2019 Week 11 Preview

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Several teams featuring Aussies are involved in conference tournament play this weekend, with a La Salle’s Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck as well as Western Carolina’s Kate Swartwout the players to watch. Jenkins and Van Heurck will be first up as La Salle host Dayton on Sunday morning in a replay of last week’s thriller to end conference play. The Explorers won that game 3-2 to earn hosting rights in their conference tournament opener, and now face a Flyers side out for revenge in a far more important game. However, with Jenkins in outstanding form between the sticks all season, La Salle have every reason to be confident of securing victory on their home patch.

Western Carolina earned a bye through to the quarter-finals of Southern Conference tournament, but still find themselves on the road in a 4 v 5 matchup at Mercer. These teams faced other just two weeks ago on Kate Swartwout’s Senior Day, with Western Carolina rolling to a 4-1 victory on that occasion. Whilst that may have been a home victory for the Catamounts, it was such a dominant performance that going on the road should not dent their confidence going into this knockout fixture as they look to make a charge at a conference championship.

Dropping their game against UC Santa Barbara last week set Hawaii back in their chase for a regular season conference championship, but the Rainbow Wahine remain well and truly in control of their own fate when it comes to reaching the Big West tournament. Taking on Long Beach State and UC Davis this week, Hawaii will be considered favourites in each of these games, but playing on the road makes things just that little bit more difficult, particularly when every road trip consists of a five-hour flight. A win and a draw in these two games will clinch a conference tournament spot, and with several players in good form, Hawaii have every reason to be confident of picking up those results. Australian freshman Eliza Ammendolia is one of those players in form, with things really starting to click for the midfielder in recent weeks. With Kiri Dale providing outstanding impact off the bench in recent weeks, both Aussies could play integral roles in getting Hawaii over the line and into a first Big West tournament.

Wyoming remain an outside chance of sneaking into the Mountain West Conference tournament, but they’ll need other results to go their way if they are to return to the preseason. However, first and foremost, the Cowgirls will need to pick up victory over their arch-rivals Colorado State in the annual Border War fixture. Fortunately, Indianna Asimus is in excellent form at the moment, scoring in each of Wyoming’s games last weekend. Wyoming are going to need to score goals in this one, and if Asimus continues as she has in recent games, the Cowgirls are a solid chance to do their part on the final weekend. Then, it will just become a case of hoping that San Jose State and Air Force both drop points. It all seems a bit unlikely at this point, but soccer regularly throws up crazy final days like this one could be.

Texas Tech, on the other hand, find themselves in position to potentially secure a Big 12 regular season championship. They will be relying on Baylor taking points from ladder leading Oklahoma State on the final day of the season, but a win over Kansas State will secure a top-two spot regardless of other results. The Texas Tech attack has been in solid form all season, with Demi Koulizakis a large part of that. The senior tallied three shots on target last time out, and if that kind of accuracy and volume continues, it’s only a matter of time before the Sydneysider gets another goal before her college career comes to an end.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Alabama A&M – 7am, Saturday November 2

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Kansas City – 5am, Sunday November 3

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Wagner – 10am, Friday November 1; v Mount St. Mary’s – 5am, Monday November 4

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Cal State Bakersfield – 1pm, Sunday November 3

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ UC Davis – 8am, Friday November 1; @ Long Beach State – 9am, Monday November 4

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v Northeastern/Elon – 5am, Monday November 4 (CAA Conference Tournament)

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Dayton – 4am, Sunday November 3 (Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament)

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Kentucky – 10:45am, Friday November 1

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v Western Kentucky – 10am, Saturday November 2

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: @ Texas A&M – 10:30am, Friday November 1

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: v Southeastern Louisiana – 8am, Saturday November 2

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v North Dakota – 10am, Friday November 1; @ Denver – 6am, Monday November 4

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Charlotte – 10am, Saturday November 2

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v Arizona State – 11am, Friday November 1; v Arizona – 7am, Monday November 4

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Kansas State – 11am, Friday November 1

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Oregon State – 1pm, Friday November 1; @ Oregon – 8am, Monday November 4

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Binghamton – 10am, Friday November 1

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: v Utah – 1pm, Friday November 1; v Colorado – 6am, Monday November 4

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: @ Mercer – 7am, Monday November 4 (Southern Conference Tournament)

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: @ Colorado State – 8am, Saturday November 2

2019 Week 10 Wrap

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Wyoming remain in the hunt for a conference tournament spot heading into their final game, and they have Indianna Asimus in part to thank. In a game against UNLV that started and finished wildly, Asimus tallied her fifth goal of the season to put Wyoming up 2-1 after just 24 minutes. Teed up perfectly with a square ball, Asimus swept the ball home from just outside the six-yard area. UNLV tied the game with just 9 minutes remaining, but Wyoming responded with an 87th minute winner to secure a much-needed three points.

Asimus would follow up with the opening goal for Wyoming against Nevada on Sunday afternoon. Latching onto a through ball, Asimus’ shot across the goalkeeper found its way into the back of the net to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Nevada would respond twice to take a 2-1 victory with goals in the space of just seconds in the 74th minute.

That result sees Wyoming no longer control their own fate in the Mountain West. A win against Colorado State is now crucial, but they will need other results to go their way if they are to return to the conference tournament.

Having regularly started earlier in the season, Beattie Goad has been more of an impact player off the bench in recent weeks. There is no better way to impact a game than by scoring a goal, and that is exactly what Goad did against Colorado. Tucking home a square pass at the near post from close range, Goad’s goal sealed victory for Stanford, putting the Cardinal up 3-0 with 13 minutes to play, with the final scoreline reading 4-0. The goal was also Goad’s third of the season, a career-high for the senior.

Stanford now sit nine points clear atop the Pac-12 standings with three games to play, meaning a draw in any of their remaining fixtures will secure the conference championship for a fifth consecutive occasion.

Another player coming off the bench to score her third goal of the season this weekend was Western Carolina’s Kate Swartwout. The senior tallied the equaliser against UNC Greensboro as part of a 42-minute outing, finishing after being teed up by fellow senior Mackenzie Wright. Although UNC Greensboro would go on to win the match 3-1, Swartwout and the Catamounts would bounce back against VMI, with the senior playing 44 minutes in a 1-0 victory. That win secured fifth spot in the Southern Conference, and they will now await first round results in the conference tournament to find out their quarter-final opponents.

With just one goal to her name coming into the season, Swartwout is now equal-third for most goals on the Catamount roster this season, behind a pair of players with four goals.

