Newcastle pair Miller and House join Wyoming

The Australian pipeline to Wyoming continues to deliver with today’s announcement that Newcastle Jets W-League defender Brooke Miller and former Jets striker Jemma House have put pen to paper on National Letters of Intent and will link up with the Cowgirls for the 2017 season and beyond. The addition of the pair means that there will continue to be five Australians on Wyoming’s roster, with Miller and House joining Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Annika Clayton, and Jessie Gentle in Laramie.

Brooke Miller has been part of the Newcastle Jets W-League squad for the last three seasons. The centre back made her debut in October 2014, playing 24 minutes off the bench in a 5-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, and has gone on to make 11 appearances for the Jets in her three seasons with the club, including three starts.

Brooke has also featured for the Emerging Jets side in the NPL New South Wales women’s league, making 25 appearances in two seasons in between commitments with the Under 17 and Under 20 national teams, with whom the defender has featured at a number of AFC tournaments, including the 2016 AFF Championship and 2015 AFC Under 19 Championship. Miller will not be the only player from that 2015 side to play in college, with UCLA’s Teagan Micah and Stanford’s Beattie Goad also part of that side which missed out on the knockout stages following defeats to Japan and China in the group stage.

Brooke’s commitment should also serve to ensure that Alisha Bass can return to her favoured attacking midfield role on a permanent basis. Despite the loss of senior defenders Katie Marcheso and Sammi Dunda, the addition of Miller will help improve the defensive depth in the Wyoming squad and give coach Pete Cuadrado the freedom to play the Australian senior higher up the park more often.

Jemma House has spent the last two seasons playing at nearby Laramie County Community College, where the striker has been one of the stars of the squad. A two-time all American, Jemma was also awarded the regional player of the year in 2016 and regional freshman of the year award in 2015 as part of a junior college career that saw the Kurri Kurri junior score 47 goals and tally 14 assists in 44 games. Jemma has also featured in Young Matildas training camp squads before making the move to Laramie. Having played two seasons in junior college, Jemma will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Wyoming.

Kahlia Hogg Returns To Canberra United

Recent Colorado graduate and 2013 NCAA Tournament runner-up Kahlia Hogg has signed for W-League club Canberra United for the remainder of the 2016/17 season, returning to the club with which the fullback rose to prominence before making the move to college, and will be available for selection immediately.

Kahlia made 24 appearances for Canberra United between 2009 and 2011, chipping in a solitary goal in her time with the club prior to commencing her college career at Florida State. Opportunities were hard to come by in Tallahassee for the fullback, and although her time with the Seminoles provided Kahlia with a chance to be part of a national runner-up squad, the Young Matilda featured in just 10 games across two seasons. Kahlia then decided to transfer to Colorado after her sophomore year, teaming up with fellow Australian Alex Huynh in Boulder.

Kahlia played in 22 games in her first season at Colorado, playing in a variety of positions but finding plenty of success in a wide attacking role. Kahlia scored four goals and also chipped in four assists as Colorado caused a first round boilover in the NCAA Tournament by defeating BYU 2-0 before going down in overtime to perennial powerhouse North Carolina.

Kahlia’s first attempt at a senior season in 2015 was cut short after just six appearances due to injury, but her request for a medical redshirt was granted and 2016 was a far more productive year. Moved into a central defensive role, ironically after Alex Huynh’s transfer to Troy, Kahlia’s attacking output diminished, as was to be expected, as the defender contributed just one goal and one assist in 16 appearances. However, the Colorado defence conceded just 12 goals in Kahlia’s 16 appearances as the team punched well above its weight all season to earn another NCAA Tournament berth, where they went down 1-0 to South Carolina in the second round despite a valiant effort against one of the top sides in the country.

Whilst in the US, Kahlia spent time playing in the now-defunct USL W-League. Kahlia spent the 2012 season playing with Pali Blues, a club which at the time featured the likes of Matildas World Cup representative Servet Uzunlar, US national team player Whitney Engen, former Melbourne City player Anisa Guajardo, former Canberra United player Nikki Washington, and former Western Sydney Wanderers player Camille Levin. Unfortunately for Kahlia, the Blues were defeated on penalties by Katrina Gorry and Ottawa Fury in the championship game after conceding a 94th minute equaliser.

