Week 7 Wrap

There were plenty of goals for the Aussies this week, but the most positive news of the week was at the other end of the pitch, with Emily Hulbert starting both games for Hofstra this week and Georgia Rowntree starting in goal for Wyoming and coming up with 4 saves in 45 minutes of play.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week’s results: Game abandoned v Louisiana College, lost to Southern Mississippi 4-0

A tough week to take all-round for Southern this week, as a promising start against Louisiana College was literally washed away by a downpour that forced the game to be abandoned with the Jaguars leading 1-0, followed by a 4-0 loss to Southern Mississippi after the sides were tied 0-0 at halftime. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur was again not involved in either game, and the side really could have used her presence in midfield as the side struggled to contain the Southern Mississippi attack, who managed 26 shots for the game.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated IUPUI 3-1, defeated Northern Kentucky 4-1

After defeating Saint Louis this week, Murray State notched two more wins this weekend to extend their streak to three games leading into conference play. Murray State dominated IUPUI from the kickoff in their first game, and although the first goal didn’t come until the 37th minute, the shooting stats, which were 17-5 in Murray State’s favour, show how the game went. In fact, Harriet Withers managed to have as many shots as the entire IUPUI side, but didn’t manage to grab a goal. It was much the same against Northern Kentucky, with Murray State taking a 2-1 lead into halftime, and putting two more past the Norse goalkeeper on their way to a 4-1 win. This game saw Nyomi Devine return to the side, off the bench, whilst Harriet Withers came off the bench in both games, and scored her 3rd goal of the season in the Northern Kentucky game.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost to California 3-0, lost to UC Santa Barbara 6-1

A tough schedule brought a tough week for Pacific, as they went down 3-0 to California before succumbing to UC Santa Barbara in an unexpectedly heavy defeat. The game against California was actually a lot closer than the scoreline would suggest, with California managing 11 shots to the Tigers’ 6. The Golden Bears’ ruthlessness in front of goal was the story of the day, however, with 3 goals from 5 shots on target, whilst Pacific were unable to score from any of their 3 shots on target. Against UC Santa Barbara, the Tigers had only themselves to blame – the Gauchos went up 4-0 inside 16 minutes and from there, they were simply able to coast to victory. Interestingly, the final 3 goals of the game also came in a spurt, all coming between the 64th and 70th minute. But there was no coming back from the lead they’d given up, and Pacific suffered their heaviest loss of the season. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench for Pacific in both games.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: defeated Bryant 2-0, defeated San Francisco 3-0

Colorado turned a pair of wins last week into a four game winning streak with comfortable victories over Bryant and San Francisco. The game against Bryant started brilliantly for Colorado, with a 5th minute goal to Darcy Jerman. With Bryant almost completely unable to break down the Buffaloes’ defence, registering just two shots in total, it was just a matter of time until Colorado scored again, but it took 19 shots and 84 more minutes for them to do so. The game against San Francisco saw Kahlia Hogg put in one of the top performances by an Australian so far this season. The young Canberran opened the scoring in the 4th minute, before notching assists on both of Colorado’s goals in the second half to register 4 points for the match. Alexandra Huynh also started in both games, playing around an hour in each game and contributing to the side in both attack and defence.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s result: defeated Arkansas State 3-0

Just the one game this week for Southeast Missouri State, and it ended with a 3-0 win over Arkansas State that saw the Redhawks move back to .500, with their record now standing at 3-3-0. It was a first-half attacking outburst that saw Southeast Missouri State jump out to an early lead, with goals in the 7th, 22nd, and 33rd minutes. From there, it was just a case of keeping Arkansas State from scoring, which is exactly what the Redhawks managed to do. Jenna Collingridge again started for Southeast Missouri State, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench to play 50 minutes.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: defeated Delaware State 4-0, defeated American 3-0

UMBC continue their strong performance in non-conference play, putting another pair of teams to the sword with convincing victories over Delaware State and American. It took half an hour for UMBC to open the scoring against Delaware State, but once they’d done it once, they were quickly back down there again, scoring just 6 minutes later. The third had to wait until after halftime, and then it was Lilly Rydon scoring the final goal shortly before the final whistle to complete the demolition job. The match against American saw the Retrievers come out a lot faster, notching in the 10th minute before adding another two before halftime to seal the game inside the first 45 minutes. With American only able to notch two shots on target for the entire game, UMBC never looked like dropping the result in this one, and ended the week with two solid wins.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s results: lost to McNeese State 3-2, defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1-0

‘Unconvincing’ would probably be the best way to describe Nicholls State’s first weekend of conference play. Coming up against two teams picked to finish in the doldrums of the Southland Conference, the Colonels lost one game before managing to scrap to victory in the other. Against McNeese State, Nicholls State went up 1-0 inside 3 minutes, but gave up the equaliser just a minute later, before McNeese State took the lead just after halftime. A tying goal came shortly after for the Colonels, but it wasn’t to be, as they conceded the winner just 4 minutes before the end. Nicholls State had Jess Coates to thank for the victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as a game that saw plenty of chances but not a lot of finishing end 1-0 courtesy of the Australian junior’s 11th minute goal off Emily Werenskiold’s free kick; one of five shots Jess had for the game.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: lost to Yale 2-1, defeated Monmouth 4-1

Whilst it was a mixed week for Hofstra as they split their games this week, on a personal level for Emily Hulbert, it was exciting to say the least. Having come off the bench until now, Emily started both games this week, playing 62 minutes against Yale and then 80 against Monmouth. The game against Yale saw all the goals come in the first half, with Yale taking the lead in the 6th minute before Hofstra hit back through Sam Scolarici in the 29th minute. Yale managed to regain the lead in the 37th minute, though, and the score would remain at 2-1 for the remainder of the game. The game against Monmouth could not have been more different – in this game, the scoring didn’t begin until the 38th minute, when Hofstra opened the scoring. Monmouth equalised ten minutes after halftime, and with half an hour to go, the game was evenly poised. Three goals in the last 26 minutes, including two in the last ten, put paid to that idea, as Hofstra ended the game on a charge to take the result 4-1.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week: lost to UMKC 2-0, defeated Omaha 2-1 (2OT)

