2017 NCAA Tournament Wrap

We started the NCAA Tournament with nine Australians across seven teams in contention for the national championship. The majority fell by the wayside, but spectacularly, we reached the national championship game with the guarantee that one Aussie – either Teagan Micah at UCLA or Stanford’s Beattie Goad – would be a national championship by mid-afternoon. In the end, it was Goad and the Cardinal who secured the title with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating game between two highly exciting and skilful teams. In this wrap, we recap all 18 games featuring Australians, chronicling the journey to the second Australian national champion in as many seasons.

Jump to a round with the links below:

First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game

First Round

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella) lost 1-0 to Auburn

Despite being the higher team in the RPI rankings, Hofstra were forced to travel to Auburn for their first round game. In a tight game which saw Auburn outshoot Hofstra 14-12, it was a Bri Folds strike from the edge of the area in the 64th minute that proved to be the difference as Auburn ran out 1-0 winners. Both Monique Iannella and Emily Hulbert played the full 90 minutes, with Hulbert registering a single shot on target in what turned out to be her final college game.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins) lost 3-1 to Rutgers

Despite the short distance between Philadelphia and Piscataway, La Salle’s matchup with nationally ranked Rutgers was always going to be a tough fixture for the Explorers. Despite being outshot 9-0 in the first half, La Salle managed to go in at halftime level at 0-0. Goals for Rutgers in the 52nd and 56th minutes looked to have set La Salle back on their heels, but a 65th minute goal from Madison Bower trimmed the margin until Rutgers restored their two-goal advantage with 10 minutes to play as the game finished 3-1 in the Scarlet Knights’ favour. Claudia Jenkins did not feature in this game, as senior Larisa Zambelli played the full 90 minutes between the sticks.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers) lost 2-0 to Tennessee

In what was seen as a game between two evenly matched teams, Murray State held firm for the first hour of the contest before Tennessee managed to secure the win courtesy of two quick goals.  The Volunteers’ first goal came seconds shy of the hour mark through Danielle Marcano, before Erin Gilroy, who had set up Marcano’s goal, scored one of her own just four minutes later to completely shift the momentum of the contest in quick time. Harriet Withers finished with five shots, of which three were on target, but couldn’t manage a goal in her final college game as Tennessee goalkeeper Shae Yanez stood firm. Nyomi Devine played the full 90 minutes yet again as the defender’s endurance shone through yet again.

St. Francis (Shelby Milton) lost 2-0 to Virginia

St. Francis were destined to be up against it in their game against nationally ranked Virginia, and given the disparity in shots between the two sides, 2-0 was perhaps a scoreline respective of a solid rearguard effort from the Red Flash despite the loss. Virginia finished with 33 shots, but only seven of those ended up on target as the Cavaliers found goals hard to come by at times. A 23rd minute strike from Veronica Latsko opened the scoring after teammate Taylor Ziemer’s shot was deflected into her path, before Taryn Torres doubled the lead ten minutes after halftime. With just three shots all game, a comeback from St. Francis was always unlikely, and the game ended 2-0 in Virginia’s favour. St. Francis utilised just four substitutes all game, with Shelby Milton unfortunately not being one of those employed in this contest.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton) defeated Denver 2-1

Having defeated Denver 6-1 earlier in the season, Colorado had every reason to feel confident about advancing through to the second round, but the Pioneers had other ideas. A 38th minute goal for Leah Swander put Denver 1-0 up, setting Colorado on their heels slightly late in the first half. However, the Buffaloes regrouped to turn things around right out of the blocks after halftime. A 50th minute goal from Megan Massey was followed just two minutes later by a strike from Taylor Kornieck to give Colorado a 2-1 lead, with the home side managing to secure victory by that scoreline. Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in this first round matchup.

UCLA (Teagan Micah) defeated San Diego State 3-1

UCLA defeated San Diego State 5-1 earlier in the season, and a similar result in this game would have barely raised an eyebrow in the world of college soccer. However, San Diego State produced a far better performance and remained in the contest until the dying stages. Goals to Anika Rodriguez in the 16th minute and Julia Hernandez nine minutes after halftime put UCLA up 2-0 and seemingly in command, but San Diego State replied through Mia Root just after the hour mark to leave the game in the balance at 2-1 in the Bruins’ favour with 27 minutes to play. Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah made five saves to maintain UCLA’s lead, and MacKenzie Cerda secured the Bruins’ passage through to the second round with a goal five minutes from time as the home side ran out 3-1 victors.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated Utah Valley 9-1

In what was always likely to be a blowout win for Stanford, the Cardinal certainly took that notion to the extreme with a 9-1 demolition of Utah Valley. Stanford went up 2-0 early in the piece courtesy of a pair of errors from the Wolverines’ goalkeeper as Madison Haley and Civana Kuhlmann capitalised. Utah Valley pulled one back in the 17th minute from a corner, but three goals in four minutes either side of the half-hour mark from Jaye Boissiere, Tierna Davidson, and Catarina Macario put the game to bed before halftime. Belle Briede added another before halftime, before three second-half goals, including two to Sam Tran, completed the rout. Beattie Goad came off the bench to play 36 minutes and was unlucky to not have an assist as teammates’ shots went agonisingly wide on a couple of occasions.

Second Round

Colorado (Isobel Dalton) lost 1-0 to North Carolina

As in 2014, Colorado found themselves up against North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and once again a sterling defensive effort gave the Buffaloes every chance of victory. However, in this case it was an early goal for North Carolina, rather than an overtime winner, that sealed Colorado’s fate as Brigitte Andrzejewski tallied the game’s only goal in the 26th minute. Colorado had more than a few chances, finishing with 11 shots to North Carolina’s 19, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Isobel Dalton unfortunately did not feature in the loss as coach Danny Sanchez kept the rotation short.

UCLA (Teagan Micah) defeated Northwestern 1-0 (OT)

Glacing at the box score, and seeing that UCLA finished with 13 shots on target to Northwestern’s 1, you may be forgiven for wondering how the Bruins could possibly have required extra time to finish this one. However, the side from Westwood faced an inspired performance from Northwestern goalkeeper Lauren Clem, who came up with 12 saves, many of them high quality, to keep the Wildcats in the game despite an almost complete absence of meaningful attacks from her team. However, early in extra time, Ashley Sanchez bisected the Northwestern defence with a sublime pass which found Anika Rodriguez, who buried the one-on-one chance to send the Drake Stadium crowd into raptures. Teagan Micah played all 92 minutes, finishing with the clean sheet after making the only save that she was forced into all night.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated Auburn 2-0

Auburn may have knocked out a pair of Australians in Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella with their win over Hofstra in the first round, but there was no getting past Beattie Goad and Stanford in the second round. The Tigers held on until halftime, keeping the Cardinal out, but the second half saw Stanford run over the top of the visitors. Kyra Carusa scored the opener in the 58th minute, and when Catarina Macario doubled the lead 9 minutes later, the game was firmly in Stanford’s control. With Auburn only managing three shots all game, victory was all but assured for Stanford once the second goal went in, and it came to pass as such. Beattie Goad enjoyed a stint off the bench with the game still in the balance, registering two shots in 26 minutes of playing time.