However, not every outstanding performance culminates in goals, and a couple of players demonstrated as much this week. Eliza Ammendolia may not have finished the weekend with a tally, but was nonetheless involved in just about everything good for Hawai’i in a 1-1 draw with Cal Poly. The freshman’s combinations with her fellow attackers are starting to click with more regularity, and whilst the Rainbow Wahine may not have secured the win, several phases of play were scintillating to watch. Kiri Dale also provided outstanding impact for Hawai’i in that game, going close to volleying home a pass from Ammendolia herself in her 28 minutes on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Demi Koulizakis did just about everything but score a goal this week as Texas Tech held onto second spot in the Big 12 with a pair of wins against Baylor and Texas. Having already put in a complete-game performance in the 2-0 victory over Baylor, Koulizakis came out firing against Texas. The Red Raiders led their opponents 12-4 in shots on target, with Koulizakis delivering three of those as each of her shots tested the goalkeeper. In the end, that kind of dominance was bound to result in goals, but Texas Tech left it late. Having peppered the net all day, it took an 89th minute equaliser just to take the game to overtime. A 96th minute golden goal followed, lifting the Red Raiders above Texas in the Big 12 standings and keeping their slim chances of a regular season conference championship alive.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 1-0 to Howard

Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in their loss to Howard.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 5-0 to Grand Canyon; lost 3-0 to Cal State Bakersfield

Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 30 minutes against Grand Canyon, but did not feature against Cal State Bakersfield.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: drew 0-0 with VMI; lost 2-0 to UNC Greensboro

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 1-0

Sam Roff started for Fairleigh Dickinson in their win over St. Francis Brooklyn, playing 78 minutes.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Chicago State 5-0; lost 1-0 to Utah Valley

Sandra Hill started both games this week, playing 71 minutes against Chicago State and the full 90 minutes against Utah Valley.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: drew 1-1 with Cal Poly; lost 4-1 to UC Santa Barbara

Eliza Ammendolia started both games this week, tallying two shots on target in 96 minutes against Cal Poly before adding another shot on target in 73 minutes against UC Santa Barbara. Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 28 minutes on both occasions, finishing with a shot on target in each game.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Towson 5-1; defeated William & Mary 2-1

Grace Watson Carr came off the bench for the final 15 minutes against Towson, making one save, but did not feature against William & Mary. Monique Iannella did not feature for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Minnesota 4-1

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench in Illinois’ win over Minnesota, playing 18 minutes.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 4-2 to Massachusetts; defeated Dayton 3-2

Claudia Jenkins played every minute of the weekend, making 9 saves against Massachusetts and another 2 in the win over Dayton. Alyssa Van Heurck started against Massachusetts and played 39 minutes, before coming off the bench against Dayton to play 27 minutes.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: drew 2-2 with Mississippi State; lost 4-0 to Ole Miss

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 3-2 to Louisiana Tech

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost 2-0 to South Carolina; defeated LSU 4-0

Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in either game this week.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: lost 4-0 to Northwestern State; lost 6-0 to Central Arkansas

Tessa Calabria started both matches for Nicholls State this week, playing 74 minutes against Northwestern State and 46 minutes against Central Arkansas. Kristy Helmers also started both games, tallying a shot in 76 minutes against Northwestern State before playing 57 minutes against Central Arkansas. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 1-0 to South Dakota State

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature in North Dakota State’s loss to South Dakota State.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated UTSA 3-0; lost 2-0 to UTEP

Gaby Bentley came off the bench in both games this week, playing brief 4-minute cameos on both occasions.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: lost 4-1 to Saint Joseph’s; drew 0-0 with Duquesne

Teresa Morrissey missed both games this week due to Young Matildas commitments.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Jacksonville State 2-0; defeated Tennessee Tech 3-2

Siena Senatore came off the bench to 17 minutes against Jacksonville State before starting and playing 50 minutes against Tennessee Tech, tallying a shot on target in the process.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Colorado 4-0; defeated Utah 4-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 44 minutes against Colorado and playing 46 minutes against Utah.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Baylor 2-0; defeated Texas 2-1

Demi Koulizakis played the full 90 minutes in the win over Baylor, before tallying three shots on target in a 75-minute outing against Texas.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Washington 1-0; defeated Washington State 2-1

Teagan Micah did not feature against Washington, but returned to make a single save in a complete game performance against Washington State. Rachel Lowe missed both games due to Young Matildas commitments.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 2-1 to Hartford

Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in their loss to Hartford.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 3-1 to UNC Greensboro; defeated VMI 1-0

Kate Swartwout came off the bench in both games this week, scoring a goal in 42 minutes against UNC Greensboro before playing 44 minutes against VMI.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

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

Indianna Asimus started both games this week, scoring a goal with one of her three shots on target in 83 minutes against UNLV before scoring with her only shot in an 86-minute outing against Nevada.

2019 Week 6 Wrap

The regular season reached its midway point this season, but for many teams the real work has just begun. This includes Texas Tech, who had Demi Koulizakis to thank for a game-winner in a blockbuster against Oklahoma State. Elsewhere, Sam Roff notched a milestone of her own in a win over Merrimack.

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Having fallen to a loss to George Washington in their opening conference game, La Salle were looking to bounce back against Richmond and Duquesne. With Claudia Jenkins between the sticks once again showing outstanding form, the Explorers were able to do just that, rounding out a perfect weekend with two wins. Beaten by an early header against Richmond, Jenkins stood tall for the remainder of the game, coming up with five saves as La Salle tied the game from the penalty spot just before halftime. With no goals forthcoming in the second half, La Salle managed to tally the decisive strike shortly before the end of the first extra time period.

In their second game of the weekend, Duquesne had gone 2-0 up inside half an hour, but two goals in the space of three minutes just after the 30-minute mark tied things up. With Jenkins repelling every Dukes shot following those two early goals, five saves from the South Australian kept the game tied until La Salle found a game-winner early in the second period of golden goal overtime to secure a second golden goal win of the weekend. Alyssa Van Heurck also started both games, registering an hour of playing time against Richmond and another 52 minutes against Duquesne, tallying a shot against the Dukes.

Rhode Island may only have secured a draw as their only positive result from two games this weekend, but it could have been far worse if not for the efforts of Teresa Morrissey. In a game against Dayton that saw Rhode Island manage just one shot on target for the entire 110 minutes, Morrissey came up with saves on all three of Dayton’s on target attempts to ensure that the Rams escaped Ohio with a 0-0 draw. Returning home to face George Washington, Morrissey came up with five more saves to keep her team in the contest, but could do little about George Washington’s two goals as Rhode Island’s attack combined for just three shots on target in a 2-0 defeat.

It’s fair to say that Sam Roff has been far more involved in Fairleigh Dickinson’s attack this season than in past campaigns, and that impetus finally paid off as the senior scored her first career goal to lead the Knights to victory over Division I newcomers Merrimack. With the scoreboard reading 1-1 heading into the final 15 minutes, a corner was played in and headed back towards goal. The header was saved, but Roff was on hand to slot the ball home for the game-winner as Fairleigh Dickinson held on for the 2-1 victory. That shot was one of three that Roff attempted in a complete game performance as part of a defence that held Merrimack to a single goal.

