2019 Week 4 Wrap

It would be fair to say that this wasn’t the most electrifying week in College Matildas history. However, there were still a few solid performances, particularly from the goalkeepers, whilst Indianna Asimus’ goal for Wyoming was simply a delight to watch.

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(Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Having fallen to a surprise defeat to Santa Clara last week, UCLA were looking to bounce back at home against Wisconsin. However, giving up five shots on target to the Badgers meant the Bruins would need a big performance from Teagan Micah to get the win, and that is exactly what the senior goalkeeper produced. The Matildas World Cup squad member came up with five saves to keep a clean sheet, and with a 51st minute Kennedy Faulknor goal the only tally of the game for either side, those five saves proved crucial to UCLA’s win. This match also saw the return of Rachel Lowe to the pitch for the Bruins, with the freshman making brief cameos in each half to total 25 minutes of playing time for the game as UCLA moved to 5-1.

Claudia Jenkins was spectacular last week in posting a career-high 10 saves, and carried that form into La Salle’s game against Delaware. Although the junior conceded two goals, Jenkins came up with another 7 saves to play a crucial role in the Explorers’ 3-2 win to move to 4-2-1. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia-based side were on the wrong side of the same scoreline in their second game of the weekend, falling 3-2 to Navy as a solid non-conference slate ended with a loss, but also with the team scoring five goals across the weekend as Jenkins begins to receive a bit more help from her side’s attackers. Alyssa Van Heurck also featured in both games, playing 46 minutes against Delaware and 18 against Navy.

Wyoming outshot Southern Utah 24-6 in their home game to open the weekend, and it was sophomore Indianna Asimus that got the Cowgirls off to a flyer with an early goal that set their opponents on the back foot. A 15th minute finish from an incredibly tight angle from the Dubbo-born striker put Wyoming up 1-0, and with Southern Utah hardly looking threatening with just two shots on target all afternoon, a second goal for Wyoming in the 86th minute closed out the victory. The Cowgirls would close out their weekend with an 1-1 overtime draw against Montana, equalising with a last-second penalty in a game that saw Asimus play 94 of the 110 minutes.

It was a mixed week for Nicholls State, who picked up win and a loss this weekend, but Tessa Calabria continues to make progress in her return from significant injury troubles. In a 3-2 victory over Alcorn State that saw all five goals come before the 25-minute mark, Calabria helped get Nicholls State off to a flying start, teeing up teammate Blaire Laiche for the opener, whilst also testing the goalkeeper with two on-target shots of her own. Meanwhile, Kristy Helmers maintained her position as an integral member of the Colonels’ lineup, playing the full 90 minutes in both games this weekend.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
2: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
1: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 5-0 to Samford; lost 3-1 to Charleston Southern

Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in either game this week.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 3-1 to SIU-Edwardsville; lost 3-1 to Eastern Illinois

Sarah Clark started both games for Chicago State this week, playing the full 90 minutes against SIU-Edwardsville and 81 minutes against Eastern Illinois.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-0 to Radford; lost 1-0 to Winthrop

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 2-1 to Hofstra; lost 2-1 to Binghamton

Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, tallying a shot in 77 minutes against Hofstra and playing 38 minutes in the loss to Binghamton.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara; lost 2-0 to North Dakota

Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 95 minutes in Grand Canyon’s draw with UC Santa Barbara, before playing a complete game in the loss to North Dakota.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1; lost 1-0 to Columbia

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Butler 2-1; defeated Colorado College 2-0

Ashleigh Lefevre started both matches for Illinois this week, playing 59 minutes against Butler and 53 minutes in the win over Colorado College.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Delaware 3-2; lost 3-2 to Navy

Claudia Jenkins played all 180 minutes between the sticks for La Salle this week, coming up with 7 saves in the win over Delaware and another 3 in the loss to Navy.  Alyssa Van Heurck started in the win over Delaware and played 46 minutes before coming off the bench to register a shot in 18 minutes against Navy.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Arizona State

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their loss to Arizona State.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: defeated High Point 3-1

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their win over High Point.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Long Beach State 3-0; lost 2-1 to South Alabama

Aimee Medwin came off the bench to play four minutes in Mississippi’s win over Long Beach State, but did not feature in the loss to South Alabama.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-2; lost 2-1 to Southern

Tessa Calabria started in Nicholls State’s win over Alcorn State, tallying an assist and a pair of shots on target in 49 minutes of action. The senior then came off the bench in the loss to Southern, playing 18 minutes. Kristy Helmers started both games for Nicholls State this week, playing the full 90 minutes on each occasion. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 2-1 to Drake; lost 3-0 to Northern Iowa

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature in North Dakota State’s loss to Drake, but returned to play 33 minutes off the bench against Northern Iowa, tallying a shot on target in the process.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated East Carolina 2-1; defeated William & Mary 5-0

Gaby Bentley did not feature in the win over East Carolina, but came off the bench to play 15 minutes in Old Dominion’s 5-0 drubbing of William & Mary.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: drew 1-1 with Holy Cross; lost 1-0 to Boston University

Teresa Morrissey played every minute for Rhode Island this week, coming up with 4 saves in the overtime draw with Holy Cross and another 2 saves in the loss to Boston University.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 1-0 to Arkansas State

Siena Senatore made her return to the pitch for Southeast Missouri State with an 11-minute cameo off the bench in the Redhawks’ loss to Arkansas State.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: lost 1-0 to Pepperdine; defeated UC Santa Barbara 1-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench in Stanford’s surprise loss to Pepperdine, tallying a pair of shots with one on target in 60 minutes of playing time. The senior then started in the Cardinal’s win over UC Santa Barbara, playing 42 minutes.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Loyola Marymount 3-1; defeated UC Irvine 4-2

Demi Koulizakis started both games this week, playing 56 minutes against Loyola Marymount and 41 minutes against UC Irvine. The striker registered two shots in each game, with one on target in either contest.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Wisconsin 1-0

