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)
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.