Sweet Sixteen

UCLA defeated Virginia 2-1

In what was one of the most confusing matches of the season in terms of the teams playing compared with how the game played out, UCLA emerged victorious with an 89th minute winner to move into the Elite Eight. Virginia opened the scoring via an own goal in the sixth minute, with UCLA defender Karina Rodriguez heading a Cavaliers free kick into her own net with Teagan Micah left stranded. UCLA equalised a mere 35 seconds later, with Jessie Fleming converting a penalty after Ashley Sanchez was brought down in the box by Megan Reid, who received a yellow card. With two potent attacking lineups, and two goals inside the first six minutes, a deluge of goals seemed almost inevitable, but somehow the teams combined for just 11 shots on target all game, eight of which came from UCLA. The tide shifted monumentally late in regulation, as Virginia defender Courtney Petersen received a second yellow card after a slightly cynical foul deep in UCLA attacking territory. With the game seemingly destined to head into extra time, Sanchez cut open the Virginia defence, which was now a player short, for Rodriguez to finish in a similar fashion to her winner against Northwestern. Teagan Micah again played the entire game, finishing with two saves.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated Florida State 1-0

Florida State may not have been the powerhouse this season that they have been in recent years, but the Seminoles know exactly what November soccer is all about, and their rearguard defence gave Stanford plenty to think about. Stanford had plenty of chances, taking 22 shots, but with only eight on target, were unable to find the back of the net until Tierna Davidson took things into her own hands with 12 minutes remaining. Picking the ball up in the back line, Davidson drove into the midfield, and with no Seminoles player shutting her down, simply continued on her run, taking on several defenders before finding Jordan DiBiasi in the area, who lashed the ball home for the game’s only goal. Once again, Stanford limited their opponents’ opportunities throughout, allowing the Seminoles just one shot on target. Unfortunately, despite enjoying decent playing time in the first two rounds, Beattie Goad’s services were not required for this game.

Elite Eight

UCLA (Teagan Micah) defeated Princeton 3-1

UCLA faced a dangerous Princeton side which had already knocked off #1 seed North Carolina, but the Bruins soon took control of the game with an early goal to Hailie Mace courtesy of a well-placed header in the 16th minute. A second goal followed just two minutes later as some spectacular interplay on the right-hand side saw Zoey Goralski and Anika Rodriguez combine to set up Olivia Athens, who slotted the ball home from close range. The score remained 2-0 until halftime, but Princeton pulled one back shortly after halftime as Abby Givens was played through and finished the one-on-one chance despite the best efforts of Teagan Micah, who did well to close down the angle but couldn’t prevent the goal. However, Mace re-established the Bruins’ two goal cushion on the hour mark, rounding the goalkeeper and knocking the ball into the empty net for the game’s final goal as UCLA ran out 3-1 winners. Teagan Micah was again between the sticks for the full 90 minutes, making 3 saves.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated Penn State 4-0

This match against Penn State shaped to be Stanford’s biggest test thus far, but the Cardinal put paid to that with a first half onslaught that rendered the game over as a contest by halftime. Giving up a free kick in scoring position with Catarina Macario on the pitch is not generally a good strategy, but that’s what Penn State were forced into doing just 90 seconds in, and the Brazilian-born forward curled the resulting set piece home for an early Cardinal lead. Stanford goalkeeper Alison Jahanzous kept the game at 1-0 with a spectacular tip over the bar in the 8th minute, before Andi Sullivan doubled the lead just after the 10 minute mark with a superbly positioned strike into the bottom right corner. Jaye Boissiere nestled one into the bottom left corner just 88 seconds later, whilst Kyra Carusa added a fourth in the 25th minute, slotting home a Macario through ball, and the result was in the bag before Beattie Goad could even get on the pitch. Goad played a few minutes in the back end of the first half before enjoying a more extended stint on the pitch in the second half to play 29 minutes as Stanford cruised to the win.

Final Four

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated South Carolina 2-0

A first-half blitzkrieg from Stanford was enough to secure their passage into the national championship game. Tegan McGrady’s free kick was met by a deft header from Jordan DiBiasi to give the Cardinal a lead in the 10th minute, and with the Stanford defence holding South Carolina’s attack at bay throughout much of the first half, DiBiasi’s second goal of the game in the 26th minute gave the top-ranked Cardinal a comfortable 2-0 advantage. Although Stanford were unable to add to their lead throughout the rest of the contest, South Carolina managed just one shot on target for the entire game, meaning that the lead was rarely in danger. Beattie Goad was used sparingly, coming on in the back end of the first half to afford starter Kyra Carusa an extended halftime break.

UCLA (Teagan Micah) defeated Duke 4-3 on penalties (0-0 after extra time)

Teagan Micah was one of the heroes for UCLA in their semi-final shootout victory against Duke, making the decisive save as the Bruins advanced to the national championship game. Both teams were hampered slightly by an inability to get the ball on target throughout the contest, with just one of UCLA’s 15 shots being on goal, whilst Duke could only manage to get a marginally better 3 of their 10 attempts on target. UCLA did have a couple of shots blocked late in the first half of extra time, but with few shots in the second period, goals became more and more unlikely and eventually the teams moved to one end of the pitch for a shootout. Malinda Allen missed Duke’s second penalty to give UCLA an early advantage, but MacKenzie Cerda’s penalty for UCLA was saved to leave the shootout tied at 2-2 after three shots. Each team converted their fourth, but Teagan Micah came up with the save as Duke’s Kat McDonald attempted to place the ball down the middle. Freshman Marley Canales slotted UCLA’s fifth penalty, clinching the win and sending the Bruins into raptures.

National Championship Game

Stanford (Beattie Goad) defeated UCLA (Teagan Micah) 3-2

As in their semi-final, Stanford came out firing to score two early goals to command control of the national championship game in the first half. Kyra Carusa opened the scoring for the Cardinal in the 15th minute as Teagan Micah misjudged an awkwardly spinning deflected cross, leaving the Stanford forward wide open to smash the ball past the UCLA defenders valiantly attempting to get a block in on the line. Micah could hardly be faulted for Stanford’s second goal though. Catarina Macario played Andi Sullivan through with an incisive through ball, and the US national team midfielder slotted the one-on-one chance to double the Stanford lead. Stanford retained the lead until halftime despite penalty shouts to both sides being waved away by the referee and numerous chances for the Bruins as the first half came to a close.