They say that all good things must come to an end, and this week it was Creighton’s perfect record that fell by the wayside courtesy of an unexpected 2-0 loss to UMKC. The game was evenly poised at 0-0 at halftime, but a 62nd minute own goal by Creighton followed by UMKC knocking in another five minutes saw the Kangaroos put the game away. Things didn’t look like they were getting much better against Omaha, who took the lead after 22 minutes, but an 89th minute Creighton goal took the game to overtime. The first half of overtime went by without a goal, but two minutes after the break, Creighton tallied the winner to move to 8-1-0 for the season. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench in both games, but played just 12 minutes against UMKC and 18 minutes against Omaha.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: drew with Northern Colorado 0-0 (2OT)

16 shots, zero goals. Or, if you count both teams, 26 shots, zero goals. It was just one of those days in Greeley, as Wyoming managed to break down the Northern Colorado defence time and again, but were foiled on ten occasions by the Northern Colorado goalkeeper. At the other end, Georgia Rowntree kept Northern Colorado out four times as she played 45 minutes as starter for Wyoming. Alisha Bass started for Wyoming and played all 110 minutes, whilst Candace Sciberras came off the bench to play 80 minutes and had three shots, all of which were on target.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s result: lost to Alabama 8-0

This was always going to be a tough game for Alabama State, coming up against an Alabama side that has put together a solid CV this year already. Despite this, 8-0 is definitely not the kind of result that can be excused, no matter the opposition. The damage was done mostly in the first half, as the Crimson Tide smashed home six goals on 21 shots. The second half saw things slow down a bit, but Alabama were still able to tack on another two goals. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam again played 90 minutes for Alabama State, and had three shots despite playing in defence.

Player Of The Year Points

3: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)
2: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
1: Alexandra Huynh (Colorado)

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Week 7 Preview

There’s already been one game this week, with Southern getting us off to an early start against Louisiana College, but a torrential downpour on the hour mark saw the game abandoned with Southern leading 1-0. There’s still plenty of football to come though!

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: v IUPUI – 6am, Saturday 20 September; v Northern Kentucky – 3am, Monday 22 September

After finishing last week with a win and a loss, Murray State come up against an IUPUI side that is just as hungry as the Racers are for a win, with both sides sitting on 2 wins and 5 losses, with IUPUI also having two draws on their record. IUPUI are fresh off a last minute loss to Butler, whilst Murray State defeated Saint Louis in their last start. Northern Kentucky also played Butler in their last game, in an even more ludicrous finish than IUPUI were subjected to, if that’s possible. Northern Kentucky conceded a tying goal with 3 seconds to go, and Butler scored the winner just 90 seconds into overtime, at which point the Butler coach was also red-carded after the final whistle! These will both be tight games for Murray State, and could easily be as close as last week’s two 1-0 games. Harriet Withers should continue to play solid minutes for the Racers, whilst Nyomi Devine will hopefully be back this weekend.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at California – 7am, Saturday 20 September; v UC Santa Barbara – 6am, Monday 22 September

This weekend could prove to be very interesting for Pacific. Last week, their first half against nationally ranked USC saw them concede 14 shots, but the majority of these were only half-chances and the sides went into the break tied 0-0. Although Pacific went down 3-0 in that game, Ellie Papalexiou and the side were buoyed by this performance and a similar effort against California (the college home of Alex Morgan) could see the Tigers sneak an upset. UC Santa Barbara appear to be more on Pacific’s level and a win in this game wouldn’t be as surprising as one against California would, although the Gauchos have put together a 3-3-2 record compared to Pacific’s 2-5 record. Ellie Papalexiou has been coming off the bench for Pacific more often than not so far this year, but has been putting in solid performances all season, and things look poised to continue in the same vein this weekend.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week: v Bryant – 8am, Saturday 20 September; v San Francisco – 4am, Monday 22 September

Teams from the both sides of the country travel to Boulder this week, as Rhode Island’s Bryant University and University of San Francisco take on the Buffaloes. Colorado will be thankful for these less testing games as they look to continue the momentum they’ve gained throughout their non-conference schedule as they head into Pac-12 league play – one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Bryant have managed just two wins in their first eight games this season, whilst San Francisco have put together a 4-2-2 record, but Colorado should still be able to take care of the Dons. Alex Huynh and Kahlia Hogg have both been instrumental in Colorado’s success so far this season, and this looks unlikely to change, with both players expected to start.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week: at Arkansas State – 8am, Saturday 20 September

After two tough losses last week, Southeast Missouri State come up against an Arkansas State side just as desperate for a win as the Redhawks are. Arkansas State are sitting at 2-5-0 at the moment, with their wins coming against Mississippi Valley State and Murray State, whilst Southeast Missouri State are at 2-3, but those 3 losses have come in their last 3 games. Arkansas State’s defence has been their weakness this year, and this may prove to be the opportunity that the Southeast Missouri State attack needs after three goalless games in a row. Jenna Collingridge will most probably start this game, with Maddy Cornell and Bridget Sankey hopefully coming off the bench.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week: v Delaware State – 9am, Saturday 20 September; v American – 9am, Wednesday 24 September

Following a mixed week at the Battle Of Baltimore last week, UMBC get back into action this week with two eminently winnable games against Delaware State and American. Delaware State have won just two of their eight games this season, with one of those being a 2-1 win over the same Mount St. Mary’s side that UMBC demolished 6-0 last week, whilst American are doing slightly better with a 3-5-0 record, also including a win over Mount St. Mary’s, by a 3-0 scoreline. Lilly Rydon scored two goals against Mount St. Mary’s to continue her stellar start to the season, and will surely be confident of knocking another one or two in this week.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week: at McNeese State – 9am, Saturday 20 September; v Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3am, Monday 22 September

Nicholls State kick off conference play with what, on paper, appears to be the easiest two games they will face this season. McNeese State have won just two games this season, both against SWAC opponents, whilst Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s sole win for the season is also against a SWAC opponent in the form of Texas Southern. Furthermore, Nicholls State’s two opponents have been predicted to occupy the bottom two places in the 12 team Southland Conference this year, whilst Nicholls are predicted to finish 5th. Jess Coates has put in solid captain’s efforts so far this season and we can expect more of the same this week.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: v Yale – 9am, Saturday 20 September; at Monmouth – 3am, Monday 22 September

Ordinarily, this would be considered a tough week for Hofstra, and whilst it’s certainly not a week of easy games for the Pride, last week’s win against Duke has made for a slight readjustment in expectations for the side. Yale have won 4 of their 5 games so far, but it hasn’t been the most testing of schedules so far. Likewise, Monmouth have won their last four in a row, but also against a fairly comfortable set of teams. As such, it appears that whilst Hofstra are the side with the poorer record so far in both matchups, they may actually come into these games as slight favourites. Emily Hulbert played over 40 minutes against Virginia last weekend after only seeing limited time in the previous games, and this may be the start of a more integral role in the Hofstra side for the young Victorian.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week: v UMKC – 10am, Saturday 20 September; at Omaha – 7am, Monday 22 September

