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)