Kahlia also spent the 2014 season playing for Colorado Rush in a team that included the likes of Carson Pickett and Janine Beckie, and suited up for Colorado Storm for 3 games in United Women’s Soccer’s inaugural season in 2016.

Kahlia returns to Canberra United with a bevy of program and conference awards for both academic and athletic achievement, but most importantly, a degree in Mechanical Engineering in her back pocket. Canberra United fans will be fervently hoping that she can keep opposition attackers in her back pocket as she looks to help the team in green make a late charge for the title after last week’s 6-1 setback against Sydney FC.

Kahlia’s return swells the number of Australian college players playing in the W-League to no fewer than six, alongside Melbourne City pair Aivi Luik (Nevada) and Amy Jackson (Florida International), Newcastle Jets’ Liz O’Reilly (Wyoming), Melbourne Victory’s Selin Kuralay (Florida State), and Perth Glory midfielder Jaymee Gibbons (Lander).

2016 Season Wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

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

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

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

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

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

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

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

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

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

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

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

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

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

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

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

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

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

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

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

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

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

Iona (Kiri Dale)

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

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

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

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

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

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

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

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

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

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

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

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

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

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

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

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

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

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

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

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

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

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

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

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

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

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

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

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

Texas (Monique Iannella)

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

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

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

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

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

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

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

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

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

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

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

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

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

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

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

 

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

USC (Lulu Pullar)

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

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

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

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

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards:

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

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

Junior Of The Year: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)

Senior Of The Year: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)

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

Defender Of The Year: Alexandra Huynh (Troy)

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

Forward Of The Year: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)

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

Player Of The NCAA Tournament: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

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

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

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

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

Final Player Of The Year Points:

Player

Team

Points

Paige Hayward

Texas Southern

12

Harriet Withers

Murray State

11

Jess Coates

Nicholls State

8

Isabel Hodgson

East Tennessee State

8

Kristy Helmers

Nicholls State

7

Georgia Rowntree

Wyoming

7

Teagan Micah

UCLA

7

Alisha Bass

Wyoming

6

Alexandra Huynh

Troy

3

Beattie Goad

Stanford

1

Caitlin Cantrill

LSU

1

Laura Johns

Massachusetts

1

NCAA Tournament Preview

This season, seven Australians across six teams will contest the NCAA Tournament. Three of those sides – Stanford, UCLA, and USC – could be considered legitimate challengers for the title, whilst Colorado and Texas Tech could definitely shake things up and spring an upset or two. Beattie Goad and Stanford have secured the overall top seed, but UCLA and USC have also managed to grab seeded positions and could use those favourable draws to their advantage.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: v Houston Baptist – 2pm, Saturday November 12

Live on Stanford Women’s Soccer Facebook

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Beattie Goad (Photo Credit: Bill Dally/ISIPhotos.com)

As the overall top seed in the tournament, Stanford go in as favourites to make it to San Jose for the College Cup. First up, they take on Houston Baptist, who qualified for the tournament as champions of the Southland Conference. The Huskies have compiled a 10-10-1 record this season, and sit a lowly 220th in the RPI rankings. If Stanford get through this first game, they will take on the winner of Long Beach State and Santa Clara, two teams in the top 50 of the RPI rankings. Expect to see Beattie Goad play a cameo off the bench for Stanford, as she has done in recent weeks, unless the Cardinal get out to a big lead, which is possible. If that happens, there may be scope for Beattie to play a lot more minutes as some starters are rested.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

First Round: v Seattle – 2pm, Saturday November 12

Live on Pac-12 UCLA Stream

The 4th seed in their quarter of the draw, UCLA will be hard-pressed to reach the final weekend as they must go through heavyweights West Virginia (or a team that defeats them) to reach even the quarter-finals. Before that though, they must take on Seattle in the first round. The WAC champions, Seattle are 93rd in the RPI rankings with a 14-5-1 record to this point. UCLA should win this game comfortably, but a second round matchup with Top 20 side Nebraska would be far tougher. However, with Teagan Micah doing her best impression of a brick wall between the sticks for the Bruins, the path through to a potential game with West Virginia should be much more smooth.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

