Week 9 Wrap

Assists were the order of the week for the Australians this week, as no less than six players combined for nine over the course of the weekend. Three of those were assists for their fellow Australians to score goals, so it was a massive weekend of attacking output across the country.

It was a tough old week for East Tennessee State as the Buccaneers took just one point from the weekend to drop out of the Southern Conference regular season title race and back into 5th spot. Isabel Hodgson was able to make an impact on a personal level though, as her assist against Chattanooga helped salvage what could still be a vital point in the race for seedings in the conference tournament.

It was a spectacular weekend for the Aussies at Wyoming. Despite losing 3-1 to San Jose State, Annika Clayton was able to tally the assist on the Cowgirls’ solitary goal of the game, before Alisha Bass and Jessie Gentle took charge against Fresno State. Alisha was the main contributor, registering assists on both goals in Wyoming’s 2-1 win, but assists don’t come unless someone puts the ball in the back of the net, which is exactly what Jessie Gentle did for the first time in her college career, knocking hime the game winner in the 69th minute.

It may have been Jess Coates’ Senior Day down in Thibodaux, but the Nicholls State midfielder was the one dishing out the gifts in a 3-0 hammering of Sam Houston State. After defeating Sam Houston State 1-0 in an upset win in their first game of the weekend, spirits were sure to be high in the Colonels’ camp, and it proved as much in the demolition of lowly Sam Houston State. Jess Coates assisted on all 3 Nicholls goals, with fellow Australian Kristy Helmers was the recipient of two of those assists to finish with a brace as the Aussies continued what has been an excellent partnership in attack this season.

Alexandra Huynh also celebrated her Senior Day this weekend and, like Jess Coates, delivered for her teammates. After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Coastal Carolina in the weekend’s first game, it was Alex’s corner that led to a Troy goal which would secure victory and send Alex and her fellow seniors out on a high.

Murray State kept themselves atop the Ohio Valley Conference with a win and a draw, but two dropped points to SIU Edwardsville means the chasing pack is right on the Racers’ heels. Harriet Withers surprisingly didn’t manage a goal in a 3-0 win over Eastern Illinois, but did tally an assist in the win. More surprisingly, four shots on target from the reigning OVC Offensive Player Of The Year against SIU Edwardsville didn’t lead to a goal from Harriet as the goalkeepers at both ends played spoiler in a 1-1 draw between the top two teams in the league. Nyomi Devine was ever-present at the back for Murray State as a top defensive effort saw the Racers concede a solitary goal in 200 minutes of play.

Texas Southern came up against Howard this weekend in a top of the table clash in the SWAC, coming within 45 seconds of salvaging a point and giving the ladder leading Bison something to sweat over in the latter stages of the season. After going down 1-0, Australian striker Paige Hayward equalised for the Tigers, but a Howard goal in the final minute of overtime broke Texas Southern hearts and, combined with Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s results this weekend, dropped the Tigers to 3rd in the SWAC with 3 games remaining in the league schedule.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)

Complete Results:

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: defeated Ohio State 3-2; defeated Maryland 1-0

Julia De Angelis started both games for Indiana, but only played around half the minutes of the weekend as Indiana continues to manage her playing time following injury.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: lost 1-0 to Davidson; drew 1-1 with Rhode Island

Laura Johns came off the bench in both games, playing 18 minutes against Davidson and 9 minutes against Rhode Island.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Arizona 2-1 (OT)

Teagan Micah played all 101 minutes in the overtime win, making 3 saves including one just 45 seconds from the end of the first overtime period to keep the game tied at 1-1 before Sunny Dunphy’s winner in the second overtime period.

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

This week: lost 3-1 to San Jose State; defeated Fresno State 2-0

Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes in both games, making three saves against San Jose State and four against Fresno State. Alisha Bass played 57 minutes against San Jose State, tallying a shot, before notching assists on both goals against Fresno State in an 87 minute effort. Jessie Gentle played just 4 minutes off the bench against San Jose State, but tallied Wyoming’s second goal against Fresno State in a half-hour stint. Annika Clayton tallied an assist on Wyoming’s only goal against San Jose State and played 46 minutes off the bench against Fresno State.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 1-0 to Tennessee Tech; lost 2-1 to Eastern Kentucky (OT)

Maddy Cornell came off the bench in both games this week, playing 13 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 27 minutes against Eastern Kentucky. Siena Senatore also came off the bench in both games, playing 48 minutes against Tennessee Tech and 31 minutes against Eastern Kentucky.

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

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

Nyomi Devine played all 200 minutes of action for Murray State this week, remaining a rock at the back for the Racers. Harriet Withers tallied an assist in 80 minutes of action against Eastern Illinois, and did everything but score as she tallied 4 shots on target in 104 minutes of playing time against SIU Edwardsville.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates, Kristy Helmers)

This week: defeated Stephen F. Austin 1-0; defeated Sam Houston State 3-0

Kristy Helmers played 60 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, before tallying two goals against Sam Houston State. Jess Coates played the full 90 minutes against Stephen F. Austin, then tallied assists on all 3 goals against Sam Houston State, playing 75 minutes on Senior Day.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: defeated Washington 2-1

Neither Kahlia Hogg nor Isobel Dalton featured for Colorado in the win over Washington.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: drew 0-0 with Elon; lost 2-1 to William & Mary

Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel, tallying a shot on target in the draw with Elon.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: drew 2-2 with Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford

Isabel Hodgson played all 110 minutes against Chattanooga and tallied an assist, before playing 70 minutes against Samford.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

Sam Roff played all 110 minutes against Sacred Heart, and all bar four minutes of the win over Bryant.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-1 to Samford; lost 1-0 to Chattanooga

Kate Swartwout started against Samford, but came off the bench against Chattanooga to register a single shot.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: lost 2-0 to Coastal Carolina; defeated Texas State 2-1

Alex Huynh started both games, playing 69 minutes against Coastal Carolina and the full 90 minutes against Texas State, tallying an assist against Texas State on Senior Day.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Mississippi State

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in the loss to Mississippi State.

Texas (Monique Iannella)

This week: lost 2-0 to Iowa State

Monique Iannella started and played 45 minutes in the loss to Iowa State.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 1-0 to West Virginia

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench but only played 2 minutes against West Virginia.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Oregon State 3-2

Beattie Goad started and played 59 minutes in the win over Oregon State, registering a shot.

Iona (Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 4-1 to Canisius

Kiri Dale started for Iona in the loss to Canisius, tallying a single shot on target.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: lost 2-1 to Gardner-Webb

Jai Jackson started for Winthrop and played 73 minutes in the loss to Gardner-Webb.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: defeated Northeastern 2-1

Emily Hulbert started for Hofstra and played all 90 minutes in the upset win, tallying a shot.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: defeated Arizona State 2-0

Lulu Pullar did not feature for USC against Arizona State.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: lost 2-1 to Howard (OT)

Paige Hayward started for Texas Southern in the overtime loss, scoring the Tigers’ equaliser.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-0 to Loyola Marymount

Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week due to injury.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Vermont 3-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany against Vermont.

