2018 Week 10 Preview

We’re getting right down to crunch time now, with plenty of Aussies either fighting to secure a conference tournament berth or simply work themselves back into the hunt. The biggest matchup of the week is in a league with no postseason tournament though as Colorado take on Stanford with both teams eyeing the league crown.

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Sam Roff’s Fairleigh Dickinson faced Shelby Milton’s Saint Francis side in last year’s Northeast Conference championship game, with Saint Francis emerging on penalties to take the title, and this week they meet for the first time since that thrilling match. This match sees the teams currently sitting in 2nd and 3rd behind high-flying Central Connecticut State, but with the conference tournament featuring just four teams, neither will want to drop points and potentially open themselves up to being caught by the chasing pack. Both teams are solid at the back, but Fairleigh Dickinson certainly have the edge up front, having scored 14 goals in conference play whereas Saint Francis have scored just six. Nevertheless, this should be a tight game that will do a lot to decide the makeup of the conference tournament.

Stanford v Colorado isn’t a matchup that springs to mind when talking about the Pac-12 conference title race, but Beattie Goad and Isobel Dalton face off this week with the winner moving into pole position alongside USC for the title in a league that features no postseason tournament. Colorado have racked up 17 goals in their six conference games to this point, but Stanford have conceded just two in their five wins in a perfect league slate to this point. Stanford would be favourites in this one at any venue, but on their home patch they are simply unbeatable over the last three seasons, and will no doubt come in with the utmost confidence. Don’t count Colorado out though – the Buffaloes are in this title race on merit and will certainly give things a fair shake.

Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck find themselves right in the mix for the final conference tournament spot in the Atlantic 10 as their La Salle side sit one point behind eighth-placed Dayton heading into the final two games of conference play. They’ll certainly have to be at their best this week though, as the Explorers face 2nd placed VCU and 4th placed George Mason in their final two league games, needing wins in both games and relying on Dayton to drop points at least once to secure that last postseason spot. Jenkins has had her hands full for much of the season, averaging almost five saves per game, and will surely face a lot of work this weekend against two of the better offences in the league. Whilst this isn’t the spot La Salle would have liked to be in at this stage, they do at least have the opportunity to sneak into the tournament, and from there, who knows what may eventuate?

Aussie-laden Hofstra may have already clinched their Colonial Athletic Association tournament berth, but for William & Mary, Drexel, and Towson, their seasons will hinge on this weekend’s results. Lorena Bugden’s William & Mary side are in the best position of the three, sitting in fifth and four points clear of elimination with just two games remaining. They will want to get things wrapped up in the first game of the weekend against seventh-placed Delaware though, as a loss there would leave Delaware within one point of them and also see the Tribe needing a result against second-placed Northeastern to secure their tournament berth. Emma Heckenberg’s Drexel outfit sit in the sixth and final tournament spot as things stand, but play Northeastern first up this weekend. Fortunately, they play bottom side Elon in their second game of the weekend, but three points may not be enough, so they will be hoping to at least sneak a draw against Northeastern. Then there’s Jodie Burchell and Towson, who need to beat UNC Wilmington and hope for a whole raft of results to go their way if they are to rise from their ninth spot in the standings.

Full Schedule:

Akron (Freyja Murray) 

This week: v Bowling Green – 10am, Friday October 19; v Toledo – 4am, Monday October 22 

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: v UMBC – 10am, Friday October 19; @ Binghamton – 4am, Monday October 22 

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v UTRGV – 5am, Saturday October 20

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: @ California – 6am, Friday October 19; @ Stanford – 6am, Monday October 22 

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: @ Northeastern – 9am, Friday October 19; v Elon – 4am, Monday October 22 

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson) 

This week: @ Mercer – 10am, Saturday October 20; @ The Citadel – 5am, Monday October 22 

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff) 

This week: v Saint Francis – 6am, Sunday October 21 

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen) 

This week: @ Arkansas State – 10am, Saturday October 20; @ Arkansas-Little Rock – 4am, Monday October 22

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v New Mexico State – 1pm, Saturday October 20; v Utah Valley – 7am, Monday October 22

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: @ Cal Poly – 1pm, Saturday October 20; @ UC Santa Barbara – 11am, Monday October 22 

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: v Charleston – 4am, Monday October 22 

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Northwestern – 11am, Friday October 19; @ Nebraska – 5am, Monday October 22

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck) 

This week: v George Mason – 10am, Friday October 19; @ VCU – 4am, Monday October 22 

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Tennessee – 10am, Friday October 19; v South Carolina – 4am, Monday October 22

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Louisiana Tech – 4am, Monday October 22

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: @ Central Arkansas – 11am, Saturday October 20; @ Northwestern State – 5am, Monday October 22

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone) 

This week: v Oral Roberts – 11am, Saturday October 20; v Nebraska-Omaha – 5am, Monday October 22

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ UTSA – 10am, Friday October 19; @ UTEP – 9am, Monday October 22

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Belmont – 10:30am, Friday October 29; v Austin Peay – 6am, Monday October 22

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton) 

This week: @ Fairleigh Dickinson – 6am, Sunday October 21

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Utah – 11am, Friday October 19; v Colorado – 6am, Monday October 22 

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ TCU – 11am, Saturday October 20 

Towson (Jodie Burchell)

This week: @ UNC Wilmington – 5am, Monday October 22

UCLA (Teagan Micah) 

This week: v Oregon – 12pm, Friday October 19; v Oregon State – 6am, Monday October 22 

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout) 

This week: @ The Citadel – 4am, Saturday October 20; @ Mercer – 5am, Monday October 22

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: @ Delaware – 4am, Friday October 19; v Northeastern – 4am, Monday October 22 

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: v Nevada – 8am, Saturday October 20; v UNLV – 6am, Monday October 22

2018 Week 9 Preview

Sandra Hill and Grand Canyon need wins to keep pace with the leaders in the WAC, but Sarah Clark and Chicago State stand in their way and will be hungry for a first win of 2018. Elsewhere, Sam Roff and Isabel Hodgson look to maintain positions among the top of their respective leagues, whilst Emma Heckenberg faces both Jodie Burchell and Monique Iannella in yet more CAA Aussie v Aussie affairs.

