2017 Week 1 Wrap

It was certainly an eventful opening weekend for the Aussies in NCAA Division I. We saw a couple of players pop up unexpectedly, but certain others did exactly what we know them best for – dominating at the attacking end of the field. At the back, certain experienced players kept their opposition in check to give their teams a chance at victory.

It had been a long time between drinks for Maddy Cornell on the goalscoring front, but the Southeast Missouri State senior picked the perfect time to get on the scoresheet, tallying the sealer in the Redhawks’ 2-0 opening day win over Evansville for her first goal since 2015. Whilst Cornell was unable to back up her goalscoring exploits against Illinois-Springfield in the Redhawks’ second game of the week, Southeast Missouri State still came away with a 3-0 win.

Kiri Dale had already shown the Hawaii fans what she was capable of with a 25 yard strike in preseason, and came up with another special moment in her competitive debut for the Rainbow Wahine, delivering a peach of an assist for Sarah Lau’s backheel flick for the overtime game winner against Utah Valley in a 2-1 win. Dale’s performance off the bench earned her the start in Hawaii’s 2-1 win over Fairfield, a game in which she played 52 minutes and tallied a shot.

Isabel Hodgson tallied the most assists of any Australian last season, and set about retaining that honour in the best way possible, setting up the third goal in East Tennessee State’s 8-0 demolition of South Carolina State. Unfortunately, the Buccaneers weren’t able to make it a perfect weekend, going down 1-0 to Tennessee Tech in their second game of the weekend.

Murray State, on the other hand, had just the one game this weekend, and Harriet Withers was in lethal form. The undoubted top striker in the Ohio Valley Conference scored both goals in the Racers’ 2-0 win over Marshall, with fellow Australian Nyomi Devine playing all 90 minutes to help keep a clean sheet and allow Marshall just three shots on target.

Wyoming may have gone down 2-1 to Baylor in overtime, but you couldn’t fault goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree for the loss. The senior made seven saves, but with Baylor taking 27 shots, eventually their second goal came with just 33 seconds remaining in overtime, with Rowntree’s punch from a free kick unable to be cleared by the defence before being directed home by a Baylor attacker. Jemma House made her debut for Wyoming in the contest, whilst Alisha Bass and Jessie Gentle also started and made significant contributions throughout for the Cowgirls.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Maddy Cornell (Southeast Missouri State)
1: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)

Full Schedule:

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: lost 3-0 to Old Dominion

Claire Urquhart came off the bench late in the first half and played 41 minutes in Albany’s loss to Old Dominion.

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: defeated Massachusetts 3-0

Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in their win over Massachusetts.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: drew 0-0 with Colorado State; defeated Colorado College 1-0 (OT)

Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in either game this weekend.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: lost 2-1 to Maryland; defeated Quinnipiac 3-0

Emma Heckenberg did not feature for Drexel against Maryland, before playing 13 minutes off the bench against Quinnipiac.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated South Carolina State 8-0; lost 1-0 to Tennessee Tech

Isabel Hodgson started for East Tennessee State in their win over South Carolina State, playing 70 minutes and delivering the assist for the Buccaneers’ third goal. Hodgson also started in the loss to Tennessee Tech, playing 76 minutes and registering a single shot on target.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 3-2 to Temple (OT); defeated Hartford 3-1

Sam Roff started for Fairleigh Dickinson and was ever-present in their 3-2 overtime loss to Temple, and backed up for another complete game in the win over Hartford.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Texas Tech; lost 1-0 to New Mexico

Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 13 minutes in the loss to Texas Tech, before coming off the bench to play 31 minutes against New Mexico.

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated Utah Valley 2-1 (OT); defeated Fairfield 2-1

Kiri Dale came off the bench and played 74 minutes in the win over Utah Valley, delivering the assist on the game-winner in overtime. Dale then earned the start in the win over Fairfield, registering a shot on target in her 52 minutes of action.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: lost 1-0 to Pittsburgh; lost 3-0 to Penn State

Emily Hulbert started for Hofstra in both games this week, completing the entire 90 minutes on both occasions. Monique Iannella came off the bench against Pittsburgh to play 62 minutes, before earning her first start for Hofstra and playing 78 minutes against Penn State.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: drew 3-3 with St. John’s; defeated Temple 2-0

Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in either game this week as regular goalkeeper Larisa Zambelli retained her starting position from last season.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: defeated Mississippi Valley State 5-0; defeated Colgate 3-0

Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench against Mississippi Valley State to play 20 minutes, registering a shot which went narrowly wide in the late stages of the game, but did not feature against Colgate.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Marshall 2-0

Harriet Withers banged in both goals for Murray State in their win over Marshall in an 82 minute starter’s effort. Nyomi Devine also started and played the full 90 minutes for the Racers.

Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 3-1 to Southern Miss; lost 1-0 to Mississippi Valley State

Kristy Helmers started for Nicholls State and registered two shots, with on one target, in 69 minutes of play in the loss to Southern Miss. Helmers then played 66 minutes in an unexpected loss to Mississippi Valley State, but did not register a shot. Tenille Harberger did not feature for Nicholls State in either game.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated George Mason 4-1; defeated Albany 3-0

Gaby Bentley had a short stint off the bench in the win over George Mason, playing 8 minutes. The South Australian was afforded slightly more playing time against Albany, chalking up 28 minutes of playing time.

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: drew 0-0 with Kansas State; defeated Seattle 2-1

Olivia Ellis did not feature in either match for Oregon State this weekend.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 3-0 to Fresno State; drew 1-1 with Cal State Northridge

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature in either game for Pacific this week as she continues to recover from injury.

Saint Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: lost 6-0 to Miami (FL); lost 3-1 to Florida Atlantic

Shelby Milton did not feature for Saint Francis in either game of their Florida road trip, which culminated in a pair of losses.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: defeated Evansville 2-0; defeated Illinois-Springfield 3-0

Maddy Cornell started against Evansville, playing 59 minutes and scoring the second goal in Southeast Missouri State’s 2-0 opening day win. Cornell also started against Illinois-Springfield, playing 51 minutes and tallying two shots.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Marquette 4-0; defeated Wisconsin 5-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench against Marquette to play the last 26 minutes before playing 36 minutes off the bench in the win over Wisconsin.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: lost 3-0 to Houston; drew 1-1 with St. Thomas

Paige Hayward started against Houston and played 70 minutes, before tallying 103 minutes and registering 4 shots against St. Thomas.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Grand Canyon 1-0; defeated San Francisco 1-0

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench for Texas Tech in their 1-0 win over Grand Canyon, but was afforded only three minutes of playing time. The sophomore also came off the bench against San Francisco, registering a single shot in 13 minutes of playing time.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated San Diego State 5-1; defeated Long Beach State 5-1

Teagan Micah played all 90 minutes against San Diego State, but was forced to make just two saves and the goal she conceded came from a penalty. Micah backed up for another complete game performance against Long Beach State, making another two saves as UCLA almost let a two-goal lead slip before going on to a 5-1 win.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Morehead State 3-1

Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina in a defence that gave up just three on-target shots to Morehead State in a 3-1 win.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: defeated Providence 2-0; defeated Boston College 3-1

Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary this week as she continues her recovery from injury.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)

This week: lost 2-1 to Baylor (OT)

Georgia Rowntree, Alisha Bass, and Jessie Gentle each started for Wyoming in their only game this week. Rowntree played the entire game between the sticks, making an impressive seven saves. Alisha Bass played 92 minutes in attack, whilst Jessie Gentle registered 69 minutes. Jemma House came off the bench to play an impressive 63 minutes on debut, but Annika Clayton did not feature in the season opener.