Week 1 Wrap

The first week of the college soccer season brought more than a bit of success for the Australians. Sam Roff, Caitlin Cantrill, Demi Koulizakis, Isobel Dalton, Kiri Dale, and Teagan Micah made their debuts, with Teagan being recognised by the Pac-12 for an excellent debut performance. Paige Hayward also picked up SWAC Offensive Player of the Week for an outstanding shift for Texas Southern against Texas A&M-Texarkana.

From an attacking standpoint, Jessie Gentle was the first Australian this season to have a tangible impact on a game, tallying an assist on Wyoming’s second goal as the Cowgirls won their opener 2-0 against Houston Baptist. Goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree played all 90 minutes in keeping a clean sheet, with Alisha Bass forming part of her back four. Wyoming’s second game saw Annika Clayton go one better than Jessie, scoring the team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Idaho State as Georgia kept a second successive clean sheet.

Kahlia Hogg also registered an assist, in Colorado’s first game of the season. Playing a full 90 minutes against both Air Force and Colorado State this week, Kahlia tallied her assist on the Buffs’ second goal against Air Force as Colorado won 2-0 before following up with a 2-1 win over Colorado State. Sophomore transfer Isobel Dalton came off the bench to make her debut against Air Force, registering a shot in her 6 minutes of play.

Murray State’s first game of the season was cancelled as the Racers were due to travel to the flood-ravaged state of Louisiana for their opener. However, once the side got on the field, reigning Player of the Year Harriet Withers showed that she will certainly be in the reckoning for the award again as the striker banged home two goals against Alabama. Unfortunately for Murray State, they imploded in the second half as their opponents tallied four unanswered goals to storm home for a 4-2 win.

Perhaps playing slightly out of position in an overlapping left fullback role, Beattie Goad nevertheless earned starts in her first two college games as Stanford picked up wins over Navy and Georgetown on their trip to the national capital. Goad played 53 minutes against Navy and 69 minutes against Georgetown as the Cardinal picked up 2-1 and 3-0 wins on the first weekend of the season.

Paige Hayward and Texas Southern had a slow start to the season, going down 3-0 to Houston in the side’s opening game. Playing NAIA team Texas A&M-Texarkana proved to be far less of a challenge for the Tigers. Paige assisted on Texas Southern’s first three goals before banging home one of her own as the Tigers racked up a 4-1 win. Paige’s performance against Texas A&M-Texarkana was pivotal in her being named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Teagan Micah proved to be the surprise packet of the week. Earning the start in UCLA’s first game of the season, Teagan kept a clean sheet in the Bruins’ 5-0 win over San Diego State. Teagan’s highlight of the game was a brilliant save to deny the Aztecs a goal in the bottom left corner. Whilst Despite not featuring in UCLA’s second game of the week, an exhibition against Beijing Normal University, Teagan was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for her debut performance.

Player Of The Year Votes:

3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Paige Hayward (Texas Southern)
1: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

Complete Results:

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: defeated Buffalo 1-0; lost 3-1 to Penn State.

Hulbert played 90 minutes in both games, picking up a yellow card against Penn State.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 3-1 to UNLV; defeated UTRGV 3-2 (OT)

Roff started against UNLV, playing 40 minutes, and came off the bench to play 58 minutes against UTRGV, registering a shot on target.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Virginia Tech; defeated College of Charleston 1-0

Cantrill started both games, playing 68 minutes against Virginia Tech and 51 minutes against College of Charleston.

Iona (Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 3-1 to Holy Cross; lost 2-0 to Bryant

Dale started for Iona against Holy Cross, but did not feature against Bryant.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated USC Upstate 1-0; defeated Radford 1-0

Hodgson played a full 90 minutes in both games, registering 2 shots against USC Upstate.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Navy 2-1; defeated Georgetown 3-0

Goad started both matches, playing 53 minutes against Navy and 69 minutes against Georgetown.

Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Tennessee 1-0; defeated Illinois-Springfield 3-1

Cornell and Senatore both came off the bench in both games. Cornell played 33 minutes against Tennessee and 53 minutes against Illinois-Springfield, registering a shot which was on target against Illinois-Springfield. Senatore played 26 minutes against Tennessee and 25 minutes against Illinois-Springfield.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated Army 2-0; lost 3-0 to St John’s

Urquhart started both games, playing a full 90 minutes against Army and 79 minutes against St. John’s.

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

This week: defeated Houston Baptist 2-0; defeated Idaho State 2-0

Alisha Bass played 66 minutes against Houston Baptist and 90 minutes against Idaho State, registering a shot in each game. Annika Clayton sat out the Houston Baptist game as a precaution but played 35 minutes against Idaho State, scoring the team’s 2nd goal. Jessie Gentle played 41 minutes against Houston Baptist and 35 minutes against Idaho State, tallying an assist on Wyoming’s 2nd goal against Houston Baptist. Georgia Rowntree played a full 90 minutes in each game, registering a clean sheet in each game. Candace Sciberras was rested from both games.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: defeated Temple 2-1; defeated Villanova 3-0

Heckenberg played 38 minutes against Temple, but did not feature against Villanova.

Indiana (Julia De Angelis)

This week: drew with Louisville 1-1; lost 2-0 to Western Michigan

De Angelis was rested from both games this week.

Troy (Alexandra Huynh)

This week: defeated Gardner-Webb 2-0; lost 2-0 to Samford

Huynh played 90 minutes in each game, registering a single shot on both occasions.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 5-1 to Charlotte; defeated Winthrop 3-1

Swartwout did not feature in either game this weekend.

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

This week: lost 4-2 to Alabama

Harriet Withers played 87 minutes and scored 2 goals on 6 shots. Nyomi Devine played a full 90 minutes in defence. Jade Horcicka did not feature in this game.

Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)

This week: lost 3-0 to Houston; defeated Texas A&M-Texarkana 4-1

Hayward played 90 minutes in both games, scoring a goal and tallying 3 assists against Texas A&M-Texarkana.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated New Mexico 2-1; defeated Missouri State 1-0

Koulizakis came off the bench in both games, playing 8 minutes against New Mexico and 10 minutes against Missouri State.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)

This week: defeated Air Force 2-0; defeated Colorado State 2-1

Kahlia Hogg played 90 minutes in both games, registering an assist on the 2nd goal against Air Force. Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 6 minutes against Air Force, tallying a shot, but did not feature against Colorado State.

San Francisco (Price Keogh)

This week: defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1; defeated UC Riverside 2-1

Keogh did not feature in either game this week.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated San Diego State 5-0; defeated Beijing Normal University 7-0

Micah played the full 90 minutes against San Diego State, keeping a clean sheet, but was rotated out for the Beijing Normal University game.

