re not conceding goals!

Siena Senatore and Southeast Missouri State have run roughshod over much of the Ohio Valley Conference this season, giving themselves a golden chance to secure a conference title and reach the NCAA Tournament in Senatore’s final season. Having received a double-bye through to the semi-finals, the Redhawks need just two wins to secure the title, with that semi-final coming at home against SIU-Edwardsville. Southeast Missouri State already have a 2-1 win at home, but the Cougars are a dangerous team, smashing home 29 goals and finishing with the second-best goal difference in the league. That is where Senatore comes into play for the Redhawks. A solid defensive performance, of which the senior will most likely play a crucial role off the bench, has the potential to stifle SIU-Edwardsville’ attack and turn this game into a defensive battle. That is an area in which the Redhawks can claim superiority, having conceded just 13 goals in 10 games compared to SIU-Edwardsville’s 17. Should the Redhawks get a win, they could face a Murray State team that has already beaten them 5-0 once this season. If that is the case, then Senatore and the Redhawks defence would become even more crucial if they are to get revenge for that result and secure a conference championship.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Prairie View A&M – 10:30am, Friday November 8 (SWAC Tournament Quarter-Final)

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Bryant – 8am, Saturday November 9 (Northeast Conference Tournament Semi-Final)

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ Cal State Fullerton – 2:30pm, Friday November 8 (Big West Tournament Semi-Final)

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v James Madison – 5am, Sunday November 10 (CAA Tournament Final)

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ Saint Louis – 6am, Saturday November 9 (Atlantic 10 Tournament Semi-Final)

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: v SIU-Edwardsville – 11:30am, Saturday November 9 (Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semi-Final)

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v California – 2pm, Saturday November 9

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v TCU – 12pm, Saturday November 9 (Big 12 Tournament Semi-Final)

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: v USC – 1pm, Saturday November 9

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: @ Washington – 2pm, Saturday November 9

2019 Week 11 Wrap

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La Salle and Dayton combined for five goals last week in their regular season finale, but there would be no repeat of that goalfest in their Atlantic 10 tournament quarter-final, with Claudia Jenkins in top form between the sticks. The South Australian came up with seven saves, with each one proving vital as La Salle snuck home with a 1-0 victory to move within two wins of a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. However, they will now have to go through Atlantic 10 regular season champions Saint Louis in the semi-finals to get there.

Texas Tech’s final day 4-1 victory over Kansas State secured second spot in the Big 12, with Demi Koulizakis once again playing a crucial role for the Red Raiders. A flying start from Texas Tech saw the home side smash home four goals inside the first 20 minutes to put the game to bed early, with Koulizakis providing an assist on the second of those four. A blocked shot from teammate Charlotte Teeter found its way to Koulizakis just outside the six-yard box, but rather than take on the low-percentage shot on the turn, the senior returned the ball to Teeter, who smashed it home from the edge of the area to put her team up 2-0.

The Red Raiders would then face Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament, the same team that knocked them out in overtime in last year’s semi-finals. However, revenge would be sweet for Koulizakis and Texas Tech, with a first-half goal enough to see the second seeded Red Raiders through to next Friday’s semi-finals against TCU.

Beattie Goad has enjoyed immense success at Stanford, and that continued this week as the Cardinal secured their fifth consecutive conference championship. The 3-0 win over Arizona State secured a share of the title, and with Washington’s loss to Colorado later in the day, Stanford secured the championship outright. The title makes Goad a member of one of three Stanford classes to secure four conference championships in their four years on The Farm, and the Cardinal will now head into the NCAA Tournament as one of the favourites as they attempt to secure a second national championship in three years.