However, 9 minutes into the second half, Stanford goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz brought down UCLA fifth-year senior Zoey Goralski in the box and the referee had absolutely no choice but to point to the spot. Canadian national team midfielder Jessie Fleming stepped up, despite not taking a penalty in the Bruins’ semi-final shootout victory, and although Jahansouz got a hand to the shot, the ball nestled in the side netting to cut Stanford’s lead in half. Four minutes later, Delanie Sheehan found the equaliser as a UCLA corner was flicked on at the near post, finding Sheehan at the back stick, who managed to outjump her defender and find the back of the net.

In a game with five goals, the best was certainly saved for last. Receiving a pass from  Macario, Stanford redshirt sophomore Jaye Boissiere found a bit of space about 25 yards from goal, and hit a sublime curling shot which left Micah with no chance as the Cardinal retook the lead which they had let slip just 8 minutes earlier, and also delivered Macario a third assist for the game. Tegan McGrady almost followed up four minutes later with an absolute cannon of a shot that may have exited Earth’s orbit if it hadn’t hit the post and rebounded back out. UCLA had a couple of chances late on, with MacKenzie Cerda forcing a save from Jahansouz, but Stanford managed to hold onto their lead for the final 24 minutes to secure the program’s second national title and move one ahead of UCLA in terms of all-time national championships across all sports with their 114th – although UCLA would secure their own 114th national championship just five hours later with a victory in the men’s water polo championship.

For the champions, Beattie Goad came on briefly in the first half, coming on for Kyra Carusa for the last 8 minutes of the opening period. Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes, making seven saves including a couple that kept UCLA in the contest late in the first half. Goad becomes the second Australian in consecutive seasons to win a national championship, following Lucinda Pullar’s victory with USC last season.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Preview

Seven teams featuring nine Aussies will form part of the 64-team NCAA Tournament. Two teams – Stanford and UCLA – are among the teams expected to make deep runs in the tournament, whilst others are looking to write a Cinderella story.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: v Utah Valley – 2pm, Sunday November 12

As was the case in 2016, Stanford come into the NCAA Tournament as the #1 overall seed, but with a better team and a stronger chance to go all the way than was the case last year, when the Cardinal fell in the Round of 32 to Santa Clara following an injury to Andi Sullivan. The Cardinal start their NCAA Tournament campaign at home to Utah Valley, a team that was only able to put together a 10-11-1 record for the regular season, but managed to win their way through the Western Athletic Conference tournament to secure their spot in the NCAA Tournament. A win in the opener will see Stanford host either Aussie-laden Hofstra or Auburn in the Round of 32, whilst their main challengers for a spot in the College Cup in Orlando come December shape to be Penn State and last year’s national runner-up West Virginia. Minutes have been hard to come by for Beattie Goad in recent weeks, but if Stanford can comfortably handle Utah Valley, then a spell on the field late in the game may just come the sophomore’s way.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

First Round: v Denver – 6am, Monday November 13

Colorado just scraped into the tournament with what must have been one of the last at-large bids handed out. A bubble team in every sense of the word, Isobel Dalton and the Buffaloes have been given a fairly favourable draw as geographical considerations see them take on Denver, one of the lowest RPI sides in the entire tournament at 225th. A win for Colorado would see them most probably face #1 seed North Carolina in a rematch of an NCAA Tournament game from 2014 that saw the much more fancied North Carolina side just scrape home with a 1-0 win in overtime after a fantastic rearguard performance from a Colorado defence featuring Australian Alex Huynh.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

First Round: at Auburn – 10am, Saturday November 11

A bubble team coming into the conference tournament final against Northeastern, Hofstra removed all doubt with a 2-1 win which secured an automatic bid and delivered a trip to Alabama to play Auburn. The choice of who hosts this game may raise eyebrows, with Hofstra sitting at #22 in the RPI and Auburn at #27, but the Pride can only play the game on the rectangle of grass at which it has been scheduled. It will no doubt be an incredibly hard-fought battle between what appear to be evenly matched teams, and a win for Hofstra would almost certainly see the CAA champions take on #1 overall seed Stanford in the second round.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

First Round: at Rutgers – 9am, Sunday November 12

A dominant force throughout the Atlantic 10 regular season, things became decidedly harder for the Explorers as they required overtime in both their semi-final and final victories on their way to securing their spot in the NCAA Tournament. Now, they face a short but tough away trip to New Jersey to face nationally ranked Rutgers, a side that has given up just five goals in 19 games to this point. La Salle may have banged home 47 goals this season, but that Rutgers defence, and particularly goalkeeper Casey Murphy, will be incredibly hard to breach. If the Explorers are able to sneak a win over Rutgers, their likely second round opponent would be last year’s national runner-up West Virginia, who, despite losing Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan from last year’s side, remain a force at this level.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

First Round: @ Tennessee – 9am, Sunday November 12

Murray State come into this contest with an almost identical RPI to Tennessee, in yet another game that will attempt to answer the question as to the gap between solid power conference teams and dominant mid-majors. Tennessee finished in a tie for fourth in the always-strong SEC with a 14-4-1 record, whilst Murray State were simply dominant in the Ohio Valley Conference, going 8-0-2 in the regular season before clinching the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference championship. The Racers have a real shot in this one, but they will need to re-discover their attacking form from earlier in the season, having scored multiple goals in just one of their last six games. During that time though, they have kept five clean sheets, but Tennessee come in having scored 43 goals this season.

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

First Round: at #3 Virginia – 11am, Sunday November 12

As the lowest rated team of those which feature Aussies, Shelby Milton and St. Francis have the toughest draw of the seven, playing #3 seed Virginia away in the first round. St. Francis played a fairly tough non-conference schedule and came into league play with a 3-6-1 record, but recovered in conference play to finish 10-7-3 and win the Northeast Conference title on penalties over Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson. Virginia’s record reads a similar 11-5-4, but with one significant difference: the Cavaliers play in the ACC, one of the top conferences in the nation. #3 seeds generally win their first round games by margins of three goals or more, but St. Francis can look to 2015’s upset of California by Loyola Marymount for inspiration in their attempt to create a boilover on the first weekend.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

First Round: v San Diego State – 2pm, Saturday November 11

Despite securing a #2 seed, geographical considerations mean that UCLA will be taking on #80 RPI San Diego State despite a number of teams in the tournament sitting in the sub-200 range. However, UCLA have already played San Diego State this season, demolishing the Aztecs 5-1 as part of a five-game stretch to start the season in which the Bruins smashed home 25 goals. With Australian sophomore Teagan Micah in goal behind a defence that has been wall-like at times this season, UCLA have dropped points in just three games this season, although one of those was a loss to overall #1 seed Stanford. If the Bruins do get past San Diego State, they will take on Butler or Northwestern before facing either Pepperdine – whom they drew 1-1 with earlier in the season – or #3 seed Virginia. If the Bruins make the Elite Eight, they will likely face #1 seed North Carolina in an exact replay of the 2013 matchup at the same stage – #2 UCLA v #1 UNC. UCLA won that game 1-0 on their way to a national title, defeating Virginia on penalties in the semi-finals before edging Florida State in overtime.