(Featured Image Credit: Michael Rincon)

Chicago State and Grand Canyon face off this week, and whilst it may not be the most high-profile game of the season, it does feature an Aussie on either side and could prove to be a vital game in Grand Canyon’s run towards a conference tournament spot. Sarah Clark has been an occasional feature in the Chicago State lineup, and with the Cougars once again struggling through the season, time is running out to pick up their first win. They’ll need goals if they are going to get a result, and now would be the perfect time for Clark to score her first in Division I. Sandra Hill will be part of the Grand Canyon back line that will be determined to prolong Chicago State’s winless streak, particularly as they need to pick up points regularly if they are to reach the conference tournament. The WAC Tournament features six teams, and the Antelopes currently sit tied for sixth with a single win after three games. They’ll likely need at least two more wins to secure a postseason berth, so letting their most winnable game of the season slip is simply out of the question.

Once again, the CAA dishes up some Aussie v Aussie affairs as Emma Heckenberg and Drexel face two teams featuring Aussies this weekend. First up, the Dragons face Monique Iannella and Hofstra, where a win would put them just a point behind the currently fourth-placed Pride side. Drexel then round out the weekend against bottom side Towson, for whom freshman Jodie Burchell scored her first career goal in a 3-3 draw with third-placed Charleston last week. That draw showed that whilst Towson may be bottom of the pile, they can certainly match it with the conference’s top teams, so Heckenberg and her team will have to ensure that they are in top form heading to this weekend.

Isabel Hodgson and East Tennessee State have won just four games this season, but three of those have come in conference play to leave the Buccaneers sitting in a solid fourth position in the Southern Conference. However, their opponents this week could hardly be more disparate as the weekend begins by taking on a 10-2-1 UNC Greensboro side that has won all five of its league fixtures before facing a VMI team that has lost all five conference games and shipped 16 goals in the process. A win against VMI is an absolute non-negotiable for Hodgson and the Buccaneers this week, whilst a win against UNC Greensboro would do plenty to solidify their position in the conference tournament spots heading into the final week of league play.

Fairleigh Dickinson have one of the better defensive records in the Northeast Conference so far this season, with Sam Roff and her fellow backline members helping the Knights to equal third midway through league play. Having already faced two of the other teams in the top four already, Roff and the Knights this week face the bottom two teams in the conference in Wagner and LIU Brooklyn. Wagner have had enough trouble scoring without facing a defence as stingy as Fairleigh Dickinson’s, tallying just three goals all season, so expect Roff to be in lockdown mode in this game. However, LIU Brooklyn have scored as many or more goals than all bar two teams in the conference this season. This is one game where Roff will be called on to be at her outstanding best, as the Blackbirds will be ready to pounce on any opportunity, although the Fairleigh Dickinson attack should get plenty of chances of their own. With Roff known for unleashing the occasional shot, perhaps a game against the league’s leakiest defence could be her best opportunity to tally a first collegiate goal.

Full Schedule: 

Akron (Freyja Murray) 

This week: @ Ball State – 7am, Saturday October 13; @ Miami (Ohio) – 4am, Monday October 15 

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: @ Hartford – 10am, Friday October 12; v New Hampshire – 5am, Monday October 15 

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Grand Canyon – 5am, Saturday October 13; @ New Mexico State – 8am, Monday October 15 

Colorado (Isobel Dalton) 

This week: v Oregon – 6am, Sunday October 14 

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v Hofstra – 9am, Friday October 12; @ Towson – 4am, Monday October 15 

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson) 

This week: v VMI – 10am, Saturday October 13; v UNC Greensboro – 5am, Monday October 15

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff) 

This week: v LIU Brooklyn – 7am, Saturday October 13; @ Wagner – 4am, Monday October 15

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen) 

This week: v Coastal Carolina – 10am, Saturday October 13 

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ Chicago State – 5am, Saturday October 13; @ UMKC – 5am, Monday October 15

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr) 

This week: @ Drexel – 9am, Friday October 12; @ Elon – 3am, Monday October 15

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: v Purdue – 11am, Friday October 12; v Indiana – 5am, Monday October 15

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck) 

This week: @ Dayton – 10am, Friday October 12; @ Fordham – 4am, Monday October 15

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill) 

This week: v Mississippi – 10am, Friday October 12 

Marshall (Laura Farrelly) 

This week: v Rice – 10am, Saturday October 13; v North Texas – 3am, Monday October 15 

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: v Sam Houston State – 8am, Saturday October 13; v Stephen F. Austin – 5am, Monday October 15

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone) 

This week: v South Dakota State – 5am, Monday October 15

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley) 

This week: @ Florida Atlantic – 10am, Friday October 12; v UAB – 4am, Monday October 15