First Round: v Oklahoma State – 6am, Sunday November 13

Live on Pac-12 Colorado Stream

Of the four Pac-12 teams featuring Aussies to reach the tournament, Colorado are the lowest in the RPI rankings and, as such, face the toughest test in the first round. The 29th ranked Buffaloes face off against 56th ranked Oklahoma State on their home patch. Colorado do have a reasonable history of making things happen in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2013 after knocking off Denver and BYU in unexpected wins, and taking North Carolina to overtime in 2014 as the Buffaloes came incredibly close to a huge upset. If Colorado can manage a win, they will almost certainly play #1 seed South Carolina in the first round, unless Aussie student assistant coach Shelbi Vienna-Hallam can help Alabama State conjure what would be a ludicrously massive upset. We may not see a lot of Isobel Dalton and Kahlia Hogg in this game due to various circumstances, but you never know how these things pan out.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: at Utah – 7am, Sunday November 13

Live on Pac-12 Utah Stream

Texas Tech were forced to wait until Selection Monday to learn if they would make the tournament, as they sat firmly on the bubble. Fortunately, Demi Koulizakis and the Red Raiders were granted a bid, and they will travel to Utah for their first round game. At 21st in the RPI rankings, Utah will go into this game as favourites against 42nd ranked Texas Tech. If Texas Tech can manage a victory first up, things only get tougher as they will likely take on ACC champions Florida State. Demi Koulizakis was only seeing limited minutes earlier in the season, but her playing time has exploded recently and it will be interesting to see if this continues through the tournament.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

First Round: v Eastern Washington – 8am, Sunday November 13

Live on Pac-12 USC Stream

The second seed in their quarter of the draw, USC were close to snagging a top seed until their final day loss to UCLA and Florida’s SEC championship victory. The Women of Troy come into this game against Big Sky champion Eastern Washington as hot favourites to advance to the second round and a game against either TCU or Texas A&M. USC sit in the same section of the draw as Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech, and whilst it might take some upsets, we could see a Sweet 16 matchup between the two Aussies. How much playing time Lulu Pullar gets in that potential game, or indeed in any other, remains to be seen, though.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

First Round: v Connecticut – 10am, Sunday November 13

Live on Husky Vision ($$)

Last season, Claire Urquhart played the first few games, then saw no playing time for the rest of the season until the NCAA Tournament. This season has followed a similar course so far, and we may yet see Claire in the NCAA Tournament again as the Great Danes take on Connecticut in the first round. Certainly, it will be another tough game for Albany. Last season, Penn State were a #1 seed and won the NCAA title after beating Albany in the first round. This season, Connecticut are #8 in the RPI even if they haven’t secured a seeding for the tournament. It’s going to be hard for Albany to get through the first round, but upsets are certainly more likely in soccer than they are in many other sports.

Week 12 Wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player Of The Year Points:

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

Complete Results:

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

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

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

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

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

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

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

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

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

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

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: drew 1-1 with Utah

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

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated USC 1-0

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

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated California 4-1

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

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: lost 1-0 to UCLA

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC against UCLA.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

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

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

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 1-0 to Pepperdine

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature this week due to injury.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: lost 2-1 to Santa Clara

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

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

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

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

Week 12 Preview

We are down to under 15 schools featuring Australians still playing, and all bar two are still in with a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. All four Aussies in the Pac-12 are basically locked into tournament spots already, whilst plenty more have earned high seedings for conference tournaments, giving them excellent shots at winning a conference title and heading to the NCAA Tournament.

Paige Hayward and Texas Southern kick off the weekend with a SWAC tournament quarterfinal against Prairie View A&M on Friday morning. Paige scored two goals against Prairie View A&M just last week to hand the Tigers a 2-0 win and set up a rematch in the #2 v #7 matchup. Texas Southern will be expected to go all the way to the final, and tomorrow morning’s match is just the start of a 3 game campaign to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The Pac-12 has been a dogfight to the last and the Australians have been right amongst it, with USC (Lulu Pullar), Stanford (Beattie Goad), and Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg) all still with at least a slight chance of clinching the conference title on the final matchday. It would be unwise to forget about Teagan Micah and UCLA, though. The Bruins take on USC, and a win would destroy the Trojans’ title chances and almost certainly hand the crown to Stanford or Colorado. Stanford sit top of the pile as things stand, so they only need to win, whilst Colorado need to defeat Utah and rely on other results going their way, as will USC if they are to defeat UCLA.