2016 Season Wrap

A season that started in the early hours of Friday, August 12 with a clash between Caitlin Cantrill’s LSU side and Louisiana-Lafayette has culminated in the finest way possible for one Australian as Lulu Pullar and USC lifted the national championship trophy following a 3-1 win over hot favourite West Virginia in the title game in San Jose. In that time, we saw 34 Aussies across 25 schools in Division I ply their trade in one of the most successful college seasons Australians have enjoyed in recent times.

We saw ten freshmen join the college ranks this season, with no less than four of those bringing W-League experience to the ranks. Two of those players, Teagan Micah and Beattie Goad, were eventually ranked in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 Freshmen of the season, with Beattie being ranked #91 and Teagan picking up the Freshman Goalkeeper of the Year award and being ranked #19.

At the other end of the spectrum, fifth year seniors Kahlia Hogg and Jess Coates returned from injuries that threatened to scupper their college careers to take advantage of their extra year and have solid impacts for Colorado and Nicholls State respectively. Coates was named 9th best player in the Southland Conference by Top Drawer Soccer and also earned All-Conference and All-State honours.

Once again, the Australians at Murray State were exceptional despite the Racers being unable to secure a second consecutive conference title. Harriet Withers once again received Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Year, whilst Nyomi Devine also garnered All-Conference honours for her sublime defensive play.

The season was also full of brilliant individual moments on the pitch. From Alisha Bass’ game-winning header in the dying seconds of double overtime against Utah Valley to Beattie Goad scoring her first college goal with literally the final kick of the regular season against California, and Isabel Hodgson’s vital goals in the Southern Conference tournament, there were spectacular highlights to be seen each and every week.

However, only one team can win it all, and this season it was Southern California, featuring Australia’s own Lulu Pullar, who managed to cause the upset in the title game, defeating West Virginia 3-1 in the championship game in San Jose.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

Final Standing: America East Co-Champions, Tournament Champions, NCAA 1st Round
Record: 11-8-1
Claire Urquhart’s Stats: 2 games (2 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

As in 2015, Claire Urquhart was offered a couple of early starts, but that was all she wrote in terms of playing time for the sophomore. However, on the team front, it was another successful season for the Great Danes. The team won their second consecutive America East tournament after securing a share of the regular season crown before going down to Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It will be all change at the top next season, though. Head coach Caitlin Cucchiella has made the stunning decision to retire from college coaching after four brilliant season with Albany, and how the team handles this change will certainly be a story to watch in 2017.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

Final Standing: 3rd in Pac-12, NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
Record: 15-6-1
Isobel Dalton’s Stats: 7 games (0 starts), 0 goals, 1 assist
Kahlia Hogg’s Stats: 16 games (13 starts), 1 goal, 1 assist

Perhaps the surprise packet of the entire nation, let alone the Pac-12, Colorado had their doubters even halfway through the conference slate as their schedule conspired to see them play the bottom half of the Pac-12 in their first six games.

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Brisbane Roar products Isobel Dalton and Teagan Micah faced off as Colorado took on UCLA in conference play. (Photo Credit: Isobel Dalton)

However, the Buffaloes managed to defeat California and UCLA to prove they can hang with the top teams and eventually finish in third position in the Pac-12, missing out on second place on head to head with USC. With the transfer of Australian senior Alex Huynh to Troy, Kahlia Hogg slotted into the centre of defence and performed admirably. Despite missing a few games due to injury, Kahlia was an integral part of the Colorado defence even in spite of playing out of her usual wide position. Isobel Dalton was perhaps not afforded as many opportunities as she may have hoped, but did manage to impact the team positively on occasion and with a couple of midfield spots potentially opening up next season may see more playing time in 2017.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

Final Standing: 2nd in Colonial, Tournament Runner-Up
Record: 9-7-4
Emma Heckenberg’s Stats: 19 games (13 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

Generally known as an attacking player, Emma Heckenberg dropped slightly deeper this season and reaped the benefits, as did a Drexel side that came within one game of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Emma may not have lit up the stat sheet, but her performances garnered her far more playing time than last season, almost doubling her number of starts from 2015 and vastly increasing her minutes per game. Drexel will return a number of their star players in 2017 and second place may not be quite enough to satisfy the squad next season after this year’s surprising run to the upper echelon of the Colonial Athletic Association.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

Final Standing: 2nd in Southern Conference, Tournament Runner-Up
Record: 13-6-2
Isabel Hodgson’s Stats: 21 games (20 starts), 5 goals, 9 assists

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Isabel Hodgson was responsible for several vital goals and assists. (Photo Credit: Southern Conference)

Starting the season in defence, it looked as if 2016 would be much like 2015 for Isabel Hodgson – playing solidly at the back and getting forward if the chance arises. Fast forward a few weeks and injuries mean Isabel is pushed into the midfield, and from there the fireworks really started. From a blank stat sheet in 2015, Isabel had more assists than any other Australian this season with 9, and also tacked on 5 goals including a couple of vital tallies in the conference tournament. Unfortunately, the Buccaneers were unable to get past hot favourite Samford in the final, finishing their season as Southern Conference runner-up.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

Final Standing: 4th in Northeast Conference, Tournament Semi-Finalist
Record: 7-12-1
Sam Roff’s Stats: 19 games (18 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

If you wanted to pick a song to describe Sam Roff’s freshman year, Underneath The Radar by Underworld would be an ideal choice. A solid defensive player either in the back four or as a holding midfielder, Roff’s exploits earned her a spot in the Northeast Conference All-Freshman team as her excellent defensive work did not go unnoticed by those with keen eyes. With that said, solid defensive work is rarely glamorous, and often it is the case that being out of the limelight as a defender means you’ve done your job rather than drawn attention for mistakes, which describes Sam’s season well. The Canberra product was crucial for Fairleigh Dickinson as the Knights came within one win of the regular season title before going down in the semi-finals, ironically against the team that stole away that regular season crown, Saint Francis University.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

Final Standing: 7th in Colonial, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 10-7-1
Emily Hulbert’s Stats: 9 games (8 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

It was almost a case of ‘as Emily goes, so does Hofstra’s season’, with an injury to the Victorian junior acting almost as a catalyst for the team’s form to plummet into oblivion. Emily went down with a broken foot midway through non-conference play, and whilst the Pride survived reasonably intact going into conference play, five losses in the first six games crippled the season. Emily’s return helped the Pride to two wins over the top teams in the league, but by then the damage was done and Hofstra narrowly missed the conference tournament in a league where they were expected to be amongst the top teams.

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

Final Standing: 8th in Big Ten, Tournament Quarter-Finalist
Record: 7-9-4
Julia De Angelis’ Stats: 15 games (12 starts), 0 goals, 1 assist

It was a season stifled slightly by injury for Julia De Angelis, but the freshman midfielder still managed to play 15 games, albeit with her minutes managed by the Indiana staff. Despite the limited playing time, Julia’s class was on show throughout her time on the field even as the freshman was shifted around the different midfield spots at times. Compiling a reasonable record in the end, Indiana have definitely given themselves something to build on with a mid-table finish in the Big Ten, and a fully fit De Angelis will certainly be paramount to their future success.