Prior to the weekend’s play, we predicted that Demi Koulizakis could be one of a number of Texas Tech players to play in star striker Kirsten Davis. However, it was the Aussie senior who was the recipient of a ball from Davis herself to tally the game-winner in a battle of Big 12 title contenders against Oklahoma State. Setting herself up between the Cowgirls’ defensive line, Koulizakis found herself in a perfect position to receive a square ball from Davis, turning the ball in at the near post for the first game-winner of her career just after the hour mark to set Texas Tech on their way in conference play with a 1-0 victory.

Western Carolina managed to secure victory against East Tennessee State, but not before Kate Swartwout completed a rather odd performance for the Catamounts. As a game that finished 1-1 after the 90 minutes rolled into overtime, Swartwout remained rooted to the bench until the 99th minute. However, just six minutes later, the senior was called upon to slot home the winning penalty, with Swartwout duly obliging to hand the Catamounts the 2-1 overtime victory.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
1: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 5-0 to Grambling State; lost 2-1 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Sophie Bui came off the bench to play 45 minutes against Grambling State, before starting and tallying a single shot on target in 62 minutes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 1-0 to Western Illinois

Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in their loss to Western Illinois.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-1 to Western Carolina (OT), defeated South Carolina State 5-0

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their loss to Western Carolina, whilst there are no stats available for the win over South Carolina State.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Merrimack 2-1

Sam Roff scored the game winner 13 minutes from time in Fairleigh Dickinson’s win over Merrimack, whilst tallying 3 shots in an 80-minute performance.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Omaha

Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes for Grand Canyon in their loss to Omaha.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Drexel 2-1 (OT); defeated Elon 5-0

Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured in Hofstra’s win over Drexel. However, Watson Carr played the final 19 minutes against Elon, making one save, whilst Iannella played 22 minutes off the bench and tallied a single shot.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost 3-1 to Iowa; lost 1-0 to Nebraska

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in both games this week, playing 21 minutes against Iowa and 63 minutes against Nebraska.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Richmond 2-1 (OT); defeated Duquesne 3-2 (OT)

Claudia Jenkins was once again stellar for La Salle, playing every minute of the weekend to finish with six saves against Richmond and five more in the win over Duquesne. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, playing 60 minutes against Richmond and 52 minutes against Duquesne, tallying a shot in the latter contest.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: drew 1-1 with Georgia; lost 2-0 to Texas A&M

Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench for LSU in both games this week, playing 5 minutes against Georgia and 9 minutes in the loss to Texas A&M.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 3-2 to UTEP; defeated Florida International 6-0

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: drew 1-1 with Mississippi State; defeated Auburn 1-0 (OT)

Aimee Medwin did not feature in Mississippi’s draw with Mississippi State, but came off the bench to play 5 minutes against Auburn.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: lost 8-0 to Abilene Christian; lost 3-0 to Incarnate Word

Kristy Helmers started both games this week, completing the full 90 minutes on both occasions. Tessa Calabria came off the bench to play 41 minutes and tally a shot on target against Abilene Christian, before moving into the starting lineup to play 82 minutes against Incarnate Word. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 3-2 to Utah Valley

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in their loss to Utah Valley.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 2-1 to Louisiana Tech

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their loss to Louisiana Tech.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: drew 0-0 with Dayton; lost 2-0 to George Washington

Teresa Morrissey played all 200 minutes across the two games this week, finishing with three saves against Dayton and five more against George Washington.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Austin Peay 2-1; lost 5-0 to Murray State

Siena Senatore came off the bench to play 51 minutes in Southeast Missouri State’s win over Austin Peay, but did not feature in the loss to Murray State.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated USC 3-2

Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in their win over USC, playing 23 minutes.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Oklahoma State 1-0; drew 1-1 with Oklahoma

Demi Koulizakis tallied the game winner with her only shot of a 64-minute outing against Oklahoma State, before playing 66 minutes in the draw with Oklahoma.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 2-1 to California

Teagan Micah made two saves in a complete game performance for UCLA in their loss to California, whilst Rachel Lowe came off the bench to play 27 minutes.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 1-0 to Albany

Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured in UMBC’s loss to Albany.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated East Tennessee State 2-1 (OT)

Kate Swartwout tallied the overtime game winner for Western Carolina against East Tennessee State, scoring just six minutes after checking into the game for the first time.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: defeated San Diego State 3-2; lost 3-0 to New Mexico

Indianna Asimus played the full 90 minutes against San Diego State, tallying a single shot, before registering one shot on target in 72 minutes against New Mexico.

2019 Week 2 Wrap

The Pac-12 Aussies flexed their national title credentials this week, with UCLA in particular coming up with a pair of massive wins. Meanwhile, down in the Lone Star State, Texas Tech were ruthless in smashing home 8 goals across two games, with Demi Koulizakis playing no small part in their wins.

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Beattie Goad turned last week’s solid start into a scintillating continuation, playing an integral role in Stanford’s 5-0 win over Penn to maintain the Cardinal’s perfect record. Goad opened the scoring for the home side on Thursday night, lashing home Madison Haley’s lay-off into the top corner from the edge of the area for her first goal of the season. The senior followed up shortly after, producing a mazy run from the left wing into the centre of the pitch before finding Abby Greubel, who made the most of Goad’s work with a classy finish into the bottom corner from outside the area. Goad would also start in Stanford’s 7-0 win over San Jose State later in the week, playing 25 minutes.

Staying in the Pac-12, Teagan Micah helped UCLA to a pair of massive wins over Florida State and Florida as the Bruins reminded everyone why they are one of the national championship favourites. The senior made two saves in UCLA’s 2-1 win over Florida State at Banc of California Stadium, before returning home to Wallis Annenberg Stadium to make three saves in the Bruins’ 2-0 win over Florida for her third clean sheet of the still young season. Unfortunately, Rachel Lowe did not feature in either game for the Bruins this week as coach Amanda Cromwell kept the rotation short in these tight contests.

Demi Koulizakis continues to make herself an integral part of the Texas Tech side, with the senior performing admirably as the Red Raiders picked up a pair of 4-0 wins. Texas Tech outshot Oral Roberts 23-3 in their first game of the week, and whilst Koulizakis may not have scored a goal in the drubbing, the former Western Sydney Wanderers W-League player got herself into good positions and managed to finish the game with three shots on target in the win. However, Koulizakis’ good work produced more tangible results against North Texas later in the week. With the Red Raiders and Mean Green locked up at 0-0 at halftime, a second-half blitzkrieg culminated in four goals for Texas Tech, with Koulizakis assisting on both the second goal as well as the final tally of the night as the home side pulled away down the stretch.