Eliza Ammendolia’s recent run of form continued as the freshman managed to tally another assist for Hawaii in a history-making week for the Rainbow Wahine. Needing at least one win to qualify for the Big West tournament for the first time, Ammendolia was dangerous throughout the contest against UC Davis. The freshman finished with three shots, including one on target, as Hawaii notched a 3-2 win. A loss for UC Irvine the next day secured Hawaii’s berth in the tournament, and heading into the final day of the season, they remained an outside chance of winning the regular season title. Whilst other results put paid to that, Hawaii still secured a 1-1 draw with Long Beach State to go into the tournament in solid form, with Ammendolia notching the assist on Hawaii’s goal, helping to tee up sophomore Morgan Meza’s equaliser.

Teagan Micah once again demonstrated why she is considered one of the nation’s top goalkeepers, registering a pair of clean sheets as UCLA continue their hot streak of form as the season approaches its climax. The senior came up with three saves in a 4-0 rout of Oregon State, before tallying another two in a 1-0 victory over Oregon that pushed the Bruins’ winning streak to four, with their only dropped points in the last eight games coming in a loss to the unstoppable Stanford side.

It’s been a tough season for Nicholls State, but Tessa Calabria was able to add something positive to her final college game, notching an assist in the Colonels’ defeat to Southeastern Louisiana. Having gone 1-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes, Calabria was able to tee up senior Blaire Laiche for the equaliser in the 38th minute. Nicholls State took the the lead just after halftime, but Southeastern Louisiana came home with a flourish, scoring four goals in the last half-hour to secure victory in the final game for both Calabria and Kristy Helmers.

Player of the Year Points

3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 2-1 to Alabama A&M

Sophie Bui started for Alabama State in their loss to Alabama A&M, tallying a shot on target in a 75-minute outing.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 5-1 to Kansas City

Sarah Clark came off the bench to play the last 28 minutes against Kansas City in the final game of the senior’s college career.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: drew 0-0 with Wagner; defeated Mount St. Mary’s 4-1

Sam Roff started both games this week, playing 75 minutes against Wagner before tallying a pair of shots on target in 73 minutes against Mount St. Mary’s.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Cal State Bakersfield

Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes for Grand Canyon in their loss to Cal State Bakersfield.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated UC Davis 3-2; drew 1-1 with Long Beach State

Eliza Ammendolia started against UC Davis, tallying three shots with on one target in 79 minutes. The freshman also started against Long Beach State, notching an assist on Hawaii’s goal and tallying six shots in 97 minutes. Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 20 minutes against UC Davis, before tallying a shot in 20 minutes off the bench against Long Beach State.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Elon 3-1 (CAA Conference Tournament)

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in their win over Elon.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Dayton 1-0

Claudia Jenkins finished with seven saves in a complete-game performance in La Salle’s conference tournament quarter-final win over Dayton. Alyssa Van Heurck also started for the Explorers, playing 35 minutes in the win.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: defeated Kentucky 3-2

Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench to play 19 minutes in her final game for LSU.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 3-1 to Western Kentucky

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Western Kentucky.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost 2-1 to Texas A&M

Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in their loss to Texas A&M.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: lost 5-2 to Southeastern Louisiana

Tessa Calabria came off the bench against Southeastern Louisiana in her final college game, tallying an assist and two shots in 66 minutes. Kristy Helmers also came off the bench in her last game for the Colonels, tallying a shot in 64 minutes. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: defeated North Dakota 1-0; lost 1-0 to Denver

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in either game this week.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Charlotte 1-0

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their win over Charlotte.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Arizona State 3-0; defeated Arizona 6-2

Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games this week, tallying a shot in 41 minutes against Arizona State and playing 31 minutes against Arizona.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Kansas State 4-1; defeated Baylor 1-0 (Big 12 Tournament)

Demi Koulizakis tallied an assist and a shot in a 67-minute outing against Kansas State. The senior then played the full 90 minutes in Texas Tech’s conference tournament opener against Baylor, registering a shot in the victory.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Oregon State 4-0; defeated Oregon 1-0

Teagan Micah played every minute of the weekend for UCLA, making three saves against Oregon State and another two in the win over Oregon to keep two clean sheets. Rachel Lowe missed these games due to Young Matildas commitments.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 2-0 to Binghamton

Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Binghamton.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

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

Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in either game this week.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 1-0 to Mercer (OT) (Southern Conference Tournament)

Kate Swartwout started in her final college game, tallying a shot in a 34-minute outing in Western Carolina’s overtime loss to Mercer.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: drew 0-0 with Colorado State

Indianna Asimus tallied 2 shots in 90 minutes as Wyoming’s season came to an end with an overtime draw against Colorado State.