Iona (Kiri Dale)

Final Standing: 10th in MAAC, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 2-14-2
Kiri Dale’s Stats: 17 games (17 starts), 0 goals, 1 assist

After being forced to sit out the entire 2015 season, Kiri Dale certainly made up for lost time this year, starting in all 17 games for Iona. Playing in a wide position, Kiri may not have been able to hit the back of the net, but that issue plagued the entire Iona side as the Gaels finished with just two wins for the year. Kiri did secure one assist for the season, with a marauding run down the left wing finished with a sumptuous cross which was touched home at the far post against NJIT.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

ACT products Caitlin Cantrill and Julia De Angelis had an early chance to catch up as LSU faced Indiana in non-conference play. (Photo Credit: Julia De Angelis)

Final Standing: 12th in SEC, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 7-11-1
Caitlin Cantrill’s Stats: 12 games (4 starts), 1 goal, 0 assists

It was, to be frank, a disappointing season for LSU. Picked to finish in the upper echelon of the SEC, the Tigers struggled all season and eventually finished in the bottom three of the conference. Despite the team’s troubles, Caitlin Cantrill had a reasonably solid first year in college, notching a goal in an early game and regularly providing a spark off the bench in midfield to make a case for extended minutes in 2017 after gaining some invaluable experience in her freshman season.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

Final Standing: 12th in Atlantic 10, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 3-11-3
Laura Johns’ Stats: 16 games (5 starts), 1 goal, 0 assists

Despite an outstanding 2015 season in which she was named our Breakout Player Of The Year, things didn’t quite seem to go Laura Johns’ or Massachusetts’ way in a 2016 season that saw the Minutewomen tally just 3 wins for the season. Shuffled around the park, Laura was only afforded 5 starts in her 16 appearances, many of which did not come in her favoured attacking position. Being forced to play in defence clearly hindered Johns’ ability to showcase her full skill set throughout the her senior year, but the South Australian did manage to tally a single goal in her senior year. It may not have been the senior year that Johns was hoping for, but the former Adelaide United player has certainly put together a solid college career.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

Final Standing: Ohio Valley Co-Champions, Tournament Semi-Finalist
Record: 8-5-4
Nyomi Devine’s Stats: 14 games (14 starts), 0 goals, 1 assist
Jade Horcicka’s Stats: 1 game (0 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists
Harriet Withers’ Stats: 17 games (17 starts), 8 goals, 3 assists

Having gone the best part of two seasons undefeated in conference play, the Racers’ streak came to an end at the worst possible time. Going into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as defending champions and top seed, an overtime loss to SIU Edwardsville in the semi-finals ended the Racers’ season slightly more prematurely than they would have hoped for. However, prior to that unfortunate loss, the Racers once again showed why they are a force to be reckoned with in the Ohio Valley Conference, earning a share of the regular season title after an undefeated league slate. Harriet Withers didn’t have the luxury of being a surprise packet after last season’s OVC Offensive Player Of The Year award, but managed to bang in 8 goals to secure the award for the second consecutive year. Nyomi Devine also earned conference honours, scoring a place on the All-Conference Second Team.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

Final Standing: 8th in Southland, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 6-8-2
Jess Coates’ Stats: 16 games (16 starts), 8 goals, 6 assists
Kristy Helmers’ Stats: 16 games (16 starts), 6 goals, 5 assists

At opposite ends of their college careers but the same end of the pitch, Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers quickly formed a combination that may not have replaced Coates’ connection with Spencer Valdespino from previous season, but surely made Colonels fans wish that the two could have had more than one campaign together. The two were in sync throughout the season, and both players reaped the rewards. Both players earned All-Louisiana honours as well as College Matildas awards as the pair combined for 14 goals and 11 assists. Unfortunately, the Colonels finished a win out of the Southland Conference tournament, requiring a result on the final day but going down to Southeastern Louisiana. Whilst Coates’ time in Thibodaux has now reached its completion, Helmers will ensure that the Australian impact on the team remains strong.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

Final Standing: 10th in West Coast
Record: 1-15-1
Ellie Papalexiou’s Stats: 7 games (7 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

If a one win season sounds like it was tough for Pacific, it was a whole lot tougher for Ellie Papalexiou on a personal level. A second major knee injury ended Ellie’s season prematurely, with the junior only able to take the field for 7 games this season. It will no doubt be a long, tough road back for Ellie but hopefully the winger can make a comeback for her senior season and make a solid impact for the team.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

Final Standing: 7th in West Coast
Record: 7-12-0
Price Keogh’s Stats: 7 games (0 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

San Francisco were never expected to be a major player in the West Coast Conference this season, but perhaps would have liked to finish slightly higher than their eventual 7th place as the Dons let a couple of results slip on their way to an overall record of 7-12-0. Unfortunately, Price Keogh was not afforded a whole lot of opportunities to shine this season, generally coming off the bench in short spurts in her sophomore year, and will no doubt be striving to gain more chances to play next season.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

Final Standing: 7th in Ohio Valley, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 9-6-4
Maddy Cornell’s Stats: 18 games (3 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists
Siena Senatore’s Stats: 11 games (1 start), 0 goals, 0 assists

In what could be classed as a rebuilding year for Southeast Missouri State, the Redhawks were unable to live up to last year’s results. Coming off an Ohio Valley Conference tournament final last season, Southeast Missouri State limped to a 7th place finish in the conference, missing the conference tournament as a consequence. Losing Siena Senatore for the majority of the conference schedule didn’t help, though. The sophomore suffered an injury early in conference play and didn’t see the field for the back half of the campaign. Maddy Cornell continued in her role as a rotational player, occasionally starting but generally coming off the bench in her third season with the team.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

Final Standing: Pac-12 Champions, NCAA Second Round
Record: 18-2-1
Beattie Goad’s Stats: 21 games (10 starts), 1 goal, 0 assists

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Beattie Goad enjoyed a solid freshman year. (Photo Credit: Jim Shorin/ISIPhotos.com)

A winger all through her time at Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the W-League, Beattie Goad instead found a home at fullback for much of this season, starting in several games. Whilst it would always be tough to break into a loaded Stanford side, Beattie nevertheless did enough to finish ranked in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 freshmen come the end of the season with her efforts up and down both flanks. Stanford earned the overall #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but an unfortunate ACL injury to star midfielder Andi Sullivan perhaps proved to be an obstacle too large for the Cardinal to overcome as the favourites went down 1-0 to Santa Clara in the round of 16.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

Final Standing: 9th in Big 12, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 8-9-1
Monique Iannella’s Stats: 13 games (12 starts), 0 goals, 2 assists

An excellent non-conference slate unfortunately made way for a dismal conference season for Texas in 2016 as the Longhorns missed the conference tournament and ruined their chances of an NCAA Tournament berth in the process. However, Monique Iannella was solid at the back all season for Texas, aside from a short spell out through injury. The former Adelaide United player was excellent in defence and also managed to provide a bit of spark in attack to register 2 assists in her 13 games.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

Final Standing: 2nd in SWAC, Tournament Semi-Finalist
Record: 11-7-1
Paige Hayward’s Stats: 19 games (19 starts), 13 goals, 5 assists

Our 2016 Player of the Year, Paige Hayward enjoyed an outstanding season for Texas Southern, leading the Tigers to 2nd position in the SWAC. With 13 goals and 5 assists, Paige was the undoubted star of the side, but unfortunately Texas Southern fell to Alabama State in the SWAC semi-finals, denying Paige a chance to strut her stuff on the biggest stage of all. However, with one season up her sleeve, Paige will have every chance to help the team go slightly better in 2017 and perhaps reach the NCAA Tournament.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

Final Standing: 8th in Big 12, Tournament Quarter-Finalist, NCAA Tournament 1st Round
Record: 9-9-2
Demi Koulizakis’ Stats: 18 games (3 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