2017 Week 12 Wrap

Six conference championship games involving Australians made for an exciting Sunday as teams looked to punch their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Elsewhere, Paige Hayward finally secured the career scoring record for Texas Southern.

Paige Hayward had a successful weekend on a personal level, but unfortunately that didn’t transpire into team success as Texas Southern fell in the SWAC Tournament semi-finals. Playing in the final conference tournament of her career, Hayward slotted home the winner in the Tigers’ win over home side Prairie View A&M in the quarterfinals, and in the process broke the Texas Southern career record for goals scored as the senior took her career total to 25. Hayward’s record is made all the more impressive by the fact that the Sydneysider played the first season of her college career at Texas-Brownsville before transferring to Texas Southern.

Sunday saw Aussies involved in six conference championship games, all attempting to join Beattie Goad and Stanford in the NCAA Tournament after the Cardinal secured their spot last week. Hofstra, Western Carolina, Murray State, Grambling State, La Salle, Fairleigh Dickinson, and St. Francis all saw their seasons hinge on their result in a conference championship game.

Three early games kicked off simultaneously, with all requiring extra time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Priya Gakhar and Grambling State, who fell to Alabama State – featuring Australian assistant coach Shelbi Vienna-Hallam – in a penalty shootout after the game finished 0-0, with Gakhar playing a short cameo off the bench but not being involved in the shootout.

La Salle, whose Australian goalkeeper Claudia Jenkins was forced to watch from the sidelines as senior starter Larisa Zambelli played yet another blinder, looked certain to go to penalties as well as their championship game against VCU headed deep into extra time with the score at 0-0. However, a late Maci Bower goal ensured that the Explorers would secure victory, and in the process punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Whilst Shelby Milton did not take to the field for St. Francis, Sam Roff played the full 110 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson as the Northeast Conference foes played off in the championship game. Roff, an All-Conference First Team selection, and her fellow defenders were solid all game as neither team was able to manage a goal, forcing the game into a penalty shootout. In the end, St. Francis were the better side from the spot, clinching the conference championship and their spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Whilst these games were heading to their conclusion, the Australian duo of Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella at Hofstra were just kicking off against Northeastern. Hofstra started amazingly, with a goal inside 90 seconds to take an early 1-0 lead against the dangerous Northeastern side. The Huskies would equalise shortly after, but Monique Iannella had no designs on allowing Hofstra’s opponents to keep pace for long. Whipping in a delightful free kick, Iannella found the head of Jenn Buoncore to give the Pride a 2-1 lead shortly before halftime. The game ebbed and flowed throughout, but in the end Hofstra would not be denied, maintaining their perfect conference record in 2017.

Kate Swartwout played a short cameo for Western Carolina in their championship game against UNC Greensboro, but unfortunately the Catamounts couldn’t repeat the dose after upsetting Furman in the Southern Conference semi-finals. Despite outshooting UNC Greensboro 20-7, Western Carolina fell 1-0 to a goal just after halftime.

The news was better for Murray State stars Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine, who secured a second NCAA Tournament trip in three years with a win over Australian assistant coach Rachael Doyle and Eastern Kentucky. Despite a barrage of shots, including five on target from Withers, the Racers were unable to break the deadlock until the 94th minute, when Devine teed up Miyah Watford for the golden goal in the first period of overtime.

Those results leave us with five teams featuring Aussies on the roster securing automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament: Stanford (Beattie Goad), Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella), St. Francis (Shelby Milton), Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers), and La Salle (Claudia Jenkins). Teagan Micah and UCLA have secured an at-large bid, even if the news is not yet official, whilst Isobel Dalton and Colorado will have to sweat on the decision-making of the selection committee.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
1: Nyomi Devine (Murray State)

Complete Results:

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: lost 2-1 to Saint Francis

Lauren Featherstone did not feature in Central Connecticut State’s season-ending loss to Saint Francis.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: defeated Utah 2-0

Isobel Dalton came off the bench, playing a single minute in Colorado’s win over Utah which leaves the Buffaloes sweating on an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: lost 2-0 to Northeastern

Emma Heckenberg started for Drexel in their conference tournament semi-final loss to Northeastern, playing 42 minutes.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Bryant 2-1, lost 3-2 on penalties to St. Francis (0-0 AET)

Sam Roff started both games and played all 200 minutes of game time as Fairleigh Dickinson fell desperately short of securing a conference championship after losing on penalties to St. Francis.

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: defeated Jackson State 1-0; defeated Grambling State 3-1; lost 4-2 on penalties to Alabama State (0-0 AET)

Priya Gakhar came off the bench for short cameos in all three games this week as Grambling State fell short of a conference championship by the slimmest of margins, going down in penalties in the SWAC Tournament final.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated UTRGV 2-1; lost 1-0 to Utah Valley

Sandra Hill did not feature in Grand Canyon’s WAC quarter-final win over UTRGV, but came off the bench to play 8 minutes in the semi-final loss to Utah Valley.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: defeated William & Mary 1-0; defeated Northeastern 2-1

Both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes in both games as Hofstra won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and secured an NCAA Tournament berth. Iannella had an assist in each game, whilst Hulbert registered a single shot in the win over William & Mary.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: defeated Duquesne 2-1 (OT); defeated VCU (OT)

Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in either game this week. Starter Larisa Zambelli won the Player of the Tournament award as the Explorers rounded out a successful conference schedule by winning the conference tournament and punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Southeast Missouri State 1-0; defeated Eastern Kentucky 1-0 (OT)

Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers each started both games this week as Murray State secured their second conference title in three years and secured an NCAA Tournament berth in the process. Devine played all 183 minutes of game time, whilst Withers played 84 minutes in the win over Southeast Missouri State and 86 minutes in the championship game victory over Eastern Kentucky, tallying five shots on target in the latter contest.

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: defeated Oregon 1-0

Olivia Ellis did not feature in Oregon State’s final day rivalry win over Oregon.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 1-0 to Saint Mary’s

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature in Pacific’s loss to Saint Mary’s.