Creighton have started this season perfectly, with seven wins in a row at this point, and if they can win these two games, they’ll finish this year’s non-conference slate with a 16 match non-conference winning streak that dates back to last season. The UMKC game looms as the tougher fixture, with the Kangaroos (yes, that’s actually their nickname) tallying a 3-3-2 record so far. Creighton will still be favourites for this game, but will have to be at their best to make sure of the win. Omaha have won just 2 games of 7 so far this season against a schedule that hasn’t been particularly strong, and Creighton will be even stronger favourites in this game. Games between local rivals are never quite that simple, though. Anastasia McCleary has been the perfect impact player for the Bluejays so far this year, playing about half an hour in each game, and notching shots in most of these appearances, and tallying two goals so far this year.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: at Northern Colorado – 11am, Satuday 20 September

Consistently inconsistent is the best way to describe Wyoming so far this season as they have stumbled to a 2-5-0 record despite performances that may have deserved more. Their opponent this week, Northern Colorado, have put together a 4-4-0 record, but their wins have come against some weaker teams, whilst their losses have come against much stronger teams, with little in the way of games that appeared even on paper. This game is one of those even games, given the respective performances of the two teams so far. As this is Wyoming’s last non-conference game, they’ll be looking for a win more than ever now to build some momentum going into league play. Expect to see Alisha Bass start for Wyoming, whilst Georgia Rowntree has seen a good deal of playing time lately. Candace Sciberras came off the bench in Wyoming’s last game after sitting out due to a red card, but it would not be surprising to see her starting again.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week: at Alabama – 4am, Monday 22 September

Alabama State have had a tough couple of weeks, going down in three straight games, and things aren’t about to get any easier, as the Hornets travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. Known more for their football team, the Crimson Tide have put together a solid record this year, with four wins and a draw from their first seven games of a schedule that has been testing if not exceedingly challenging. Alabama State have shown so far this season that they have more than enough talent at their disposal to challenge for the SWAC title, but a game against Alabama is something else entirely. Regardless of the result of this match, the Hornets’ non-conference schedule ends with this game, and they’ll be looking forward to SWAC league play, where they’ll be favoured to take the league’s national title bid. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam has been almost ever-present in the Alabama State defence, and her performance in this game will play a big part in deciding the final score, if not the result, of this game.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week: at Southern Mississippi – 4am, Monday 22 September

After Friday morning’s game was abandoned due to a downpour during play that forced the players from the field, Southern take on Southern Mississippi on Monday morning. Southern have had a tough season, both on and off the field, having lost all seven games so far and only carrying a squad of 13 or 14 players each game. They are definite underdogs for this game, but Southern Mississippi have little to brag about of their own, with a 3-4 record that seems based more around beating up minnows than truly testing themselves, and it’s backfired as they’ve lost some games they’d usually be expected to win. Despite Southern’s problems, nobody can fault their effort in any of their games this season, and they’ll be looking forward to getting into SWAC play next week, where they were expected to have a solid year before they lost a couple of players. Simone Arthur has been in and out of the side so far this year, but hopefully this weekend will be one that she’s in the team.

Week 6 Wrap

There were some tough results this week for the Aussies, but it wasn’t all bad news, as Emily Hulbert and Hofstra knocked off national powerhouse Duke, whilst Anastasia McCleary and Creighton won both games this weekend to stay perfect. With most teams playing two games this week, there was plenty of football, so let’s take a look.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: lost to Georgia Southern 3-0, lost  to Jacksonville State 3-0

A tough week this week for Alabama State, as they came up against two much more fancied teams, and the results showed with a couple of 3-0 defeats. At a glance, you’d consider this a pretty terrible weekend, but when you think about the fact that Jacksonville State’s last two results against SWAC teams were 15-0 and 7-1 wins, things don’t actually look as bad for the future. Once again, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam was heavily involved for Alabama State, playing 70 minutes against Georgia Southern and the full 90 minutes against Jacksonville State, even managing to tally a shot against Georgia Southern.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: defeated Duke 2-1, lost to Virginia 3-1

No, you’re not seeing things. Hofstra did indeed defeat Duke 2-1 on the back of an 87th minute penalty. Hofstra opened the scoring on the hour mark, before Duke equalised on 78 minutes. But it was the Pride who had the last laugh, causing a major upset. The Pride were brought back to Earth slightly by Virginia, going down 3-1 to the still perfect Cavaliers. Emily Hulbert saw playing time in both games, playing 13 minutes against Duke, before seeing 43 minutes against Virginia, a vast increase in minutes on the previous few games.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s result: defeated Alcorn State 4-0

Just the one game this week for Jess Coates and the Colonels, and they made the most of it, comprehensively defeating Alcorn State 4-0. Nicholls State got the scoring started just after the 20 minute mark, before notching another just before halftime. The second half saw two more goals, but the Colonels were forced to wait until the 80th minute for their 3rd before adding a fourth two minutes before the final whistle. As usual, Jess Coates started for Nicholls State, tallying two shots, but didn’t manage to get a goal or assist.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: defeated Mount St. Mary’s 6-0, lost to Towson 2-0

After performing an absolute demolition job on Mount St. Mary’s, UMBC fell back to Earth in their second match, losing 2-0 to Towson. The win over Mount St. Mary’s was not unexpected, even down to the scoreline. Aussie senior Lilly Rydon opened the scoring on the 10 minute mark, with the side adding another two goals before halftime. Three more goals followed in the second half, with Lilly rounding out the scoring for the Retrievers on 80 minutes. The match against Towson saw UMBC hit twice early, with Towson scoring in the 5th and 16th minutes to go up 2-0 early. The goals came early, but the run of play for most of the match meant that Towson had chances to score throughout the game, eventually tallying 18 shots to 8. Lilly Rydon started both games, with her two goal performance against Mount St. Mary’s being the top performance of the week.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: defeated North Dakota 3-0, defeated South Dakota 3-1