2019 Week 11 Preview

(Image Credit: Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos)

Several teams featuring Aussies are involved in conference tournament play this weekend, with a La Salle’s Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck as well as Western Carolina’s Kate Swartwout the players to watch. Jenkins and Van Heurck will be first up as La Salle host Dayton on Sunday morning in a replay of last week’s thriller to end conference play. The Explorers won that game 3-2 to earn hosting rights in their conference tournament opener, and now face a Flyers side out for revenge in a far more important game. However, with Jenkins in outstanding form between the sticks all season, La Salle have every reason to be confident of securing victory on their home patch.

Western Carolina earned a bye through to the quarter-finals of Southern Conference tournament, but still find themselves on the road in a 4 v 5 matchup at Mercer. These teams faced other just two weeks ago on Kate Swartwout’s Senior Day, with Western Carolina rolling to a 4-1 victory on that occasion. Whilst that may have been a home victory for the Catamounts, it was such a dominant performance that going on the road should not dent their confidence going into this knockout fixture as they look to make a charge at a conference championship.

Dropping their game against UC Santa Barbara last week set Hawaii back in their chase for a regular season conference championship, but the Rainbow Wahine remain well and truly in control of their own fate when it comes to reaching the Big West tournament. Taking on Long Beach State and UC Davis this week, Hawaii will be considered favourites in each of these games, but playing on the road makes things just that little bit more difficult, particularly when every road trip consists of a five-hour flight. A win and a draw in these two games will clinch a conference tournament spot, and with several players in good form, Hawaii have every reason to be confident of picking up those results. Australian freshman Eliza Ammendolia is one of those players in form, with things really starting to click for the midfielder in recent weeks. With Kiri Dale providing outstanding impact off the bench in recent weeks, both Aussies could play integral roles in getting Hawaii over the line and into a first Big West tournament.

Wyoming remain an outside chance of sneaking into the Mountain West Conference tournament, but they’ll need other results to go their way if they are to return to the preseason. However, first and foremost, the Cowgirls will need to pick up victory over their arch-rivals Colorado State in the annual Border War fixture. Fortunately, Indianna Asimus is in excellent form at the moment, scoring in each of Wyoming’s games last weekend. Wyoming are going to need to score goals in this one, and if Asimus continues as she has in recent games, the Cowgirls are a solid chance to do their part on the final weekend. Then, it will just become a case of hoping that San Jose State and Air Force both drop points. It all seems a bit unlikely at this point, but soccer regularly throws up crazy final days like this one could be.

Texas Tech, on the other hand, find themselves in position to potentially secure a Big 12 regular season championship. They will be relying on Baylor taking points from ladder leading Oklahoma State on the final day of the season, but a win over Kansas State will secure a top-two spot regardless of other results. The Texas Tech attack has been in solid form all season, with Demi Koulizakis a large part of that. The senior tallied three shots on target last time out, and if that kind of accuracy and volume continues, it’s only a matter of time before the Sydneysider gets another goal before her college career comes to an end.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Alabama A&M – 7am, Saturday November 2

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Kansas City – 5am, Sunday November 3

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Wagner – 10am, Friday November 1; v Mount St. Mary’s – 5am, Monday November 4

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Cal State Bakersfield – 1pm, Sunday November 3

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ UC Davis – 8am, Friday November 1; @ Long Beach State – 9am, Monday November 4

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v Northeastern/Elon – 5am, Monday November 4 (CAA Conference Tournament)