USC (Lulu Pullar)

This week: lost 3-2 to Santa Clara (OT); defeated Beijing Normal University 5-1

Pullar did not feature in either game this week.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week: lost 3-1 to Western Carolina; defeated USC Upstate 1-0

Jackson came off the bench in both games, playing 20 minutes against Western Carolina and 31 minutes against USC Upstate.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost 2-0 to Cal Poly

Papalexiou started for Pacific, registering a shot.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week: defeated Holy Cross 2-0

Johns started for Massachusetts, playing 39 minutes.

2016 Player Previews

2016 will see a massive 33 Australians suiting up in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer, an increase of 6 on last year and nearly double the number of players we saw in 2014. Ten of these players are freshmen, whilst one newcomer, Isobel Dalton, is an NAIA transfer from Lindsey Wilson College. With no less than 13 players, including 4 freshmen, possessing W-League experience and several others featuring for youth national teams, there is definitely plenty of Aussie talent in the college ranks this season.

Claire Urquhart (Sophomore, Defender, Albany, Brisbane)

Claire was used sparingly at Albany in 2015, but returns in 2016 ready to have more of an impact in defence. The Albany defence is exceedingly young this season, with four sophomores and one freshman comprising the five natural defenders in the squad, so opportunities may just open up for the sophomore from Brisbane. Claire played 5 games last season, starting in 2 of these contests, as Albany won the America East title before going down to eventual national champions Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Isobel Dalton (Sophomore, Midfielder, Colorado, Sunshine Coast)

Isobel adds to the Australian contingent at Colorado following a season playing NAIA soccer in Kentucky with Lindsey Wilson College, helping the Blue Raiders to a national championship final berth. A former Brisbane Roar W-League player, Isobel has also played in England’s Women’s Super League for Bristol Academy before making the move to the US. Isobel played in 23 games for Lindsey Wilson, scoring 7 goals and also contributing a pair of assists for the Blue Raiders.

Kahlia Hogg (Senior, Defender/Midfielder, Colorado, Canberra)

Kahlia had an excellent first season for Colorado in 2014 after transferring from Florida State, and looked set to continue in the same vein in her senior season. Unfortunately, after starting in six games and playing an average of 85 minutes, Kahlia suffered an injury and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. Fortunately, Kahlia has been awarded an additional season and will compete again as a senior in 2016, looking to make amends for 2015. One of the fittest players in the team, Kahlia averaged over 85 minutes of playing time per game in 2015, playing a full 90 minutes in four of her six games as Colorado conceded less than 0.7 goals per game with Kahlia on the pitch.

Emma Heckenberg (Sophomore, Midfielder, Drexel, Melbourne)

Emma made a reasonable if not spectacular start to her college career last season, featuring in 8 matches. The Victorian forward also started two of these games, both of which were conference games. The Drexel forward line is young, but features Vanessa Kara, who scored 11 goals last season, which represented almost half of the team’s offensive output. With Kara a lock to start again this season, Emma and the remaining forwards will be fighting for the other spot up front. Emma was a star in the classroom last season though, picking up the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.

Isabel Hodgson (Sophomore, Defender, East Tennessee State, Adelaide)

Isabel enjoyed a fantastic first season at East Tennessee State, quickly establishing herself as the team’s starting right back. A product of Adelaide United’s W-League team, Isabel played in all 19 games for the Buccaneers in 2015 as the team finished with a respectable 9-9-1 record. With star midfielder and Austrian national team player Sarah Zadrazil having graduated following the 2015 season, the returning starters will all have to step up if the Buccaneers are to be competitive again in 2016 and Isabel is no different.

Sam Roff (Freshman, Midfielder, Fairleigh Dickinson, Canberra)

One of four players from the same ACT Academy of Sport class to make the move to Division I this year, Sam links up with a fellow Australian at Fairleigh Dickinson, with assistant coach Julia Bazi hailing from Sydney. Primarily a midfielder but also with the ability to play in defence, Sam has been a member of the ACT Academy of Sport for three seasons and also trained with W-League club Canberra United before making the move to Fairleigh Dickinson. The Knights went 16-6 last season, winning the Northeast Conference title and only narrowly losing to Rutgers in the first round of the national tournament, going down 1-0. However, they have lost a massive ten seniors to graduation and star Canadian forward Rachel Hoekstra is transferring to Georgia Southern, taking with her 16 of the side’s 50 goals from last season, so expect this to be a rebuilding season for the team.

Emily Hulbert (Junior, Defender/Midfielder, Hofstra, Melbourne)

An instrumental part of Hofstra’s side for two seasons, Emily will again be part of a solid Hofstra side that will look to limit the damage of the graduation of English international and NWSL player Leah Galton, who was the star of the Pride team last season. Emily’s chances last season were slightly down from 2014, starting just 4 matches in comparison to the 14 she started two seasons ago. Nonetheless, the fullback was able to contribute enough to earn the 2015 College Matildas Defender of the Year award. With another season under her belt, she may just have enough in her locker to win the same award again.

Julia De Angelis (Freshman, Midfielder, Indiana, Canberra)

An integral part of Canberra United’s W-League squad since 2014, Julia will no doubt be one of the top Australian freshmen in college this season as she joins an Indiana side desperate to improve on last seasons 3-10-6 record. Julia has represented Australia at several youth team levels and was also named Canberra United’s Rising Star in both 2014 and 2015. With a pair of midfield spots opening up in 2016 following the graduation of two players, Julia will certainly have the chance to earn a starting spot from the outset.

Kiri Dale (Sophomore, Defender, Iona, Mullumbimby)

One of no less than five Palm Beach products playing in Division I this season, Kiri unfortunately did not see any playing time in her freshman year, but that will surely just make her hungrier to make an impact in her sophomore year. Iona are yet to reveal their freshman class for 2016, but with only four natural defenders returning from last season, this may just be Kiri’s chance to shine and establish herself going forward for Iona. With the Gaels only winning 3 games last year and giving up 49 goals in 19 games, that defence is going to have to stand up this season if the team is to compete.

Caitlin Cantrill (Freshman, Midfielder, LSU, Canberra)

One of the first Australians to commit to a college amongst this year’s freshmen, Caitlin joins an LSU side looking to progress from last season’s SEC semi-final berth and a first round loss to South Alabama in the NCAA Tournament. They do have a slight issue though, that being the loss of nine players to graduation after the 2015 season. Whilst this may be a transition season of sorts for LSU, it also offers Caitlin the chance to see plenty of playing time from the outset. A former member of the Australian Under 17 national team, Caitlin is yet another of the ACT Academy of Sport graduates in this year’s freshman class.