Once again, the word “defeated” goes before the opponent’s name in both games for Creighton this week, as they notched up their sixth and seventh wins of the season to remain perfect this year, one of just seven teams to have won all their games so far. Against North Dakota, a penalty opened the scoring for Creighton on the half hour mark, before an own goal 6 minutes later saw the Bluejays head to the sheds 2-0 up. Just two minutes after halftime, Creighton sealed the game 3-0 courtesy of Aussie junior Anastasia McCleary, who slotted her second goal of the season. The game against South Dakota was more comfortable, despite the closer scoreline. With two goals in the first 20 minutes, Creighton were well in control from the outset. A third goal followed in the 75th minute, and an 82nd minute goal to South Dakota proved to be little more than a consolation. In addition to her goal, Anastasia McCleary played 41 minutes against North Dakota and another 27 against South Dakota.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: defeated South Dakota 2-1, lost to Morehead State 2-1

A tale of two matches this week for Wyoming, as a barnstorming comeback against South Dakota was followed up by a disappointing loss to Morehead State. Wyoming conceded just 7 minutes in against South Dakota, but two goals in the space of 65 seconds shortly before the hour mark, including one by Alisha Bass, saw Wyoming pick up the win. The game against Morehead State went slightly less to plan, though, with Wyoming conceding a goal either side of halftime, and whilst they picked up one goal to start a comeback, that was as far as the Cowgirls could get, and it finished 2-1. Georgia Rowntree started both games this weekend, as did Alisha Bass, whilst Candace Sciberras came off the bench against Morehead State after sitting out against South Dakota.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week’s result: lost to USC 3-0

Despite the 3-0 result, this was an incredibly plucky performance from an unfancied Pacific side. Despite conceding 14 shots in the first half, Pacific managed to go into the break tied at 0-0 with the #14 ranked Trojans. Less than 90 seconds after halftime, though, USC turned their dominance into a goal, and would go on to score two more to secure the 3-0 victory. Ellie Papalexiou once again came off the bench for Pacific, and tallied one shot, which was on target.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s result: defeated Denver 2-1

Colorado only played one game this week, but they made it an absolute belter against in-state rivals Denver. After a scoreless first half, it was Australian junior Kahlia Hogg who delivered a brilliant corner that led to Tori Cooper putting Colorado ahead 1-0. Denver scored an equaliser with 10 minutes left, and the game looked destined to head into overtime until Colorado won a penalty in the 89th minute, which was calmly converted by Darcy Jerman to hand the Buffaloes the win. Kahlia Hogg had an on target shot to go with her assist in 77 minutes played, whilst Alexandra Huynh played the full 90 minutes.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s results: lost to Illinois State 3-0, lost to Evansville 1-0

A tough week this week for Southeast Missouri State, being soundly defeated by Illinois State before losing a tough match to Evansville. Three first half goals were all it took for Illinois State to wrap up the win, with the Redbirds outshooting Southeast Missouri State 16-4 in a comprehensive victory. The game against Evansville proved to be a far tighter matchup, with both teams tallying 8 shots, but an 80th minute strike saw Evansville take the victory. Jenna Collingridge started both games for Southeast Missouri State, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench against Illinois State, but did not play against Evansville.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week’s results: lost to McNeese State 1-0, lost to Stephen F. Austin 7-0

A weekend that started with a plucky 1-0 defeat to an in-state rival finished in a far less promising fashion, as Southern went down 7-0 to Stephen F. Austin in their second game of the week. Despite being outshot 19-2 by McNeese State, Southern were able to hold their opponents out for 69 minutes before McNeese State scored the only goal of the match. Surprisingly, Southern managed 3 shots against Stephen F. Austin and conceded one less shot than they did to McNeese State, but Stephen F. Austin were ruthless in their finishing, scoring 7 goals on 11 shots on target. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur did not play in either game this weekend.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: lost to Middle Tennessee State 1-0 (OT), defeated Saint Louis 1-0

A couple of tight games this week for Murray State, with a pair of 1-0 results going opposite ways for the Racers. Despite being outshot 17-11 by Middle Tennessee State, Murray State were able to force overtime, but unfortunately Middle Tennessee State were able to snag a winner shortly before halftime in overtime. The result was more favourable in the week’s second game, with a 79th minute goal seeing Murray State snag the win despite being outshot 12-9 by Saint Louis. Nyomi Devine unfortunately didn’t play this weekend, but Harriet Withers played just over 50 minutes in both games, notching two shots against Saint Louis.

Player Of The Year Points

3: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)
2: 
Anastasia McCleary (Creighton)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)

Week 6 Preview

This week may prove to be one of the toughest weeks for the Aussies this season, with plenty of very difficult games on the schedule over the next few days. That said, there’s no reason to be despondent and we may yet see more than a few wins.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week: at Georgia Southern – 4:30am, Saturday September 13; v Jacksonville State – 4am, Monday September 15

Alabama State have been one of the SWAC’s few shining lights, managing to navigate their way through a tough schedule with a 3-3-0 record so far, and things don’t get any easier this weekend against Georgia Southern and Jacksonville State. Georgia Southern currently possess a 4-1 record, including a 2-1 win over Indiana, whilst Jacksonville State have already mauled SWAC sides Mississippi Valley State and Jackson State 15-0 (yes, that’s FIFTEEN-NIL) and 7-1 respectively. But those sides don’t have a player named Shelbi Vienna-Hallam in their side, and if the Tasmanian junior, along with the rest of the defence, can keep up their form, the Hornets can at least keep the scoreline respectable, if not grab a highly unlikely result out of one of these games.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: v Duke (at Virginia) – 5am, Saturday September 13; at Virginia – 4:30am, Monday September 15

After smashing up Indiana State 9-1 last week, Hofstra have volunteered as tribute this week, taking on national powerhouses Duke and Virginia in Virginia’s invitational tournament. Virginia, led by US national team midfielder (and lock for #1 pick in the NWSL draft next year) Morgan Brian, have conceded just two goals so far this season in five games, all of which they have won. Duke, on the other hand, have slipped a bit, going 3-3-0 so far, but have lost to the likes of Stanford, Penn State, and Ohio State, all tough matchups. If anything, these matches will prove to be invaluable experience for the Hofstra players. Emily Hulbert has come off the bench in all games so far, and things seem unlikely to change this weekend.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week: at Alcorn State – 6am, Saturday September 13