Western Carolina senior Kate Swartwout has done just about everything bar score a goal during her time with the Catamounts, but that all changed in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Tennessee-Martin. With her team down 1-0 after eight minutes, Swartwout tied things up from close range, sending the ball home from near the centre of the box. The Catamounts would take a 4-2 lead into halftime, but their lead was cut to 5-4 with still 15 minutes to play, leading to a crazy finish that somehow did not produce more goals as Western Carolina moved to 2-1.

Tessa Calabria may still only be playing limited minutes, but her impact for Nicholls State is anything but as the senior continues to produce for the Colonels. Calabria played only 30 minutes of the contest against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but that was time enough to tally an assist on her team’s fourth goal and also test the goalkeeper with a shot of her own as Nicholls State rolled to a 5-0 win. Kristy Helmers also played 66 minutes for the Colonels in the win, whilst Shauni Reid was an unused substitute.

Sam Roff has never been known as a player to make a significant impact at the attacking end, but that has never stopped the Fairleigh Dickinson defender from being one of the most crucial parts of the Knights lineup, and the senior proved as much this weekend. Having played the first 70 minutes against Lehigh in the New Jersey team’s first game of the week, Roff was forced off with the score at 1-0. Lehigh tied the game late, and with overtime unable to separate the sides, the Knights were forced to settle for the draw. However, Roff returned to play in-state foes Rider, and proved once again to be a rock at the back as Rider were able to tally only three shots on target as the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate, with Roff playing all 110 minutes.

This week also saw two more players make their collegiate debuts in brief cameos off the bench that will no doubt drive the pair to secure more playing time going forward. Mississippi freshman winger Aimee Medwin saw 21 minutes of action in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Minnesota, whilst sophomore Grace Watson Carr played 17 minutes between the sticks in the back end of a dominant 6-1 win for Hofstra over local foes Fordham.

Watson Carr’s Hofstra teammate Monique Iannella also managed to produce a moment to savour this week, tallying the 14th assist of her career even as the Pride fell to a 2-1 loss to Brown. As those who have followed Iannella’s career would be unsurprised to learn, the assist came from a corner, with a short ball played out to the senior, who combined with Sabrina Bryan, with the latter’s shot from long distance managing to find its way into the net with a little help from a defender’s head.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)

Full Schedule

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 1-0 to Purdue-Fort Wayne; lost 2-0 to Louisiana-Lafayette

Sarah Clark featured for Chicago State in both games this week, tallying a trio of shots in the loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: drew 1-1 with Gardner-Webb

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their draw with Gardner-Webb.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: drew 1-1 with Lehigh; drew 0-0 with Rider

Sam Roff played 70 minutes in the draw with Lehigh before being forced off the pitch, but returned to help Fairleigh Dickinson hold Rider to just 3 shots on target in a 0-0 draw, playing all 110 minutes in the process.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 2-1 to UTEP; lost 4-0 to UTSA

Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon in the loss to UTEP, but came off the bench to register a shot on target in her 30 minutes on the pitch against UTSA.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated Nevada 1-0 (OT); drew 0-0 with Sacramento State

Eliza Ammendolia came off the bench for Nevada in both games this week for Hawaii, playing 43 minutes against Nevada and 39 minutes against Sacramento State. Kiri Dale played 23 minutes off the bench against Nevada, but did not feature against Sacramento State.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: lost 2-1 to Brown; defeated Fordham 6-1

Having not featured in the loss to Brown, sophomore goalkeeper Grace Watson Carr made her Hofstra debut with a 17-minute cameo in the latter stages of the Pride’s 6-1 win over Fordham. Monique Iannella started against Brown and delivered the assist on Hofstra’s only goal in a 59-minute performance, but did not feature against Fordham.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Pepperdine 3-2; lost 3-0 to San Francisco

Ashleigh Lefevre started for Illinois in the win over Pepperdine, playing 44 minutes before coming off the bench in the loss to San Francisco to play 57 minutes.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated NJIT 1-0; lost 1-0 to Drexel

Claudia Jenkins played all 180 minutes between the sticks for La Salle this week, finishing with 2 saves in the win over NJIT and 4 more in the loss to Drexel. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a single shot in 33 minutes in the win over NJIT and seeing 36 minutes of action against Drexel.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: defeated McNeese State 1-0; drew 2-2 with Samford

Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench to play 9 minutes for LSU in the win over McNeese State, but did not feature in the draw with Samford.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: defeated Youngstown State 3-0; lost 4-1 to Ohio

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Southeast Missouri State 2-0; defeated Minnesota 3-2 (OT)

Aimee Medwin did not feature against Southeast Missouri State, but came off the bench against Minnesota to make her college debut, registering a single shot in 21 minutes of action.

Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)

This week: defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-0

Tessa Calabria started for Nicholls State in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, tallying an assist and a shot on target in her 30 minutes on the pitch. Kristy Helmers also started and played 66 minutes, but Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: defeated Vermont 3-0; defeated New Hampshire 1-0

Eden Taylor-Wineera made a brief 5-minute cameo off the bench in North Dakota State’s win over Vermont, but did not feature against New Hampshire.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: drew 1-1 with Liberty

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their draw with Liberty.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: defeated Wagner 1-0

Teresa Morrissey once again played the full 90 minutes for Rhode Island, coming up with 3 vital saves in the Rams’ 1-0 win over Wagner.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 2-0 to Mississippi; lost 5-0 to Arkansas

Siena Senatore started both games for Southeast Missouri State this week, playing all 180 minutes across the two contests.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Penn 5-1; defeated San Jose State 7-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford against Penn, tallying the opening goal and an assist during her 61 minutes on the pitch. The senior also started against San Jose State, playing the first 25 minutes.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Oral Roberts 4-0; defeated North Texas 4-0

Demi Koulizakis peppered Oral Roberts’ goal with 3 shots in target during her 47 minutes on the pitch in Texas Tech’s win, before coming off the bench to assist on two goals in the Red Raiders’ win over North Texas in a 23-minute cameo.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Florida State 2-1; defeated Florida 2-0

Teagan Micah played all 180 minutes of the weekend, making two saves in the win over Florida State and another 3 in the victory over Florida. Rachel Lowe did not feature for the Bruins in either game this week.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 3-1 to Temple; defeated Mount St. Mary’s 3-0

Teal Kilbride started for UMBC in the loss, playing 34 minutes, but did not feature in the win over Mount St. Mary’s. Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers in either game this week.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 4-1 to Middle Tennessee State; defeated Tennessee-Martin 5-4

Kate Swartwout came off the bench against Middle Tennessee State to play 13 minutes, before getting the start against Tennessee-Martin and scoring her first career goal in a 23-minute cameo in the Catamounts’ thrilling 5-4 win.