Laura Johns (Senior, Forward, Massachusetts, Adelaide)

The 2015 College Matildas Breakout Player of the Year, Laura tallied the first goal of her college career last season and also notched four assists, a marked improvement on the total of one she managed in the previous two years. More notably, Laura transitioned from what had mainly been a rotational role off the bench to a starter for the majority of the 2015 season. One of four Australian seniors this year, Laura’s continued rise at Massachusetts may just make her the dark horse for the College Matildas Senior of the Year award this season.

Nyomi Devine (Junior, Defender, Murray State, Gold Coast)

A starter from the outset at Murray State, Nyomi was instrumental in keeping things tight at the back during last season’s perfect conference slate as Murray State won the Ohio Valley conference title. Whilst fellow Palm Beach product Harriet Withers may have received the accolades in 2015, there is no doubting that Nyomi was one of the key parts of the Racers’ defence which conceded just 22 goals in 21 games in 2015. Nyomi was also named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament team to go along with her championship ring.

Jade Horcicka (Freshman, Midfielder, Murray State, Gold Coast)

The newest member of the Palm Beach contingent at Murray State, Jade has not featured for the senior Palm Beach team nearly as much as both Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers did before they moved on to college, but that doesn’t mean Jade doesn’t come with a solid pedigree. After a single appearance in the Palm Beach first team in 2015, Jade was a regular with the team in 2016 before leaving for college, and was also a mainstay of the Under 20s team last season. Jade has also played for the Queensland Schoolgirls side in 2014 and 2015. The Murray State midfield is burgeoning with players, but many are young and others are employed in other roles, so there may just be some playing time available for Jade early on. The early non-conference games will be telltale, though.

Harriet Withers (Junior, Forward, Murray State, Gold Coast)

Harriet enjoyed a solid first season for Murray State in 2014, scoring six goals and contributing 2 assists in 20 games. That was simply a precursor for an exceptional 2015 season which saw the striker win College Matildas Player Of The Year honours. Harriet banged home 11 goals and also tallied 7 assists as the Racers enjoyed a perfect Ohio Valley conference season before going down in a 1-0 loss to Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Harriet will need to have another season of similar ilk if Murray State are going to have a chance of repeating, as they lose 11 goals and 11 assists from last season through the graduation of Taylor Stevens and Marissa Burroughs.

Jess Coates (Senior, Midfielder, Nicholls State, Sydney)

A broken wrist put paid to what should have been a glorious senior season for Jess, but after a long wait has been awarded an additional season and will get the chance to play out a proper senior campaign. Jess’ attacking partner, Spencer Valdespino, has now graduated but that may open up a chance for Jess to combine with a fellow Australian, freshman Kristy Helmers, in her senior season. With seven assists in her junior year in 2014, expect Jess to once again be feeding the strikers perfectly – the only question from there is whether they can step up to fill the void left by Valdespino.

Kristy Helmers (Freshman, Forward, Nicholls State, Canberra)

Kristy Helmers will be one of the Nicholls State forwards tasked with making up Spencer Valdespino’s 14 goal tally from last season. With only four recognised forwards in the Nicholls State squad this season, Kristy will no doubt be thrust into the action from the outset. One of four recent ACTAS graduates to be starting college this season, Kristy scored 12 goals in 14 appearances in last season’s Capital Football WPL, following up with 7 goals in 7 appearances this season.

Ellie Papalexiou (Sophomore, Defender, Pacific, Gold Coast)

A dreaded ACL injury put paid to Ellie’s season in 2015, but the fullback returns this season as a redshirt sophomore looking to showcase the kind of form that saw her enjoy a successful 2014 season with Pacific. With a new coach on board in Stockton, Ellie will be forced to prove herself once again, but was able to do this as a freshman and there’s no reason she won’t be able to do so again. Able to play either at left back or on the wing, this versatility should stand Ellie in good stead as she looks to earn back her starting position.

Price Keogh (Sophomore, Defender, San Francisco, Charlotte)

Price represents a slight change of pace amongst the 34 Australians in NCAA Division I this season in that she is actually from Charlotte, North Carolina. The 5’4 defender played in just the one game in her first season in San Francisco, but with two of the team’s starting defenders finishing their careers in 2015, opportunities will surely open up for Price. San Francisco had a reasonably solid year in 2015, finishing 13-4-3 and finishing in 2nd place in the West Coast Conference. Unfortunately, the WCC does not play a postseason tournament, denying the Dons an opportunity to secure a bid to the national tournament, with the team well out of the at-large picture.

Maddy Cornell (Junior, Defender, Southeast Missouri State, Nowra)

Three becomes two with regards to the number of Australians at Southeast Missouri State following midfielder Jenna Collingridge’s graduation. Maddy Cornell is the more senior of the two, with the versatile fullback moving into her junior season in 2016. Maddy featured in 18 games in 2015, starting six of these, which is double the number of both appearances and starts that she saw in 2014. Maddy’s goal now will be to convert those 12 appearances off the bench into starts this year as Southeast Missouri State attempt to make a return trip to the Ohio Valley Conference championship game, with the aim this year to go one better than last year’s overtime loss to Murray State.

Siena Senatore (Sophomore, Defender, Southeast Missouri State, Canberra)

An Under 17 Australian representative before making the move to college, Siena took a few games to find her groove last season, but eventually became a vital part of the defence before suffering an injury late on in the season. After starting the first three games of the season, Siena came off the bench for a few weeks before being returned to the starting lineup as the Redhawks kept 4 clean sheets in a row in the space of 9 days. Siena sat for a couple of weeks with injury, but returns in 2016 ready to slot straight back into the starting lineup in the centre of defence.

Beattie Goad (Freshman, Midfielder, Stanford, Melbourne)

The undoubted star of the 2016 freshman class, Beattie already has a W-League title under her belt, having been an instrumental part of a Melbourne City side that finished undefeated in 2015/16. One of the best young Australian players, Beattie combined those football skills with outstanding academic achievement to open up the chance to play for Stanford, one of the most successful programs in NCAA women’s soccer. A pacy winger with excellent technical abilities, Beattie will face stiff competition for playing time from the likes of United States youth national team representatives Jordan DiBiasi and Andi Sullivan. However, Beattie has spent the year learning from some of the best players in the world, including Lisa De Vanna, and will push all the way for a spot in the lineup.

Alexandra Huynh (Senior, Defender, Troy, Sydney)

After three outstanding seasons at Colorado, Alexandra has this season made the move south to Troy for her senior year. A three year starter at Boulder, the centre back was almost ever-present for the Buffaloes save for an injury midway through her sophomore year. As a member of a Colorado defence that set school clean sheet records in 2015, Alexandra will no doubt be a vital part of the back line in her new team. Troy kept 10 clean sheets in winning 14 of 20 games last season, and with Alexandra now set to replace graduating stalwart Payton Donley in defence, Troy will be well placed to use defence as the foundation of a successful season in 2016.