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: defeated Central Connecticut State 2-1; defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2 on penalties (0-0 AET)

Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in either game this weekend as the Red Flash secured an NCAA Tournament berth after edging Fairleigh Dickinson on penalties in the Northeast Conference tournament final.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: lost 1-0 to Murray State

Maddy Cornell started for Southeast Missouri State in their Ohio Valley Conference semi-final loss to Murray State, playing 55 minutes.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated California 1-0

Beattie Goad did not feature for Stanford in their 1-0 win over California.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Prairie View A&M 1-0; lost 6-5 on penalties to Alabama State (1-1 AET)

Paige Hayward started both games in her final SWAC conference tournament, setting the Texas Southern career goalscoring record with the game’s only goal in the quarter-final win over hosts Prairie View A&M.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated USC 3-2 (OT)

Teagan Micah came off the bench to play the second half and overtime as senior Siri Ervik was afforded the start in UCLA’s final regular season game. Micah was not forced into any saves and kept a 46 minute clean sheet as UCLA secured the win in front of a regular season record 11,925 fans.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Furman 2-0; lost 1-0 to UNC Greensboro

Kate Swartwout did not feature in the Catamounts’ boilover semifinal win over Furman, but came off the bench to play a short cameo in the championship game loss to UNC Greensboro.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: lost 1-0 to Hofstra

Lorena Bugden did not feature in William & Mary’s season-ending semi-final loss to Hofstra.

2017 Week 12 Preview

Conference tournaments are the focus this week, with a number of Aussie-laden teams picking up high seeds and making themselves favourites to progress and reach the NCAA Tournament, particularly in the Colonial Athletic Association and Northeast Conference.

The Colonial Athletic Association Tournament will be one to watch this week, with Hofstra and Drexel holding the top two seeds as the competition moves into the semi-finals. The pairing of Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella and their Hofstra teammates go into the tournament as hot favourites following a perfect league slate, and take on a side with an Australian on the roster in William & Mary, although Lorena Bugden will continue to sit out this season. Hofstra defeated the Tribe 3-1 on the road earlier in the season, and with this game being played on Hofstra’s home patch, the Pride should be able to take care of the Tribe and move into the championship game.

Emma Heckenberg and Drexel take on Northeastern in the day’s first game, also at Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Drexel hosted the Huskies earlier in the season, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw, although Drexel will be wary of the fact that they were outshot 36-15 by Northeastern in that contest, with goalkeeper Christina Ogunsami making 20 saves. Surviving that kind of onslaught twice against the same team in the same season is not something that happens too often, so the Dragons will have to ensure that their defence does a far better job of shutting down the Huskies’ attack.

Travelling south, we find three Aussie seniors fighting for a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game as the Murray State pair of Harriet Withers and Nyomi Devine face Maddy Cornell and Southeast Missouri State. Murray State will desperate to atone for their slip-up in last year’s conference tournament which cost the Racers an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and ended their season prematurely, whilst for Southeast Missouri State, this is a real chance for some belated revenge for the defeat to Murray State in the 2015 championship game, especially for the seniors, including Cornell, for whom it is a last chance at a national tournament.

In the northeast corner of the country, the Aussies are dominating in the Northeast Conference. Shelby Milton’s Saint Francis outfit and Sam Roff’s Fairleigh Dickinson side earned the top two seeds in the conference tournament, with Fairleigh Dickinson earning the top spot and hosting rights for the tournament. Whilst fellow Australian Lauren Featherstone is not likely to play, Milton and Saint Francis will face off against Central Connecticut State, meaning one Australian is certain to reach the championship game. On the other side, Fairleigh Dickinson take on 4th seed Bryant. Fairleigh Dickinson took a 2-0 win in the regular season meeting between those two sides, a game which was also on the Knights’ home patch, making that contest a direct replication of the regular season battle.

Whilst these are the marquee games of the week, there will no doubt be excitement across the country as conference tournaments work their way through to championships across the next few days, culminating in tickets to the NCAA Tournament being punched in quick succession.

Full Schedule:

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: v Saint Francis – 5am, Saturday November 4 (Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: at Utah – 6am, Saturday November 4

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v Northeastern – 7:30am, Saturday November 4 (CAA Tournament Semifinals)

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Bryant – 2am, Saturday November 4 (Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: v Jackson State – 9:30am, Friday November 3 (SWAC Tournament Quarterfinals)

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v UTRGV – 1pm, Saturday November 4 (WAC Tournament Semifinals)

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: v William & Mary – 10am, Saturday November 4 (CAA Tournament Semifinals)

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: v Duquesne – 5am, Saturday November 4 (Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: v Southeast Missouri State – 6am, Saturday November 4 (Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: v Oregon – 7:30am, Friday November 3

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at Saint Mary’s – 9am, Sunday November 5

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: v Central Connecticut State – 5am, Saturday November 4 (Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: v Murray State – 6am, Saturday November 4 (Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals)

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v California – 1pm, Saturday November 4

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: at Prairie View A&M – 4:30am, Friday November 3 (SWAC Tournament Quarterfinals)

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v USC – 1pm, Saturday November 4

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Furman – 9am, Saturday November 4

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: at Hofstra – 10am, Saturday November 4 (CAA Tournament Semifinals)

2017 Week 10 Wrap

It was a week for regular season crowns, as Hofstra and Murray State each secured conference titles. The news wasn’t so good for conference tournament-chasing Wyoming results-wise, but a number of Aussies still had moments to be proud of.

It’s been all about the Aussies in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, and the final week of league play proved to be no different. Hofstra travelled to College of Charleston this week in an attempt to complete a perfect 9-0 regular season, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Monique Iannella set up the game’s opening goal with a peach of a corner that was turned in by Bella Richards on 23 minutes, but with just six minutes remaining, College of Charleston equalised. However, a last minute Hofstra goal secured a 2-1 victory and an unblemished record in league play, with both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella instrumental to the team’s success to this point.

Emma Heckenberg and Drexel slipped up in their first game against James Madison, going down 2-1 in overtime despite Heckenberg’s assist on the Dragons’ opener. There would be no such slip-up in their final regular season game against Elon, though. Drexel opened the scoring through Imani Walker just after 20 minutes before adding a second goal before halftime. Two more after the break ensured that the Dragons would finish the regular season in second spot, securing a first round bye in the CAA Tournament alongside Hofstra.