It took Demi Koulizakis the best part of an entire season to break into the Texas Tech side, but when she was finally given the chance she took it with both hands in a campaign that saw Texas Tech just sneak into the NCAA Tournament after requiring a final day result to not only reach the Big 12 tournament, but remain above .500 and even maintain their eligibility for the tournament in the first place. After being given token minutes to merely allow the starters a longer spell in the early stages of the season, Demi was offered extended minutes as the season progressed, and her performances ensured that those minutes kept coming deeper into the campaign. With a full year under her belt, the former Western Sydney Wanderers player will be well set for an even stronger second year with the Red Raiders.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

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Alexandra Huynh was a solid leader at the back for Troy in her senior season. (Photo Credit: Colin Edwards/Troy Athletics)

Final Standing: 8th in Sun Belt, Tournament Quarter-Finalist
Record: 7-10-3
Alexandra Huynh’s Stats: 18 games (18 starts), 0 goals, 3 assists

Alexandra was forced into a transfer from Colorado after her junior year and her vast experience was vital to a young Troy side requiring some leadership. Although the team didn’t have a hugely successful season, Alexandra was able to secure a spot in the Sun Belt All-Conference Second team. Despite just sneaking into the conference tournament, the Trojans did manage one of the biggest upsets of the year in the regular season, knocking off South Alabama and snapping a 33 game unbeaten run for the Jaguars in conference play. Alexandra also received our Defender of the Year award for her efforts after going close in all three of her previous college seasons.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

Final Standing: 4th in Pac-12, NCAA Tournament 3rd Round
Record: 15-5-2
Teagan Micah’s Stats: 22 games (22 starts), 93 saves, 9 clean sheets, 0.959 goals against average, 1 assist

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Teagan Micah established herself as one of the premier young goalkeepers in the college ranks. (Photo Credit: UCLA Athletics)

 

It may not be legal in soccer to install a brick wall in front of your goal, but UCLA got the next best thing in the form of Teagan Micah this season. The freshman put up one of the best goalkeeping seasons in Bruins history, with her 93 saves the second-most in a season by a UCLA goalkeeper. Teagan also kept 9 clean sheets in 22 games as the Queenslander played every minute of the season for UCLA bar an exhibition against Beijing Normal University, earning Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman Goalkeeper of the Year as well as a raft of College Matildas awards. UCLA eventually went down to finalists West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in a penalty shootout, but the 2016 campaign set them up well for next season which will see them bring in US national team player Mallory Pugh as part of an outstanding recruiting class.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

Final Standing: 2nd in Pac-12, National Champions
Record: 19-4-2
Lulu Pullar’s Stats: 3 games (0 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

One season, one national championship. Not a bad start for Lulu Pullar, even if the freshman may not have seen a lot of playing time for USC this season. Lulu featured in just three games for the Women of Troy in 2016, but with an absolutely stacked senior class departing following this season, there may be a bit more opportunity for the defensive utility to make a name for herself in 2017 as USC look to maintain their high level. It won’t be easy with the players they’re losing, but there are still some young starlets who can keep the team amongst the upper echelon in the Pac-12.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

Final Standing: 8th in Southern Conference, Tournament Quarter-Finalist
Record: 8-12-0
Kate Swartwout’s Stats: 16 games (11 starts), 0 goals, 1 assist

The second of the Aussies to play in the Southern Conference, Kate was also easily the Australian playing closest to home, with her hometown of Lake Norman, North Carolina within a few hours driving distance of Western Carolina. A versatile player throughout her high school and club career, Kate found a home in her favoured defensive position in her freshman season. However, this did not prevent the freshman from stepping up in attack when required.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

Final Standing: 9th in Big South, Did Not Qualify For Conference Tournament
Record: 4-12-1
Jai Jackson’s Stats: 16 games (10 starts), 0 goals, 0 assists

It was a tough old season for Winthrop this year, winning just the 4 games and failing to qualify for the Big South tournament. Jai Jackson struggled for minutes early in the season despite coming off a strong 2015, but eventually forced her way into the side to start 10 games in her senior year. It was not the season that a player of Jai’s quality deserved in her senior year, but she can no doubt be proud of her efforts during her two seasons at Winthrop.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

Final Standing: 5th in Mountain West, Tournament Semi-Finalist
Record: 10-8-2
Alisha Bass’ Stats: 20 games (20 starts), 3 goals, 4 assists
Annika Clayton’s Stats: 11 games (1 start), 1 goal, 3 assists
Jessie Gentle’s Stats: 19 games (6 starts), 1 goal, 1 assist
Georgia Rowntree; Stats: 20 games (20 starts), 75 saves, 8 clean sheets, 1.117 goals against average
Candace Sciberras’ Stats: 0 games (injured)

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Georgia Rowntree stepped up impressively in goal for Wyoming. (Photo Credit: Ted Brummond)

Influential across the park for Wyoming, the Cowgirls have plenty to thank their Australians for this season. Georgia Rowntree was outstanding between the sticks all season, whilst Alisha Bass moved from centre back into attacking midfield during the season and excelled in both positions. Jessie Gentle and Annika Clayton were both sparks off the bench, with Clayton perhaps denied a chance at starting after suffering a couple of injuries whilst in some excellent form. As has become the norm for Wyoming recently, the Cowgirls reached the Mountain West tournament semi-final and had some excellent moments throughout the season, but weren’t quite able to break through for a championship.

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Alisha Bass proved herself to be one of the best players in the Mountain West this season. (Photo Credit: Ted Brummond)

Alisha Bass did have one of the moments of the season, heading home a golden goal with less than 15 seconds remaining in double overtime to secure a win over Utah Valley early in the season Sadly, Candace Sciberras was unable to take the field this season after being forced out with injury just prior to the start of the year.

Awards:

Freshmen Of The Year: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State) and Teagan Micah (UCLA)

Sophomore Of The Year: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)

Junior Of The Year: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)

Senior Of The Year: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)

Goalkeepers Of The Year: Teagan Micah (UCLA) and Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)

Defender Of The Year: Alexandra Huynh (Troy)

Midfielder Of The Year: Jess Coates (Nicholls State) and Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)

Forward Of The Year: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)

Breakout Player Of The Year: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)

Player Of The NCAA Tournament: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

Top Goalscorer: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern) – 13 goals

Most Assists: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State) – 9 assists

Fans’ Player Of The Year: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

2016 College Matildas Player Of The Year: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)

Final Player Of The Year Points:

Player

Team

Points

Paige Hayward

Texas Southern

12

Harriet Withers

Murray State

11

Jess Coates

Nicholls State

8

Isabel Hodgson

East Tennessee State

8

Kristy Helmers

Nicholls State

7

Georgia Rowntree

Wyoming

7

Teagan Micah

UCLA

7

Alisha Bass

Wyoming

6

Alexandra Huynh

Troy

3

Beattie Goad

Stanford

1

Caitlin Cantrill

LSU

1

Laura Johns

Massachusetts

1

Week 12 Wrap

Whilst at the start of the weekend there was a possibility of up to 10 or more teams with Australians featuring in the NCAA Tournament, it didn’t quite pan out that way. With that being said, many of those teams were outsiders in conference tournaments. Nonetheless, plenty of Aussies performed well even if their teams didn’t quite get the results they wanted.

Isabel Hodgson has flourished since being moved into a more advanced role midway through the season, and conference tournament time saw the South Australian sophomore take on a starring role for East Tennessee State. Isabel volleyed home the opener after her initial shot was blocked, before tallying an assist after her shot cannoned off the crossbar straight into the path of Molly Collinson to restore the Buccaneers’ lead after Mercer had equalised earlier. Isabel then added the insurance with East Tennessee State’s third goal 14 minutes from time.