2019 Defender Previews

Eight Australian defenders will take to the pitch this season, with a number of intriguing storylines emerging. The return of Siena Senatore after two years away is certainly one to follow, whilst freshman duo Abi Jordan and Teal Kilbride could form a centre-back pairing at UMBC from day one.

(Featured Image Credit: Michael Rincon)

Victoria Franklin (Freshman, SMU, Brisbane)

Franklin may be yet to lace up the boots for a competitive college soccer fixture, but the freshman has already tasted collegiate competition on the water as part of Southern Methodist’s rowing team which finished second in the AAC championships earlier this year. By far the tallest defender on the Mustangs roster, Franklin’s height will bring an aerial presence to an SMU team that had little trouble banging in the goals, averaging two per game, but had the tendency to ship multiple goals, finishing the season with five clean sheets but giving up more than one goal six times in 2018. That time with the rowing team will also have helped Franklin learn how to juggle study and athletics, giving the Queenslander a leg-up over most freshmen, who will come into their first season with little to no time to adjust to the machinations of the life of a student-athlete.

Sandra Hill (Junior, Grand Canyon, Canberra)

A regular at fullback for Grand Canyon, Hill has compiled not only 29 appearances for Grand Canyon over the last two seasons, but also a handful of outings with the Cambodian national team, including one against the Young Matildas in the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship. Adept at getting forward from her wide position in defence, Hill was rewarded with the first goal of her college career in Grand Canyon’s WAC Tournament loss to Utah Valley last season, rattling home a sublime strike from just outside the area. The Antelopes are yet to secure a winning season since their move to NCAA Division I in 2013, and Hill is now one of the senior players on a team looking to fill the gaps left by four starters who graduated after the 2018 season. The fullback will no doubt be looked to as one of the leaders, particularly in the defensive line after the loss of a starting defender and goalkeeper following last year’s campaign.

Abi Jordan (Freshman, UMBC, Wollongong)

If a teenager can also be a veteran, then that is a perfect description for Jordan, who has already racked up 50 NPLNSW appearances for Illawarra Stingrays’ first team prior to her move to UMBC. A championship winner at both NPLNSW and Futsal Premier League 2 level, Jordan has also represented both state and country at schoolgirls level, and heads to Baltimore with the kind of pedigree that could see her slot straight into the starting lineup from day one. Having finished 2-15 last season, the Retrievers do need to improve in all areas, but shoring up the defence looks to be the main priority at this point, and Jordan appears well-placed to be a major part of that rebuild as Australian head coach Vanessa Mann dips into her homeland’s stocks to bolster her roster.

Teal Kilbride (Freshman, UMBC, Central Coast)

The second of two Australians to sign for countrywoman Vanessa Mann at UMBC, Kilbride will be hoping to step in and form a new centre back pairing with fellow freshman Abi Jordan as the Retrievers look to shore up a defence that leaked the best part of three goals per game in 2018. Already a teammate of Jordan’s with the Australian Schoolgirls team that toured the United States in 2018, Kilbride is a real chance of playing alongside her fellow countrywoman from the outset, particularly given the lack of experienced defenders on the Retrievers’ roster and the team’s leakiness at the back in 2018. The UMBC attack will need to vastly improve last season’s output of 0.88 goals per game if the team is to make a significant improvement on last season’s record of 2-15, but building out from the back with an improved defence can only serve to help the team going forward, both figuratively and literally.

Ashleigh Lefevre (Sophomore, Illinois, Melbourne)

The most credentialed member of last year’s freshman class, Lefevre came in with Young Matildas experience under her belt, and managed to compile 15 appearances off the bench for Illinois last season, most of which came as cameos of 10-20 minutes. The Illinois defence this year returns three seniors but no juniors, meaning that Lefevre will be among the most experienced players in the Illini backline in 2020. This makes 2019 a year for Lefevre to turn those brief cameos into extended stints or even starts, and consolidate her position in the rotation. With nine defenders in the squad, minutes won’t just be handed to the sophomore, but given that Lefevre made 15 appearances in 2018, the Illinois coaching staff do appear to see the fullback as a member of the rotation going forward.

Sam Roff (Senior, Fairleigh Dickinson, Canberra)

A permanent fixture in the All-Northeast Conference selections during her time at Fairleigh Dickinson, Sam Roff has but one thing to achieve in her final season with the Knights: a conference championship and the NCAA Tournament berth that comes with it. Whilst Roff may not be the kind of defender that gets forward to put up assist and scoring numbers, the fact that Fairleigh Dickinson are yet to concede more than nine goals in their eight conference games in a season during her time with the team speaks volumes about the senior’s defensive ability, and the Knights will once again be leaning on their captain to lead the defence. Whether that translates into silverware remains to be seen, but in Roff the Knights have one player that they know will bring it each and every night.

Siena Senatore (Senior, Southeast Missouri State, Canberra)

Senatore played 29 games across two seasons for Southeast Missouri State in 2015 and 2016, but since that time, the Redhawks defence has been deprived of their rock at the back from Canberra. Whilst the Southeast Missouri State side has featured a solid defence throughout the last few years, there is no doubting that Senatore’s presence made them even better, with the major question now surrounding whether the redshirt senior can return to the form that she showed prior to her injury problems. If she can, and the Redhawks’ attack can find a few more goals after a down year in 2018, it could spell a remarkable turnaround for a team that had won at least eight games in each of the last five seasons before finishing 4-8-5 in 2018.

Kate Swartwout (Senior, Western Carolina, Gold Coast)

A rock at the back when employed in defence for Western Carolina, Swartwout is able to fill a number of positions and has done so with aplomb in her three seasons in Cullowhee. Born in Australia but raised just a two-hour drive from Western Carolina’s campus, Swartwout is in the unique position of being the only Australian currently in Division I to have also played her junior football in the US. Although the Catamounts are yet to win more than nine games in a season in Swartwout’s time with the team, the senior has been part of a defence that has improved over the last couple of seasons, and now features a number of upperclassmen that can set the platform for a more successful 2019 campaign. Whether Swartwout slots into the defence or higher up the pitch remains to be seen, but with a skillset that belies her imposing physical presence, the senior is set to have another impactful year in her final college season.

2018 End Of Season Wrap

(Featured Image Credit: University of Wyoming Media Relations)

As was the case in 2017, we saw 30 Australians take to the pitch in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer this season. Although the season didn’t end with a national champion for the first time in three years, there was still no shortage of players enjoying outstanding campaigns in a thoroughly entertaining 2018, with both familiar faces and new stars putting on a show.