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore) 

This week: @ Eastern Illinois – 6am, Friday October 12; @ SIU Edwardsville – 5am, Monday October 15

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)

This week: @ Robert Morris – 4am, Sunday October 14

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 

This week: @ Arizona State – 1pm, Sunday October 14

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis) 

This week: @ Kansas State – 11am, Saturday October 13; @ Kansas – 5am, Monday October 15

Towson (Jodie Burchell)

This week: @ Delaware – 10am, Friday October 12; v Drexel – 4am, Monday October 15 

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Washington – 12pm, Saturday October 13 

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v UNC Greensboro – 10am, Saturday October 13; v VMI – 4am, Monday October 15 

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden) 

This week: v Elon – 10am, Friday October 12; v James Madison – 5am, Monday October 15

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: @ Fresno State – 1pm, Saturday October 13; @ San Jose State – 6am, Monday October 15

2018 Week 8 Wrap

Jessie Gentle was anything but this week as she put the Wyoming side on her back to be involved in three of her team’s four goals this weekend to keep the Cowgirls in a solid position in the Mountain West Conference. Elsewhere, Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck helped La Salle to a pair of bounce-back wins, whilst Jodie Burchell and Kate Swartwout picked up their first collegiate goals.

(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. 

Complete Results: 

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)

2018 Week 6 Wrap

Assists were the theme of the weekend, as Monique Iannella tied the Hofstra school record for a single game and several other Aussies teed up teammates. However, that didn’t stop a couple of players from tallying goals, and there was also a first career appearance for Tenille Harberger.

(Featured Image Credit: The Southern Conference)

Monique Iannella is certainly well-known for teeing up teammates, but more often than not her assists come from well-placed corners. However, Iannella proved that she is just as adept at setting up her fellow Hofstra players in open play, tying a school record with three assists in the Pride’s 6-0 win over Towson. A pinpoint cross from the senior set up Lucy Porter for the opener in the 15th minute, before laying the ball off for Sabrina Bryan, who rocketed home a world-class strike for Hofstra’s 3rd goal in the 38th minute. Just three minutes later, another cross from Iannella found the head of Miri Taylor, who flicked the ball on for Porter to head home to give Hofstra a 4-0 halftime lead on their way to a 6-0 victory. Unfortunately, the Pride couldn’t round out the weekend with another win, falling 1-0 to James Madison in their second game of the first week of conference play.

East Tennessee State were another team that dominated an opponent as they romped to a 7-1 win over Wofford. Having already secured a 1-0 win over regular conference contenders Furman earlier in the week, the Buccaneers dominated on the scoreboard against Wofford even as both teams finished with 15 shots on target. Izzy Hodgson certainly got in on the action, teeing up teammate Sarah Connolly for her fourth goal of the match just after the hour mark before adding one of her own just a minute later to double her tally for the season. For a side desperate to atone for a fairly dismal 2017 Southern Conference campaign, it was a perfect start for East Tennessee State as they sit atop the league standings alongside Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina, who defeated the same pair of opponents with a 3-1 win over Furman and a 4-1 victory over Wofford.

Isobel Dalton’s name isn’t one we see on the stat sheet too often for Colorado, but the senior reminded everyone of the class that saw her play in both the W-League and the English Women’s Super League before heading to college with a scything pass for an assist in Colorado’s 6-0 win over Oregon State. Winning the ball with a solid tackle in midfield, Dalton split the Oregon State defence with an incisive ball through to Camilla Shymka, who buried the shot across the goalkeeper to round out the six-goal demolition as the Buffaloes got off to the best possible start in the toughest conference in the nation.

It was a mixed week for Wyoming on the road, and ironically enough the highlights for the Aussies came in their loss to San Diego State. Right on the 30-minute mark, freshman Caitlin Pickett teed up senior Annika Clayton, who buried a shot across the goalkeeper from 10 yards out to put Wyoming 1-0. Unfortunately, a five-minute lapse from the Cowgirls was enough for San Diego State to score two quick goals either side of the 70-minute mark to secure a 2-1 victory. However, Wyoming would bounce back in their second game of the week in a thrilling 3-2 victory over New Mexico, and although the Aussies didn’t make a tangible impact, all four made their mark with Clayton, Pickett, and Jessie Gentle starting and Indianna Asimus coming off the bench to play 34 minutes.

Like Hofstra, Emma Heckenberg and Drexel also fell to a loss to James Madison, but bounced back in their second game of the week to defeat Charleston 2-1 in overtime. Having gone down 1-0 in the 55th minute, Heckenberg whipped in a cross from the left which found teammate Morgan Rees who headed the ball down into the bottom corner for the 68th minute equaliser. The Dragons peppered the Charleston goal in overtime, with their fifth shot of the extra minutes finding the back of the net to hand Drexel the win.

In a weekend in Honolulu stacked with games featuring Aussies as Lauren Featherstone and Sandra Hill came to town, it was Hawaii’s Kiri Dale who came away with a pair of wins as well as an assist in a 4-0 win over Hill and her Grand Canyon outfit. Having defeated Featherstone’s North Dakota State side the previous day, Dale set up the Wahine’s third goal, sending in a free kick that would be rocketed home by Mikaelah Johnson-Griggs to put the game out of Grand Canyon’s reach just after halftime before Hawaii added a fourth goal late in the piece to round out a perfect weekend.