Paige Hayward (Junior, Forward, Texas Southern, Sydney)

The lone Australian player in the SWAC this season following the graduation of Alabama State’s Shelbi Vienna-Hallam, Paige transferred to Texas Southern in 2015 after a season of NAIA play, and immediately slotted into the team. Hayward played a full 90 minutes on six occasions last season, starting on all 17 occasions that she played. Hayward contributed 2 goals and 5 assists in 2015 as Texas Southern compiled an 8-11 record, going down to Alabama State in the first round of the SWAC Tournament. With no seniors amongst the forwards in 2015, Paige and her fellow strikers will have the opportunity to improve on last year’s output. They may have to if the team is to stay competitive, with last season’s starting goalkeeper and two defenders graduating after the 2015 season.

Demi Koulizakis (Freshman, Forward, Texas Tech, Sydney)

The scorer of the W-League’s 900th goal, Demi saw regular playing time for Western Sydney Wanderers last season but has now made the move to the Lone Star state to become Australia’s sole representative in the powerful Big 12 conference this season. Able to play in the midfield or up front, Demi is likely to be used in a more attacking role at Texas Tech. Demi will be part of the group tasked with replacing graduating Canadian national team player Janine Beckie, who is now playing with the NWSL’s Houston Dash.

Teagan Micah (Freshman, Goalkeeper, UCLA, Brisbane)

Teagan made the move from Brisbane to Western Sydney this past W-League season, but that was nothing in comparison to the jump the goalkeeper has made in 2016. UCLA have been one of the most successful programs of the last decade, winning a national title and producing players such as Lauren Holiday, Sydney Leroux, Samantha Mewis, Megan Oyster, Caprice Dydasco, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, McCall Zerboni, Zakiya Bywaters, Lauren Barnes, and Katelyn Rowland. Teagan will have to fight for every minute of playing time, but with last season’s backup Arielle Schechtman making the move to Georgetown, it will now be a fight between 3 rather than 4 players for the starting spot.

Lulu Pullar (Freshman, Defender, USC, Brisbane)

Lulu had been on USC’s radar for over a year, and made the move to Los Angeles in January to get a headstart on her college career. Set to be used in either the back line or anchoring the midfield, Lulu has represented Australian Schoolgirls and has trained with Brisbane Roar’s W-League squad before moving to college. Having already seen plenty of playing time in USC’s spring friendlies, Lulu is well-placed to hit the ground running when competitive play starts in late August.

Kate Swartwout (Freshman, Defender, Western Carolina, Gold Coast)

Originally from the Gold Coast but having learned her trade in Lake Norman, North Carolina, Kate’s new college isn’t actually all that far from home for the freshman. In a young side, but one that only lost a single defender to graduation after 2015, Kate’s ability to also play in midfield looks as if it may stand her in good stead as she vies for playing time in her freshman year. Not without goalscoring ability either, Kate once banged home a hat-trick in a single half playing up front for her club team in Lake Norman.

Jai Jackson (Sophomore, Midfielder, Winthrop, Toowoomba)

A rotational player early on in 2015, Jai finished her freshman season with a flourish, playing full games in each of Winthrop’s last six games as the Eagles finished with a 6-9-3 record, falling to Liberty in the first round of the Big South tournament. Primarily employed deeper in midfield, Jai has also shown a knack for getting forward when required, with her footballing IQ clearly amongst the best in the Winthrop squad. There is little doubt that Jai will reprise her role as an integral part of the Winthrop midfield going forward, with the Queenslander well placed to be a vital cog for her remaining three seasons.

Alisha Bass (Junior, Defender/Midfielder, Wyoming, Sydney)

Is she a midfielder? Is she a defender? Well, ask most people in the Sydney women’s soccer community and they’ll tell you Alisha is an attacking midfielder every day of the week and twice on Sunday. But ask people in Wyoming and they’ll tell you she’s a vital part of the Cowgirls’ defence that helped the team compile a 10-6-4 record before falling in the first round of the Mountain West tournament to Colorado College. Alisha also tallied a pair of goals last season and notched an assist, proving that she still has the attacking instincts that saw her represent Australia at youth level. With no seniors in the 2015 squad, Wyoming have a real chance to build on last year’s successes and become a real force in the Mountain West this season.

Annika Clayton (Sophomore, Midfielder, Wyoming, Sydney)

A starter in 14 games in 2015, Annika featured in all 20 of Wyoming’s contests last season, notching two goals and an assist from midfield in her freshman campaign. Whilst her tangible stats are not out of this world, Annika certainly did enough to average over an hour of playing time per game by the end of last season, with the Wyoming coaching staff clearly impressed by the Sydneysider. With Wyoming’s squad barely changing from last season, Annika should see at least as much time on the field in 2016 as the Cowgirls attempt to build on last season’s 10 wins.

Jessie Gentle (Sophomore, Forward, Wyoming, Woolgoolga)

Like Annika Clayton, Jessie joined Wyoming last season and played in all 20 games, starting in 16. Lining up on the wing for the most part, Jessie averaged over 70 minutes per game, tallying a single assist on Laurel Ramer’s opener against Hawaii in a 2-2 draw early on in the season. Jessie will be looking to create a more tangible impact this season, but has clearly shown that she has the ability to be a major part of the Wyoming side in 2016.

Georgia Rowntree (Junior, Goalkeeper, Wyoming, Sydney)

A starter in 16 games in 2015, Georgia shared the goalkeeping responsibilities with local player Cassidy Entsminger last season and things appear set to stay the same in 2016. Conceding an average of just a single goal per game, Georgia notched a .786 save percentage in 2015, representing an improvement on 2014’s 1.20 goals conceded per game, but with an identical save percentage. However, the most notable of Georgia’s stats was her minutes played. After playing 9 games and earning 451 minutes of playing time in 2014, Georgia played 810 minutes in 2015 as she and Entsminger established themselves as an excellent pairing in goal. Running unopposed for Goalkeeper of the Year for the last two seasons, Georgia has competition for the first time, in the form of UCLA’s Teagan Micah.

Candace Sciberras (Junior, Midfielder, Wyoming, Sydney)

Candace came to Wyoming in 2013 alongside Alisha Bass, but has followed a slightly different course since that time. The winger suffered an ACL injury and was forced to sit out most of the 2015 season after a promising start to the season which saw Candace start the first five games of the campaign. With very little change to the Wyoming roster, expect to see Candace back in the rotation this season and hopefully earning back that starting spot that she had rightfully claimed before last season’s injury.