Isabel then scored the opener in the final against Samford after just two minutes. However, the top seeded side would storm home for a 2-1 win to end the Buccaneers’ season one game shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

The final day of the Pac-12 saw three teams with Australians still in the hunt for a conference title: Beattie Goad and Stanford were in the box seat, but Lulu Pullar and USC and Colorado’s pair of Isobel Dalton and Kahlia Hogg were both still in the hunt. Isobel and Kahlia played minor roles off the bench in the opening game of the day as Colorado drew 1-1 with Utah, denying the Buffaloes a chance at the title, but securing third place in the league. That left USC sweating on California beating Stanford to give themselves a chance at the title. Stanford were having none of it though, demolishing their rivals 4-1, with Beattie Goad scoring, with no exaggeration, in the final second of the game as the Cardinal secured the Pac-12 title.

As it was, USC fell to Teagan Micah and UCLA in front of over 8000 people at StubHub Center, the home of LA Galaxy. Teagan was a huge part of the win as well, coming up with seven saves in a 1-0 win. With Annie Alvarado’s winner being one of just two UCLA shots on target, Teagan’s performance was all the more important as the Bruins moved into fourth place to end the Pac-12 season.

Murray State had been undefeated in two consecutive regular season conference schedules and were odds-on to storm their way through the conference tournament after winning the Ohio Valley Conference title last season in overtime against Southeast Missouri State. This year, overtime did not favour the Racers as last year’s wooden spooners SIU Edwardsville got the upset in the semifinals. All three goals came after halftime, with SIU Edwardsville opening the scoring just shy of the hour mark before Harriet Withers equalised ten minutes later. Deep into the first period of overtime, SIU Edwardsville managed to get clear of the Murray State defence and, with just 12 seconds remaining before halftime of overtime, banged home the winner to head to the final.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
2: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
1: Harriet Withers (Murray State)

Complete Results:

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Prairie View A&M 1-0 (SWAC Quarterfinals), lost 2-1 to Alabama State (SWAC Semifinals)

Paige Hayward had a ridiculous 8 shots against Prairie View A&M but couldn’t find the back of the net in a complete game. Paige did score the opener against Alabama State, but the team featuring Shelbi Vienna-Hallam as an assistant coach stormed home to get the win.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: defeated James Madison 2-0 (CAA Semifinals), lost 3-0 to Northeastern (CAA Final)

Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel, playing the full 90 minutes against James Madison and 71 minutes against Northeastern.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: lost 2-1 (OT) to SIU Edwardsville (OVC Semifinals)

Harriet Withers scored the Racers’ only goal in a 97 minute performance against SIU Edwardsville, whilst Nyomi Devine played all 100 minutes in the loss.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 2-0 to St Francis University (NEC Semifinals)

Sam Roff maintained her starting spot for Fairleigh Dickinson and played a complete game for the fifth consecutive fixture.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: drew 1-1 with Utah

Isobel Dalton and Kahlia Hogg both came off the bench for Colorado, with Isobel playing a single minute and Kahlia playing 12 minutes in her comeback from injury.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated USC 1-0

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes for UCLA, coming up with 7 vital saves in the win over USC.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated California 4-1

Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 11 minutes and scored her first college goal with literally one second remaining in the game as Stanford clinched the Pac-12 title.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: lost 1-0 to UCLA

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC against UCLA.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated Mercer 3-1 (SoCon Semifinals), lost 2-1 to Samford (SoCon Final)

Despite going down in the final, Isabel Hodgson had a spectacular weekend. Isabel scored twice and tallied an assist in the 3-1 win over Mercer, before scoring the opener in the final before Samford launched a comeback.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 1-0 to Pepperdine

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature this week due to injury.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: lost 2-1 to Santa Clara

Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco against Santa Clara.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Hartford 2-1 (America East Final)

Albany reached the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 win but Claire Urquhart did not feature in the final.

Week 11 Wrap

Paige Hayward (Photo Credit: John Posey)

It was a topsy-turvy week this week to say the least, with some vital wins tempered by a couple of brutal losses. Julia De Angelis, Kristy Helmers and Kate Swartwout saw their freshman seasons end with tournament losses, whilst Laura Johns and Jess Coates rounded out their college careers this week as their teams failed to reach conference tournaments. On the other side, Beattie Goad and Stanford are in pole position for a conference title, whilst Demi Koulizakis, Paige Hayward and Isabel Hodgson enjoyed crucial victories.

The undoubted star of the week was Paige Hayward. With Texas Southern needing a win over in-state rival Prairie View A&M in their final league game to secure second place, the junior came up huge for the Tigers. The striker scored both goals for Texas Southern, including a penalty, to ensure that her team would finish in second place and earn a favourable draw for the SWAC conference tournament quarterfinals, where they will play Prairie View A&M again in the 2-7 matchup, with Prairie View A&M hosting the tournament.

Laura Johns’ impact with Massachusetts has been reduced in her senior season after winning the 2015 College Matildas Breakout Player Of The Year, but the South Australian showed just what she could offer in her final college game. Although the Minutewomen lost 3-1 to Dayton in their final game of the season, that goal came courtesy of Laura as she wrapped up her college career in the best way possible on a personal level, if not from a results level.

It was a mixed week for the Aussies in the Pac-12, to say the least. Teagan Micah and UCLA lost both their games this weekend to drop out of conference title contention, but one of those losses came at the hands of Colorado. Whilst Colorado were able to get that win over UCLA, they lost 3-0 to Lulu Pullar and USC, but neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg played any minutes all weekend. It was a better weekend for Beattie Goad and Stanford, though. Their trip south to play the two Arizona schools saw them come away with a pair of wins to take a two-point lead at the top of the Pac-12 table with one game to play.

In an Aussie v Aussie matchup in the Southern Conference quarterfinals, it was Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State who got the chocolates over Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina. East Tennessee State opened the scoring on the 20 minute mark through Molly Collinson who finished off some neat play from Irina Brutsch and Eleonora Goldoni. Western Carolina equalised through a penalty in the 73rd minute, but East Tennessee State earned the winner less than 3 minutes later. Isabel Hodgson tallied a single shot, but was heavily involved in the attack throughout the game, opening up several opportunities for the Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Kate Swartwout was solid in defence for the 47 minutes that she played off the bench for the Catamounts.

Demi Koulizakis has been used sparingly off the bench for the most part this season, but in a must-win game against nationally ranked Oklahoma, the Aussie freshman earned a rare start. Koulizakis’ performance must have improved the Texas Tech coaching staff as the Sydneysider saw 69 minutes of playing time in a 1-0 overtime win that saw the Red Raiders steal a Big 12 tournament spot from Monique Iannella and Texas.