Whilst Nicholls State, and Jess Coates in particular, off to a solid start this season, this game should prove to end in a win for the Colonels. Alcorn State are one of the weaker squads in the SWAC, which is one of the weaker conferences in Div I women’s soccer, and in fact have played just the one game so far this season, losing 1-0 to Southeastern Louisiana. Expect the Nicholls State attack to pick apart the Alcorn State defence in this one – their forward line is highly balanced and potent this season.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week: v Mount St. Mary’s (at Loyola Maryland) – 7am, Saturday September 13; at Towson, 4:30am, Monday September 15

After an unexpected loss to St. Joseph’s last week, UMBC take on a couple of local rivals in the ‘Battle Of Baltimore’. First up are Mount St. Mary’s, and whilst the Mountaineers weren’t expected to be a strong side this year, their 0-7-0 start to the season has definitely raised eyebrows, and UMBC will be fully expected to waltz away with the win. Towson should prove to be a sterner test, having picked up two wins this year in six games, but this will also be UMBC’s game for the taking. Lilly Rydon has been starting up front for UMBC all season, and if there are as many goals as there should be, expect her to get ticks in the goals or assists column, if not both.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week: at North Dakota – 7am, Saturday September 13; at South Dakota – 3am, Monday September 15

Creighton make the trip north to the Dakotas for a pair of games this week looking to keep their perfect record intact. The first match, against North Dakota, sees the Bluejays face a side with just one win, against lowly Chicago State, in six games. Expect this to be a game that Creighton put away well if they play as well as everyone knows they can. South Dakota are a far more intriguing proposition. With four wins from six games, they appear on the face of it to have a very strong record. However, these wins have all been against far lesser teams than themselves, meaning their form is a bit tough to judge. Once again, it will take a top shelf performance, but expect Creighton to head back to Omaha with their winning streak extended by 2. Anastasia McCleary will most probably come off the bench again for Creighton, a role in which she has performed admirably so far this season.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: at South Dakota – 8am, Saturday September 13; at Morehead State – 5am, Monday September 15

It’s been a tough start to the season for Wyoming, with just one win in five games, but there are promising signs for the Cowgirls. The next step is turning this promise into wins, and there’s no better time to start than this weekend. South Dakota’s ability to beat up on lesser opponents has already been addressed in Creighton’s preview, but Wyoming are not a lesser team, and this could prove to be South Dakota’s undoing in this one, and there may even be a goal or two in this one for Alisha Bass or Candace Sciberras. Following this comes a trip to Kentucky to play Morehead State, a side with just one loss this season, but also two ties. This one looks to be very tight on paper, with Morehead State probably just the favourites.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at USC – 8am, Saturday September 13

Pacific are very much up against it this week against PAC-12 side USC, who are yet to lose a game this season, including a win against Notre Dame. Pacific, on the other hand, are 2-4-0 against a much less testing schedule. Matches like this can prove to be valuable experience for young players, and you can include Aussie freshman Ellie Papalexiou in this category. Of course, nothing is certain in the world of soccer, and you never know just when a side might sneak a tie, but this would be counted amongst the unlikeliest of results for the Tigers this week.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week: v Denver – 8:30am, Saturday September 13

Colorado host in-state rivals Denver this weekend in the Colorado Cup, eager to make the most of the home game. Denver and Colorado have shared many opponents this season, and the results are almost identical, with many ending the same result, but Colorado generally possessing the more satisfactory margin. This will almost certainly be one of the tighter games of the weekend, but Colorado will have to be slight favourites. Expect to see Alexandra Huynh and Kahlia Hogg heavily involved as both players have cemented their roles in the Colorado side.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week: at McNeese State – 10am, Saturday September 13; at Stephen F. Austin – 4am, Monday September 15

Despite a couple of losses last week, the Southern side will be buoyed by the fact that they held Louisiana Tech to 2 goals and almost came away with a tie in the 2-1 loss. This week, a McNeese State side that has had just one win this season will host the Jaguars in a matchup of sides desperate for a win. This game is certainly Southern’s best chance of a win this weekend, with Stephen F. Austin, their second opponent, proving to be an absolute nuisance for some very highly rated teams. They have made teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M fight hard for wins, and it is only their choice to play such a difficult schedule that sees them 2-2-1 instead of 5-0-0 at this point. Simone Arthur made her return for the side at right back last week, and will be expected to be in the side again this week, but which position she will be in remains a mystery.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: at Middle Tennessee – 10am, Saturday September 13; at Saint Louis – 4am, Monday September 15

Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers have quickly become integral parts of the Murray State squad, and with two tough games this weekend, they’ll be looking to help the side to two wins. On paper, Middle Tennessee are the easier of the two opponents, eking out a 2-2-1 record against some tricky opponents, probably making the Blue Raiders slight favourites. Saint Louis, on the other hand, are clear favourites against the Racers on Monday morning, having already put together some solid wins and held some power conference teams to close games, even if they haven’t been able to get the results.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week: v Illinois State – 9:30am, Sunday September 14; at Evansville – 9am, Thursday September 18

If you look at the results alone, you’d call Southeast Missouri State’s first game of the weekend against Illinois State a 50/50 proposition. But Illinois State have almost led themselves to the slaughter, playing, and losing to, three power conference teams in their last three games. Despite these losses, Illinois State’s performances in these games makes them favourites, as long as the results haven’t affected their confidence. The second game, against Evansville, looks to be a lot more even and will be one the Redhawks will really want to win as they look to build momentum leading into the conference season.

Week 5 Wrap

There was some great news and some terrible news coming out of this weekend’s games, with Shelbi Vienna-Hallam being named SWAC Defensive Player Of The Week, but with Nicole Calder unfortunately suffering an ACL injury which has prematurely ended her senior year. These weren’t the only events of the week, so let’s take a look all 18 Aussies.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s results: Game postponed v Louisiana-Lafayette, defeated Louisiana-Monroe 4-3

After their first game for the weekend against Louisiana-Lafayette was unfortunately postponed, Jess Coates and Nicholls State were involved in an absolute cracker of a game against Louisiana-Monroe, which they eventually won 4-3. After taking an early 1-0 lead, the Colonels then conceded an equaliser before Jess Coates was involved in setting up Nicholls State’s second and third goals on the way to a 4-1 lead. Louisiana-Monroe then started a comeback with two goals in 5 minutes to leave the score 4-3 with 5 minutes to go, but that’s where the scoring would finish to leave Nicholls State with a 3-3-0 record.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated UNC Asheville 1-0, lost to Presbyterian College 5-1