Wyoming’s senior day may not have ended with the result that the Cowgirls wanted, but a rather eventful week for the five Australians at Laramie still ensued. After going down 2-1 to San Diego State earlier in the week despite nine saves from Georgia Rowntree, Wyoming returned home to face New Mexico on a day where, amongst others, the Cowgirls’ family would celebrate the careers of Australian seniors Alisha Bass and Georgia Rowntree. The game started less than brightly for Wyoming, with an own goal followed by an injury to Australian junior Jessie Gentle putting the home side on the back foot early. However, a goalkeeping error allowed Annika Clayton to slot home the equaliser just after halftime before New Mexico added two more to go up 3-1. Jemma House laid the ball off for Brittney Stark to tally an assist as Wyoming brought the margin back to a single goal with 6 minutes to play, but 3-2 was as close as the Cowgirls would get.

The matchup between Kate Swartwout and Isabel Hodgson in the local derby between Western Carolina and East Tennessee State didn’t quite eventuate as hoped, but the game still had a serious impact on each team’s fortunes heading into the conference tournament. Although Swartwout played just 7 minutes off the bench, Western Carolina finished as 2-1 victors following two second half goals. Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes, rattling off three shots, but unfortunately for the Buccaneers, a 19th minute Rachel Harbin strike would prove to be their only goal of the contest. The result leaves Western Carolina in a quarter-final spot for the Southern Conference Tournament, whilst East Tennessee State will now play Wofford in the play-in round.

Whilst neither Nyomi Devine or Harriet Withers tallied points this week, it would be remiss not to mention Murray State’s continued outstanding record of regular season success. With a pair of wins this week against Eastern Illinois and nemesis SIU Edwardsville, the Racers have now finished undefeated in regular season play in each of the last three seasons, comprising an incredible record of 25 wins and 5 draws in that time. The Racers now head into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as red-hot favourites, but will have to avoid slipping up, as they did in 2016 in a semi-final loss to SIU Edwardsville.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
2:
Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
1:
Emma Heckenberg (Drexel)

Complete Results:

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Stony Brook 1-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in the win over Stony Brook.

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: defeated Wagner 6-0; defated Bryant 1-0

Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in either game this week.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: defeated Arizona State 3-0; drew 0-0 with Arizona

Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 16 minutes against Arizona State, but did not feature against Arizona.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: lost 2-1 to James Madison; defeated Elon 4-0

Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 68 minutes and registering an assist against James Madison before playing 68 minutes against Elon.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: lost 2-1 to Western Carolina

Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes in the loss to Western Carolina, registering three shots, of which one was on target.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 2-1 to Robert Morris (OT); drew 1-1 with Saint Francis

Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, playing all 216 minutes across the two overtime contests.

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: lost 1-0 to Mississippi Valley State; lost 2-0 to Alcorn State

Priya Gakhar came off the bench for Grambling State in both games this week, playing 49 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 15 minutes against Alcorn State.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Utah Valley; drew 0-0 with Seattle

Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both contests this week, playing 30 minutes in the loss to Utah Valley and 34 minutes against Seattle.

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: drew 1-1 with Cal Poly

Kiri Dale started for Hawaii in the draw with Cal Poly, playing all 110 minutes in the process.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: defeated College of Charleston 2-1

Both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes in the win over College of Charleston. Hulbert registered a single shot on target, whilst Iannella contributed the assist on the opening goal of the game.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: drew 2-2 with George Mason; defeated VCU 1-0

Claudia Jenkins did not feature in the draw with George Mason, but came off the bench to play 5 minutes after La Salle’s starting goalkeeper was forced off for a short period after taking a knock.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Texas A&M; drew 0-0 with Auburn

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

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0; defeated SIU Edwardsville 2-1

Nyomi Devine played all 180 minutes across Murray State’s two games this week, whilst Harriet Withers played 78 minutes against Eastern Illinois and 79 minutes against SIU Edwardsville, rattling off 17 shots for the weekend but somehow not finding the back of the net.

Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 2-0 to Central Arkansas; defeated Northwestern State 1-0 (OT)

Kristy Helmers started both games this week, playing 54 minutes and registering a shot against Central Arkansas, before playing 45 minutes against Northwestern State. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game this week.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 7-2 to Rice; defeated North Texas 3-1

Gaby Bentley came off the bench in the loss to Rice, tallying a shot, but did not feature in the win over North Texas.

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: lost 1-0 to California; lost 6-0 to Stanford

Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon State in either game this week.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: defeated San Francisco 5-3; lost 3-0 to Santa Clara

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific against San Francisco, but came off the bench to play 16 minutes against Santa Clara.

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: drew 1-1 with Fairleigh Dickinson

Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in the draw with Fairleigh Dickinson.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0

Maddy Cornell started for Southeast Missouri State in the win over Jacksonville State, playing 56 minutes.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Oregon 4-0; defeated Oregon State 6-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, playing 21 minutes against Oregon, before tallying a shot on target in a 40 minute effort against Oregon State.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: lost 2-0 to Howard

Paige Hayward played the full 90 minutes against Howard, registering a single shot on target.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: drew 1-1 with West Virginia; drew 1-1 with Iowa State

Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech in either game this week.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 1-0 to Washington State; defeated Washington 3-0

Teagan Micah played all 180 minutes for UCLA this week, making six saves against Washington State, but not facing a single shot on target in the win over Washington.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated East Tennessee State 2-1

Kate Swartwout came off the bench for Western Carolina in the win over East Tennessee State, playing 7 minutes.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: defeated Towson 3-1

Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary in the win over Towson as she continues her recovery from injury.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)

This week: lost 2-1 to San Diego State; lost 3-2 to New Mexico

Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, making 9 saves against San Diego State and another 2 against New Mexico. Alisha Bass played 90 minutes against San Diego State and 86 minutes against New Mexico, registering a shot in each game. Jemma House also started both games, playing 38 minutes against San Diego State and 59 minutes against New Mexico, registering an assist in the latter game. Jessie Gentle also started both games, playing 83 minutes against San Diego State but being forced off after just 10 minutes in the loss to New Mexico. Annika Clayton came off the bench in both games, playing 29 minutes against San Diego State, but scoring Wyoming’s opener against New Mexico as part of a 44 minute stint off the bench.

2017 Week 9 Wrap

Once again, it was a week of assists for the Aussies, with a number of players teeing up teammates for goals. However, the top performance of the week belonged to Paige Hayward, who rewrote the Texas Southern record books with some outstanding play.

Paige Hayward was the undisputed star of the week, leading her Texas Southern team to a pair of comprehensive wins. In a game where all four goals came inside the first 31 minutes, Hayward scored the final of goal of the contest in a 3-1 win over Alcorn State after the Braves had earlier pulled back an early Texas Southern lead. However, it would be Hayward’s performance against Mississippi Valley State that would be the pièce du résistance. The senior knocked home two goals and set up a third in the first half, before completing a hat-trick just inside the hour mark in an 8-1 demolition of the Delta Devils. Hayward’s efforts over the weekend secured her the Texas Southern career records for assists and points, and leaves her tied for the career record in goalscoring.