Claudia Jenkins was solid once again for La Salle this week, but unfortunately even her best efforts couldn’t quite secure two wins for the Explorers. After being forced into just two saves in a 1-0 overtime win over Davidson, Jenkins was forced into eight saves against Saint Joseph’s, but yet another penalty conceded by the Explorers led to one of the few goals the South Australian has conceded this season. Unfortunately, it was the goal that broke the 1-1 tie and handed the Hawks the win in the local derby. This game was also notable for it being Alyssa Van Heurck’s first collegiate start, with the Western Australian playing 31 minutes and tallying a shot after coming off the bench in each of her eight previous appearances.

However, Van Heurck wasn’t the only player to reach an appearance-related milestone. Jodie Burchell made her first start for Towson in their 1-0 loss to a William & Mary side featuring Lorena Bugden, who had also made a first collegiate start in the Tribe’s previous game, a 2-1 loss to Charleston. Meanwhile, Demi Koulizakis made her first start since 2016 for Texas Tech in a 2-0 loss to West Virginia, playing 58 minutes in the process.

Finally, it’s been a long time coming, but Nicholls State midfielder Tenille Harberger made her first college appearance in the Colonels’ 1-0 loss to Abilene Christian. Having redshirted her first year in Thibodaux, Harberger’s first appearance came more than 12 months after she arrived at Nicholls State, with the 10 minutes of playing time surely giving her an appetite for more. 

Full Schedule:

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: lost 1-0 to Western Michigan; @ Northern Illinois – 4am, Monday September 24 

Chicago State (Sarah Clark) 

This week: lost 5-0 to Fort Wayne

Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in their loss to Fort Wayne.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton) 

This week: defeated Oregon State 6-0

Isobel Dalton came off the bench for Colorado in their demolition of Oregon State, securing the assist on the Buffaloes’ final goal in her 21 minutes on the pitch. 

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: lost 1-0 to James Madison; defeated Charleston 2-1 (2OT)

Emma Heckenberg played every minute of the weekend, picking up an assist on Drexel’s equaliser in their overtime win over Charleston.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: defeated Furman 1-0; defeated Wofford 7-1

Isabel Hodgson finished with two shots, both of which were on target in a complete game performance against Furman, before tallying a goal and an assist in 64 minutes of action in the Buccaneers’ demolition of Wofford.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: drew 1-1 with Mount St. Mary’s

Sam Roff played all 110 minutes in Fairleigh Dickinson’s draw with Mount St. Mary’s. 

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen) 

This week: lost 2-1 to Appalachian State

Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in their loss to Appalachian State.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 3-2 to North Dakota State (OT); lost 4-0 to Hawaii

Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 43 minutes in the thrilling loss to North Dakota State, but started and played 77 minutes in the loss to Hawaii

Hawaii (Kiri Dale) 

This week: defeated North Dakota State 2-0; defeated Grand Canyon 4-0

Kiri Dale started both games this week, playing 83 minutes in the win over North Dakota State and picking up an assist in a complete game performance in the win over Grand Canyon.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: defeated Towson 6-0; lost 1-0 to James Madison

Monique Iannella tallied a school record-tying 3 assists as well as a shot in her 77 minutes on the pitch against Towson, before playing the full 90 minutes against James Madison and registering another shot. Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost 2-0 to Ohio State; lost 2-1 to Penn State (OT)

Ashleigh Lefevre did not feature for Illinois in either game this week.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Davidson 1-0; lost 2-1 to Saint Joseph’s

Claudia Jenkins played every minute of the weekend, making two saves in the win over Davidson and eight more in the loss to Saint Joseph’s. Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench to play 7 minutes against Davidson, but picked up her first career start against St. Joseph’s, playing 31 minutes and registering a shot that tested the Hawks’ goalkeeper. 

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: drew 0-0 with Auburn; lost 4-1 to Florida

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: defeated UTEP 2-1 (OT); defeated Florida International 3-2

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either of their wins this week. 

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: lost 2-1 to Incarnate Word; lost 1-0 to Abilene Christian

Kristy Helmers started in the loss to Incarnate Word, playing 34 minutes and registering a single shot before coming off the bench to play 27 minutes against Abilene Christian. Tenille Harberger did not feature against Incarnate Word, but came off the bench to make her college debut with 10 minutes of playing time against Abilene Christian. Tessa Calabria did not feature in either game this week. 

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone) 

This week: defeated Grand Canyon 3-2 (OT); lost 2-0 to Hawaii

Lauren Featherstone came off the bench in both of North Dakota State’s games this week, playing 13 minutes against Grand Canyon and 25 minutes in the loss to Hawaii. 

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana Tech (OT)

Gaby Bentley came off the bench in Old Dominion’s thrilling overtime loss to Louisiana Tech, playing 15 minutes. 

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 1-0 to Jacksonville State (OT)

Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their overtime loss to Jacksonville State.

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)

This week: defeated Long Island-Brooklyn 1-0

Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in their win over Long Island-Brooklyn.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 

This week: defeated Arizona 2-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their win over Arizona and tallied 2 shots in her 42 minutes on the pitch.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 2-0 to West Virginia; defeated Iowa State 3-0

Demi Koulizakis started for Texas Tech against West Virginia and played 58 minutes, before coming off the bench to play 16 minutes against Iowa State.

Towson (Jodie Burchell) 

This week: lost 6-0 to Hofstra; lost 1-0 to William & Mary

Jodie Burchell came off the bench to play 17 minutes in Towson’s loss to Hofstra, but started and played 11 minutes against William & Mary.