(33 Australians were on rosters at the end of the season. However, Caitlin Cantrill, Laura Farrelly, and Grace Watson-Carr did not feature this season and as such are not featured below.) 

Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
Team Record:
12-4-4 (Mountain West Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 20 games, 9 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Indianna Asimus enjoyed a solid first college season. (Photo Credit: University of Wyoming Media Relations)

Indianna Asimus may have been the lesser used of the four Australians on the Wyoming roster, but nonetheless the freshman had enough of an impact for the Cowgirls to suggest that her playing time will increase going forward. Asimus started each of the final five games of the season, and although the freshman didn’t manage a goal, she did rattle off seven shots in the final two games. That alone is evidence in itself that Asimus found herself in good positions, which will serve her well over the next three seasons, particularly as she looks to snag one of the positions left by the six graduating seniors from the 2017 team.

Gaby Bentley (Old Dominion)
Team Record:
8-7-4 (Conference USA Quarter-Finals)
Stats: 14 games, 2 goals, 0 assists

An impact player off the bench for much of the season, Gaby Bentley may not have started every game but gave just as much as many of the starters for an Old Dominion side that once again found itself in the Conference USA Tournament before being knocked out in the quarter-finals for the third consecutive season. Although her general play was solid throughout the season, Bentley also doubled her scoring output from last season, tallying two goals for the season. With a number of midfielders graduating after the 2018 season, Bentley may just find herself in the starting lineup on a more regular basis in her senior year. 

Lorena Bugden (William & Mary)
Team Record:
6-10-1
Stats: 5 games, 1 start, 0 goals, 0 assists

Having spent her first season at William & Mary recovering from injury, new issues plagued Lorena Bugden in her sophomore year with the Tribe, culminating in just five appearances in a tough season on both a personal level and for the team. Under a new coach for the 2018 campaign, Bugden earned a start in one of her appearances, but the injury problems curtailed what could have been a promising season that may have set the sophomore up for the next couple of seasons at William & Mary. As it is, Bugden will have to hit the ground running in 2019 in order to put together the kind of season she is capable of producing.

Jodie Burchell (Towson)
Team Record:
4-12-3
Stats: 14 games, 7 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists

Freshman Jodie Burchell took a while to establish herself in the Towson side, but once she did, she latched onto her spot and eventually entrenched herself as a member of the starting lineup. Despite playing just 14 games, all of Burchell’s seven starts came in the last eight games of the season. Although the freshman came up with only a single goal in her 485 minutes on the pitch, Burchell was able to fashion chances on occasion, finishing with 10 shots for the season in a solid first campaign in college soccer.

Tessa Calabria (Nicholls State)
Team Record:
3-15-0
Stats: 6 games, 1 start, 0 goals, 1 assist

Although it was a disappointing season for Nicholls State, things began promisingly for Tessa Calabria, starting her first game and playing more than hour in two of her first three appearances before picking up an assist against Alcorn State in the first game of September. However, that would be the last time the junior college transfer would feature in 2018, as injury reared its ugly head and forced the South Australian out for the remainder of the season. However, Calabria will return next season and the Colonels could certainly use her presence as despite scoring 17 goals, 7 of those came from senior Francesca Curteis, and that production will need to be replaced if the team is to improve on this season’s three wins.

Sarah Clark (Chicago State)
Team Record:
0-16-1
Stats: 8 games, 4 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Sarah Clark’s first season in Division I after two successful seasons at Lassen Community College looked promising as the Queenslander made four starts in her first eight appearances for the struggling Cougars. However, Clark’s season ended prematurely after those eight appearances, which spelled trouble for a Chicago State side that could have used all the help it could get as a winless streak dating back to August 2018 continued throughout the season, reaching 33 games.

Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
Team Record:
12-4-4 (Mountain West Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 20 games, 20 starts, 4 goals, 2 assists 

Wyoming needed a leader in midfield following Alisha Bass’s graduation after the 2017 season, and Annika Clayton stepped up to fill the void left by her fellow Australian superbly. Four goals and two assists certainly comprised a tidy return for the midfielder, but statistics alone do not paint the picture of Clayton’s importance to her team. Whether pulling the strings in midfield with her passing or making a marauding run forward, the midfielder’s ability to impact the game in a number of ways was vital to the Cowgirls securing a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title and finishing with 12 wins and 4 draws in their 20 games. Clayton also received a Mountain West All-Conference Second Team nomination for her performances throughout the season, just reward for an outstanding campaign.

Kiri Dale (Hawaii)
Team Record:
9-6-1
Stats: 16 games, 12 starts, 0 goals, 2 assists

Kiri Dale enjoyed another solid season for Hawaii, settling into a position in the starting lineup for the majority of the campaign. The Rainbow Wahine narrowly missed out on their first conference tournament berth, but nonetheless even being in contention represented a vast improvement on their dismal league finishes since moving to the Big West in 2012. Dale finished the season with three complete-game performances in among several other high-minute games, tallying a pair of assists for the season as well as 9 shots in her second season at Hawaii but her first with fellow Australian and College Matildas legend Rachael Doyle as part of the coaching staff.

Isobel Dalton (Colorado)
Team Record:
13-4-3
Stats: 12 games, 0 starts, 0 goals, 1 assist

As has been the case for the majority of Isobel Dalton’s time at Colorado, the senior midfielder found herself just outside the regular rotation of players throughout the season, limiting both her appearances and playing time. However, despite a lack of opportunities, Dalton was still able to exhibit her class in midfield and come up with the occasional memorable moment, including a scintillating pass that split the Oregon State defence for the final assist of the senior’s college career. Having played in both the W-League and the English Women’s Super League before heading to college, Dalton’s next move will be one to watch if the former Brisbane Roar player does choose to extend her footballing career.

Lauren Featherstone (North Dakota State)
Team Record:
9-7-0 (Summit League Semi-Finals)
Stats: 10 games, 2 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Seeking a fresh start at North Dakota State after redshirting her only season at Central Connecticut State in 2017, Lauren Featherstone had what could only be termed as a frustrating year as injury conspired to limit the redshirt freshman to just 10 games. When she actually got the chance to play, Featherstone looked at home for North Dakota State, earning two starts before enduring a three-week break midway through the season and eventually being limited to mere minutes on the pitch by the end of the campaign. However, if Featherstone can overcome her injury problems, the Macarthur Rams product can certainly become an integral part of the North Dakota State lineup going forward.

Jessie Gentle (Wyoming)
Team Record: 12-4-4 (Mountain West Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 20 games, 20 starts, 1 goal, 3 assists

Alongside classmate and fellow Aussie Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle has been an integral member of the Wyoming lineup for much of her time in Laramie, and nothing about that changed in 2018 as the senior terrorised opposing wide players both in attack and defence. Like Clayton, Gentle started every game for the Cowgirls in 2018 as the experienced Wyoming side put together the first 12-win season in program history whilst also securing a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title. A dynamic combination of athleticism and skill led a number of outstanding performances for Wyoming, culminating in a career-high three assists for the season and a second goal of the senior’s career, which came alongside an assist in a 3-1 win over Colorado College.

