Twice as nice for Beattie Goad as Stanford win College Cup

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Beattie Goad has become the first Australian to win two College Cup titles as Stanford followed up their 2017 success over UCLA with a penalty shootout victory over North Carolina in the 2019 final. The Cardinal were held goalless for just the second time this season, but the undoubted top team all year held their nerve in the shootout to grab their third title in program history.

2019 NCAA Division I College Cup Final

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 0-0 North Carolina (Stanford won 5-4 on penalties)

Stanford v North Carolina. The country’s pre-eminent program of the last few seasons against one of the most storied programs in the history of college sports. The teams have already faced off once in a national championship game, with Jessica McDonald’s third minute goal delivering North Carolina the 2009 title. However, that game is ancient history with regards to this contest, as Stanford came in as heavy favourites.

With both teams possessing elite talent both in attack and defence, this match could have gone any number of ways. The first half failed to produce a goal, but it was by no means a cagey affair as Stanford piled on the pressure throughout the first 45 minutes. This was evidenced as much as anything by the fact that Stanford finished the first half with 7 corners to UNC’s zero, but it meant little as the scoreboard read 0-0 at halftime.

The early stages of the second half saw UNC come out firing, dominating the early stages and going the closest of either team to a goal in regulation time as Alessia Russo just failed to meet Isabel Cox’s ball across the box with the goal wide open. Stanford had chances of their own, with Beattie Goad finding Catarina Macario in the area, but the Brazilian-born superstar was unable to fashion an opening. Macario would test North Carolina goalkeeper Claudia Dickey on a number of occasions later in the piece, but the Tar Heels custodian remained up to the task. A frenetic final few minutes of regulation failed to result in a goal, and with 90 minutes unable to split the teams, golden goal overtime followed.

The end of regulation spelled the end of Goad’s time on the pitch as a Stanford player as the senior was subbed out for the final time at the start of overtime. With players noticeably tiring, opportunities opened up, but although North Carolina managed three shots to Stanford’s zero, a second overtime would be required.

Both teams forced saves out of the opposition goalkeepers, before Sophia Smith, who would later be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, crashed a shot against the crossbar with Dickey soundly beaten. It was the closest either team had been to scoring all day in a game, and it almost ended the game just 95 seconds before the final whistle.

But to penalties we would go. Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer saved Taylor Otto’s penalty to kick things off, but Dickey would return the favour on Carly Malatskey’s shot to knot things up at 3-3 through four shots. Both teams slotted their next penalty, before Meyer came up with her second save of the shootout to leave Kiki Pickett with the opportunity to win it all. The junior calmly buried her penalty past Dickey, sending both the Stanford team and a crowd heavily populated with Cardinal faithful into raptures as they celebrated the team’s third national title and second in three years.

Beattie Goad finished her college career playing 39 minutes in an impact role off the bench, a role in which she had excelled most of the season after starting earlier in the year when injuries had taken their toll on the Stanford team. Goad’s second title is also the third for an Australian in four years, following Lulu Pullar’s success with USC in the 2016 College Cup.

2019 NCAA Division I College Cup Semi-Finals

Washington State (Aly Hay) 1-2 North Carolina

History dictated that North Carolina should roll to victory in this fixture, but history doesn’t play the game, and Morgan Weaver demonstrated that early in the piece. With Washington State piling on the pressure early in the piece courtesy of their high press, it didn’t take long for the Cougars to create something. A long ball from goalkeeper Ella Dederick was nodded on twice by Washington State players, and with North Carolina unable to adequately deal with the situation, Weaver buried a low shot from the edge of the box across Tar Heels goalkeeper Claudia Dickey for an early 1-0 advantage.

However, Washington State’s advantage lasted just 17 minutes before North Carolina star Alessia Russo tallied the equaliser, latching onto a neat chip from Taylor Otto just in front of the oncoming Dederick, nudging the ball home to tie the game at 1-1.

North Carolina would complete the turnaround in the 39th minute. Legendary coach Anson Dorrance is renowned for his mass substitutions heading into the back end of the first half, and his second unit, nicknamed the ‘Gamechangers’, did exactly that. Against a far less fresh Washington State starting lineup, Ru Mucherera got to the byline before whipping in a cross that was met at the back post by the head of Alexis Strickland, who buried the header for a 2-1 advantage.

