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!