Beattie Goad (Stanford)
Team Record:
21-1-1 (Pac-12 Champions, NCAA College Cup Semi-Finals)
Stats: 24 games, 9 starts, 2 goals, 3 assists

Beattie Goad has become an integral part of the Stanford side. (Photo Credit: Stanford Athletics)

Beattie Goad has seen decent playing time throughout her time at Stanford during what could only be termed as a golden era for the program, but this season saw the junior’s impact on the side become far more significant. Starting the first five games of the season as injuries opened up a spot, Goad started 9 of her 24 appearances and finished with multiple goals and assists in a season for the first time in her career. Whilst Stanford may have fallen short of repeating as champions after a 2-0 loss to eventual champions Florida State in the College Cup semi-finals, Goad’s season could only be termed as a successful one as she proved herself to be an integral part of one of the best teams in college soccer.

Tenille Harberger (Nicholls State)
Team Record:
3-15-0
Stats: 3 games, 0 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Having redshirted her first year at Nicholls State in 2017, Tenille Harberger finally saw her first playing time for the Colonels this year, seeing limited playing time in three games in what was a tough season in general for the team. The midfielder from Mackay was afforded just 21 minutes of playing time in those three appearances, and will no doubt be hoping to increase that playing time in her junior year in 2019 as Nicholls State look to improve on their three wins this season.

Emma Heckenberg (Drexel)
Team Record:
7-7-5 (CAA Quarter-Finals)
Stats: 18 games, 16 starts, 0 goals, 4 assists

Rarely has a player appeared more willing to do whatever is required to get her team a win than Emma Heckenberg, and that has served the senior well. Heckenberg saw 16 starts in her final year of college soccer, the most of any of her four years at Drexel. Ready and willing to slot in wherever required, Heckenberg carved out a spot as a vital member of the backline with a handy ability to deliver a set-piece, much like Monique Iannella at Hofstra. That set-piece ability delivered four assists, with two of those coming in a 2-1 over St. Joseph’s and another on the game-winner in a victory over Charleston. Whilst Heckenberg was never a player that received massive plaudits, replacing a player of her ilk will prove no small task for Drexel in 2019. 

Kristy Helmers (Nicholls State)
Team Record:
3-15-0
Stats: 18 games, 4 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist

After a solid first couple of seasons that saw Kristy Helmers regularly start for Nicholls State, 2018 saw the Canberra product come off the bench in the vast majority of her appearances in a side that struggled for goals for much of the season. Helmers started just four games and rarely played more than half a game, resulting in a diminished return of just two goals after scoring three in 2017 and six in her freshman year of 2016. However, those two goals were good enough for second-highest on a Nicholls State team that scored just 17 and saw 7 of those come from one player. 

Sandra Hill (Grand Canyon)
Team Record:
6-13-2 (WAC Quarter-Finals)
Stats: 15 games, 9 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists

Fresh off making her debut with the Cambodian national team during the off-season, Sandra Hill returned to Grand Canyon for her sophomore year and made a similar impact to what she had done in 2017. Hill certainly looks to have benefitted from having a year under her belt, looking far more composed on the pitch in 2018, and also managed to pick up her first collegiate goal with an absolute worldie in her side’s WAC Tournament quarter-final loss to Utah Valley. After starting 9 of her 15 games in 2018, Hill will no doubt be hoping to ensure that both of those numbers sit closer to 20 in her junior season, and if her development continues, there is no reason that can’t happen. 

Isabel Hodgson (East Tennessee State)
Team Record:
8-12-0 (Southern Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 20 games, 19 starts, 4 goals, 1 assist

Isabel Hodgson will be tough to replace for ETSU. (Photo Credit: Dakota Hamilton/ETSU Athletics)

A star of the East Tennessee State side from the moment she stepped on the field in Johnson City, Isabel Hodgson once again enjoyed an outstanding season, finishing the 2018 season as the program’s record holder for total appearances. Despite playing a defensive role for the Buccaneers, Hodgson was still able to tally 4 goals and 2 assists, her best return since the 2016 campaign in which the South Australian was utilised in an attacking position, to help her team to a Southern Conference semi-final berth as East Tennessee State atoned for a poor non-conference season by finishing third in the league table. Hodgson has already made her next career move, signing with Adelaide United for the remainder of the W-League season, joining other Australian former college players Laura Johns, Dylan Holmes, and Kahlia Hogg.

Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
Team Record: 16-6-1 (CAA Champions, NCAA Tournament Second Round)
Stats: 23 games, 21 starts, 1 goal, 5 assists

The only thing more lethal than Monique Iannella’s defensive presence is her ability to whip in a pinpoint ball from a corner, and the senior demonstrated both with aplomb to help lead Hofstra to a second consecutive CAA title and another NCAA Tournament appearance. In a side teeming with international players, Iannella was just one of many imports playing a vital role as the Pride rolled through the CAA Tournament before demolishing Boston College in an upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Interestingly, although Iannella’s ability from a corner is renowned, the majority of her assists came in other ways, proving her versatility as a player. Three of these came in one game against Towson, all of which came from open play as the former Melbourne City followed up 2017’s six assists with five more in her senior year. 

Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
Team Record:
8-8-1
Stats: 17 games, 17 starts, 5 clean sheets, 1.248 GAA, 0.788 save percentage 

Claudia Jenkins has been La Salle’s saviour on many occasions. (Photo Credit: Greg Carroccio / Sideline Photos)

After spending the 2017 as backup to senior Larisa Zambelli, Claudia Jenkins made the goalkeeper position her own in 2018, proving to be a more-than-reliable option between the sticks for La Salle. Jenkins’ save percentage and goals against average numbers put her in the top half of goalkeepers in the nation, but those numbers could have been far better if not for an early-season flurry of penalties and own goals that at times left the sophomore on a hiding to nothing. Forced to make almost five saves per game, Jenkins stood tall in a tough season for La Salle, who came back to the pack in a massive way after winning the conference title last season as the Explorers looked to replace three defensive starters who had graduated after the 2017 season. 

Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
Team Record: 14-5-3
Stats: 21 games, 2 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists

Demi Koulizakis made her first starts since 2016 this season as the junior’s vast improvement became impossible to ignore after a slightly down season in 2017. Koulizakis’ minutes fluctuated wildly throughout the season, but demonstrated her class with a technically sublime finish in the team’s 6-0 win over Florida International, the junior’s only goal for the season. Impressively, the junior played 100 minutes in the Red Raiders’ shootout loss to Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and the fact that Koulizakis has forced her way into increased playing time in a team that is performing just as well as in previous seasons may be the most promising outcome of all from this campaign.