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 1-0 to Washington State

Teagan Micah did not feature for UCLA in their loss to Washington State after suffering an injury in the warm-up.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Wofford 4-1; defeated Furman 3-1

Kate Swartwout started in Western Carolina’s win over Wofford and played 67 minutes, before playing 26 minutes off the bench in the win over Furman.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden) 

This week: lost 2-1 to Charleston; defeated Towson 1-0

Lorena Bugden made her first career start in the win over Charleston, playing 38 minutes before coming off the bench to play 26 minutes in the win over Towson. 

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

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

Annika Clayton started both games this week, registering Wyoming’s only goal in their loss to San Diego State as part of an 85-minute effort before registering a single shot in 73 minutes in the win over New Mexico. Jessie Gentle was once again all but ever-present for the Cowgirls, starting both games and playing all bar 12 minutes of the weekend as well as tallying a single shot against New Mexico. Caitlin Pickett also started both games and played around an hour in each game, teeing up Clayton for the goal against San Diego State. Indianna Asimus came off the bench in both games, playing just the five minutes against San Diego State but seeing 34 minutes of action in the win over New Mexico.

Player of the Year Points: 

3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2: Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
1:
Annika Clayton (Wyoming)

2018 Week 6 Preview

Aussies face each other on both sides of the country this week as Kiri Dale takes on Sandra Hill and Lauren Featherstone in a tournament in Honolulu, whilst Jodie Burchell faces Monique Iannella and Lorena Bugden in Towson’s first two conference games. Elsewhere, Sam Roff and the Fairleigh Dickinson defence look to keep things tight at the back against a Mount St. Mary’s team that has had enough troubles scoring goals as it is.

(Featured Image Credit: Michael Rincon)

Kiri Dale and Hawaii play host to a pair of other teams featuring Australians this week as Sandra Hill’s Grand Canyon outfit and a North Dakota State team featuring Lauren Featherstone head to Manoa for a small tournament prior to conference play kicking off next week. Both Hawaii and North Dakota State have put together decent records approaching the .500 mark to this point, but for Grand Canyon this week provides a chance to continue rebuilding their season as a pair of wins last week lifted the Antelopes from 1-7 to 3-7. With all three Aussies seeing playing time of late and the teams fairly evenly matched, this is certainly a set of games worth watching.

The Colonial Athletic Association is stacked with Aussies, and it shows this week as Jodie Burchell and Towson kick off conference play against another pair of teams featuring Australians. The Tigers face perennial contenders Hofstra in their first game of the week, where they will face a Pride defence featuring Monique Iannella that finds itself in good form of late after keeping two clean sheets last week. Towson then face a William & Mary side featuring Lorena Bugden in their second game of the week, and although this game appears to be the Tigers’ best chance of victory this week, they will still come in as slight underdogs in this one. Home advantage may give Burchell and the Tigers the leg-up they need though as they look to get off to a good start in league play.

Claudia Jenkins has stepped into the void left by La Salle legend Larisa Zambelli superbly, and the Explorers would love for the South Australian goalkeeper to continue that outstanding form as they look to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Starting their Atlantic 10 campaign with a local derby against St. Joseph’s, this game shapes to be a battle between two of the league’s true contenders, particularly given the fact both teams have shown outstanding form in the non-conference season. However, St. Joseph’s don’t have the most potent offence in the country, and with Jenkins giving up just five goals in seven games, La Salle’s defence – which also features fellow Australian Alyssa Van Heurck at times – could prove to be the difference as the Explorers look to hit the ground running in conference action.

Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson fell on penalties in the Northeast Conference championship game last season, and in a conference where only Central Connecticut State have shown any really strong non-conference form, the league is wide open for any team that can get off to a good start. Although the Knights have won just two of their ten games to this point, they start league play against a Mount St. Mary’s outfit with just one win in seven games and only four goals so far this season, of which two came in their sole win of the campaign against Howard. As was the case in 2017, the Fairleigh Dickinson defence hasn’t been at its absolute best in non-conference play, but if they can reprise their conference form of last season, scoring goals will be tough not only for a team like Mount St. Mary’s, but for every team in the NEC.

Wyoming limped home last season to miss the Mountain West conference tournament after losing five of their last six games of the 2017 campaign, but come into this year’s league slate as one of the form teams in the conference after compiling a 5-1-2 record to this point. All four Australians – Caitlin Pickett, Indianna Asimus, Jessie Gentle, and Annika Clayton – have played vital roles for the Cowgirls to this point, and they will look to continue their good form having been given a favourable draw to open the conference slate. San Diego State usually prove to be one of the league contenders, but after winning just two of their eight non-conference games, catching the Aztecs at the start of league play may allow Wyoming to snare a result before San Diego State have the chance to regain winning form. Their second opponent of the week, New Mexico, are faring better at 4-3-0, which also appears to a fair reflection on the team’s quality. Despite being on the road, Wyoming will see themselves as favourites in this one and will have eyes firmly fixed on picking up six points from the first weekend of conference play.