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in UCLA’s win over Wisconsin, earning a clean sheet with five saves, whilst Rachel Lowe came off the bench to play 25 minutes.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 2-0 to Lehigh; lost 2-1 to Longwood

Teal Kilbride did not feature in UMBC’s loss to Lehigh, but started and played 26 minutes in the loss to Longwood. Abi Jordan did not feature in either game this week.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated High Point 2-1; defeated Radford 1-0

Kate Swartwout came off the bench in Western Carolina’s win over High Point, rattling off a pair of shots on target in her 21 minutes, before seeing another 19 minutes off the bench in the win over Radford.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: defeated Southern Utah 2-0; drew 1-1 with Montana

Indianna Asimus started both games for Wyoming this week, tallying the opening goal in a 66-minute outing against Southern Utah, before playing 94 minutes in the draw with Montana.

2019 Week 4 Preview

With Stanford and UCLA in the top 5 in the coaches’ poll, and Mississippi and Texas Tech receiving votes, there are plenty of Aussies playing for top teams at the moment in varying capacities. However, there are plenty of other places you can find Aussies performing well, including at Illinois, where Ashleigh Lefevre continues to cement her spot in the Fighting Illini’s starting eleven.

Stanford moved up to #2 in the coaches’ poll this week thanks to a combination of their own outstanding form and UCLA’s loss to Santa Clara, and Beattie Goad and her Cardinal teammates will be hoping to maintain that level as they head down the coast to face Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara. Pepperdine are often a tough opponent, but have struggled to start the season, and Stanford are certainly not a team anyone wants to face when trying to break out of a bad run of form. UC Santa Barbara have had an interrupted start to the season, with a cancelled game against Montana meaning they have played just a single game since August 30, although that one game was a 3-0 win over Idaho. However, given her recent form, Goad will no doubt be champing at the bit to get herself involved in a few more goals against a pair of teams that Stanford really should have little trouble dispatching.

With three wins in their last four games, La Salle are hitting form at the right time, and with Claudia Jenkins playing superbly between the sticks, the Explorers will be confident heading into their last weekend of non-conference play. It won’t be easy though, facing a pair of opponents that are both playing well at this early stage. Delaware have won four of their six games to this point, and with the Fightin’ Blue Hens (yes, that is their nickname) having kept clean sheets in all four of those victories, goals will be at a premium at both ends. Meanwhile, Navy sit at 5-1 and have yet to concede more than a goal in any of their contests, also keeping four clean sheets. However, if Jenkins can reprise the same kind of form shown in her 10-save performance against Florida Gulf Coast, one goal may be enough to secure a result in each game for La Salle. That, fittingly, is where Alyssa Van Heurck comes into the conversation. The sophomore has been a regular starter in attack for the Explorers, and having played solid if unspectacular minutes in most contests to this point, a breakout performance could be just around the corner for the Western Australian, and this would be a perfect time to pull one out.

Illinois have had little trouble scoring goals, but despite their 4-1 record, are yet to record a clean sheet and have conceded multiple goals in all bar one game to this point. Regular starter, sophomore Ashleigh Lefevre and her teammates will have to make this the week that they start locking down oppositions, with the Fighting Illini facing a pair of high-scoring attacks this week in the form of Butler and Colorado College. Butler sit at 4-2 to this point, scoring at least two goals in all bar one of their games, which was a 2-1 loss to then #15 Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Colorado College have banged in 12 goals in moving to 4-0 to start their campaign, and whilst their schedule to this point hasn’t been the strongest, the Tigers have certainly proved their potency in front of goal. Having started three games this season but not played more than 59 minutes in any one game, if Lefevre is going to prove that she deserves to be a 90-minute player, now is the perfect time to show the kind of form that will merit a full-time spot in the lineup.

UCLA slipped to a 2-0 defeat last week against Santa Clara, and whilst Teagan Micah and the Bruins will be looking to make a quick return to form, Wisconsin will be no pushovers, with the Badgers sitting at #22 in this week’s coaches’ poll. With their only loss this season coming in overtime to the same Florida State side that UCLA defeated a couple of weeks ago, Wisconsin have compiled a solid 4-1-1 record to this point, and with this fixture their final non-conference game, the Big Ten side will be looking to enter conference play on a high note. However, UCLA had been riding a 17-game unbeaten streak coming into last week’s game, and a single loss doesn’t undo all that good work, nor does it detract from the fact that the Bruins are still one of a handful of national championship contenders. Wisconsin will also have to contend with the Pac-12’s record-holder for most Goalkeeper of the Week awards in Matildas squad member Micah, and with the Badgers scoring just seven goals in six games despite their solid record, just notching a goal against one of the nation’s top goalkeepers looks to be a stern test for Wisconsin. This may also be the week in which we see the return of Rachel Lowe to the lineup after tallying a few DNPs over the last couple of weeks, particularly if UCLA can jump out to an early lead, something they will be itching to do after last week’s profligacy in and around the area.

Texas Tech have reached the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons, if they continue in the same form that has seen the Red Raiders post a 5-1 record to this point, they could very easily make it seven in eight. This week, they travel to Pullman to face UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount on neutral ground at Washington State, a venue that has seen a couple of Aussies tear things up in recent years, including Tia Gavin and current Hawaii assistant coach Rachael Doyle. Whilst she won’t be pulling on a Cougars jersey, Demi Koulizakis will be hoping to have the same kind of success that Doyle had on the Palouse, particularly against a pair of teams that have combined for a single win this season. UC Irvine currently sit 1-5 and conceded three or more goals in three of those losses, including a 7-0 drubbing by Virginia, whilst Loyola Marymount gave up 5 goals to Pittsburgh in a thrilling 5-4 defeat and three more to then #7 Penn State in a 3-0 defeat, so there will certainly be opportunities for the senior to not only score goals, but tee up teammates this weekend.