Week 5 Wrap

This week, we mourn the loss of Washington State’s perfect record, but it’s not all bad news. Wyoming and Southeast Missouri State both had two wins this weekend, whilst Colorado bounced back from last week’s overtime loss to Northwestern with a big win over Villanova.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week’s result: lost to Campbell 2-1

An up-and-down non-conference season for East Tennessee State unfortunately ended on a low note with a 2-1 loss to Campbell. In a fairly open game, it was Campbell who opened the scoring on the half hour mark through Ashley Clark, but East Tennessee State could only have themselves to blame for being down 1-0 as they could only manage one shot on target from the seven attempts they had. The second half saw the Buccaneers’ shooting gain a degree of accuracy, with seven of their eleven second half shots forcing the Campbell goalkeeper into saves. Unfortunately, the one goal that ETSU did score came with just 19 seconds to play, well after Campbell’s 58th minute goal that had put them two ahead. Isabel Hodgson once again played a full 90 minutes for East Tennessee State, registering one shot.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week’s result: defeated The Citadel 3-0

Winthrop were fully expected to put The Citadel away this weekend, and did so comprehensively with a 3-0 victory. The Eagles dominated in almost all facets, and ended up outshooting the Bulldogs 22-9, but could only get six of those 22 on target. Fortunately, goalkeeper Caroline Duncan kept out all five of The Citadel’s on target shots, whilst the Bulldogs’ defence was far more leaky. Jai Jackson came off the bench but was soon into the action, and played a total of 65 minutes in this encounter, registering a lone shot.

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

This week’s result: defeated Idaho State 3-0

Wyoming put the disappointment of last week’s loss to local rival Northern Colorado behind them to put Idaho State to the sword with a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Shaina Ashouri had a hat-trick for the Cowgirls, but she had a couple of Aussies to thank for that. Her first goal came in the fourteenth minute courtesy of an Alisha Bass cross. Then, in the 80th minute, Ashouri was quickest to react to a blocked Jessie Gentle shot to put Wyoming 2-0 up. Ashouri then completed her hat-trick in the 85th minute, running onto a sublime volleyed through ball from Sammi Dunda, knocking it past the Idaho State goalkeeper. Georgia Rowntree played a full 90 minutes and had two saves, keeping a clean sheet, whilst Annika Clayton had a cameo off the bench.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week’s results: defeated Arkansas State 1-0, defeated Union 2-0

Southeast Missouri State had two wins this weekend, both built on solid defence that saw the Redhawks keep two clean sheets. The side restricted Arkansas State to just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, which led to Jennifer Antonacci’s 51st minute goal being enough to give Southeast Missouri State the victory. Surprisingly, Division II side Union were able to notch five shots on target, but few of these were threatening, and Abby Klintworth notched a double to give the Redhawks their second win of the weekend. Jenna Collingridge came off the bench in both matches, registering two shots against Arkansas State. Maddy Cornell featured against Union, playing 48 minutes and creating real problems up and down the right flank. However, Siena Senatore’s performance in defence was an absolute delight. The freshman out of Canberra played 170 of 180 possible minutes, with her performance against Union, especially cutting out aerial balls, being a highlight.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: defeated Northern Colorado 3-0, defeated Colorado State 2-0

Creighton turned a single win into a three match winning streak, and at the same time improved their record to 7-3 for the season with two wins over Colorado teams this weekend. Creighton outplayed Northern Colorado throughout the first half, but the teams went in at halftime tied at 0-0. The Bluejays went on to dominate the second half, outshooting Northern Colorado 16-3, and in the process knocked home the three goals that secured victory, with strikes from Lauren Sullivan in the 55th and 69th minutes, and a goal from Summer Khalil in the 75th minute that wrapped things up. It was much the same story against Colorado State – once again, Creighton dominated but couldn’t score in the first half. Two goals in ten minutes, in the 70th and 80th minutes, secured a second victory for the weekend. Anastasia McCleary started against Northern Colorado and played 41 minutes, before playing 11 minutes off the bench against Colorado State.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week’s result: lost to Seton Hall 1-0 (2OT)

Albany went down in a heartbreaker in double overtime, 1-0 to Seton Hall. The Great Danes perhaps had the better looking stat sheet, but Seton Hall dictated the tempo for the majority of the game and it was probably a just result given the run of play. Neither team gave themselves many chances to score goals, with both teams managing only four shots on target. However, it was Seton Hall who managed to put one past the goalkeeper, 52 seconds into the second period of extra time. Unfortunately, Claire Urquhart didn’t see any playing time in this game.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week’s result: defeated Harvard 2-0

In their second consecutive match against an Ivy League opponent, Massachusetts stretched their winning streak to three courtesy of two goals in the space of 55 seconds in the first half. In what was a remarkably even game for the other 89 minutes, goals from Alyssa Fratarcangeli and Megan Burke in the 18th and 19th minutes were enough to give Massachusetts the win. Harvard really gave themselves little chance to make a comeback either, as they managed only three shots on target in 90 minutes of action, also failing to capitalise on any of their six corners. Laura Johns started in attack for Massachusetts, playing a total of 50 minutes.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s result: defeated Fordham 3-1

Hofstra improved their record to 6-3 this weekend with a 3-1 win over a Fordham team that had an impressive 6-2 record of their own before this game. Holding Fordham to just one shot in the first half certainly improved Hofstra’s chances, as they scored two goals of their own in the first half, with Jill Mulholland scoring in the 5th minute followed by an Emily Agudelo strike in the 24th minute. Fordham came out all guns blazing in the second half, registering 10 shots, but they shot themselves in the foot by conceding an own goal in just the second minute of the second half. That would be enough for Hofstra to cruise to a win, as Fordham’s inability to hit the target on all but four shots led to them not being able to score until the 80th minute, by which time it was really too late to mount a comeback against a team of Hofstra’s quality. Emily Hulbert played 37 minutes off the bench for Hofstra, registering two shots.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alex Huynh)

This week’s result: defeated Villanova 3-0

After last week’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Northwestern, Colorado were looking to get things back on track as quickly as possible, and came out firing against Villanova. It took just five minutes for the Buffaloes to open the scoring through Brie Hooks after Villanova gave up possession in dangerous position. Colorado continued to pepper the Wildcats’ defence throughout the first half with ten shots, but couldn’t find a second goal. Ironically, Colorado could only manage three shots in the second half but scored another two goals – a 55th minute strike from Danica Evans and a 77th minute goal from Brittany Stark sealing the win for Colorado. Alex Huynh played 66 minutes in defence, even managing to register a couple of shots, but there was no sign of Kahlia Hogg in this game.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s result: lost to IUPUI 3-0

After a great weekend last weekend, Murray State came crashing back down to Earth this weekend with a surprising 3-0 loss to IUPUI. The Racers outshot IUPUI 7-3 in the first half but couldn’t come up with a goal, and that was to be their downfall. IUPUI were almost a different team in the second half, tallying 9 shots and coming up with 3 goals – two goals in a minute from Grace Perkowitz and Krissy Kirkhoff (who also assisted on Perkowitz’ goal) just before the hour mark, and an 86th minute sealer by Tori Minnich, again assisted by Kirkhoff. Of Murray State’s 3 shots on target throughout the game, two were courtesy of Harriet Withers during her 76 minutes on the pitch, whilst Nyomi Devine, as per usual, played a full 90 minutes at the back for the Racers.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s result: lost to Austin Peay 10-2

Another unfortunate heavy loss for Alabama State this week, going down 10-2 to Austin Peay. Goalscoring hasn’t proved to be a problem this year in many games for the Hornets, but the defence has been a major issue. Once again, Alabama State scored multiple goals, but again the defence was leaky. Austin Peay managed 27 shots, and with 3 goals inside the half-hour mark, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Alabama State. Emily Fleming scored to bring the game back to 3-1, but Austin Peay tacked on two more before halftime. A goal for each side after halftime had the score at 6-2, but the Governors knocked in another four in the fifteen minutes after the hour mark to bring up double figures. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam started for Alabama State as per usual, playing a full 90 minutes.