Full Schedule:

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: @ Western Michigan – 6am, Saturday September 22; @ Northern Illinois – 4am, Monday September 24 

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ Fort Wayne – 5am, Sunday September 23 

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: @ Oregon State – 9am, Saturday September 22

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg) 

This week: v James Madison – 9am, Friday September 21; @ Charleston – 2am, Monday September 24

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: v Furman – 9am, Saturday September 22; v Wofford – 4am, Monday September 24

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Mount St. Mary’s – 3am, Monday September 24 

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)

This week: v Appalachian State – 9am, Monday September 24

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ Hawaii – 1pm, Monday September 24

Hawaii (Kiri Dale) 

This week: v North Dakota State – 10am, Sunday September 23; v Grand Canyon – 1pm, Monday September 24 

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr) 

This week: v Towson – 9am, Friday September 21; @ James Madison – 3am, Monday September 24

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre) 

This week: v Ohio State – 10am, Friday September 21; v Penn State – 10am, Sunday September 23 

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ Davidson – 9am, Friday September 21; v Saint Joseph’s – 3am, Monday September 24 

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Auburn – 10am, Friday September 21; @ Florida – 3am, Monday September 24

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ UTEP – 11am, Friday September 21; v Florida International – 3am, Monday September 24

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: @ Incarnate Word – 8am, Saturday September 22; @ Abilene Christian – 4am, Monday September 24 

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: @ Hawaii – 10am, Sunday September 23

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ Louisiana Tech – 9am, Saturday September 22

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Jacksonville State – 4am, Monday September 24 

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton) 

This week: @ Long Island-Brooklyn – 3am, Sunday September 23

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Arizona – 1pm, Saturday September 22 

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v West Virginia – 10:15am, Saturday September 22; v Iowa State – 3am, Monday September 24 

Towson (Jodie Burchell) 

This week: @ Hofstra – 9am, Friday September 21; v William & Mary – 3am, Monday September 24

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Washington State – 1pm, Saturday September 22 

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Wofford – 9am, Saturday September 22; v Furman – 6am, Monday September 24

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: @ Charleston – 9am, Friday September 21; @ Towson – 4am, Monday September 24

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: @ San Diego State – 12pm, Saturday September 22; @ New Mexico – 4:30am, Monday September 24

2018 Week 2 Wrap

There were outstanding performances all over the field from Aussies this weekend, from Teagan Micah between the sticks and Monique Iannella in defence to Beattie Goad in a more advanced role. Iannella in particular was one to watch, providing Hofstra fans with a moment to remember in the dying seconds of regulation time in their win over Boston University.

(Featured Image Credit: Jonathan Heisler)

Monique Iannella came up with not only one of the performances of the week but also the moment of the week as Hofstra secured an overtime victory over Boston University in their only game of the week. Despite giving up just two shots on target all game, the Pride found themselves trailing coming into the final minute courtesy of a Boston University free kick in the 65th minute. However, Hofstra won themselves a corner with just 20 seconds to play, which Iannella whipped in, finding the head of teammate Madeline Anderson for the game-tying goal to force overtime. The Pride would then go on to secure victory with a golden goal in the second minute of the second overtime period to move to 2-1 through three games.

Gaby Bentley also picked up a goal this week as Old Dominion took on Towson. Coming off the bench, Bentley played 34 minutes and scored the Monarchs’ third goal in the 65th minute, picking up a pass from a teammate before firing home as Old Dominion would romp to a 4-0 win. Towson’s Aussie freshman Jodie Burchell also played in that game, making her collegiate debut with a 27-minute stint off the bench in the Tigers’ defeat.

Kate Swartwout generally spends most of her time in the back line for Western Carolina, but a move into a more advanced position paid dividends, including one vital play that allowed the Catamounts to come away with a win and a draw from the weekend’s games. Having tallied two shots but failed to find the back of the net in her side’s 1-1 draw with Elon, Swartwout came up with the assist on her side’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Belmont. Bringing down an aerial ball, Swartwout got in a tangle with a defender but managed to get the ball to teammate Cani Couch, who launched a rocket from the edge of the area to tally the game-winner.

Stanford continued to roll in their early season games, following up last week’s 5-0 win over UC Davis with a 5-1 win over San Francisco. The Cardinal gave up an equaliser on the half-hour mark after going up early, but responded with a penalty just a minute later before tallying three second-half goals to add five goals to the eight they put past USF in their last meeting in 2017. Beattie Goad was solid in a more central role than she usually plays, distributing the ball well and tallying four shots, including a cannon that ricocheted off the near post with the goalkeeper left stranded.

Teagan Micah and UCLA travelled to fellow title contenders Penn State, and now have bragging rights and the wood on the Nittany Lions should they meet again in the NCAA Tournament after securing a 2-1 victory. Teagan Micah made five saves, with a penalty for Penn State’s equaliser shortly after UCLA’s opener the only way the hosts could get past the Australian goalkeeper who was in simply outstanding form. UCLA outshot Penn State 13-9, and eventually that attacking dominance paid dividends as a 70th minute goal from Delanie Sheehan proved to be the winner.

Finally, we saw another Australian make their debut this week as Freyja Murray saw the first minutes of her college career. In a week that saw Akron go down to Charlotte but defeat Wofford on their trip the Carolinas, Murray saw a total of 51 minutes split evenly between the two games, easing her way into college soccer.

Complete Results:

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: lost 1-0 to Charlotte; defeated Wofford 3-0

Freyja Murray came off the bench against Charlotte to play 26 minutes on her college debut, before again making a substitute appearance in the win over Wofford, playing 25 minutes.

Albany (Claire Urquhart) 

This week: lost 5-0 to Boston College; lost 2-0 to Colgate

Claire Urquhart did not feature against Boston College, but came off the bench to play the entire second half in the loss to Colgate.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 3-0 to South Dakota

Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in the loss to South Dakota.