However, Washington State certainly had their chances in the second half. The Cougars tested Dickey on a number of occasions and went close on several others, eventually outshooting the Tar Heels 10-8, with both teams finishing with four shots on target. On the balance of play, nobody would have been surprised if Washington State advanced to the final, but it would be North Carolina who moved on as they chase a 22nd national championship.

Backup goalkeeper Aly Hay may not have featured on-field for the Cougars, but was spotted front and centre of the Washington State bench’s goal celebrations following their early opener.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 4-1 UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

For the sixth time in four seasons, Teagan Micah and Beattie Goad faced off, with Goad and Stanford looking to maintain a perfect record in games between the two sides in that timespan. It took just six minutes for the first goal to transpire, but it wouldn’t be Stanford taking the lead. Instead, it was UCLA’s Chloe Castaneda launching a shot from distance that Stanford goalkeeper should have done better on that saw the Bruins open the scoring.

However, just two minutes later, Stanford star Sophia Smith equalised, nutmegging Micah with a powerful low shot that skidded through on the slick surface. Suddenly, Stanford seemed to click into action, and a prolonged period of dominance followed for the Cardinal. A second goal for Stanford seemed inevitable, and it came in the 21st minute as Carly Malatskey finished powerfully to hand her side the lead.

This quickly looked as though it was to be Smith’s day, though. Running at the UCLA defence menacingly, the sophomore took every inch that the Bruins gave her, extending the lead to 3-1 after cutting inside and finishing past Micah on her left foot.

However, late in the first half, UCLA were gifted a chance as Kennedy Wesley bundled over Bruins freshman Mia Fishel in the box, resulting in a penalty. Fishel stepped up to take the spot kick, but Meyer atoned for her earlier error with the save to keep the score at 3-1 as the teams headed into halftime.

Smith then made UCLA pay for that missed penalty, sealing her hat-trick with a finish across Micah for Stanford’s fourth and final goal in the 52nd minute. Although Micah would make a season-high ten saves for the Bruins, the senior remained powerless to prevent Stanford from rolling into the final as it was Goad’s college career that would extend until Sunday.

Goad would finish the game with 2 shots off the bench, whilst UCLA freshman Rachel Lowe saw her first College Cup action, playing 11 minutes off the bench for the Bruins.

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Wrap

(Photo: Stanford Athletics)

We’ve had Aussies in the national championship game. We’ve had Aussies face off against each other in the national championship game. What we’ve never had is three teams with Aussies on the roster in the College Cup semi-finals.

UNTIL NOW.

UCLA and Stanford rolled to dominant victories on Saturday, whilst Washington State eked out another upset in overtime against South Carolina to see Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah, Beattie Goad, and Aly Hay all book their tickets to San Jose for the College Cup.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

Elite Eight: defeated Florida State 4-0

Mike Tyson once said ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,’ and UCLA certainly punched first in their Elite Eight match against Florida State in Tallahassee. Three goals in just over half an hour to open the game turned what was meant to be a tight contest into a blowout even before halftime.

Chloe Castaneda was the early hero for the Bruins, opening the scoring in the eighth minute with a close-range volley to set the visitors on their way. The redshirt senior followed up just 12 minutes later, turning her defender inside out before finishing across the goalkeeper with a pinpoint finish.

Freshman sensation Mia Fishel all but wrapped the game up with still 13 minutes remaining in the first half. Latching onto an Ashley Sanchez ball, Fishel slotted home, beating the onrushing goalkeeper put the Bruins up 3-0 as Florida State found themselves without an answer for the Bruins’ dominance.

Fishel then added a fourth for the Bruins after halftime as the visitors cruised to victory. Teagan Micah was forced into just two saves as UCLA thoroughly shut down the Seminoles, whilst Rachel Lowe saw 28 minutes of action off the bench as the Bruins rolled into a College Cup semi-final against either Stanford or BYU, who would face off just two hours after the Bruins’ game wrapped up.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

Elite Eight: defeated BYU 5-1

Stanford had been utterly ruthless in reaching the Elite Eight, but one would be forgiven for thinking that a game against #2 seed BYU would be slightly closer. It wasn’t to be, though. Stanford rode roughshod over the Cougars in the first half, opening up a 4-0 lead to secure their place in the College Cup semi-finals with still 45 minutes to play.