Washington State (Tia Gavin)

This week’s result: lost to Portland 2-0

It’s said that all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately Washington State’s perfect start to the season has done just that as they went down 2-0 to Portland despite dominating much of the opening half. With 8 shots to 3 in the first period, Washington State should really have led at the break, but instead they trailed 1-0 after Parkes Kendrick opened the scoring for the Pilots in the 24th minute. Portland would tack on a second just seven minutes into the second half to force the Cougars to chase the game, but they just weren’t able to find a goal despite going close on numerous occasions. Tia Gavin had a short cameo off the bench but was unable to be a difference-maker for Washington State in this one (but then neither was anyone else on the team).

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)
2: Siena Senatore (Southeast Missouri State)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)

Week 4 Wrap

A combination of losses for other teams and their own two wins means Washington State is now one of just three teams with a perfect record in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer. There were also big wins this weekend for Wyoming, Murray State, and Drexel as a few teams improved their records markedly this weekend.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: lost to Seattle 3-2, defeated Montana 1-0

Creighton had two games this week that could have gone either way, and indeed that’s what happened – one win, one loss. Against Seattle, the Bluejays went down 1-0 after 15 minutes, but were able to equalise on the half-hour mark through Emma Braasch, and the score remained that way until halftime. A late surge from Seattle brought two more goals for the RedHawks, and with 12 minutes to play they led 3-1. Creighton got one back with 5 minutes to play but it wasn’t enough and Seattle took the win, 3-2. The game against Montana was a far more cagey affair. Creighton had enough shots to win the game easily, but couldn’t manage to score a goal until the 53rd minute as Ylenia Sachau knocked home a corner for the only goal of the game. Anastasia McCleary played the full 90 minutes against Seattle and 36 minutes against Montana, starting in both games.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Louisiana Tech 1-0, defeated Middle Tennessee State 2-0

Murray State chalked up two wins this week to move to a 4-2 record for the season on a weekend that saw them face two tough teams in games that could have gone either way. First up, the Racers played Louisiana Tech, whom they dominated throughout the 90 minutes in every facet of play except goalscoring as a shot line of 14-7 disappointingly led to a 0-0 scoreline at the end of regulation. Clearly, Murray State were saving their real shots for overtime, as just 140 seconds later, Taylor Richerson knocked in the winner. The game against Middle Tennessee State was slightly less heartstopping for Murray State fans, as Aussie striker Harriet Withers scored the opener just 9 minutes in. Middle Tennessee State rarely threatened and whilst it took until the final 10 minutes of the game, Murray State finally put the game to bed with a second goal. Nyomi Devine once again played full games in both matches, with the two minutes of overtime against Louisiana Tech bringing her season average to 90 minutes per game, whilst Harriet Withers played an hour or so in each game, with 4 shots and a goal against Middle Tennessee State.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: lost Georgia Southern 10-2, lost to Jacksonville State 7-0

It was a tough weekend for Alabama State, as a couple of games in which they were underdogs turned into slaughters. The match against Georgia Southern saw the Eagles pepper the Alabama State goal from the outset, scoring four goals in four minutes between the 15th and 19th minutes to put the game to bed early. 29 shots delivered 10 goals, but surprisingly it wasn’t all bad news – Shelbi Vienna-Hallam had the assist on Alabama State’s first goal. Jacksonville State weren’t quite as dominant, but still managed to put 7 goals away on 23 shots, and also didn’t concede a goal. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam played a full 90 minutes for Alabama State in each game.

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

This week’s result: defeated Kansas 2-1

Wyoming continued their unbeaten start to the season with an upset win over highly-fancied Kansas; their third win on the trot after three draws to start the season. With Candace Sciberras unfortunately out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, four Aussies started in this game. Wyoming started the game positively, getting their first goal from a corner in the 9th minute courtesy of a Kimmy Burbank header. Burbank followed up with a second just before the hour mark, nodding home a free kick from Sammi Dunda. Kansas’ star player Liana Salazar got one back for the Jayhawks seven minutes later, but Wyoming held on for the 2-1 win. Of the Aussies, Jessie Gentle was most involved, registering 3 shots with one on target.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: defeated Stony Brook 2-1, lost to Boston University 2-1 (OT)

Hofstra will be ridiculously frustrated with their inability to score more goals as it almost cost them a result against Stony Brook, before it did cost them a win against Boston University. Despite outshooting Stony Brook 33-9, Hofstra could only manage 10 shots on target for the match and it took them until the second half to even get a goal on the board. Stony Brook even managed to equalise in the 64th minute, and if that result had held it would have been an absolute killer for Hofstra, but an error in the area from Stony Brook saw Madeline Anderson turn the ball home for the winner just a minute after Stony Brook’s equaliser. Against Boston University, the Pride weren’t so lucky. Or, more to the point, their failure to take their chances cost them. They outshot Boston University 21-10, but only had 5 on target, whereas the Terriers had 7. BU took the lead in the 26th minute, but Hofstra finally scored on the hour mark through Jill Mulholland. Hofstra can really have no complaints about the calibre of goal they gave up in extra time – an absolute screamer from 25 yards, but really the game should never have even got to that point. Emily Hulbert played half an hour against Stony Brook, registering a single shot, but didn’t see any playing time against Boston University.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week’s result: defeated South Carolina State 2-1

Winthrop got their record back to the .500 mark with a 2-1 win over South Carolina State that moved them to 2-2-1 for the season. The Eagles had the run of play for the majority of the game, but South Carolina State scored a goal in the 87th minute which looked to have sealed their fate. Winthrop hit back literally with the last kick of the game to tie things up and send us to overtime. Winthrop made everyone sweat throughout the extra minutes too, before Taylor Coleman knocked one in at the far post to grab a memorable victory. Jai Jackson played 68 minutes for Winthrop, and had one shot which forced a save from the South Carolina State goalkeeper.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week’s results: defeated Virginia Commonwealth 1-0, defeated Niagara 2-1