Finally, we have potential for an Aussie v Aussie matchup this week as Sam Roff’s Fairleigh Dickinson side takes on a Hofstra roster featuring Grace Watson Carr and Monique Iannella. However, whilst Roff has been just about ever-present for the Knights, neither of Hofstra’s Aussies have been involved recently, meaning that whilst there may be three Aussies at the venue, only one may actually take to the pitch. However, this remains a crucial game for both teams, with Fairleigh Dickinson looking to shake a 1-2-3 start to hit form coming into the conference season and Hofstra attempting to build on a 3-3 start before attempting to assert their dominance on the CAA.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Samford – 10am, Saturday September 14; @ Charleston Southern – 4am, Monday September 16

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ SIU-Edwardsville – 7am, Saturday September 14; @ Eastern Illinois – 4am, Monday September 16

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Radford – 9am, Saturday September 14; @ Winthrop – 9am, Monday September 16

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Hofstra – 9am, Friday September 13; @ Binghamton – 3am, Monday September 16

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ UC Santa Barbara – 12pm, Saturday September 14; v North Dakota – 12pm, Monday September 16

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v Fairleigh Dickinson – 9am, Friday September 13; v Columbia – 3am, Monday September 16

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Butler – 7am, Friday September 13; v Colorado College – 4am, Monday September 16

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Delaware – 9am, Friday September 13; v Navy – 3am, Monday September 16

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Arizona State – 3am, Monday September 16

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v High Point – 3am, Monday September 16

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Long Beach State – 7am, Friday September 13; v South Alabama – 4am, Monday September 16

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: @ Alcorn State – 7am, Saturday September 14; @ Southern – 4am, Monday September 16

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: @ Drake – 9am, Saturday September 14; @ Northern Iowa – 4am, Monday September 16

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ East Carolina – 9am, Friday September 13; v William & Mary – 8am, Monday September 16

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: v Holy Cross – 9am, Friday September 13; @ Boston University – 4am, Monday September 16

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 16

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Pepperdine – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ UC Santa Barbara – 6am, Monday September 16

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Loyola Marymount – 9:30am, Saturday September 14; v UC Irvine – 3:30am, Monday September 16

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Wisconsin – 11am, Sunday September 15

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Lehigh – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ Longwood – 3am, Monday September 16

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v High Point – 9am, Friday September 13; v Radford – 9am, Monday September 16

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Southern Utah – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ Montana – 5am, Monday September 16

2019 Week 3 Wrap

The stars kept shining this week as the season hit the 25% point, with Demi Koulizakis and Beattie Goad putting in impressive shifts. However, the undoubted top performer was Claudia Jenkins, whose career day led La Salle to victory on the road at Florida Gulf Coast.

(Image Credit: Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos)

La Salle managed to secure a 2-1 win on the road at Florida Gulf Coast, and had Claudia Jenkins to thank following a massive performance between the sticks. After conceding early, Jenkins came up with a career-high 10 saves to keep her team in the game as a previously insipid Explorers offence turned up the wick after the hour mark, banging home two goals in the space of six minutes to secure the victory. The South Australian followed up that scintillating performance with a clean sheet against St. John’s in the second game of the week, with all three saves proving crucial as La Salle secured a 1-0 win to round out a perfect weekend. Fellow Australian, Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot in a 65-minute outing against Florida Gulf Coast and seeing 31 minutes of action in the win over St. John’s.

Stanford’s last two outings against San Francisco had resulted in 5-1 and 8-0 wins for the Cardinal, but Beattie Goad had yet to be involved in a single one of those 13 goals despite starting on both occasions. However, that all changed in the space of less than two minutes as the senior tallied an assist on the first of Catarina Macario’s three goals. Just 17 minutes later, Goad put Stanford up 3-0 with a goal of her own, latching onto a through ball before finishing a one-on-one opportunity. Stanford would roll to a 9-0 victory, taking their record to 5-0 with a combined scoreline of 26-3, and look set to move to #2 in the national coaches’ poll.

Senior Night is a time for celebrations, and Demi Koulizakis made sure they lasted beyond the pre-game ceremony for Texas Tech, tucking home a goal in the Red Raiders’ win over Abilene Christian. With her team already 2-0 up inside half an hour, Koulizakis found herself wide open in the area as teammate Kirsten Davis forced a turnover in the corner before hitting a neat low cross that the Sydneysider was able to sweep home off the inside of the post to all but lock up the win in the 28th minute as Texas Tech moved to 4-1, with Koulizakis finishing with a pair of shots in her 65 minutes on the pitch.

Teresa Morrissey continued her solid early season form as Rhode Island continue to put last year’s 0-17-1 record behind them. The freshman was unbeatable for 85 minutes against Pittsburgh, but a late header just snuck inside the post to force overtime as the teams played out a 1-1 draw. However, Sacred Heart were unable to beat the Victorian, with Morrissey making three saves as the Rams secured a 2-0 win, their first multi-goal game of the season following a pair of 1-0 wins and a 1-0 defeat coming into the weekend.

Eligibility issues had prevented Sophie Bui from making her debut for Alabama State, but with her clearance coming through during the week, the freshman finally hit the pitch in the Hornets’ outing against UAB. The freshman came off the bench to play 56 minutes, tallying two shots in the process. That performance was enough to earn a start and 45 minutes of playing time against Jacksonville State as Alabama State took an early 2-0 lead before falling to a 3-2 overtime defeat.

Finally, there was a moment to remember for Eliza Ammendolia and Eden Taylor-Wineera as Hawaii faced North Dakota State. Despite playing for teams based almost 4,000 miles apart, the pair of ex-Macarthur Rams faced off, with both players coming off the bench Ammendolia securing bragging rights as Hawaii came away with the 1-0 win. Both players would also have impressive ends to the week, with Ammendolia going on to secure her first career start in Hawaii’s 2-1 loss to North Dakota, whilst Taylor-Wineera’s 33 minutes against Chicago State represented more minutes than the freshman had played in her three previous appearances combined.