Catarina Macario continued her absurdly dominant season with two goals inside the opening 30 minutes to send Stanford on their way. Even at that point, the game was all but a foregone conclusion as BYU attempted to score at least two goals against a side averaging less than half a goal conceded per game.

Kiki Pickett chalked up a 3rd to extend the lead in the 41st minute, and when Beattie Goad whipped in a killer corner which was nodded on for Sam Tran to finish just two minutes later, a 4-0 halftime lead had Stanford fans checking the Caltrain timetable for the short trip to San Jose.

However, Stanford weren’t done there. Sophomore star Sophia Smith forced an own goal in the early minutes of the second half, and although BYU managed a consolation 27 minutes from time, Stanford were hardly troubled in rolling into a College Cup semi-final against UCLA.

Beattie Goad saw 32 minutes of action off the bench, with her most valuable contribution coming in her first half cameo with the assist on the Cardinal’s fourth goal.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

Elite Eight: defeated South Carolina 1-0 (OT)

UCLA and Stanford may have done it easy, but unseeded Washington State were never likely to be gifted such a comfortable path on the road at #2 seed South Carolina. In a back-and-forth game, both teams had their chances, but taking advantage of those chances proved to be a different story entirely.

Both teams finished the game with 15 shots, but despite those opportunities, the goalkeepers were largely untested. Washington State stalwart Ella Dederick was forced into just two saves, whilst South Carolina custodian Mikayla Krzeczowski faced only four shots on target.

However, that fourth shot on target for the Cougars proved to be the game-winner. Having ridden out a period of dominance from South Carolina at the back end of the second half, Washington State came up with a 96th minute goal as Mykiaa Minniss buried a corner into the roof of the net, sending the Cougars into delirium.

The win continued a dream run for Washington State, who have now knocked off a top seed in Virginia as well as a #2 seed in South Carolina on the way to their first College Cup appearance in program history.

As expected, freshman backup goalkeeper Aly Hay did not feature for the Cougars.

NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Wrap

(Photo: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

Sweet Sixteen: defeated Penn State 2-0

Penn State had already run Stanford close once this season, and looking at the scoreline, a 2-0 Stanford victory suggests that Penn State were in the contest for much of the 90 minutes. However, in actual fact, Stanford dominated for the entire match. The Cardinal outshot their opponents 35-1, with only a 12-save performance from Penn State goalkeeper Amanda Dennis preventing Stanford from piling up the goals. A 30th minute goal from Catarina Macario handed Stanford the lead, and although the second goal didn’t arrive until the 65th minute through Maya Doms, the Cardinal were hardly troubled. Penn State rarely looked like challenging goalkeeper Katie Meyer, who was not required to make a single save as Stanford marched into the Elite Eight and a matchup against BYU.

Beattie Goad once again came off the bench for Stanford, playing 24 minutes in the win.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

Sweet Sixteen: defeated Wisconsin 2-0

UCLA weren’t quite as dominant in attack as Stanford in securing their own 2-0 win over a Big Ten opponent in the form of Wisconsin, but their defence was on point throughout the 90 minutes. Teagan Micah was forced into just one save in a complete game performance, with Wisconsin managing just three shots all game. At the other end, UCLA blazed away with 17 shots as the Bruins peppered Badgers goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer, who made seven saves. A team with UCLA’s attacking class rarely wastes such a dominant performance, and when Mia Fishel slotted home in the 49th minute, UCLA had one foot in the door. A wicked free kick into the top corner from Viviana Villacorta followed just four minutes later, and with Wisconsin showing few signs of pulling back one goal, let alone two, the Bruins rolled into the Elite Eight to face defending champions Florida State in Tallahassee. UCLA have already beaten Florida State once this season, winning 2-1 in Los Angeles.