This week saw us say goodbye to Nicholls State legend Jess Coates after the Colonels went down 3-0 to Southeastern Louisiana in a game that they had to win to reach the Southland Conference tournament and keep their season alive. Jess finishes her college career as Nicholls State’s all-time assists leader with 19 in 4 seasons, and was also a Senior CLASS Award nominee in her shortened senior season in 2015. Jess also won the 2014 College Matildas Midfielder Of The Year and was also 2nd in the Player Of The Year award in 2014.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Laura Johns (Massachusetts)

Complete Results:

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: lost 2-1 to Saint Joseph’s; lost 3-1 to Dayton

Laura Johns started in both games this weekend, playing 38 minutes against Saint Joseph’s and 56 minutes against Dayton. Despite the loss against Dayton, Laura rounded off her college career with a goal in her final game.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 1-0 to Colorado; lost 2-0 to Utah

Teagan Micah played two complete games this week, making three saves against Colorado and five saves against Utah.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: defeated UCLA 1-0; lost 3-0 to USC

Neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg saw any playing time for Colorado this weekend.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: drew 0-0 with Austin Peay

Harriet Withers had six shots for Murray State with two on target as the striker played all 110 minutes. Nyomi Devine continued to sit out through injury, whilst Jade Horcicka also did not feature against Austin Peay.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 2-0 to Arkansas

Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench to play 36 minutes in the loss to Arkansas.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Tennessee-Martin 4-1

Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 25 minutes, whilst Siena Senatore played 28 minutes as a substitute.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: drew 1-1 with Utah; defeated Colorado 3-0

Lulu Pullar did not feature against Utah, but came off the bench to play the final five minutes against Colorado.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Arizona 4-0; defeated Arizona State 2-1

Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 15 minutes in both games this week, registering a shot on target in the win over Arizona.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-1 to San Diego; lost to BYU 4-0

Ellie Papalexiou missed this week due to injury.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: defeated Colorado State 1-0

Alisha Bass had four shots, of which three were on target, in 74 minutes of action against Colorado State. Georgia Rowntree played all 90 minutes and saved all five shots that came her way. Annika Clayton and Jessie Gentle both had short stints off the bench, whilst Candace Sciberras missed out through injury.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Long Island-Brooklyn 4-2; lost 2-1 to Mount St. Mary’s

Sam Roff started both games and played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, managing to register a shot against Long Island-Brooklyn.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 3-0 to Southeastern Louisiana

Kristy Helmers tallied a single shot in 45 minutes of action, whilst Jess Coates had two shots on target in 84 minutes in what would be her final college game.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: lost 3-2 to TCU

Monique Iannella did not feature this week as Texas’ season came to an end with the loss to TCU.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Prairie View A&M 2-0

Paige Hayward scored both goals for the Tigers, including one from the spot, from seven shots in a complete game effort.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Oklahoma 1-0 (OT)

Demi Koulizakis managed a rare start for Texas Tech and played 69 of the 103 minutes in the overtime win, tallying a shot from midfield.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: lost 1-0 to Portland; defeated Gonzaga 2-1

Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated Western Carolina 2-1

Isabel Hodgson played 75 minutes in the win, tallying a shot on target in the process.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-1 to East Tennessee State

Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 75 minutes in defence in the tight quarterfinal loss.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated New Hampshire 1-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in their conference tournament semi-final victory.

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: lost 3-1 to Minnesota

Julia De Angelis came off the bench to play 13 minutes as Indiana’s season ended with a quarter-final loss to Minnesota.

Week 10 Wrap

It was a nervy week for a few Aussies this week as teams relied on other results going their way. It worked out for Alex Huynh and Troy, who snuck into the Sun Belt tournament, but the news was not so good for Emily Hulbert and Hofstra, who missed the CAA tournament despite defeating the top two teams in the league. Elsewhere, other teams were in control of their own destiny, with Murray State and Wyoming amongst teams to solidify their position with victories.

Paige Hayward was the undoubted star of the week, making an impact on both games as Texas Southern earned two wins from two this week. In a 1-0 win over Southern, Paige tallied the assist on the winner, and then scored the equaliser after the Tigers went down 1-0 early against Southern in a game that would see Texas Southern storm home for a 2-1 victory.

Isabel Hodgson has been enjoying her move into midfield for East Tennessee State, and made yet another tangible impact on a game. In a 4-0 demolition of Wofford in the Buccaneers’ first game of the weekend, Isabel played a neat pass for Molly Collinson who tucked home the opener inside 5 minutes to give the South Australian yet another assist for the campaign.  East Tennessee State would go on to defeat Furman 2-0 in their second game of the weekend to jump the Paladins and finish 2nd in the Southern Conference and earn a favourable draw for the conference tournament, of which they will host the final weekend.

Georgia Rowntree was in exemplary form this weekend for Wyoming as the junior kept two clean sheets in some vital games for Wyoming. A draw and a win kept the Cowgirls in the hunt for a spot in the Mountain West tournament, and eight saves from Rowntree formed the backbone of Wyoming’s performance. At the other end, Alisha Bass tallied an assist in the team’s 3-0 win over New Mexico as the SYdneysider continued to enjoy playing in a more advanced role than in previous weeks.

Teagan Micah might be well-known as one of the top young goalkeepers in the nation, but this week she showed that she’s more than just an excellent shot-stopper. Compiling nine saves in two wins over Washington and Washington State, Teagan was also able to tally an assist against Washington State as the Queenslander played the ball long to a teammate who was able to tuck it home.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

Complete Results:

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: drew 0-0 with Duquesne; defeated Virginia Commonwealth 3-0

Laura Johns came off the bench to play 11 minutes against Duquesne, and started on senior day against VCU, playing 41 minutes.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: defeated Washington State 3-0; defeated Washington 1-0

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Maine 21; defeated UMBC 2-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany this week.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 2-1 to Auburn; drew 0-0 with Alabama

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU this week.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Washington 3-2 (OT); defeated Washington State 2-1

Teagan Micah played two complete games this weekend, finishing with five saves against Washington, and four saves plus an assist against Washington State.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Colorado 2-0; defeated Utah 2-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games, playing 23 minutes against Colorado and 2 minutes against Utah, tallying a shot on target against Colorado.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: lost 2-0 to Stanford; defeated California 3-2 (OT)

Neither Isobel Dalton nor Kahlia Hogg featured for Colorado this week.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0 (OT); defeated Belmont 1-0

Nyomi Devine was forced to sit out this week with a minor flare-up in her ankle, but Harriet Withers featured in both games, playing all 184 minutes across the weekend and tallying a total of five shots.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana-Monroe; lost 2-0 to Arkansas-Little Rock

Alexandra Huynh played a full 90 minutes in each game, tallying a shot on both occasions as Troy scraped into the Sun Belt conference tournament thanks to other results despite losing both games this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

Sam Roff started in both games this week and played a full 90 minutes on both occasions as Fairleigh Dickinson kept in touch with the leaders in the Northeast Conference.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated Wofford 4-0; defeated Furman 2-0

Isabel Hodgson started both games, playing 57 minutes and registering an assist on the opener against Wofford, before playing 86 minutes in the vital win over Furman which moved East Tennessee State into second spot in the Southern Conference at the conclusion of league play.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: defeated James Madison 4-1; defeated Towson 1-0

Emily Hulbert started both games for Hofstra, playing 83 minutes against James Madison and the full 90 minutes against Towson, but Hofstra were narrowly eliminated from CAA tournament contention as other results went against them on the final day of league play.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 3-1 to Furman; defeated Wofford 4-0

Kate Swartwout did not feature against Furman, but came off the bench in the win over Wofford as the Catamounts finished 8th in the Southern Conference, but easily claiming the last quarter final berth, nine points clear of 9th placed The Citadel.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 2-0 to Texas; lost 1-0 to TCU

Demi Koulizakis started against Texas and played 26 minutes, before playing 47 minutes off the bench against TCU, registering a shot.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Jackson State 1-0; defeated Southern 2-1

Paige Hayward was again the leader for Texas Southern, tallying an assist against Jackson State and netting the equaliser in the win over Southern.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: drew 0-0 with Northwestern State; lost 3-0 to Central Arkansas

Jess Coates played 98 minutes against Northwestern State, registering an amazing 8 shots but was unable to find the back of the net, before putting in a 39 minute shift against Central Arkansas. Kristy Helmers played 44 minutes against Northwestern State and 35 minutes against Central Arkansas.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: defeated Texas Tech 2-0; lost 1-0 to West Virginia – 9am, Monday October 24

Monique Iannella came off the bench against Texas Tech to play 14 minutes, but did not feature against West Virginia.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: defeated New Mexico 3-0; drew 0-0 with San Diego State

Georgia Rowntree played two complete games this week, making 5 saves against New Mexico and 3 saves against San Diego State. Alisha Bass played 83 minutes against New Mexico and tallied an assist, and played 106 minutes in the draw with San Diego State. Annika Clayton came off the bench to play 34 minutes against New Mexico and 51 minutes against San Diego State, whilst Jessie Gentle played 40 minutes against New Mexico and 20 minutes against San Diego State.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: lost 3-2 to Loyola Marymount; lost 1-0 to Pepperdine

Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-0 to Portland; lost 4-3 to Gonzaga

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week due to injury.