Eden Taylor-Wineera and Eliza Ammendolia

Player of the Year Points:

3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 5-0 to UAB; lost 3-2 to Jacksonville State (OT)

Sophie Bui made her college debut in the loss to UAB, coming off the bench to register a pair of shots in 56 minutes on the pitch. Bui was then rewarded with her first start against Jacksonville State, playing the first 45 minutes in the overtime defeat.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 6-0 North Dakota; lost 2-0 to North Dakota State

Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 51 minutes in Chicago State’s loss to North Dakota, before playing a complete game in the loss to North Dakota State.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-1 to Navy; defeated Delaware State 5-2

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

Sam Roff played two complete games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, registering a single shot in the draw with William & Mary in the process.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 2-1 to Northern Colorado; lost 1-0 to Colorado State

Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both games this week, seeing 13 minutes of action in the loss to Northern Colorado before registering a shot in 47 minutes of playing time against Colorado State.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated North Dakota State 1-0; lost 2-1 to North Dakota (OT)

Kiri Dale came off the bench in both games this week, playing 28 minutes on each occasion and tallying two shots with one on target against North Dakota State. Eliza Ammendolia came off the bench to register two shots with one on target in 35 minutes against North Dakota State, before making her first college start in a 38 minute outing against North Dakota.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: lost 4-1 to Rutgers; defeated Stony Brook 2-1 (OT)

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Illinois State 3-2

Ashleigh Lefevre started for Illinois in their win over Illinois State, playing 53 minutes.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1; defeated St. John’s 1-0

Claudia Jenkins was the saviour for La Salle in their win over Florida Gulf Coast, making a career-high 10 saves in the 2-1 win, before making 3 more against St. John’s to keep a clean sheet in the win. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot on target in 65 minutes of action against Florida Gulf Coast and playing 31 minutes against St. John’s.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to North Carolina; lost 6-0 to Duke

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature in LSU’s loss to North Carolina, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes in the Tigers’ loss to Duke.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 2-0 to Lipscomb; lost 3-2 to Vanderbilt (OT)

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Western Kentucky 1-0 (OT); defeated Murray State 5-4 (OT)

Aimee Medwin played brief cameos off the bench in both games this week, seeing 11 minutes of action against Western Kentucky and 5 minutes in the win over Murray State.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: lost 2-1 to Prairie View A&M

Tessa Calabria and Kristy Helmers each started for Nicholls State in the loss to Prairie View A&M, playing 70 and 80 minutes respectively. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 1-0 to Hawaii; defeated Chicago State 2-0

Eden Taylor-Wineera came off the bench for North Dakota State in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Hawaii and 33 minutes in the win over Chicago State.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Longwood 2-1; defeated VCU 4-3

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in either game this week.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

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

Teresa Morrissey played all 110 minutes in the draw with Pittsburgh, making four saves before playing all 90 minutes and coming up with another three saves to keep a clean sheet in the win over Sacred Heart.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Evansville 2-1

Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their win over Evansville.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated San Francisco 9-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their rout of San Francisco, contributing a goal and an assist in her 55 minutes on the pitch.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Abilene Christian 3-0; v Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 9

Koulizakis – 2 shots, 2 on target, 1 goal, 65 minutes v ACU

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 2-0 to Santa Clara

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes for UCLA, making 3 saves in the loss to Santa Clara. Rachel Lowe did not feature for the Bruins in their only game of the week.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 1-0 to Towson

Teal Kilbride played the first 45 minutes for UMBC in their loss to Towson, whilst Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Davidson 1-0; lost 5-0 to Charlotte

Kate Swartwout finished with a single shot and a yellow card in a complete-game performance against Davidson, before starting and playing 24 minutes in the loss to Charlotte.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: lost 2-0 to Baylor; defeated Idaho State 4-1

Indianna Asimus started both games this week, playing 78 minutes in the loss to Baylor before tallying a single shot in 49 minutes of action in the win over Idaho State.

2019 Week 2 Preview

One of the biggest events of the season takes place this week, with Aussie pair Rachel Lowe and Teagan Micah front and centre. Meanwhile, Teresa Morrissey and Claudia Jenkins will look to continue their solid form between the sticks, and are there more goals coming for Nicholls State’s Aussies?

UCLA freshman Rachel Lowe celebrates her debut goal against Iowa State (Credit: Percy Anderson/UCLA)

The ‘Battle at the Banc’, in which four of the nation’s top teams will face off at LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium is one of the most anticipated events of the season, and a pair of Aussies will be front and centre as Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah, and UCLA take on Florida State as part of a doubleheader that will also see USC take on Florida in a pair of blockbuster games. Having knocked off a pair of solid opponents last week, UCLA will be looking to flex their title credentials by defeating the reigning national champions as they attempt to build a charge towards a first national title since 2013. Micah picked up the 7th Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week award for her pair of clean sheets last week, and whilst Florida State will provide a far sterner challenge than Iowa State or Long Beach State had, there is no doubting that the Matildas World Cup squad member is up to the task. Meanwhile, Rachel Lowe will be hoping to build on last week’s debut goal as the freshman looks to secure her spot in the Bruins’ rotation. Whilst the Florida State game is the blockbuster this week, things don’t get any easier for UCLA as they host Florida on Sunday. The Bruins actually played this pair of teams last season, albeit on the road, drawing 0-0 with Florida and losing 4-1 to Florida State, so they will certainly be looking to bury the demons from 12 months ago with a pair of wins here.