Despite mixed results this week, Alabama State proved to be the SWAC’s one shining light with their third win of the season. The game against Presbyterian College proved to be a tough one for Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and the Alabama State defence, but Shelbi proved to be instrumental in the shutout win over UNC Asheville, for which she was named SWAC Defensive Player Of The Week. Shelbi has now played all bar one minute of game time this season for Alabama State.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: lost to Kansas 2-1, defeated Detroit 3-0

After an unfortunate loss to Kent State last week, Colorado would have been hoping to get back to winning ways right away, but a loss to Kansas sadly nipped that in the bud. After Kansas scored in the 69th minute, Colorado nabbed an equaliser with 10 minutes remaining, sending the game to overtime. The first period of overtime ended scoreless, but Kansas managed to score a winner just two minutes into the second period of overtime. Fortunately, a win was forthcoming in the game against Detroit. Colorado opened the scoring just 3 minutes in, but it would take another hour before they managed a second, with Australian Alexandra Huynh setting up Brooke Rice for the goal. Colorado would round out the scoring 10 minutes later to finish with a 3-0 win. Kahlia Hogg and Alexandra Huynh started both games this weekend, playing the majority of minutes over the weekend.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: lost to Florida International 1-0, lost to Florida Gulf Coast 4-0

A trip to Florida this week for Murray State didn’t provide the fun usually associated with trips to the Sunshine State, as the Racers headed back to Kentucky with nothing to show for their efforts. Against Florida International, a 65th minute goal was enough for Florida International to secure the win, whilst against Florida Gulf Coast, it was a 3 goal spurt in 6 second half minutes from the home side that secured a win after they had opened the scoring late in the first half. On a positive note, Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine each started both games.

Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)

This week’s results: defeated Austin Peay 1-0, lost to South Florida 1-0 (OT)

It was a week of mixed results for Kennesaw State this week, with a fighting 1-0 victory over Austin Peay being followed by an even tighter 1-0 overtime loss to South Florida. However, the weekend was marred by an unfortunate ACL injury for Nicole Calder that has ended her senior season. Nicole had enjoyed a solid start to the season, despite some minor injury setbacks, and had also been made captain of the side, and this is not the way that any player deserves to end their senior year, much less a player who has contributed so much not only to the program, but to the university and the local community.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s results: defeated UC Davis 2-0, lost to Northern Colorado 1-0

A trip to Colorado saw Southeast Missouri State split their games in the Falcon Invitational, as they defeated UC Davis to mark their second consecutive win, before that streak was snapped by a 1-0 loss to Northern Colorado. Goals either side of halftime snared the win for the Redhawks against UC Davis, whilst a goal just 3 minutes into the second half was enough for Northern Colorado to secure a win on home turf. Maddy Cornell played 71 minutes against UC Davis and a full 90 against Northern Colorado, whilst Jenna Collingridge played 75 minutes against UC Davis, but sat out against Northern Colorado.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: defeated New Mexico State 6-0, defeated Drake 4-3

Creighton continued their barnstorming start to the season this week by firstly demolishing New Mexico State before they defeated former conference rival Drake 4-3. Once again, Anastasia McCleary was used as an impact player off the bench, and it paid off in the best way against Drake, as the junior picked up her first goal for the Bluejays since transferring from Alabama State. It can only be a matter of time now until McCleary manages to get a start for Creighton.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s result: St Joseph’s 1-0

An unfortunate loss for UMBC this week, as they went down 1-0 to a St. Joseph’s side that the Retrievers would consider themselves at least the equal of. UMBC outshot St. Joseph’s 9-8, but a breakaway just after the hour mark saw St. Joseph’s manage to score the only goal of the game. Lilly Rydon once again started up front for UMBC, but, like the rest of the side, lacked that decisiveness in front of goal.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s result: lost to Utah Valley 3-0

Wyoming suffered a surprising loss to Utah Valley this week, but on a positive note, Georgia Rowntree made her first appearance for Wyoming, proving that she is the number one backup goalkeeper for the Cowgirls after playing the final hour of the game. Wyoming were only able to get three shots on goal, putting them on the back foot from an attacking point of view. Utah Valley, on the other hand, had six shots on target and were ruthless in their finishing to net 3 goals. Alisha Bass started for Wyoming, taking two shots, but Candace Sciberras sat out this game after being red carded in the side’s last game.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week’s results: defeated Canisius 2-1, lost to San Jose State 4-0

Pacific split results this week in two very differing games. Against Canisius, the Tigers took an early lead before conceding on the hour mark. Just 60 seconds later though, Pacific scored the winner. The San Jose State game was unfortunately a different story, with the Tigers conceding after just 18 seconds, and things not progressing in a positive way from there. Ellie Papalexiou played in both games and was able to tally two shots in the game against San Jose State.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week’s results: lost to Louisiana Tech 2-1, defeated South Alabama 7-0

Simone Arthur made her long-awaited season debut for Southern University this week, but the results were not those that the side would have wanted. After almost managing to come back to win against a heavily favoured Louisiana Tech team, things did not go quite as well against South Alabama, with Southern being dominated in the battle of the Jaguars as South Alabama notched 24 shots to 4. Simone Arthur played in both games, in an unusual role of right back.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: lost to West Virginia 4-0, defeated Indiana State 9-1

It appears hell hath no fury like a Hofstra side scorned, as a crushing 4-0 defeat was followed up by an absolute demolition of Indiana State to the tune of a 9-1 win. Hofstra were always going to be up against it against a West Virginia side featuring the likes of Kadeisha Buchanan, and this was evident in the final score. Against Indiana State, however, the Pride made sure to take their chances and racked up the goals almost at will. Emily Hulbert came off the bench in both games, and the defender was even able to tally a shot against Indiana State.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State) 
2:
Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
1: 
Anastasia McCleary (Creighton)

Week 5 Preview

After no less than five Australians managed to bang home goals last week, there is plenty to be excited about this week. The 12 teams play 21 games between them this week, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for the Aussies to be right amongst the action.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week: v Louisiana-Lafayette – 6am, Saturday September 6; v Louisiana-Monroe – 3am, Monday September 8

Captain Jess Coates and Nicholls State will look to grab a couple of wins this week as they take on in-state foes Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe in matches that are a little hard to judge. The Colonels and their opponents have all played in some lopsided matches early on which makes reading their form a little tough. Louisiana-Monroe in particular have played a weak schedule so far, scoring 19 goals in 4 games and conceding zero. Despite this, they may be the easier opponent for Nicholls State this week, as Louisiana-Lafayette have managed wins against some teams that appear stronger than any that Louisiana-Monroe have faced. Nicholls State will find these matches tough, but both are winnable.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week: at UNC Asheville – 6am, Saturday September 6; at Presbyterian College – 3am, Monday September 8