Iona (Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 2-1 to Niagara

Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Niagara, registering a shot on target.

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: drew 2-2 with Purdue

Julia De Angelis started for Indiana but played only 20 or so minutes as her playing time continues to be managed after her return from injury.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: defeated Presbyterian 2-1

Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 66 minutes in the win over Presbyterian.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: drew 0-0 with Delaware

Emma Heckenberg started for Drexel and played all 110 minutes in the draw.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Morehead State 3-1

Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 45 minutes in the win over Morehead State, but Siena Senatore was forced to sit out with an injury.

Week 9 Wrap

Assists were the order of the week for the Australians this week, as no less than six players combined for nine over the course of the weekend. Three of those were assists for their fellow Australians to score goals, so it was a massive weekend of attacking output across the country.

It was a tough old week for East Tennessee State as the Buccaneers took just one point from the weekend to drop out of the Southern Conference regular season title race and back into 5th spot. Isabel Hodgson was able to make an impact on a personal level though, as her assist against Chattanooga helped salvage what could still be a vital point in the race for seedings in the conference tournament.

It was a spectacular weekend for the Aussies at Wyoming. Despite losing 3-1 to San Jose State, Annika Clayton was able to tally the assist on the Cowgirls’ solitary goal of the game, before Alisha Bass and Jessie Gentle took charge against Fresno State. Alisha was the main contributor, registering assists on both goals in Wyoming’s 2-1 win, but assists don’t come unless someone puts the ball in the back of the net, which is exactly what Jessie Gentle did for the first time in her college career, knocking hime the game winner in the 69th minute.

It may have been Jess Coates’ Senior Day down in Thibodaux, but the Nicholls State midfielder was the one dishing out the gifts in a 3-0 hammering of Sam Houston State. After defeating Sam Houston State 1-0 in an upset win in their first game of the weekend, spirits were sure to be high in the Colonels’ camp, and it proved as much in the demolition of lowly Sam Houston State. Jess Coates assisted on all 3 Nicholls goals, with fellow Australian Kristy Helmers was the recipient of two of those assists to finish with a brace as the Aussies continued what has been an excellent partnership in attack this season.

Alexandra Huynh also celebrated her Senior Day this weekend and, like Jess Coates, delivered for her teammates. After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Coastal Carolina in the weekend’s first game, it was Alex’s corner that led to a Troy goal which would secure victory and send Alex and her fellow seniors out on a high.

Murray State kept themselves atop the Ohio Valley Conference with a win and a draw, but two dropped points to SIU Edwardsville means the chasing pack is right on the Racers’ heels. Harriet Withers surprisingly didn’t manage a goal in a 3-0 win over Eastern Illinois, but did tally an assist in the win. More surprisingly, four shots on target from the reigning OVC Offensive Player Of The Year against SIU Edwardsville didn’t lead to a goal from Harriet as the goalkeepers at both ends played spoiler in a 1-1 draw between the top two teams in the league. Nyomi Devine was ever-present at the back for Murray State as a top defensive effort saw the Racers concede a solitary goal in 200 minutes of play.

Texas Southern came up against Howard this weekend in a top of the table clash in the SWAC, coming within 45 seconds of salvaging a point and giving the ladder leading Bison something to sweat over in the latter stages of the season. After going down 1-0, Australian striker Paige Hayward equalised for the Tigers, but a Howard goal in the final minute of overtime broke Texas Southern hearts and, combined with Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s results this weekend, dropped the Tigers to 3rd in the SWAC with 3 games remaining in the league schedule.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)

Complete Results:

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: defeated Ohio State 3-2; defeated Maryland 1-0

Julia De Angelis started both games for Indiana, but only played around half the minutes of the weekend as Indiana continues to manage her playing time following injury.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: lost 1-0 to Davidson; drew 1-1 with Rhode Island

Laura Johns came off the bench in both games, playing 18 minutes against Davidson and 9 minutes against Rhode Island.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Arizona 2-1 (OT)

Teagan Micah played all 101 minutes in the overtime win, making 3 saves including one just 45 seconds from the end of the first overtime period to keep the game tied at 1-1 before Sunny Dunphy’s winner in the second overtime period.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: lost 3-1 to San Jose State; defeated Fresno State 2-0

Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes in both games, making three saves against San Jose State and four against Fresno State. Alisha Bass played 57 minutes against San Jose State, tallying a shot, before notching assists on both goals against Fresno State in an 87 minute effort. Jessie Gentle played just 4 minutes off the bench against San Jose State, but tallied Wyoming’s second goal against Fresno State in a half-hour stint. Annika Clayton tallied an assist on Wyoming’s only goal against San Jose State and played 46 minutes off the bench against Fresno State.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 1-0 to Tennessee Tech; lost 2-1 to Eastern Kentucky (OT)

Maddy Cornell came off the bench in both games this week, playing 13 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 27 minutes against Eastern Kentucky. Siena Senatore also came off the bench in both games, playing 48 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 31 minutes against Eastern Kentucky.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0; drew 1-1 with SIU Edwardsville

Nyomi Devine played all 200 minutes of action for Murray State this week, remaining a rock at the back for the Racers. Harriet Withers tallied an assist in 80 minutes of action against Eastern Illinois, and did everything but score as she tallied 4 shots on target in 104 minutes of playing time against SIU Edwardsville.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: defeated Stephen F. Austin 1-0; defeated Sam Houston State 3-0

Kristy Helmers played 60 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, before tallying two goals against Sam Houston State. Jess Coates played the full 90 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, then tallied assists on all 3 goals against Sam Houston State, playing 75 minutes on Senior Day.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: defeated Washington 2-1

Neither Kahlia Hogg nor Isobel Dalton featured for Colorado in the win over Washington.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: drew 0-0 with Elon; lost 2-1 to William & Mary

Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel, tallying a shot on target in the draw with Elon.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: drew 2-2 with Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford

Isabel Hodgson played all 110 minutes against Chattanooga and tallied an assist, before playing 70 minutes against Samford.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: drew 0-0 with Sacred Heart; defeated Bryant 2-1

Sam Roff played all 110 minutes against Sacred Heart, and all bar four minutes of the win over Bryant.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-1 to Samford; lost 1-0 to Chattanooga

Kate Swartwout started against Samford, but came off the bench against Chattanooga to register a single shot.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: lost 2-0 to Coastal Carolina; defeated Texas State 2-1

Alex Huynh started both games, playing 69 minutes against Coastal Carolina and the full 90 minutes against Texas State, tallying an assist against Texas State on Senior Day.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Mississippi State

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in the loss to Mississippi State.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: lost 2-0 to Iowa State

Monique Iannella started and played 45 minutes in the loss to Iowa State.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 1-0 to West Virginia

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench but only played 2 minutes against West Virginia.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Oregon State 3-2

Beattie Goad started and played 59 minutes in the win over Oregon State, registering a shot.