Teresa Morrissey enjoyed a stellar start to her career with a five-save clean sheet in an overtime win over New Hampshire last week, and after a solid performance in a mid-week loss to Quinnipiac, the Rhode Island goalkeeper will face another test this week against a Wagner side that scored seven goals across two games this weekend. If last season is any measuring stick, Morrissey could quickly turn into a vital part of the Rhode Island side, not only for her talent in and of itself, but as the piece that could secure the Rams more than a few results despite an offence that sat in the bottom 20 of the nation last season. A team can’t win without scoring, but they can’t lose if they don’t concede, and this could make Morrissey a chief factor, hopefully starting this weekend with another win for the Rams.

Siena Senatore made her comeback to the game with a 90-minute performance in a 3-2 win over Southern Miss last week, and the Redhawks’ crusade against teams from Mississippi continues this week as Southeast Missouri State face Aimee Medwin and Ole Miss in their first game of the weekend. Ole Miss are likely to pose a far sterner test than Southern Miss had in the season opener, particularly as they will be stinging from a 3-1 loss to Memphis in which they conceded two goals AFTER Memphis’ goalkeeper was shown a red card. Aimee Medwin did not feature in either that game or the Rebels’ win over North Alabama, but how fitting would a debut in an Aussie v Aussie matchup be?

Having come away with a win and a draw against Mississippi Valley State, Nicholls State and their Aussie triumvirate will be confident of picking up a result against an Arkansas-Pine Bluff side that is tipped to finish around the same position in the SWAC as Mississippi Valley State themselves and shipped 10 goals in two games last week. The Colonels really should have secured two wins last weekend, outshooting the Delta Devils 34-4 in a 1-1 draw in the second fixture, but that statistic alone suggests that the likes of Kristy Helmers and Tessa Calabria will be able to create plenty of chances in this fixture, whilst Shauni Reid will be hoping to make her debut after missing out in the opening two games.

Claudia Jenkins did her level best to help La Salle secure a result with 11 saves across two games last week, but the Explorers could only come away with a loss and a draw from their trip to North Carolina. Now back in Philadelphia, Jenkins and her teammates will be hoping to secure a first win of the season against NJIT in their home opener. The Highlanders’ results last week largely mirrored La Salle’s – a draw with a fellow mid-major against UMBC before a tight loss to a power conference side in Maryland. However, NJIT were unable to score a goal in either game, and Jenkins’ presence between the sticks won’t make it any easier for them. The Explorers then travel across town to face Drexel, who had no trouble creating chances last week, outshooting St. Joseph’s 12-3, but couldn’t convert a single opportunity in falling to a 1-0 defeat. Alyssa Van Heurck and the La Salle attack should hopefully provide a sterner test than St. Joseph’s did in that game as the Explorers look to kickstart their season with a pair of wins.

Full Schedule

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Purdue-Fort Wayne – 4am, Saturday August 31; v Louisiana-Lafayette – 4am, Monday September 2

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: @ Gardner-Webb – 9am, Monday August 2

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Lehigh – 9am, Friday August 30; v Rider – 2am, Monday September 2

Watch Fairleigh Dickinson v Lehigh

Watch Fairleigh Dickinson v Rider

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v UTEP – 12pm, Friday August 30; v UTSA – 12pm, Monday September 2

Watch Grand Canyon v UTEP

Watch Grand Canyon v UTSA

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: v Nevada – 11:30am, Friday August 30; v Sacramento State – 11:30am, Sunday September 1

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Brown – 9am, Saturday August 31; v Fordham – 3am, Monday September 2

Watch Hofstra v Fordham

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Pepperdine – 8am, Saturday August 31; v San Francisco – 9am, Monday September 2

Watch Illinois v Pepperdine

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v NJIT – 9am, Friday August 30; v Drexel – 3am, Monday September 2

Watch La Salle v Drexel

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v McNeese State – 10am, Saturday August 31; @ Samford – 5am, Monday September 2

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Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Youngstown State – 9am, Saturday August 31; v Ohio – 3am, Monday September 2

Watch Marshall v Youngstown State

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Southeast Missouri State – 10am, Friday August 30; v Minnesota – 2am, Monday September 2

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: v Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 4am, Monday September 2

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: @ Vermont – 9am, Saturday August 31; v New Hampshire – 5:30am, Monday September 2

Watch North Dakota State v Vermont

Watch North Dakota State v New Hampshire

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ Liberty – 3am, Monday September 2

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ Wagner – 3am, Monday September 2

Watch Rhode Island v Wagner

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Mississippi – 10am, Friday August 30; v Arkansas – Monday September 2

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Penn – 12pm, Saturday August 31; v San Jose State – 11am, Monday September 2

Watch Stanford v Penn

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Oral Roberts – 10am, Friday August 30; v North Texas – 10am, Monday September 2

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UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Florida State – 10:30am, Friday August 30; v Florida – 10am, Monday September 2

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UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: v Temple – 9am, Friday August 30; @ Mount St. Mary’s – 7am, Monday September 2

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Watch UMBC v Mount St. Mary’s

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Middle Tennessee State – 9am, Friday August 30; v Tennessee-Martin – 3am, Monday September 2

2019 Week 1 Wrap

A week of outstanding performances saw a pair of freshmen enjoy outstanding debuts, a sophomore pick up a first career goal, and a senior make a stunning comeback from injury with a goal as a number of Aussies got on the scoresheet during the opening weekend of the season.

Debuts don’t get much better than the one that Teresa Morrissey produced for Rhode Island as they faced New Hampshire in the season opener. Thrown in at the deep end as starting goalkeeper, Morrissey stood tall for the Rams, making five saves and keeping a clean sheet as Rhode Island clinched an overtime winner in the 93rd minute to ensure that the freshman’s outstanding performance was not in vain.

However, Morrissey was not the only freshman to enjoy a dream debut. Starting on the bench for UCLA, Rachel Lowe entered the game against Iowa State as a halftime substitute, and took less than 13 minutes to tally a debut goal that put the Bruins 2-0 up on their way to a 3-0 victory. Lowe would then play another 22 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s win over Long Beach State. Fellow Australian, Teagan Micah played every minute of the weekend between the sticks for UCLA, making one save in each game to keep two clean sheets.