Drexel bounced back from last week’s loss to Rutgers in the best way possible, with two wins this weekend taking their record to an impressive 6-2. A tightly contested match against Virginia Commonwealth saw both teams finish with 9 shots, but it was the Dragons who managed to put one away, with Vanessa Kara scoring the only goal of the game in the 18th minute. Vanessa was at it again against Niagara, scoring after just SIXTEEN SECONDS when she intercepted a pass from the Niagara defence. A second goal came for Drexel shortly before halftime to send the Dragons to the sheds 2-0 up. But with both teams notching double digits in the shots column, it was hardly a surprise that Niagara managed to get one back in the 70th minute. Drexel were able to keep the Purple Eagles out for the remainder, and finished with two wins for the weekend. Emma Heckenberg was not used against Virginia Commonwealth, but did play 23 minutes against Niagara, registering a shot in the process.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week’s result: lost to Marshall 2-1

East Tennessee State’s 4-1 start to the season has now fallen to 4-3 as the Buccaneers dropped their second match in a row with a tight 2-1 loss to Marshall. It’s fair to say that ETSU were underdogs here, but they actually had the lead in this one after a 42nd minute opener to Simona Koren. Marshall hit back just after the break though, equalising in the 47th minute. 18 minutes later, the Thundering Herd had a lead that they would not relinquish thanks to their second goal of the game. Isabel Hodgson started for East Tennessee State and played a full game in defence.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week’s results: lost to Florida Atlantic 2-0, defeated Lynn 5-3

A mixed weekend for Southeast Missouri State this weekend, but probably the results that were expected given their opponents. The Redhawks scrapped hard against Florida Atlantic, but after conceding a goal 15 minutes in, were caught between defending resolutely and attempting to find an equaliser. Unfortunately, they were only able to come up with three shots throughout the 90 minutes, and when Florida Atlantic added a second 17 minutes from time, the door was shut on the Redhawks’ chances of tying this one up. The side was also given a surprising test by Division II side Lynn. Four goals in a 23 minute span gave the Redhawks a 4-0 lead just five minutes after halftime, but that seemed to jolt their opponents into gear, and half an hour later it was 4-3! An 88th minute penalty to Angie Mann spared Southeast Missouri State’s blushes as they opened up a 2 goal lead again for the game to finish 5-3. Maddy Cornell had her first two starts of the season, whilst Siena Senatore and Jenna Collingridge had cameos off the bench in both games.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alex Huynh)

This week’s results: defeated Denver 1-0, lost to Northwestern 1-0 (OT)

Colorado laboured slightly this week, especially in attack, and it cost them heavily in their second game of the weekend as they went down 1-0 to Northwestern after eking out a win against Denver in the weekend’s first game. The Buffaloes didn’t lack for shots against Denver, with 13 opportunities, but only four of these were on target. With Alex Huynh and the Colorado defence stopping all but everything that came their way, a loss was never on the cards as Denver only had one shot. But a disappointing draw looked ever more likely as the game progressed until Mikaela Kraus finished from the edge of the area for the game’s only goal in the 74th minute. Funnily enough, the Buffaloes also had 13 shots with 4 on target against a far more highly fancied opponent in Northwestern. Northwestern were equally profligate in their shooting, with only 3 of their 13 shots troubling the goalkeeper, and it’s little wonder that this game went to extra time tied at 0-0. Unfortunately, it was Northwestern who scored the winner in the 7th minute of extra time. Alex Huynh played the full 187 minutes of playing time across the weekend, but Kahlia Hogg was rested this weekend.

Washington State (Tia Gavin)

This week’s results: defeated Oklahoma State 2-1, defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (2OT)

Washington State remain one of just three teams with perfect records in Division I with two wins this weekend, but they did it the hard way. The Cougars took the lead in just the second minute against Oklahoma State, before Oklahoma State nabbed an equaliser in the 37th minute. In a remarkably even match, both sides had plenty of attacking chances, but it took until the 88th minute for the deadlock to be broken, with Washington State’s Cara Wegner following up after the Oklahoma State goalkeeper spilled Kourtney Guetlein’s shot to make the score 2-1, which is how it finished. The Cougars made it even harder for themselves against Cal State Fullerton as they gave up a penalty in the 24th minute, which was converted. Early in the second half, Washington State’s coach was given a red card, but somehow they found an equaliser with Kaitlyn Johnson tucking one home with 10 minutes to play, but the Cougs had goalkeeper Ella Dederick to thank just as much after her 58th minute penalty save. The first period of extra time went by fairly uneventfully, but 2 minutes into the second period, Kourtney Guetlein rose highest to head home a free kick for the winner. Tia Gavin carried a knock into the weekend and didn’t play against Oklahoma State, but had recovered enough by Sunday to get some time off the bench against Cal State Fullerton.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Nyomi Devine (Murray State)
1: Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)

 

2015 Signing Period Recap

It’s now been three months since National Signing Day, and the majority of teams have released their signing classes. This year, seven new players will replace the three seniors who graduated after the 2014 season, taking the player total to 21 for this season. Four of the six players will be joining teams that either currently or previously have had Australians playing for them, with the remaining two players becoming the first Australians to play for their respective teams.

Wyoming have once again stacked up on the Aussies, with the current trio of Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, and Candace Sciberras being joined by two more Aussies: Sydney University midfielder Annika Clayton, and Jessie Gentle, who hails from Woolgoolga on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

Also adding to their list of Aussies are the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State, whose trio of Jenna Collingridge, Bridget Sankey, and Maddy Cornell will become a quartet with the addition of Canberra’s Australian Under 17 national team defender Siena Senatore.

One team who is reloading on the Aussie front is Washington State, the former home of ex-Matildas player Rachael Doyle. The Cougars, who play in arguably the best conference in the nation, the PAC-12, have signed Western Sydney Wanderers and Manly United striker Tia Gavin. Tia played on the Football NSW Institute side that won NPLNSW Women’s 1 in 2014, and her form saw her earn a W-League contract for the most recent season.

Claire Urquhart has signed with the University of Albany, and is already over in the US training with her new team, whereas most other players will not be joining until August. The age group national team midfielder is the first Australian to play for Albany.

Adelaide’s Dylan Holmes, who has represented the Young Matildas and played for Adelaide United in the W-League, has committed to Colgate, a team that is definitely on the rise despite being controversially omitted from the NCAA Tournament last season. Players like Dylan will only help Colgate’s cause over the next four years.

Our final addition to the college scene this year is Melbourne’s Emma Heckenberg, who will be joining Drexel in Philadelphia. Emma spent the 2014 season playing alongside Hofstra’s Emily Hulbert at Monbulk in the Victorian Women’s Premier League, and the two will now be conference rivals as Drexel and Hofstra both play in the Colonial Athletic Association.

We’ll be taking a closer look at the new players soon, but in the meantime, if there are any players we’ve missed, don’t hesitate to let us know!