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: defeated Missouri 6-0

Isobel Dalton played 14 minutes off the bench in the win over Missouri, registering a single shot on target.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: drew 1-1 with Columbia

Emma Heckenberg came off the bench to play 67 minutes in Drexel’s draw with Columbia. 

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: lost 2-1 to Tennessee Tech

Isabel Hodgson started and played 84 minutes in the loss to Tennessee Tech, tallying a single shot which was on target. 

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 1-0 to Lehigh

Sam Roff played the full 90 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson in the loss to Lehigh, her third consecutive full-game effort to start the season.

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen) 

This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0; lost 3-0 to Gardner-Webb

Hannah Allen did not feature for Georgia Southern in either game this week.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Houston Baptist 1-0; lost 1-0 to Northern Arizona (2OT)

Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon in either game this week.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: defeated Boston University 2-1 (2OT)

Monique Iannella played all 101 minutes in the win over Boston College, delivering the corner for the game-tying goal with 20 seconds to play before the Pride grabbed victory in overtime. Grace Watson-Carr did not feature for Hofstra this week. 

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost 3-1 to DePaul; defeated Northern Illinois 8-0

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench in both games this week, playing 24 minutes in the loss to DePaul and 22 minutes in the win over Northern Illinois.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Manhattan 1-0

Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes in the win over Manhattan, saving the one on-target shot she faced. Alyssa Van Heurck came off the bench for the Explorers, attempting one shot in her ten minutes on the pitch.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill) 

This week: defeated Liberty 1-0; defeated Texas State 2-0

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly) 

This week: lost 3-1 to Tennessee-Martin

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in the loss to Tennessee-Martin.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers) 

This week: lost 3-1 to Mississippi Valley State; lost 1-0 to Prairie View A&M (OT)

Kristy Helmers came off the bench in both games, playing 74 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 42 minutes against Prairie View A&M, registering 3 shots in each game. Tessa Calabria came off the bench to play 65 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 27 minutes against Prairie View A&M, tallying 2 shots against Prairie View A&M. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game for the Colonels this week.

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: match abandoned v Weber State due to weather conditions.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Towson 4-0; drew 0-0 with Appalachian State

Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games this week, scoring with her only shot against Towson. 

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Illinois-Springfield 3-0

Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in the win over Illinois-Springfield. 

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)

This week: defeated UMBC 4-0; lost 1-0 to Loyola Maryland

Shelby Milton came off the bench in both games this week, playing 20 minutes in the win over UMBC and 12 minutes in the loss to Loyola Maryland. 

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 

This week: defeated San Francisco 5-1

Beattie Goad got the start for Stanford and played all 90 minutes in their dominant win, registering four shots, including two on target and one which cannoned back off the near post after beating the keeper all ends up.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated San Diego State 2-1; defeated Abilene Christian 1-0

Demi Koulizakis saw just six minutes off the bench against San Diego State, but registered a pair of shots with one on target in 31 minutes of playing time in the win over Abilene Christian. 

Towson (Jodie Burchell)

This week: lost 4-0 to Old Dominion; drew 1-1 with Longwood

Jodie Burchell made her collegiate debut off the bench with 27 minutes of playing time against Old Dominion before playing 20 minutes off the bench in the draw with Longwood. 

UCLA (Teagan Micah) 

This week: defeated Penn State 2-1

Teagan Micah played all 90 minutes in UCLA’s win over Penn State, making five saves in the process. 

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: drew 1-1 with Elon; defeated Belmont 1-0

Kate Swartwout started against Elon and registered a pair of shots with one on target before coming off the bench to pick up an assist on the game’s only goal in the win over Belmont.

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: lost 3-0 to Virginia; defeated Coastal Carolina 2-0

Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary in either game this week.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: drew 0-0 with Northern Iowa

All four Australians started for Wyoming in the draw with Northern Iowa. Jessie Gentle and Annika Clayton each played 100 minutes and registered two shots apiece. Caitlin Pickett played 94 minutes and tallied two shots of her own, whilst Indianna Asimus had four shots in her 67 minutes on the pitch.

 

Player of the Year Points:

3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2:
Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1:
Teagan Micah (UCLA)

2018 Week 2 Preview

With a number of Aussies coming up with match-winning performances last week, there are plenty of teams looking to keep perfect records alive or build on momentum generated from an upset result. La Salle and Wyoming in particular will once again be looking for their Aussies to fire after outstanding starts to the season.

(Featured Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister)

Wyoming got their season off to a flyer last week courtesy of some well-timed goals from Australian pair Annika Clayton and Caitlin Pickett, and the Cowgirls will be looking to extend their perfect start to the season in their only game of the week as they host Northern Iowa. Like Wyoming, Northern Iowa played South Dakota last week, but could only manage a 0-0 draw whereas Wyoming stormed home to a 4-2 comeback victory courtesy of Clayton’s second-half brace. With fellow Aussies Indiana Asimus and Jessie Gentle also playing solid minutes, the Cowgirls are once again looking to be a sure bet if you’re searching for Aussies to watch even in the post-Georgia Rowntree and Alisha Bass era.