Speaking of goalkeepers, La Salle custodian Claudia Jenkins had a far busier weekend than Micah, doing everything in her power to keep the Explorers in the contest against national contenders Duke. The junior came up with six saves as the Blue Devils piled on the pressure, with Jenkins keeping the opposition attack at bay until the 68th minute before the sheer weight of shots told as La Salle fell to a 2-0 defeat. However, five more saves from Jenkins would prove crucial for the Explorers as they secured a 1-1 draw with North Florida in their second game of the week. Fellow Australian, Alyssa Van Heurck proved an integral part of the La Salle side, playing 80 minutes and tallying a shot against Duke before following up with a 78-minute outing against North Florida two days later.

Having done everything but manage to score a goal in her freshman season, Wyoming sophomore Indianna Asimus appears hellbent on making up for lost time, taking the early lead on the Australian goalscoring charts. With her team level at 1-1 with UTEP heading into the final 15 minutes, Asimus stepped up to take a free kick, bending it around the wall and past the outstretched goalkeeper for a 2-1 lead before the game finished 2-2 as UTEP picked up a late equaliser, with overtime unable to split the teams. Asimus would then follow up with a goal just five minutes into the Cowgirls’ second game of the week against New Mexico State, but a 70th minute equaliser saw Wyoming once again forced to split the points.

Demi Koulizakis finished 2018 strongly and picked right up where she left off as Texas Tech put San Diego State to the sword. Koulizakis played just 28 minutes off the bench as the Red Raiders dominated in a 6-1 victory, but that was all the time the senior need to tally her first goal of the campaign, nodding home a corner late in the first half to put Texas Tech 5-0 up before halftime, whilst also adding an assists in the dominant victory. Unfortunately, the Red Raiders’ road trip didn’t end as well as it started as they fell 1-0 to New Mexico in Albuquerque later in the week, with Koulizakis tallying one of the team’s 7 shots on target as they outshot the Lobos, but couldn’t find an equaliser.

Nicholls State already look better than they did in 2018, and they have Aussie duo Tessa Calabria and Kristy Helmers to thank. The Colonels played Mississippi Valley State in a pair of back-to-back games at home, with Calabria tallying a goal from the spot and Helmers adding a goal and an assist late in the piece as Nicholls State rolled to a 5-0 victory in the first game. The 34-4 shot count of the second game suggested that the result should have been the same again, but somehow Mississippi Valley State stood firm in a 1-1 draw, with Helmers teeing up a teammate for a 65th minute equaliser after Nicholls State had conceded the opener via a penalty in the first half.

Beattie Goad also started the season in fine form. Now a senior in a Stanford squad looking to replace a number of stars, Goad earned a start in the Cardinal’s season opener, going close to scoring on one occasion in a 2-1 win over Penn State. However, despite coming off the bench against West Virginia two days later, Goad was able to have more of an impact, tallying an assist on her team’s final goal in a 3-1 win as Stanford started the season 2-0.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)
2: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
1: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 6-1 to Fairleigh Dickinson; lost 6-0 to UTRGV

Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in either game this week.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 5-0 to Northern Iowa; lost 2-0 to Wisconsin-Green Bay

Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State against Northern Iowa, whilst there are no stats available for the game against Wisconsin-Green Bay.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: defeated King 4-0; lost 1-0 to UNC Asheville

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Alabama State 6-1; lost 4-1 to Miami (FL)

Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson, playing 68 minutes in the win over Alabama State and 58 minutes in the loss to Miami.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Stetson 1-0; lost 7-1 to Florida Atlantic

Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon in either game this week.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 3-0 to USC; lost 3-2 to South Florida

Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 14 minutes in the loss to USC, but did not feature in the game against South Florida. Eliza Ammendolia did not feature against USC, but came off the bench to make her debut against South Florida, playing 31 minutes.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Monmouth 1-0; lost 6-0 to Penn State

Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes for Hofstra in both games to start the season. Grace Watson Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Loyola Chicago 3-1; defeated Dayton 3-2

Ashleigh Lefevre started in the win over Loyola Chicago, playing 47 minutes before coming off the bench to play 59 minutes in the win over Dayton.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 2-0 to Duke; drew 1-1 with North Florida

Claudia Jenkins played all 200 minutes of the weekend, making 6 saves in the loss to Duke and another 5 in the draw with North Florida. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, registering a single shot on target in 80 minutes against Duke before playing 78 minutes against North Florida.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Villanova; drew 1-1 with Navy

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 5-0 to Michigan; lost 5-1 to Michigan State

Laura Farrelly did not feature for LSU in either game this week.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated North Alabama 2-0; lost 3-1 to Memphis

Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in either game this week.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: defeated Mississippi Valley State 5-0; drew 1-1 with Mississippi Valley State

Tessa Calabria started for Nicholls State in the first game against Mississippi Valley State, netting a penalty during her 39 minutes on the pitch before coming off the bench in the second meeting of the week to tally 5 shots, including 2 on target, in a 60-minute outing. Kristy Helmers started both games, playing 79 minutes whilst tallying an assist and a shot on target in the first outing. The senior tallied another assist in the drawn second meeting as well as another shot on target during a 74-minute stint. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: defeated Saint Mary’s 1-0; drew 1-1 with Montana

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature against Saint Mary’s, but came off the bench against Montana, making her debut with a brief 5-minute cameo.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Towson 4-1; defeated George Mason 3-1

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in either game this week.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: defeated New Hampshire 1-0 (OT)

Teresa Morrissey enjoyed an outstanding debut, playing all 92 minutes and making five crucial saves as Rhode Island secured a 1-0 overtime win against New Hampshire to open the season.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Southern Miss 3-2