Emma Heckenberg’s performances in her time in college have more often than not suggested that her role is a no-nonsense one where the Drexel junior gets her job done without the limelight that others may receive. However, one moment in Drexel’s win over College of Charleston could not have been more antithetic to that storyline. With the teams locked at 0-0 in the second minute of golden goal overtime, Heckenberg delivered an assist on the winning goal to lock up a senior day win for the Dragons and in the process clinch back-to-back conference tournament berths for the first time in program history.

Staying in the Colonial Athletic Association, Hofstra continued their domination of the league this week with a pair of wins over Northeastern and Elon, with Monique Iannella yet again vital to the team’s success. With Hofstra being outshot by Northeastern but managing to keep the game tied at 0-0, Iannella delivered in a corner that was met first by Jenn Buoncore before being directed home by Lucy Porter for the game’s only goal as the Pride secured a 1-0 win. Emily Hulbert also played 85 minutes against Northeastern despite suffering a world-class black eye, and both Iannella and Hulbert played the full 90 minutes in the win over Elon, with each registering shots.

Grand Canyon freshman Sandra Hill also popped up with an assist this week. In a 7-0 demolition of Chicago State, Hill was afforded a season-high 51 minutes, and delivered the assist on the team’s final goal of the game, sending in a cross which was promptly sent into the back of the net to cap a quite spectacular day of goalscoring for the Antelopes. Hill also came off the bench in the team’s second game of the week, playing ten minutes in a 1-0 win over UMKC.

It was a tough weekend for Wyoming, who went down 3-1 to both Utah State and Boise State, but there was still a taste of personal success for senior Alisha Bass. Things looked good for Wyoming after Bass set up Michaela Stark for the opener against Utah State in the 13th minute, but a 54th minute equaliser coupled with two late goals condemned the Cowgirls to defeat. Bass then delivered a cross for Summer Halle’s 62nd minute equaliser against Boise State. Unfortunately, Boise State re-established their lead just 45 seconds later, and put the game to bed with a third goal in the 80th minute.

Harriet Withers surprisingly went all weekend without a goal, but that didn’t mean the senior didn’t have an impact for Murray State. With 11 minutes to play against Austin Peay, the score remained 0-0 and the game looked destined for overtime. However, Withers delivered in a corner which was met by Miyah Watford and directed into the back of the net for a late lead which the Racers were able to preserve until the final whistle.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)

Complete Results:

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Vermont 1-0; defeated Maine 4-1

Claire Urquhart started and played 66 minutes against Vermont, registering a single shot, but did not feature in the win over Maine.

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: defeated St Francis 1-0; defeated Robert Morris 1-0

Lauren Featherstone did not feature in either game for Central Connecticut State this week.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: lost 2-0 to USC

Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in their loss to USC.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: defeated College of Charleston 1-0 (OT)

Emma Heckenberg started for Drexel, played all 91 minutes, and delivered the assist for the overtime game winner in a Senior Day win for the Dragons.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: lost 3-0 to Wofford; lost 5-0 to Furman

Isabel Hodgson started both games for East Tennessee State this week, rattling off 8 shots, of which four were on target, in a 90 minute performance against Wofford, before playing 79 minutes in the loss to Furman.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Bryant 2-0

Sam Roff started and played her regular full game in defence for Fairleigh Dickinson, helping the team to its fourth clean sheet in five games.

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: defeated Alabama State 2-0; defeated Alabama A&M 4-0

Priya Gakhar came off the bench in both games this week, playing 11 minutes against Alabama State and a healthy 51 minutes against Alabama A&M.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Chicago State 7-0; lost 1-0 to UMKC

Sandra Hill came off the bench in both games this week, playing 51 minutes against Chicago State and tallying the first assist of her college career on Grand Canyon’s final, before making a 10 minute cameo against UMKC.

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated UC Santa Barbara 2-1; lost 2-1 to Cal State Northridge

Kiri Dale played the full 90 minutes in both contests this week, registering a shot against Cal State Northridge.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: defeated Northeastern 1-0; defeated Elon 2-0

Both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella started both games this week. Hulbert played 85 minutes against Northeastern and the full 90 minutes against Elon, registering two shots in the latter contest. Iannella played the full 90 minutes on both occasions, tallying an assist against Northeastern and a shot on target against Elon.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: defeated St. Bonaventure 2-0; defeated Fordham 1-0

Claudia Jenkins did not feature in either game for La Salle this week.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Arkansas; lost 4-0 to UCF

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature against Arkansas, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes against UCF.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: defeated Austin Peay 1-0; defeated Belmont 1-0

Nyomi Devine played the full 90 minutes for Murray State in both games this week, registering a shot against Austin Peay and three attempts at goal in the win over Belmont. Harriet Withers unleashed three shots against Austin Peay in 73 minutes, and tallied an assist in a 79 minute effort against Belmont.

Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: drew 0-0 with Sam Houston State; lost 3-0 to Stephen F. Austin

Kristy Helmers started both games this week, playing 65 minutes and registering two shots against Sam Houston State, before playing 28 minutes in the loss to Stephen F. Austin. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game this week.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: drew 1-1 with Southern Miss; drew 1-1 with Louisiana Tech

Gaby Bentley came off the bench for Old Dominion on both occasions this week, registering a shot in each contest.

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: lost 2-0 to Arizona

Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon State in the loss to Arizona.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-0 to BYU

Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench for Pacific in the loss to BYU, making a short 3 minute cameo as the senior continues her return to full fitness.

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: lost 1-0 to Central Connecticut State (OT); lost 2-0 to Wagner

Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in the loss to Central Connecticut State, but came off the bench to play 12 minutes against Wagner.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0; defeated SIU Edwardsville 4-1

Maddy Cornell started both games this week, playing 44 minutes against Eastern Illinois and 49 minutes against SIU Edwardsville, also tallying a shot in the latter contest.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Washington 1-0

Beattie Goad did not feature for Stanford in the win over Washington.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-1; defeated Mississippi Valley State 8-1

Paige Hayward played the full 90 minutes against Alcorn State, slotting a goal in the process, before tallying a hat-trick and an assist against Mississippi Valley State on her way to securing career records for both goals and points for Texas Southern.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 1-0 to Oklahoma State

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench for Texas Tech in the loss to Oklahoma State, playing two minutes.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Utah 2-1

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes for UCLA but was only forced into a single save.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-1 to Furman (OT); defeated Wofford 4-0

Kate Swartwout did not feature for Western Carolina against Furman, but came off the bench in the win over Wofford, playing 33 minutes.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: defeated UNC Wilmington 2-1; lost 4-2 to Northeastern

Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary this week as she continues to return to fitness following injury.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)

This week: lost 3-1 to Utah State; lost 3-1 to Boise State

Georgia Rowntree was between the sticks for all 180 minutes this week, making seven saves against Utah State and another one against Boise State. Alisha Bass was outstanding, tallying an assist on both of Wyoming’s goals this week, playing 85 minutes against Utah State and 74 minutes against Boise State. Annika Clayton started both games this week, playing 44 minutes against Utah State and 48 minutes against Boise State. Jessie Gentle started and played 75 minutes against Utah State before coming off the bench against Boise State to play 59 minutes and register a shot, whilst Jemma House came off the bench to play 45 minutes against Utah State and 59 minutes against Boise State, tallying a shot in the process.