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Dayton – 4am, Sunday November 3 (Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament)

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Kentucky – 10:45am, Friday November 1

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Western Kentucky – 10am, Saturday November 2

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: @ Texas A&M – 10:30am, Friday November 1

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: v Southeastern Louisiana – 8am, Saturday November 2

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v North Dakota – 10am, Friday November 1; @ Denver – 6am, Monday November 4

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Charlotte – 10am, Saturday November 2

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Arizona State – 11am, Friday November 1; v Arizona – 7am, Monday November 4

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Kansas State – 11am, Friday November 1

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Oregon State – 1pm, Friday November 1; @ Oregon – 8am, Monday November 4

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Binghamton – 10am, Friday November 1

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: v Utah – 1pm, Friday November 1; v Colorado – 6am, Monday November 4

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: @ Mercer – 7am, Monday November 4 (Southern Conference Tournament)

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: @ Colorado State – 8am, Saturday November 2

2019 Week 10 Wrap

(Image Credit: Stanford Athletics)

Wyoming remain in the hunt for a conference tournament spot heading into their final game, and they have Indianna Asimus in part to thank. In a game against UNLV that started and finished wildly, Asimus tallied her fifth goal of the season to put Wyoming up 2-1 after just 24 minutes. Teed up perfectly with a square ball, Asimus swept the ball home from just outside the six-yard area. UNLV tied the game with just 9 minutes remaining, but Wyoming responded with an 87th minute winner to secure a much-needed three points.

Asimus would follow up with the opening goal for Wyoming against Nevada on Sunday afternoon. Latching onto a through ball, Asimus’ shot across the goalkeeper found its way into the back of the net to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Nevada would respond twice to take a 2-1 victory with goals in the space of just seconds in the 74th minute.

That result sees Wyoming no longer control their own fate in the Mountain West. A win against Colorado State is now crucial, but they will need other results to go their way if they are to return to the conference tournament.

Having regularly started earlier in the season, Beattie Goad has been more of an impact player off the bench in recent weeks. There is no better way to impact a game than by scoring a goal, and that is exactly what Goad did against Colorado. Tucking home a square pass at the near post from close range, Goad’s goal sealed victory for Stanford, putting the Cardinal up 3-0 with 13 minutes to play, with the final scoreline reading 4-0. The goal was also Goad’s third of the season, a career-high for the senior.

Stanford now sit nine points clear atop the Pac-12 standings with three games to play, meaning a draw in any of their remaining fixtures will secure the conference championship for a fifth consecutive occasion.

Another player coming off the bench to score her third goal of the season this weekend was Western Carolina’s Kate Swartwout. The senior tallied the equaliser against UNC Greensboro as part of a 42-minute outing, finishing after being teed up by fellow senior Mackenzie Wright. Although UNC Greensboro would go on to win the match 3-1, Swartwout and the Catamounts would bounce back against VMI, with the senior playing 44 minutes in a 1-0 victory. That win secured fifth spot in the Southern Conference, and they will now await first round results in the conference tournament to find out their quarter-final opponents.

With just one goal to her name coming into the season, Swartwout is now equal-third for most goals on the Catamount roster this season, behind a pair of players with four goals.

However, not every outstanding performance culminates in goals, and a couple of players demonstrated as much this week. Eliza Ammendolia may not have finished the weekend with a tally, but was nonetheless involved in just about everything good for Hawai’i in a 1-1 draw with Cal Poly. The freshman’s combinations with her fellow attackers are starting to click with more regularity, and whilst the Rainbow Wahine may not have secured the win, several phases of play were scintillating to watch. Kiri Dale also provided outstanding impact for Hawai’i in that game, going close to volleying home a pass from Ammendolia herself in her 28 minutes on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Demi Koulizakis did just about everything but score a goal this week as Texas Tech held onto second spot in the Big 12 with a pair of wins against Baylor and Texas. Having already put in a complete-game performance in the 2-0 victory over Baylor, Koulizakis came out firing against Texas. The Red Raiders led their opponents 12-4 in shots on target, with Koulizakis delivering three of those as each of her shots tested the goalkeeper. In the end, that kind of dominance was bound to result in goals, but Texas Tech left it late. Having peppered the net all day, it took an 89th minute equaliser just to take the game to overtime. A 96th minute golden goal followed, lifting the Red Raiders above Texas in the Big 12 standings and keeping their slim chances of a regular season conference championship alive.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 1-0 to Howard

Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in their loss to Howard.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 5-0 to Grand Canyon; lost 3-0 to Cal State Bakersfield

Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 30 minutes against Grand Canyon, but did not feature against Cal State Bakersfield.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: drew 0-0 with VMI; lost 2-0 to UNC Greensboro

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 1-0

Sam Roff started for Fairleigh Dickinson in their win over St. Francis Brooklyn, playing 78 minutes.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Chicago State 5-0; lost 1-0 to Utah Valley

Sandra Hill started both games this week, playing 71 minutes against Chicago State and the full 90 minutes against Utah Valley.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: drew 1-1 with Cal Poly; lost 4-1 to UC Santa Barbara

Eliza Ammendolia started both games this week, tallying two shots on target in 96 minutes against Cal Poly before adding another shot on target in 73 minutes against UC Santa Barbara. Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 28 minutes on both occasions, finishing with a shot on target in each game.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Towson 5-1; defeated William & Mary 2-1

Grace Watson Carr came off the bench for the final 15 minutes against Towson, making one save, but did not feature against William & Mary. Monique Iannella did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Minnesota 4-1

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench in Illinois’ win over Minnesota, playing 18 minutes.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 4-2 to Massachusetts; defeated Dayton 3-2

Claudia Jenkins played every minute of the weekend, making 9 saves against Massachusetts and another 2 in the win over Dayton. Alyssa Van Heurck started against Massachusetts and played 39 minutes, before coming off the bench against Dayton to play 27 minutes.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: drew 2-2 with Mississippi State; lost 4-0 to Ole Miss

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana Tech

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost 2-0 to South Carolina; defeated LSU 4-0

Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in either game this week.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: lost 4-0 to Northwestern State; lost 6-0 to Central Arkansas

Tessa Calabria started both matches for Nicholls State this week, playing 74 minutes against Northwestern State and 46 minutes against Central Arkansas. Kristy Helmers also started both games, tallying a shot in 76 minutes against Northwestern State before playing 57 minutes against Central Arkansas. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 1-0 to South Dakota State

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature in North Dakota State’s loss to South Dakota State.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated UTSA 3-0; lost 2-0 to UTEP

Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games this week, playing brief 4-minute cameos on both occasions.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: lost 4-1 to Saint Joseph’s; drew 0-0 with Duquesne

Teresa Morrissey missed both games this week due to Young Matildas commitments.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Jacksonville State 2-0; defeated Tennessee Tech 3-2

Siena Senatore came off the bench to 17 minutes against Jacksonville State before starting and playing 50 minutes against Tennessee Tech, tallying a shot on target in the process.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

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

Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 44 minutes against Colorado and playing 46 minutes against Utah.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Baylor 2-0; defeated Texas 2-1

Demi Koulizakis played the full 90 minutes in the win over Baylor, before tallying three shots on target in a 75-minute outing against Texas.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

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

Teagan Micah did not feature against Washington, but returned to make a single save in a complete game performance against Washington State. Rachel Lowe missed both games due to Young Matildas commitments.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 2-1 to Hartford

Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Hartford.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 3-1 to UNC Greensboro; defeated VMI 1-0

Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 42 minutes against UNC Greensboro before playing 44 minutes against VMI.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: defeated UNLV 3-2; lost 2-1 to Nevada (OT)

Indianna Asimus started both games this week, scoring a goal with one of her three shots on target in 83 minutes against UNLV before scoring with her only shot in an 86-minute outing against Nevada.