In her first competitive fixture since 2016, Siena Senatore played the full 90 minutes for Southeast Missouri State in their win over Southern Miss.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Penn State 2-1; defeated West Virginia 3-1

Beattie Goad started against Penn State, playing 79 minutes and registering three shots, of which one was on target. The senior came off the bench against West Virginia, tallying an assist on Stanford’s third goal during her 41 minutes on the pitch.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated San Diego State 6-1; lost 1-0 to New Mexico

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench to score one of Texas Tech’s six goals against San Diego State during a 28-minute cameo, before playing 49 minutes off the bench in the loss to New Mexico, registering two shots with one on target.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Iowa State 3-0; defeated Long Beach State 1-0

Teagan Micah played all 180 minutes in UCLA’s pair of victories, making a single save in each game. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in both games, scoring on debut in a 45-minute effort against Iowa State before playing 22 minutes in the win over Long Beach State.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: drew 0-0 with NJIT; drew 2-2 with Saint Francis (PA)

Teal Kilbride played the full 90 minutes in the draw with NJIT, but did not feature in the draw with Saint Francis. Abi Jordan did not feature in either game this week.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Gardner-Webb 2-1

Kate Swartwout played the full 90 minutes for Western Carolina as the Catamounts secured a 2-1 victory despite conceding the opener.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: drew 2-2 with UTEP; drew 1-1 with New Mexico State

Indianna Asimus started the season on fire, finishing with a goal and three shots on target in an 89-minute performance against UTEP, before scoring Wyoming’s only goal in a 76-minute performance in the draw with New Mexico State.

2019 Week 1 Preview

Preseason is in the books and it’s time for the regular season to kick off. Over the next 12 weeks, over 330 teams across the US will be playing for their chance to compete for a national championship, with a couple of Aussies among the teams with the best chance to be holding the trophy aloft in San Jose in early December.

(Feature Image: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

As per usual, Beattie Goad and #3 Stanford have scheduled some high-level opposition in their non-conference games, starting their season with a cross-country road trip to face #6 Penn State and the always dangerous #11 West Virginia. These early games will provide an excellent litmus test for a Stanford side that lost a number of starters not only to graduation, but to the professional ranks, and how well their replacements slot in could prove to be a barometer for the Cardinal’s season. Goad will most likely be one of those starters, but which position the senior locks down remains to be seen, having been used in a number of roles over the past three seasons.

UCLA are also considered one of the favourites to be there or thereabouts come the pointy end of the season, and with Teagan Micah between the sticks and a solid defence in front of the Australian senior, the Bruins are likely to have little trouble keeping the goals out of their own net. They’ll get their chance to prove that, and also hopefully bang in a few at the other end, as they host Iowa State and regular non-conference opponent Long Beach State on the season’s opening weekend. The Bruins will be hot favourites in both contests this weekend, but will still need to ensure that they come prepared against two teams who will be hungry to grab a marquee victory early in the season. Whilst Micah will no doubt be present in goal for the Bruins, this weekend could also see Matildas midfielder Rachel Lowe make her debut for her new side, however which position that debut comes in remains to be seen as Bruins coach Amanda Cromwell has already stated that the freshman may see some time in defence.

One of the most decorated Australians in college faces a freshman lining up for her first game as Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson take on Sophie Bui and Alabama State in not only an Aussie v Aussie matchup, but an all-Canberra contest as two products of the nation’s capital face off on neutral ground in Edinburg, Texas. Neither team enjoyed much success in non-conference play last year before solid if unspectacular conference seasons led to decent results but no silverware, and both teams will be champing at the bit to get off to a better start this year. For Bui, the Fairleigh Dickinson defence is likely stronger than anything the freshman will face all season in the SWAC, providing a good early test. Meanwhile, Roff will be facing an Alabama State attack eager to improve upon last year’s return of 24 goals and get back to the kind of numbers the Hornets put up in 2017, where they banged home 39 goals on their way to a conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

One Aussie has become two at Hawaii as freshman Eliza Ammendolia joins redshirt senior Kiri Dale, and it will be quite an initiation for the former W-League midfielder as #5 ranked USC visit Honolulu for the season opener as part of a three-way tournament that also features San Francisco. USC reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2018, dropping just two games in a 17-win season that saw the Women of Troy fall to eventual national champions Florida State on penalties. Hawaii will no doubt be itching to post a win for the ages, but a solid performance would be a confidence booster in and of itself as the Rainbow Wahine look to set themselves up to reach the Big West conference tournament for the first time after narrowly missing out in 2018. This game will also have some extra meaning for Hawaii assistant coach Rachael Doyle – USC coach Keidane McAlpine was Doyle’s head coach at Washington State before making the move to USC.

La Salle and their Aussie duo of Alyssa Van Heurck and Claudia Jenkins opened last season with a win over Syracuse, and will be looking to open this season with another victory over an ACC opponent as they take on national powerhouse Duke in the season opener. The Explorers will be hoping this is a bounce-back season, having posted 17 wins in 2017 but just 8 in 2018 as their conference title defence proved quite lacklustre. However, the two Aussies could prove crucial as they look to make the climb back up the ladder this season, with Jenkins a rock between the sticks and Van Heurck adapting to her new attacking role with aplomb. A non-conference win over a side like Duke may not have a tangible effect on the conference standings, but it will certainly give the Explorers a marquee victory and provide plenty of confidence going forward.