Alongside Teagan Micah’s 90-minute effort, freshman Rachel Lowe played 13 minutes off the bench, tallying a shot on target in the process.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

Sweet Sixteen: defeated West Virginia 3-0

The only Sweet Sixteen game between two unseeded teams, this clash between Washington State and West Virginia appeared wide open coming into the game. It would be Washington State who got off to a flyer, with Makamae Gomera-Stevens scoring the opener in the 15th minute to set the Cougars on their way. West Virginia had their chances throughout the contest, finishing with five shots on target, but star goalkeeper Ella Dederick was up to the task on each occasion. Meanwhile, at the other end, Washington State’s attack was lethal in the second half. Goals in the 64th and 71st minutes to Morgan Weaver secured the 3-0 win as the Cougars peppered West Virginia goalkeeper Rylee Foster with ten shots on target as they set up an Elite Eight meeting with #2 seed South Carolina.

Ella Dederick continued to stand tall between the posts, leaving Aly Hay and her fellow backup goalkeepers to watch and learn from a Cougars legend once again.

NCAA Tournament Second Round Wrap

(Photo: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

We started with five, and three teams featuring Aussies remain alive following the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All three Pac-12 teams advanced, with UCLA and Stanford cruising, and Washington State securing a deserved upset over #1 seed Virginia in a thrilling encounter.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) v Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

Final Score: Stanford defeated Hofstra 4-0

Three Aussies featured across the two rosters in what would be the final college game for either Beattie Goad or Monique Iannella. Eventually, it was Goad, the only one of the three to take to the pitch, and Stanford who secured the 4-0 victory courtesy of a second-half barrage. Hofstra had largely kept Stanford in check throughout the first 45 minutes, with a third-minute goal for Madison Haley the only tally of the first half. However, three goals in the space of less than four minutes blew the game wide open as Stanford’s one-goal advantage became four in the blink of an eye. With no more goals forthcoming, the Cardinal would cruise to a spot in the Sweet Sixteen, whilst Hofstra’s season came to an end.

Beattie Goad was the only Aussie to see any playing time, finishing with a pair of shots in a 46-minute outing off the bench.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

Second Round: lost 3-2 to Michigan

A whirlwind start and a whirlwind finish kept this game exciting throughout the contest, but in the end, Demi Koulizakis and her Texas Tech side bowed out of the competition, bringing an end to Koulizakis’ college career. The Red Raiders shipped a goal early to fall in a 1-0 hole, but responded almost just as quickly to knot things up at 1-1 after 22 minutes. Michigan would add goals in the 63rd and 84th minutes to put themselves up 3-1, but Texas Tech refused to lie down. It was Koulizakis herself providing the assist on Savanna Jones’ 89th minute goal to ensure a frenetic last couple of minutes, but Michigan held on for the 3-2 victory to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Koulizakis would play 67 minutes in what turned out to be her final college game, tallying a shot as well as the assist for her team’s second goal.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

Second Round: defeated Clemson 5-0

Clemson had found it tough to score in their opening round game against Vanderbilt, progressing on penalties after a 0-0 draw, and little changed against Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah, and UCLA. There was just one little problem for the Tigers: UCLA had far more success than Vanderbilt at putting the ball in the back of the net. With the scoreboard reading 4-0 at halftime, the game was effectively over as a contest by the time the teams headed to the locker rooms. A fifth goal nine minutes from time ensured that the Bruins would have more goals than Teagan Micah would have saves, as the senior shut down Clemson on four occasions in a complete game performance.

Rachel Lowe enjoyed an extended stint off the bench, playing 53 minutes in midfield in the rout.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

Second Round: defeated Virginia 3-2

In one of the most exciting matches of a day filled with thrillers, Washington State managed to pull out the upset over #1 seed Virginia. The Cougars opened up a 1-0 lead just 12 minutes into the contest, only to be pulled back by the Cavaliers just 6 minutes later. Star attacker Morgan Weaver would restore Washington State’s advantage on the half-hour mark, but Virginia came out firing after halftime and it seemed all but inevitable that an equaliser would follow. Just seven minutes into the second half, the goal came to tie the game at 2-2, but there would be one final twist in the tale. With just 8 minutes to play, Weaver teed up MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson for what would turn out to be the winning goal in a famous upset victory on the road.