After playing just the one game last week, Alabama State move back to the regular two-game weekend, taking a trip to the Carolinas to play UNC Asheville and Presbyterian. Interestingly, Alabama State, UNC Asheville, and Presbyterian all have one common opponent so far this season: USC Upstate, and all 3 sides have won their match 1-0. On the face of it, it would appear that these games will both be fairly close, with Alabama State possibly being slight underdogs due to their other results so far this season. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam has played 90 minutes in all of Alabama State’s games so far this season, and is poised to continue this run in a great start to her Division I career.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week: v Kansas – 7am, Saturday September 6; v Detroit – 5am, Monday September 8

After conceding a heartbreaking late winner to Kent State last week, the Aussie duo of Kahlia Hogg and Alexandra Huynh will be part of a Colorado side looking to make amends, firstly against former conference rival Kansas, before taking on Detroit in the weekend’s second game. Kansas should prove to be a tight matchup for Colorado, as the Jayhawks have won all 5 of their matches so far, including 4 competitive fixtures, and are primed to take a shot at a national tournament berth this season. Detroit, on the other hand, have been a bit up and down this season, and if Colorado are on form, they should be able to grab a comfortable win in this match.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: at Florida International – 7am, Saturday September 6; at Florida Gulf Coast – 3am, Monday September 8

The two Aussie freshmen have been well and truly making their mark at Murray State in the early stages this season, with both Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers making their way into the starting side. Harriet has scored 2 goals already so far this season and could end up being a revelation at Murray State. This week, the side takes a trip to Florida to face Florida International and Florida Gulf Coast. Florida Gulf Coast in particular will prove to be a tricky opponent, already notching up wins against the likes of Arizona and Miami, whilst Florida International have had some encouraging results, including sticking with nationally ranked Santa Clara in a 1-0 loss, and defeating Aussie Ellie Papalexiou and Pacific 1-0.

Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)

This week: v Austin Peay – 7am, Saturday September 6; v South Florida – 4am, Monday September 8 (both at Middle Tennessee State)

Another week, another tournament for Nicole Calder and Kennesaw State as they make their way to Tennessee for Middle Tennessee State’s Blue Raider Classic, where they take on Austin Peay and South Florida. Neither of the weekend’s opponents have enjoyed much success so far this season, with Austin Peay only managing one win in six games, and South Florida only managing one win in four. Unfortunately, Kennesaw State are much in the same boat, but Nicole Calder’s absence has been felt by the side. Nicole will hopefully be back this week from a sprained ankle to lead the side to a couple of much-needed victories.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week: v UC Davis – 7am, Saturday September 6 (at Colorado College); at Northern Colorado – 4am, Monday September 8

After picking up their first win last week, Southeast Missouri State head to Colorado to face a UC Davis team with a 4-1-0 record before taking on Northern Colorado, who currently possess a 1-3-0 record. Jenna Collingridge and Maddy Cornell have been integral members of the Southeast Missouri State side so far, and it will take outstanding performances from not only them, but the entire Redhawks side, if this team is to pick up positive results in both games this week.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week: v New Mexico State – 8am, Saturday September 6; v Drake – 6:30am, Monday September 8

The so far untouchable Creighton side this week play host to New Mexico State before taking on former conference foe Drake on a weekend that could see them move to 5 wins from 5 if all goes to plan. Neither of the weekend’s opponents can boast a record even approaching that of the Bluejays, with New Mexico State losing their first four in a row before picking up a win against Incarnate Word last week, whilst Drake have two wins and two losses to show from their four competitive outings so far. Anastasia McCleary has provided a real spark off the bench for Creighton so far this season, and can’t be far away from a starting berth. It may be a case, however, that the Creighton coach wishes to continue using her in a way that has proved productive for both player and team so far.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week: at St Joseph’s – 9am, Saturday September 6

Just the one game this week for UMBC, as they take on a St. Joseph’s side that has already played against two Aussies so far this year, having dismantled Ellie Papalexiou and Pacific 4-1 before Emily Hulbert and Hofstra dismantled them 5-0. That 4-1 result against Pacific is the Hawks’ only win in four games, whilst UMBC are a perfect four from four so far this year in their bid to return to the national tournament. Lilly Rydon has been on song for the Retrievers so far this year, scoring in both games last week as she steps up to become a real leader of the side in her senior year.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: at Utah Valley – 11:30am, Saturday September 6

Another team with only one game this week, Wyoming head south to Utah to take on Utah Valley desperate to atone for two heartbreaking overtime losses against teams they really should have beaten. Utah Valley are yet another team that Wyoming should be taking care of if they play well, and the Aussie duo of Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras will be a big part in deciding whether this happens. Georgia Rowntree has unfortunately been consigned to the bench as starter Alex Boehm has played 90 minutes in each of the side’s games so far.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: v Canisius – 12:00pm, Saturday September 6; v San Jose State – 6am, Monday September 8

Despite a poor start to the season, winning only one of their first four, Ellie Papalexiou and Pacific will be eyeing their first game this weekend against Canisius as a great chance to kickstart the season by getting their second victory of the year on the board. Canisius have lost all 3 Division I fixtures they have played, and were forced to double overtime to defeated Roberts Wesleyan, a school still in its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. San Jose State appear to be a more daunting proposition, having picked up a win over Sacramento State last week, a side that Pacific lost to in overtime earlier in the season. Ellie Papalexiou has been given starts in the majority of matches so far, and appears to be edging towards making the left midfield berth her own. The young winger has been heavily involved in attacking forays and can’t be far from scoring her first goal of the year.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week: v Louisiana Tech –  9am, Saturday September 6; v South Alabama – 4am, Monday September 8

The Jaguars play host this weekend, as Louisiana Tech and South Alabama make their way to Baton Rouge. The season has not started well for Southern, losing their first 3 matches. Things don’t stand to improve much this weekend unless the side’s performances improve, with Louisiana Tech putting together 4 wins and a draw from their first five games, and South Alabama putting together a handy, if not resounding, 3-2-0 record so far this season. Simone Arthur has been unavailable for the Southern side in its first few games; if she makes a comeback this weekend, it will definitely help the Jaguars’ chances.