It’s been a long time coming, but Siena Senatore is finally set to make her return for Southeast Missouri State after two seasons away from the pitch. The redshirt senior from Canberra saw decent playing time in the Redhawks’ preseason exhibitions, and will now look to shore up the team’s defence, either as a member of the back four or shielding the defence in a holding midfield role as Southeast Missouri State start their season with a single game against Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles will be a good test for Senatore and the Redhawks, having compiled a 13-6-1 record in 2018 playing a tougher schedule than what Southeast Missouri State encountered. However, the Redhawks’ preseason form has been solid, winning all three of their games including a 1-0 victory over AAC side Memphis.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: v Fairleigh Dickinson – 6am, Friday August 23; @ UTRGV – 10am, Sunday August 25

Watch Alabama State v UTRGV

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ Northern Iowa – 9am, Friday August 23; v Wisconsin-Green Bay – 4am, Monday August 26

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v King – 9am, Friday August 23; v UNC Asheville – 9am, Monday August 26

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Alabama State – 6am, Friday August 23; v Miami (FL) – 2am, Monday August 26

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ Stetson – 9am, Friday August 23; @ Florida Atlantic – 3am, Monday August 26

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Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: v USC – 3pm, Friday August 23; v South Florida – 3pm, Sunday August 25

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Monmouth – 8am, Saturday August 24; @ Penn State – 4:30am, Monday August 26

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Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: v Loyola Chicago – 10am, Friday August 23; v Dayton – 4am, Monday August 26

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La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Duke – 6am, Friday August 23; v North Florida – 2am, Monday August 26

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Villanova – 6am, Friday August 23; @ Navy – 3am, Monday August 26

Watch LSU v Villanova

Watch LSU v Navy

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Michigan – 9:30am, Friday August 23; @ Michigan State – 3am, Monday August 26

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v North Alabama – 10am, Friday August 23; @ Memphis – 10am, Monday August 26

Watch Mississippi v Memphis

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: v Mississippi Valley State – 7am, Saturday August 24; v Mississippi Valley State – 6am, Sunday August 25

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v Saint Mary’s – 10am, Saturday August 24; v Montana – 4am, Monday August 26

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Watch North Dakota State v Montana ($)

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ Towson – 7am, Friday August 23; @ George Mason – 8am, Monday August 26

Watch Old Dominion v Towson

Watch Old Dominion v George Mason

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ New Hampshire – 9am, Friday August 23

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: v Southern Miss – 5am, Monday August 26

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Penn State – 9am, Saturday August 24; @ West Virginia – 2am, Monday August 26

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Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ San Diego State – 12pm, Friday August 23; @ New Mexico – 11am, Monday August 26

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Iowa State – 12pm, Saturday August 24; @ Long Beach State – 11am, Monday August 26

Watch UCLA v Iowa State

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ NJIT – 8am, Friday August 23; v Saint Francis (PA) – 4am, Monday August 26

Watch UMBC v NJIT

Watch UMBC v Saint Francis (PA)

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Gardner-Webb – 9am, Monday August 26

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: @ UTEP – 11am, Friday August 23; @ New Mexico State – 4am, Monday August 26

Watch Wyoming v New Mexico State

2019 Goalkeeper Previews

Once the domain of Wyoming legend Georgia Rowntree, the Australian goalkeeping stocks in NCAA Division I are now four deep as freshman Teresa Morrissey joins Claudia Jenkins, Teagan Micah, and Grace Watson Carr in the US, with all four either the incumbent starter or a reasonable chance of securing the berth.

(Featured Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Claudia Jenkins (Junior, La Salle, Adelaide)

Having served her apprenticeship as a freshman, Jenkins stepped into the starting role between the sticks in 2018 and immediately became one of the most crucial members of the La Salle squad. Jenkins finished the 2018 season with an impressive save percentage of 0.788 and a goals against average of 1.248, a number that was skewed significantly by a number of penalties and own goals that also contributed to La Salle finishing with a middling 8-8-1 record after finishing 17-4-2 in 2017 and reaching the NCAA Tournament. However, with Jenkins back between the sticks for 2019, the Explorers can remain certain that there will always be at least one player on the pitch that they can rely on, with the South Australian remaining assured in goal throughout the 2018 season.

Teagan Micah (Senior, UCLA, Brisbane)

Not many college players can say they’re coming off a World Cup campaign, but Micah is one of two players on the UCLA roster to have travelled to France in June, alongside Canadian midfield sensation Jessie Fleming. Whilst Micah may have not made an appearance as the third goalkeeper in the Matildas World Cup squad, the experience will nonetheless done the UCLA custodian the world of good and helped to prepare her for leading the Bruins in their quest to return to the College Cup after reaching the national championship game in 2017. Micah has finished in the top 50 in the nation for clean sheets in all three of her college seasons to date, and has also improved her goals against average from 0.96 in her freshman year to 0.74 in her junior year. Whilst the senior will no doubt be aided by a rock-solid UCLA defence, Micah’s own ability helps to make the Bruins an incredibly tough proposition for any opposing forward line.

Teresa Morrissey (Freshman, Rhode Island, Melbourne) 

A member of the Young Matildas’ squad in 2018, Rhode Island have picked up a player with not only potential but the ability to step in immediately if need be in Morrissey. The Victorian has suffered injury troubles in the past, but clearly has class between the sticks and will surely compete for the starting spot at Rhode Island, even if her only competition for the position, junior Julia Freeman, started in five games last season. As well as her experience with the Young Matildas, Morrissey has also made over 40 appearances for the Senior NTC side in NPL Victoria, and despite playing in a young side that often found themselves overmatched against more experienced opposition, demonstrated her class on a regular basis to earn national honours.

Grace Watson-Carr (Freshman, Hofstra, Sydney)

Watson-Carr may not have featured in 2018 as part of a roster that featured five goalkeepers and included two seniors, but the starting berth will now go to one of three players, none of whom have seen any playing time at the college level. An occasional member of a Sydney Olympic side that reached two NPL 2 NSW grand finals in 2017 and 2018, picking up a championship in the latter, Watson-Carr does possess high-level experience, and also helped Sydney Olympic to a reserve grade title in 2018 alongside their first grade success. Being an underclassman goalkeeper on a roster that includes a redshirt junior in the same position rarely bodes well for a player’s minutes, but Watson-Carr will come into this season on level pegging with her rivals for the starting berth as all three goalkeepers on the roster look to make their first appearance in 2019.