As backup goalkeeper, Aly Hay did not feature for the Cougars as star custodian Ella Dederick played out the full 90 minutes.

NCAA Tournament First Round Wrap

It was a perfect weekend for the Aussies in the NCAA Tournament, as all five teams picked up victories to move onto the second round. Beattie Goad and Stanford broke a number of records in a ruthless victory over Prairie View A&M, but undoubtedly the most excitement was to be found in Texas Tech’s shootout victory over Pepperdine as Demi Koulizakis’ college career was extended for at least one more game.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

First Round: defeated Loyola Chicago 1-0 (OT)

Hofstra dominated the majority of the contest, but couldn’t convert that dominance into goals as the Pride were forced into extra time by Loyola Chicago. Outshooting their opponents 15-11, Hofstra were able to create a number of solid chances, but found themselves unable to find the back of the net in normal time. But a beautiful team move in the 94th minute changed everything. Following passes by Miri Taylor and Bella Richards, Sabrina Bryan finished off the base of the far post to send the Hofstra faithful into raptures as their team moved on to face Beattie Goad and Stanford in the second round. Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra as the Pride used just one substitute throughout the contest.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: defeated Prairie View A&M 15-0

Stanford broke all kinds of tournament records in their ruthless 15-0 win over Prairie View A&M, dominating on their way to a second-round matchup against Aussie-laden Hofstra. Three goals in the first 15 minutes set the tone, but the Cardinal didn’t slow down, breaking the previous NCAA Tournament record for goals in a game with their 11th in the 70th minute, and tallying another four just for good measure. Reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario finished with 4 goals and 5 assists, also setting an NCAA Tournament record for most points in a game. Things shape to be slightly more difficult against Hofstra in the second round, but Stanford will still come in as heavy favourites next Friday. Beattie Goad’s performance last week earned the senior a start for the Cardinal, with the senior registering three shots on target in a 52-minute outing.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: drew 2-2 with Pepperdine (Texas Tech advanced 4-3 on penalties)

Texas Tech took an early 2-0 lead against Pepperdine, with Demi Koulizakis drawing the foul that led to the Red Raiders’ second goal as the hosts looked in complete control after 11 minutes. Things swung even further in Texas Tech’s favour as Pepperdine’s goalkeeper was forced off after a collision and striker Devyn Gilfoy was forced to deputise. However, it was Pepperdine who rallied to tie the game at 2-2 just after halftime, eventually outshooting Texas Tech 21-7. Despite this, the teams could not be separated after 90 minutes. 20 minutes of extra time couldn’t split the pair, sending the game to penalties. With her team down 3-2 in the shootout after three rounds, Texas Tech goalkeeper Madison White came up with saves on Pepperdine’s final two attempts as the Red Raiders advanced with a 4-3 win in the shootout. As per usual, Koulizakis started for the Red Raiders, playing 99 minutes as they advanced to face Michigan in the second round.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

First Round: defeated Lamar 4-1

UCLA were unlikely to be troubled by Lamar in their first round matchup, and it proved as such, with the Bruins running out 4-1 victors. Canadian star Jessie Fleming opened the scoring 9 minutes in, and by halftime the scoreline had reached 3-0, with Teagan Micah forced to make just one save in the same time span. Micah would take an early mark after 52 minutes, whilst UCLA would add one more to their tally before Lamar grabbed a late consolation with less than a minute to play. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in her return to action following Young Matildas commitments, attempting 3 shots with one on target in 41 minutes of action.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

First Round: defeated Memphis 1-0

Memphis may have been ranked in the coaches’ poll coming into this game, but it was Washington State who dominated much of the contest on their home patch in Pullman on their way to a 1-0 victory. The Cougars outshot their opponents 9-1 in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net until just after the hour mark as Makamae Gomera-Stevens tallied the game’s only goal. With Memphis tallying just two shots on target against one of the nation’s best goalkeepers in Ella Dederick, finding a goal would be tough. It proved as such, as Washington State emerged victorious to move on to face Virginia in the second round. Backup goalkeeper Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their win over Memphis as Dederick played the entire 90 minutes.

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 11 Wrap

(Photo: Greg Carroccio / Sideline Photos)

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.