Week 4 Wrap

Five different Aussies got on the scoresheet this week, with several also picking up assists in a sublime week on an individual level for the Aussies. There were also a bunch of wins to celebrate as well, with UMBC in particular having plenty to be happy about as they maintained their 100% winning record to start the season.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Georgia State 2-1, lost to Dayton 5-1

Harriet Withers is the story of the week this week, as her two goal performance saw Murray State storm back from a goal down to grab a 2-1 victory over Georgia State. The Racers weren’t so fortunate against Dayton, though, as the Flyers piled on five goals to storm to a dominant win. Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine both started the two games this week as they further cemented their places in the Murray State lineup.

Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)

This week’s results: lost to Troy 1-0, defeated South Alabama 2-1

A trip across the border to Alabama for Kennesaw State saw the side split their games against Troy and South Alabama. Both games were tightly fought, with the first game against Troy being separated by a 6th minute goal to the home side in a game in which Troy outshot the Owls 10-6. Against South Alabama, it took a comeback from an early goal to South Alabama for Kennesaw State to grab a result to take back to Georgia, with Maddie Gaughan scoring in the 12th and 82nd minutes to seal the win for the Owls. Unfortunately, Nicole Calder was missing from these matches after spraining her ankle in training, but should be back next week.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: lost to Idaho State 3-2 (1OT) – 8am, lost to Weber State 2-1 (1OT)

A heartbreaking week all-round for Wyoming as the side took the lead in both games before falling in overtime on both occasions. The game against Idaho State saw Wyoming take the lead before 2 goals to Idaho State saw them take the lead before Aussie Alisha Bass assisted on the equaliser. Unfortunately, in the 8th minute of overtime, Idaho State managed to poke home a goal from a corner to nab the win. The game against Weber State saw the first of what is hopefully many goals created by the Aussie connection of Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras, as Alisha set up Candace for the opening goal on 14 minutes. Weber State managed an equaliser on 41 minutes, and with the score locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game went to overtime. It took just 33 seconds of overtime, however, for Weber State to score the winner. This game also unfortunately saw Candace Sciberras sent from the field for fighting.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week’s result: lost to Louisiana-Monroe 5-0

Another unfortunate result for Southern this week, as they went down to a much stronger Louisiana-Monroe side 5-0. With Louisiana-Monroe taking 33 shots, times were always going to be tough for Southern, and although goalkeeper Sarah Forde made 13 saves, the barrage of shots meant there were always going to be goals. Simone Arthur was unfortunately once again unavailable for Southern.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s results: lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 3-1, defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-0, lost to LSU 3-0

A mixed week for Nicholls State this week, with two losses separated by an absolutely dominant 8-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The week got off to an inauspicious start as Arkansas-Little Rock scored twice in the first 20 minutes to put the game firmly in their control on the way to a 3-1 win, but the match against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was a complete turnaround. Aussie Jess Coates opened the scoring on 13 minutes via a penalty, before setting up Lauren O’Brien just a minute later to put the Colonels 2-0 up early. The side didn’t let their foot off the pedal all game, scoring at regular intervals on their way to an 8-0 win. This was followed by a match against LSU in which Nicholls State were always up against it, allowing 21 shots whilst tallying just 5 of their own in a game that ended 3-0 to the Tigers.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s result: defeated Missouri-St Louis 2-0

It took three games and one cancellation, but Southeast Missouri State got their first win of the season this week, defeating Division II Missouri-Saint Louis 2-0 on the back of 2 goals in 27 seconds in the 74th minute. Maddy Cornell and Jenna Collingridge both played for Southeast Missouri State in this game, playing 77 and 70 minutes respectively.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s result: defeated South Carolina Upstate 1-0

Alabama State restored their record to the .500 mark with a 1-0 win over South Carolina Upstate that was a case of “score early and hold them out”, as Aaliyah Lewis’ 12th minute goal was enough to secure the win for the Hornets despite being outshot 8-6. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam once again played a full 90 in defence for Alabama State as the side registered a second shutout for the season.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: defeated UNLV 3-0, lost to Kent State 1-0

Colorado took a trip to Las Vegas this week looking for two wins to keep their 100% winning record intact, but unfortunately a late goal from Kent State meant they headed back to Boulder with their first loss. Their first match, against UNLV, saw the Buffaloes romp to a 3-0 win, with Aussie Kahlia Hogg notching the side’s 3rd goal on 63 minutes to seal the win. Alex Huynh also started and played 65 minutes in defence for Colorado against UNLV. The match against Kent State saw Colorado dominate the shooting stats 12-9, but the Kent State goalkeeper stood up tall, keeping the Buffaloes at bay and in the end a late goal from the Golden Flashes saw them nick the win.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week’s results: defeated Quinnipiac 1-0, lost to Florida International 1-0

A mixed week for Pacific, with two hard-fought games leaving the side with one win and one loss from the week. First up, the Tigers took on Quinnipiac, and it appeared as if the game was headed to overtime tied at 0-0, but an 88th minute goal saw Pacific grab the win. The match against Florida International was also a tight contest, with the only goal coming in the 70th minute for Florida International. After starting against Quinnipiac, Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench against Florida International, taking two shots, but it wasn’t to be for Pacific in the second game.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: defeated Howard 1-0, defeated Bucknell 2-1

Two games and two more wins for UMBC as they continued their early-season charge, and it was Aussie senior Lilly Rydon at the centre of it all, notching two goals. First up, against Howard, Lilly scored the only goal in the 7th minute following a mistake by the opposing goalkeeper. This was followed up in the victory over Bucknell, where Lilly scored the opening goal in the 13th minute as UMBC took a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes, which they held onto despite an 87th minute goal from Bucknell.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s result: defeated St. Joseph’s 5-0

After a 4 goal performance last week against Bucknell, there was no turning off the goals this week against St. Joseph’s as the Pride smashed home five in a resounding win. It took just four minutes for Hofstra to kick off the scoring, and by the 32 minute mark, they were already 4-0 up. The scoring then slowed up, with the score remaining 4-0 until the 85th minute when the fifth goal finally came. Emily Hulbert once again came off the bench for Hofstra, playing the last 15 minutes of each half.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s result: defeated Western Illinois 4-0

A dominant performance for Creighton this weekend saw them move to 3-0-0 with a 4-0 victory over Western Illinois, although the score was 1-0 until the 73rd minute, before 3 quick goals sealed a decisive victory. Anastasia McCleary was once again impressive off the bench, tallying 3 shots (2 on target) in 28 minutes of play.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)
2: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
1: 
Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)