Murray State were forced to share the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title this year, but still secured the top seed and a first round bye in the conference tournament. Now coming off a week’s rest, the Racers take on SIU Edwardsville in the semifinals. These two sides battled to a 1-1 draw on SIUE’s home patch, but this game will take place at the fortress that is Murray State’s Cutchin Field. Harriet Withers’ goal production has been down slightly recently in recent weeks, but the striker has been creating plenty of opportunities for herself and hopefully will be able to find the back of the net again in this must-win game. Nyomi Devine has been out for a couple of weeks and it is unknown as to whether she will return for this game.

Fairleigh Dickinson missed out on the conference title by virtue of a final-day loss that saw the Knights drop to fourth in the standings. This week, they take on the team that jumped them to win the title, St Francis University, in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament. Whilst Fairleigh Dickinson were able to come away with a 3-2 victory at home in the regular season meeting, they will now have to travel to Pennsylvania for this fixture. Sam Roff has been ever-present for the Knights this season, switching between defence and midfield, and a big performance from the freshman will no doubt go a long way to keeping the St Francis attack at bay for the 90 minutes, or 110 if need be.

Emma Heckenberg and Drexel have flown slightly under the radar this season, but with some excellent early season form of their own combined with some upset losses for teams around them despite no wins in their last four, the Dragons managed to play themselves into second spot in the Colonial Athletic Association and a first-round bye. Their semi-final matchup will see them take on James Madison, a side that looked set to take a top two spot until Emily Hulbert and Hofstra knocked them off, paving Drexel’s way to the bye. If the Dragons can turn around their mediocre recent form, they already have an away win over James Madison under their belt, which will no doubt give the team confidence to do the same at a neutral site.

Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State have already played one tournament game at home, defeating Western Carolina 2-1 in a nail biter this week. This week, they host both the semi-finals and final of the Southern Conference tournament regardless of seedings, and will be looking to make full use of the advantage. First up, they have to get past Mercer, whom they lost to 3-2 away earlier in the year. Since that game, East Tennessee have won 6 of their last 8 games, with their only loss coming to regular season champions Samford. With Isabel Hodgson pushed into a more advanced role for the latter half of the season, the Buccaneers’ attack is firing and revenge is most definitely on the cards.

Full Schedule:

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: v Prairie View A&M – 8:30am, Friday November 4 (SWAC Quarterfinals)

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v James Madison – 5am, Saturday November 5 (CAA Semifinals)

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

This week: v SIU Edwardsville – 5am, Saturday November 5 (OVC Semifinals)

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: at St Francis University – 5am, Saturday November 5 (NEC Semifinals)

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: v Utah – 8am, Saturday November 5

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: at USC – 9am, Saturday November 5

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: at California – 9am, Saturday November 5

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: v UCLA – 9am, Saturday November 5

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: v Mercer – 10:30am, Saturday November 5 (Southern Conference Semifinals)

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at Pepperdine – 7am, Sunday November 6

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: v Santa Clara – 1pm, Sunday November 6

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: v Hartford – 10am, Monday November 7 (America East Final)

Week 11 Wrap

Paige Hayward (Photo Credit: John Posey)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player Of The Year Points:

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

Complete Results:

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

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

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

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

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

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

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

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

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

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

This week: drew 0-0 with Austin Peay

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

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 2-0 to Arkansas

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

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Tennessee-Martin 4-1

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

USC (Lulu Pullar)

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

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

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

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

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

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

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

Ellie Papalexiou missed this week due to injury.

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

This week: defeated Colorado State 1-0

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

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

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 3-0 to Southeastern Louisiana

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

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: lost 3-2 to TCU

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

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

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

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

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Oklahoma 1-0 (OT)

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

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

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

Price Keogh did not feature for San Francisco this week.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated Western Carolina 2-1

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-1 to East Tennessee State

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

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated New Hampshire 1-0

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

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: lost 3-1 to Minnesota

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