2017 Week 9 Preview

As we move into the final few weeks of the regular season, teams are scrambling for position in their respective conferences, and the teams featuring Aussies are no exception. Hofstra and Murray State attempt to continue their run towards regular season titles, whilst Wyoming endeavour to move back into the title race in a tight Mountain West Conference.

Five points clear, nine points to play for. The equation is simple for Hofstra – win both of their games this week and they will be Colonial Athletic Association regular season champions. The Pride have opened their league schedule with six straight wins, and with Emily Hulbert back in the starting lineup after a couple of weeks coming off the bench after recovering from a knock, the Pride are back to full strength. Hofstra face third-placed Northeastern first up, with the Huskies holding a game in hand but sitting seven points behind the Pride. On paper, this will be the toughest opponent Hofstra face in conference play – Northeastern are also undefeated in league play, but have two draws to their name. Hofstra then host Elon on senior day, with the Phoenix having won just one of their six conference games to this point. With that in mind, four points should be the absolute minimum Hofstra take from this weekend, which would earn our Aussie duo of Monique Iannella and Emily Hulbert no worse than a share of the regular season title, even if fellow Australian Emma Heckenberg and Drexel were to win all of their remaining games and Hofstra were to lose next weekend.

UCLA and Stanford remain the top two teams in the coaches’ poll, but after UCLA’s unexpected 2-2 draw with Arizona, their positions have switched and it is now the Cardinal who sit atop the poll, as well as the Pac-12 standings. Whilst there are very few easy games in the Pac-12, both sides would be expected to win their sole game this week, especially UCLA, who host a Utah side that is yet to tally a single goal in their five league games so far and sit second from bottom in the standings. That bodes well for Teagan Micah’s clean sheet numbers, but maybe not her total saves number as the Utes won’t be expected to trouble the Australian sophomore particularly often. Stanford, on the other hand, face a slightly more difficult challenge as they host fifth placed Washington. The Huskies possess one of the tighter defences in the league, giving up just six goals all season and only one in their five conference games this season. However, there is a counterpoint: Stanford’s defence has given up only five goals all season, and the Cardinal have banged home 54 goals in 13 games. Short of drafting in someone like Becky Sauerbrunn to help out, any defence would find it tough against this Stanford attack, and hopefully we can see Beattie Goad afforded more playing time in this classy outfit, having been used only sparingly in recent games.

Wyoming currently sit on the cusp of the Mountain West Conference tournament spots in a league that is incredibly close at the top with five games to play. To that point, this weekend could be pivotal for the Cowgirls, who play the lowly Utah State before facing fellow mid-table team Boise State. With Wyoming hosting both games this week, this is certainly one pair of games that the Cowgirls will be seeing as one that they can take the full six points from to strengthen their position in the conference standings. After making 14 saves in 135 minutes of play last week, Georgia Rowntree is in some of the best form she has exhibited in her time at Wyoming, which will no doubt boost the confidence of her teammates, including Alisha Bass and Jemma House, who have both been involved in the team’s attacking output recently, chalking up a goal and an assist respectively last week.

Due to a combination of a couple of draws and holding a game in hand at this point, Murray State are surprisingly in third in the Ohio Valley Conference heading into this week’s games. However, the Racers are unlikely to be worried by their current position in the standings, especially with the opportunity to knock off the current top team, Belmont, this week. However, they first have to take on rivals Austin Peay in their first game of the week. Whilst Australian senior Harriet Withers has only gone one game without scoring a goal, due to Murray State’s schedule that now equates to 12 days, and there is no doubt that the Palm Beach product will be itching to get out and bang home a hatful, whilst at the other end, Nyomi Devine remains ever reliable as part of a Racers defence that has given up just two goals in six conference games.

Full Schedule:

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: at Vermont – 10am, Friday October 13; v Maine – 4am, Monday October 16

Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: v St Francis – 10am, Saturday October 14; v Robert Morris – 3am, Monday October 16

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: at USC – 10am, Saturday October 14

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v Charleston – 4am, Monday October 16

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: at Wofford – 10am, Saturday October 14; at Furman – 5am, Monday October 16

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Bryant – 3am, Monday October 16

Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)

This week: v Alabama State – 8am, Saturday October 14; v Alabama A&M – 5am, Monday October 16

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Chicago State – 1pm, Saturday October 14; v UMKC – 7am, Monday October 16

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: v UC Santa Barbara – 4pm, Friday October 13; v Cal State Northridge – 2pm, Monday October 16

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)

This week: at Northeastern – 9am, Friday October 13; v Elon – 4am, Monday October 16

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)

This week: at St. Bonaventure – 10am, Friday October 13; v Fordham – 4am, Monday October 16

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Arkansas – 10am, Saturday October 14

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: v Austin Peay – 7am, Friday October 13; at Belmont – 6am, Monday October 16

Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: at Sam Houston State – 11am, Saturday October 14; at Stephen F. Austin – 5am, Monday October 16

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Southern Miss – 7am, Saturday October 14; v Louisiana Tech – 4am, Monday October 16

Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)

This week: v Arizona – 1pm, Saturday October 14

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: at BYU – 1pm, Friday October 13

St. Francis (Shelby Milton)

This week: at Central Connecticut State – 10am, Saturday October 14; at Wagner – 4am, Monday October 16

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)

This week: v Eastern Illinois – 10:30am, Saturday October 14; v SIU Edwardsville – 6am, Monday October 16

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Washington – 2pm, Saturday October 14

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: v Alcorn State – 11am, Saturday October 14; v Mississippi Valley State – 5am, Monday October 16

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Oklahoma State – 11am, Saturday October 14

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Utah – 2pm, Friday October 13

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: at Furman – 10am, Saturday October 14; at Wofford – 5am, Monday October 16

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: at UNC Wilmington – 10am, Friday October 13; at Northeastern – 4am, Monday October 16

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)

This week: v Utah State – 8am, Saturday October 14; v Boise State – 6am, Monday October 16