(Featured Image Credit: University of Wyoming Media Relations)
Four Aussies may play for Wyoming, but Jessie Gentle was the star of the weekend not only among that quartet, but of all the Aussies in Division I. Tied at 1-1 against Colorado College nearing the hour mark, the senior from Woolgoolga buried one from the edge of the area to put the Cowgirls 2-1 up, before whipping in the corner that found Savannah Warner’s head for Wyoming’s third goal to secure the 3-1 win. Gentle would reprise her role as corner taker extraordinaire in the dying moments in the team’s second game of the week. Down 1-0 to Air Force after conceding an 86nd minute goal, Gentle whipped in a corner for the headed equaliser from Adalyn Vergara just 63 seconds later, with the game ending 1-1 after 20 minutes of overtime.
Western Carolina may have had a tough weekend, losing to Chattanooga and Samford to fall into a tie for sixth in the Southern Conference, but it wasn’t all bad news for Kate Swartwout, who came off the bench to spark the Western Carolina attack in the team’s first game of the week. Heading into the final ten minutes of the first half, the Gold Coast-born, North Carolina-raised senior buried a one-on-one chance to score her first collegeiate goal and put her team up 1-0. However, two goals from Chattanooga’s Chloe Arnold secured a comeback victory for the Mocs as the Catamounts were overrun in the second half.
Jodie Burchell has enjoyed a solid start to her college career, seeing a decent amount of playing time for Towson, and this week picked up her first college goal in a barnburner against Charleston. The freshman showed the importance of being in the right position and staying alert by burying the rebound on a teammate’s shot that was saved by Charleston’s goalkeeper, putting Towson up 1-0 inside 10 minutes. The Tigers would take a 2-0 lead into halftime, but three goals from Charleston saw Towson requiring an 84th minute equaliser to take the game into overtime, with neither team able to grab the golden goal winner as Towson secured their first point of the league season in the 3-3 draw.
Sitting in a precarious position in the Atlantic 10 standings going into this weekend, La Salle needed to take full advantage of a weekend that saw them take on two of the bottom-feeders in the league, and they did just that. Both Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck were heavily involved in the Explorers’ 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure, with Van Heurck making plenty out of her move into attack. Whilst Jenkins remained solid between the sticks to make four saves and keep a clean sheet, Van Heurck rattled off three shots, with one on target, in just 22 minutes as La Salle dominated on their way to a 3-0 win. Van Heurck then came off the bench to play 18 minutes in her team’s 4-1 win over Rhode Island, whilst Jenkins made another three saves to round out another solid weekend from the sophomore goalkeeper.
Finally, we saw the return of Teagan Micah to the UCLA starting lineup after a prolonged comeback from concussion. Having played only the second half in last week’s win over Cal, it looked slightly concerning when usual backup Lauren Brzykcy played the entire game in the Bruins’ win over Arizona State, but Micah returned for the game against Arizona. The junior played the full 90 minutes against the Wildcats, coming up with two saves and keeping a clean sheet in her team’s 2-0 win.
Akron (Freyja Murray)
This week: drew 0-0 with Ohio; lost 1-0 to Kent State (OT)
Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in either game this week.
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Vermont 4-1; defeated Maine 4-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature against Vermont but came off the bench to play 5 minutes in the win over Maine.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 6-0 to Utah Valley; lost 3-1 to Seattle
Sarah Clark came off the bench for Chicago State in both games this week, playing 22 minutes against Utah Valley and 48 minutes against Seattle.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Washington State 3-1; defeated Washington 2-1 (OT)
Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in the win over Washington State, but came off the bench to play three minutes against Washington.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 1-0 to UNC Wilmington; defeated Delaware 2-0
Emma Heckenberg started both games this week, playing the full 90 minutes against UNC Wilmington before tallying a shot in 45 minutes of action against Delaware.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 2-1 to Samford (OT); lost 1-0 to Chattanooga
Isabel Hodgson started both games for East Tennessee State this week, playing all 92 minutes against Samford and registering a shot on target in 76 minutes of action against Chattanooga.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Bryant 1-0
Sam Roff played the full 90 minutes in defence in Fairleigh Dickinson’s win over Bryant, finishing with a single shot on target.
Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)
This week: lost 2-1 to Troy; lost 3-0 to Texas State
Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in either game this week.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 3-0 to UTRGV; lost 1-0 to Cal Baptist
Sandra Hill came off the bench in both games this week, playing 23 minutes against UTRGV and 45 minutes against Cal Baptist.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 3-2 to Long Beach State; defeated UC Davis 3-2
Kiri Dale started both games for Hawaii this week, playing 68 minutes and registering a shot against Long Beach State before playing 40 minutes in the win over UC Davis.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)
This week: lost 1-0 to Northeastern; drew 1-1 with William & Mary
Monique Iannella played every minute of the weekend for Hofstra, whilst backup goalkeeper Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for the Pride in either game.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Maryland 1-0; lost 1-0 to Rutgers (OT)
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in both games this week, playing 38 minutes in the win over Maryland and 13 minutes against Rutgers.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated St. Bonaventure 3-0; defeated Rhode Island 4-1
Claudia Jenkins played the full game on both occasions this week, making four saves against St. Bonaventure and three more in the win over Rhode Island. Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench in both games, tallying three shots with one on target in 22 minutes against St. Bonaventure before playing 18 minutes against Rhode Island.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 2-1 to Arkansas (OT); defeated Missouri 2-1
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 2-0 to UTSA
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to UTSA.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 1-0 to McNeese State; lost 2-0 to Lamar
Kristy Helmers came off the bench in both games this week to play 33 minutes against McNeese State and 12 minutes against Lamar. Tessa Calabria and Tenille Harberger did not feature for the Colonels in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: lost 3-2 to Denver (OT); defeated North Dakota 2-1
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for North Dakota State in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Middle Tennessee State 1-0 (OT)
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their win over Middle Tennessee State.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: drew 0-0 with Tennessee Tech
Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their draw with Tennessee Tech.
St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated Mount St. Mary’s 1-0
Shelby Milton came off the bench to play 37 minutes in St. Francis’ win over Mount St. Mary’s.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Oregon 1-0 (OT); defeated Oregon State 3-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, registering a shot in her 20 minutes against Oregon before playing 32 minutes against Oregon State.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Oklahoma State 1-0
Demi Koulizakis came off the bench to play 10 minutes in Texas Tech’s win over Oklahoma State, finishing with one shot that was blocked.
Towson (Jodie Burchell)
This week: lost 2-0 to James Madison; drew 3-3 with Charleston
Jodie Burchell started both games for Towson this week, playing 42 minutes against James Madison before registering her first career goal in a 58-minute outing against Charleston.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Arizona State 3-1; defeated Arizona 2-0
Teagan Micah did not feature for UCLA in their win over Arizona State, but made her return to the starting lineup to make two saves in a complete game performance in the win over Arizona.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 2-1 to Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford
Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, finishing with the Catamounts’ only goal in the loss to Chattanooga in 48 minutes on the pitch before playing 8 minutes against Samford.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: drew 1-1 with Hofstra
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary in their draw with Hofstra.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)
This week: defeated Colorado College 3-1; drew 1-1 with Air Force
Jessie Gentle was the star for Wyoming this week, finishing with a goal and an assist against Colorado College in 83 minutes on the pitch and an assist on the equaliser against Air Force in a 99-minute effort. Annika Clayton started both games, playing 70 minutes against Colorado College and 93 minutes against Air Force, whilst Caitlin Pickett also started both games, playing 52 minutes against Colorado College and tallying a single shot in 75 minutes against Air Force. Indianna Asimus came off the bench in both games, playing 23 minutes against Colorado College and 52 minutes against Air Force, registering a shot in each game.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)
2: Kate Swartwout (Western Carolina)
1: Jodie Burchell (Towson)