Iona (Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 4-1 to Canisius

Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Canisius, tallying a single shot on target.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: lost 2-1 to Gardner-Webb

Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 73 minutes in the loss to Gardner-Webb.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: defeated Northeastern 2-1

Emily Hulbert started for Hofstra and played all 90 minutes in the upset win, tallying a shot.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: defeated Arizona State 2-0

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC against Arizona State.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: lost 2-1 to Howard (OT)

Paige Hayward started for Texas Southern in the overtime loss, scoring the Tigers’ equaliser.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-0 to Loyola Marymount

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week due to injury.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Vermont 3-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany against Vermont.

Week 8 Wrap

This week saw some thrilling games, plenty of goals from Aussies, and a huge upset win in the Sun Belt for one Aussie that really shook things up in that particular conference. Colorado kept their perfect conference record intact, but Kahlia Hogg unfortunately went down injured early in the Buffaloes’ first match of the weekend and did not return for their second game.

Stanford v UCLA had all the makings of an absolute heartstopper on paper, and the game didn’t disappoint as fans were treated to an overtime thriller. With both teams dropping points in their first games of the weekend, the pressure was on to secure a result and keep pace with the leaders in the Pac-12. Amber Munerlyn opened the scoring for UCLA in the 12th minute, but recent US National Team call-up Andi Sullivan equalised just 90 seconds later. Michelle Xiao put Stanford ahead just after the hour mark, but Canadian Olympian Jessie Fleming would equalize for UCLA yet again just 4 minutes from time. Teagan Micah made six saves for UCLA, but in the end Beattie Goad would be the Aussie celebrating as Maddie Bauer managed to tuck home the winner for Stanford after a scramble from a corner. The win keeps Stanford just 3 points off the pace in the Pac-12, whilst UCLA sit 5 points off leaders Colorado.

Murray State needed to win twice this weekend to keep themselves atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings, and with a lot of help from Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine, they did exactly that. Nyomi tallied the assist on the Racers’ only goal in their 1-0 win over Tennessee Tech, before Harriet Withers whipped home a free kick to put Murray State ahead against Eastern Kentucky, with the Racers going on to win 3-0.

Wyoming came into the weekend sitting just shy of .500, with a 5-6-1 mark. That all changed with two victories that took the Cowgirls to a 7-6-1 record and extended their winning streak to three games. Alisha Bass was the star amongst the five Aussies in Laramie. Playing in a more advanced role than her usual defensive position, Alisha tallied an assist in a 4-2 win over Air Force, and then headed home a goal in a 2-0 win over Colorado College as Wyoming moved up to 7th in the Mountain West Conference.

South Alabama had not lost a conference game in 3 seasons, with 33 opponents coming and going in that time. Enter Alexandra Huynh and Troy. In their only game of the week, the Trojans scored in the 7th minute and then hung on for dear life as South Alabama unleashed 13 shots. But Alexandra and the Troy defence ensured that only 5 of those shots would end up on target, and with Mikki Lewis resembling a brick wall in front of the net, Troy emerged with a massive upset win against their in-state rivals. The win also lifted Troy off the bottom of the Sun Belt standings, and they now sit just two points behind a logjam of six teams tied for 3rd.

Paige Hayward has been at the top of her game for most of the season so far, and little changed in a pair of wins for Texas Southern. Paige wrapped up the scoring on both occasions for the Tigers, who defeated Mississippi Valley State 3-1 before knocking off Alcorn State 3-0 in their second game of the week to keep pace with Howard at the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
2: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
1: Harriet Withers (Murray State)

Complete Results:

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: lost 2-1 to George Mason (OT); lost 2-0 to George Washington

Laura Johns did not feature against George Mason, but played 27 minutes off the bench against George Washington.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: defeated Oregon 3-1; defeated Oregon State 3-0

Kahlia Hogg was forced off after just 5 minutes against Oregon and did not return for the game against Oregon State. Isobel Dalton did not feature against Oregon, but came off the bench to play 27 minutes in the win over Oregon State.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Binghamton 1-0; drew 2-2 with Hartford

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in either game this week.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: lost 3-0 to USC; defeated UCLA 3-2 (OT)

Beattie Goad started both games for Stanford this week, playing 83 minutes against USC and 56 minutes in the win over UCLA.

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: drew 1-1 with Penn State; drew 2-2 with Rutgers

Julia De Angelis started both games for Indiana this week, with her minutes increasing markedly this week as the freshman continues to make progress since her return from injury.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: defeated Stanford 3-0; lost 1-0 to California

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC this week.

LSU (Caitlin Cantill)

This week: lost 3-1 to Tennessee; lost 3-0 to Georgia

Caitlin Cantrill did not play against Tennessee, but came off the bench against Georgia to play part of the first half and the entire second half.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: drew 1-1 with California; lost 3-2 to Stanford (OT)

Teagan Micah played two complete games for UCLA this week, making five saves against California and six saves in the loss to Stanford.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Tennessee Tech 1-0; defeated Eastern Kentucky 3-0

Nyomi Devine played two complete games this week, and also tallied an assist on the only goal in the win over Tennessee Tech. Harriet Withers played 66 minutes against Tennessee Tech, tallying four shots, before registering a superb goal from a free kick as well as an assist against Eastern Kentucky.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: defeated Air Force 4-2; defeated Colorado College 2-0

Georgia Rowntree played two complete games this week, but made just the one save, against Colorado College. Alisha Bass played 82 minutes against Air Force, tallying an assist on Summer Halle’s hat-trick goal, before heading home a goal of her own against Colorado College in a 75 minute effort. Annika Clayton tallied an assist against Air Force on the game-tying goal, and played 41 minutes off the bench against Colorado College in her return from a concussion sustained a few weeks ago. Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games, playing 15 minutes on each occasion.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 1-0 to Oklahoma State; lost 1-0 to Baylor

Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech in either game this week.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

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

Isabel Hodgson played 74 minutes against UNC Greensboro, registering two shots. Isabel came off the bench on Senior Day against VMI, playing 67 minutes and setting up Thomai Vardali for East Tennessee State’s third goal.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: defeated College of Charleston 3-0; drew 1-1 with UNC Wilmington

Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 82 minutes against College of Charleston and 65 minutes against UNC Wilmington.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

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

Kate Swartwout started both games for Western Carolina this week as the Catamounts split their games.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: defeated Elon 3-1; lost 1-0 to William & Mary

Emily Hulbert finally made her return from a foot injury sustained over a month ago, starting both games and playing a total of 107 minutes across the weekend.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 2-1 to Jacksonville State (OT); drew 0-0 with Belmont

Maddy Cornell came off the bench in both games, playing 57 minutes against Jacksonville State and 43 minutes against Belmont, but Siena Senatore did not feature this week.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 4-0 to McNeese State

Jess Coates and Kristy Helmers both started for Nicholls State. Jess played 79 minutes whilst Kristy put in a 50 minute shift.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: defeated South Alabama 1-0

Alexandra Huynh played the full 90 minutes for Troy in a massive upset win over South Alabama.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Mississippi Valley State 3-1; defeated Alcorn State 3-0

Paige Hayward played 69 minutes against Mississippi Valley State, scoring Texas Southern’s third goal, before tallying the Tigers’ final goal against Alcorn State.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: defeated Kansas State 2-0

Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes for Texas in their victory, also tallying a shot.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 3-0 to Santa Clara; lost 1-0 to San Francisco

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature this week as she continues to recover from an injury.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: defeated Saint Mary’s 2-0; defeated Pacific 1-0

Price Keogh did not feature against Saint Mary’s, but played 54 minutes against Pacific, 6 more than her combined total minutes for the rest of the season.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: lost 3-2 to Campbell

Jai Jackson started in defence for Winthrop and played all 102 minutes in the overtime loss.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Wagner 1-0

Sam Roff started for Wagner and played all 90 minutes in the win, tallying a shot.