Ashleigh Lefevre and Illinois travelled to North Carolina last week and put the entire nation on notice after running the Tar Heels close before knocking off Duke in a 2-1 victory, and the Illini will look to build off that momentum as they play a couple of games closer to home. Making the short drive to Chicago to play DePaul in their first game of the week, Illinois will face a Blue Demons team that may have lost its opener to Southern Methodist, but flexed its offensive muscle in a 7-0 win over lowly UMass-Lowell to round out the weekend. The Illini then round out their week by hosting Northern Illinois, a side looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss in their opener against Milwaukee. If Lefevre and Illinois can put together performances like the ones they did in the opening weekend, they’ll certainly be a better than even-money chance to end the weekend on a 3-game unbeaten run.

Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck both made solid impacts last week as La Salle opened their 2018 campaign with a pair of wins, but this weekend’s opponent is a bit of an unknown entity as Manhattan are yet to play a game in 2018. The Jaspers did pick up 10 wins in 2017, but eight of those victories came in league play, where they play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, a far weaker league than the Atlantic 10 which La Salle won last season. The Explorers will still have to play to their potential to get the win, but come into this game as prohibitive favourites, particularly with Jenkins in good form between the sticks and the La Salle defence unlikely to give up a high number of shots.

Claire Urquhart and Albany came up with a pair of wins last week on their cross-country trip to Arizona, but play far closer to home this week with road games at comparatively nearby Boston College and Colgate. Both teams will provide a significant challenge to the Great Danes, with Boston College coming off a pair of wins over Quinnipiac and Northeastern, with the latter a perennial challenger for the Colonial Athletic Association. Meanwhile, Colgate fell 2-1 in a tight one against #8 Virginia last week, showing that they will by no means roll over. It will also be interesting to see how many minutes Claire Urquhart sees this week, having only played in one of the two games last week, playing 46 minutes against New Mexico State.

Beattie Goad and Stanford opened up their season with a dominant 5-0 win over UC Davis, and the Cardinal are poised to bang in the goals once again as they take on one of their local rivals in San Francisco. Stanford won last year’s encounter 8-0 as part of a four-game in run in which they scored 26 goals without conceding, and this year’s Cardinal side hardly looks less potent on offence. Beattie Goad snagged an assist last week in the win over UC Davis, and if the Stanford offence continues to fire on all cylinders, expect to see the junior have plenty of chances to tee up teammates from out wide not only in this game, but throughout the season.

Stanford’s title rivals UCLA face a far tougher challenge this week, making the cross-country trip to play fellow championship contenders Penn State. The Bruins may have picked up the win over Long Beach State last week with a final minute goal, but will need a far more polished performance to get by the #3 team in the nation, who defeated the always-strong West Virginia 1-0 and demolised Duquesne 6-0 in the opening week of the season. However, with Teagan Micah already showing her penchant for coming up with big saves at vital times, Penn State’s offence won’t have things all their own way in this one in what could be one of the games of the regular season.

We also have the potential for a couple of Aussie v Aussie matchups this week, as Jodie Burchell has the chance to make her debut against Gaby Bentley and Old Dominion. These two sides have plenty of history as former conference rivals prior to Old Dominion’s move from the Colonial Athletic Association to Conference-USA, and if Burchell was to make an impact on debut in a game like this it certainly would be a memorable one. We could also see Shelby Milton take the field for St. Francis University against a UMBC side coached by Australian first-year head coach Vanessa Mann, and whilst the pair obviously wouldn’t face each other on the field, it certainly provides another little point of interest in an early-season game. 

Full Schedule:

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: @ Charlotte – 9am, Saturday August 25; @ Wofford – 4am, Monday August 27

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: v Boston College – 7am, Friday August 24; @ Colgate – 3am, Monday August 27

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ South Dakota – 4am, Monday August 27

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: v Missouri – 5am, Sunday August 26

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: v Columbia – 7am, Saturday August 25

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week: @ Tennessee Tech – 9am, Saturday August 25

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Lehigh – 2am, Friday August 24

Georgia Southern (Hannah Allen)

This week: v Jacksonville State – 9am, Saturday August 25; @ Gardner-Webb – 3am, Monday August 27 

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Houston Baptist – 9am, Saturday August 25; v Northern Arizona – 12pm, Monday August 27

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: v Boston University – 9am, Friday August 24

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre) 

This week: @ DePaul – 7am, Friday August 24; v Northern Illinois – 5am, Monday August 27

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Manhattan – 8am, Friday August 24

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Liberty – 8am, Friday August 24; v Texas State – 4am, Monday August 27

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Tennessee-Martin – 6am, Saturday August 25

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)

This week: at Mississippi Valley State – 9am, Saturday August 25; v Prairie View A&M – 4am, Monday August 27

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone)

This week: v Weber State – 4am, Monday August 27 

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Towson – 9am, Friday August 24; v Old Dominion – 8am, Monday August 27

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: v Illinois-Springfield – 9:30am, Saturday August 25 

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton)

This week: v UMBC – 6am, Friday August 24; at Loyola Maryland – 6am, Monday August 27

Stanford (Beattie Goad) 

This week: v San Francisco – 1pm, Saturday August 25

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ San Diego State – 12pm, Saturday August 25; v Abilene Christian – 10am, Monday August 27

Towson (Jodie Burchell)

This week: @ Old Dominion – 9am, Friday August 24; v Longwood – 3am, Monday August 27

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Penn State – 6am, Sunday August 26

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Elon – 9am, Friday August 24; v Belmont – 3am, Monday August 27

William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)

This week: v Virginia – 9am, Friday August 24; v Coastal Carolina – 4am, Monday August 27 

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Caitlin Pickett)

This week: v Northern Iowa – 8:30am, Saturday August 25