Ashleigh Lefevre (Illinois)
Team Record: 11-8-1
Stats: 15 games, 0 starts, 0 goals, 1 assist

Cameos off the bench were the order of the season for Ashleigh Lefevre, who made 15 appearances for Illinois in her freshman year, but never saw more than 40 minutes of playing time in any one game. Often used at the back end of the first half to give starters an extended halftime break, Lefevre nevertheless managed to maintain a spot in the rotation, and was able to make her first tangible mark on a game with her first career assist in the Illini’s 5-0 win over SIU Edwardsville early in the season. Having been afforded limited opportunities in her freshman year, Lefevre will no doubt be hoping to build on that going forward to become an integral member of the Illinois starting lineup in 2019. 

Teagan Micah (UCLA)
Team Record: 17-3-2 (NCAA Tournament Semi-Finals)
Stats: 17 games, 14 starts, 8 clean sheets, 0.745 GAA, 0.789 save percentage

Teagan Micah was a vital cog in the UCLA side. (Photo Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Firmly established as one of the nation’s top goalkeepers, Teagan Micah came up in a massive way for UCLA on a number of occasions this season as the Bruins followed up last year’s national title game appearance with a run to the quarter-finals. Playing behind the Bruins’ outstanding defence meant Micah didn’t always have a ton of work to do, but regularly stepped up when called upon. This was most evident in the crosstown derby against USC, in which the junior made 8 saves in the Bruins’ overtime victory, including an acrobatic tip over the bar with just two seconds to play on a shot that would have otherwise won USC the game at the last possible moment. A concussion midway through the season may have kept Micah out for a few games midway through the season, but nonetheless it was another outstanding campaign for one of the top Australian players in college.

Shelby Milton (Saint Francis)
Team Record: 8-9-3 (Northeast Conference Runner-Up)
Stats: 7 games, 1 start, 0 goals, 0 assists

Once again it was an impressive year for Saint Francis, but also one that saw Shelby Milton receive but limited opportunities for the Red Flash in her final campaign with the team. Despite starting against Duquesne early in the season, even that game saw the defender play only 17 minutes as not one of Milton’s seven appearances saw her play more than 37 minutes. It was the same story that had panned out in each of Milton’s previous seasons at St. Francis, who started games in all three of her seasons with the team but never played more than eight games in any one campaign. 

Freyja Murray (Akron)
Team Record:
8-10-2 (MAC Quarter-Finals)
Stats: 3 games, 0 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

It was a frustrating season in terms of playing time for Akron freshman Freyja Murray, who saw playing time in three early-season games, totalling just 64 minutes of action in her first year with the Zips as those three games turned out to be her only appearances in her freshman year. Unfortunately, it looks as though 2018 may be Murray’s only season with the side, with social media posts suggesting the former Northern Tigers defender may be leaving the program.

Caitlin Pickett (Wyoming)
Team Record: 12-4-4 (Mountain West Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 20 games, 19 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist

Caitlin Pickett came up big in a couple of overtime thrillers. (Photo Credit: University of Wyoming Media Relations)

Caitlin Pickett started her college career in whirlwind fashion, coming off the bench to score an overtime winner in just her second game against Utah Valley. Although that goal comprised half of the freshman’s season tally, the other goal Pickett scored was even more thrilling, coming 16 seconds from the end of overtime in a vital win over Utah State that helped Wyoming on the way to a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title. Impressively, Pickett started 19 games in her first college season, appearing at home in the Wyoming lineup, and looks set to form an integral part of the Wyoming attack alongside fellow Australian and classmate Indianna Asimus.

Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Team Record:
6-10-3 (Northeast Conference Semi-Finals)
Stats: 19 games, 18 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Sam Roff’s stat line may look as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, but offensive output has never been the junior’s job as a member of the Fairleigh Dickinson backline. The Knights finished in the top four in their conference for both shutout percentage and goals against average, testament to Roff and her defensive teammates’ strength as a unit. Although Fairleigh Dickinson fell in the NEC semi-finals, Roff’s work this season did not go unnoticed as the junior picked up a second consecutive All-Conference First Team selection to solidify her place as one of the top defenders in the league.

Kate Swartwout (Western Carolina)
Team Record:
8-8-2 (Southern Conference Quarter-Finals)
Stats: 16 games, 3 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist

Kate Swartwout showed plenty of scoring ability before making her way to Western Carolina, and those attacking instincts showed this season as the junior picked up the first goal of her college career in the Catamounts’ 2-1 loss to Chattanooga in October. Whilst starts were once again not forthcoming for Swartwout, the versatile junior retained a role as an impact player off the bench, appearing in 16 games in a middling season for the Catamounts that saw the team reach the conference tournament but fail to pick up a win, falling to Furman in the quarter-finals. With seven seniors on the roster this season, there will certainly be chances for Swartwout to become a regular starter in 2019 as she looks to end her college career with a flourish.

Claire Urquhart (Albany)
Team Record: 14-7-2 (America East Champions, NCAA Tournament First Round)
Stats: 7 games, 0 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

After starting 8 games in 2017, 2018 saw a drop in Claire Urquhart’s playing time in her senior year, with just seven appearances and no starts forthcoming in the Queenslander’s final season in Albany. Urquhart did enjoy a third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years, but unfortunately did not receive any playing time in the Great Danes’ 5-1 loss to South Florida in the opening round, rounding out a career in which she had been seemingly vastly underutilised throughout.

Alyssa Van Heurck (La Salle)
Team Record:
8-8-1
Stats: 17 games, 6 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists

Alyssa Van Heurck made the most of a positional switch. (Photo Credit: Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos)

Known more as a fullback in her time prior to college, Alyssa Van Heurck found herself pushed up the pitch into an attacking wide role, and made the most of the switch to tally 17 appearances in her freshman year. Although the Western Australian started just six of those games, Van Heurck could regularly be called upon to provide a spark off the bench, tallying her first college goal in a 24-minute stint against UMBC in just her second college game and rattling off 3 shots in just 22 minutes against St. Bonaventure later in the season as her emergence as an integral part of the rotation became apparent.

College Matildas End Of Season Awards

Player Of The NCAA Tournament: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
Freshman Of The Year: Caitlin Pickett (Wyoming)
Sophomore Of The Year: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
Junior Of The Year: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
Senior Of The Year: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
Goalkeeper Of The Year: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle) and Teagan Micah (UCLA)
Defender Of The Year: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
Midfielder Of The Year: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
Forward Of The Year: Caitlin Pickett (Wyoming)
Breakout Player Of The Year: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
Most Consistent Player: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
Top Goalscorer: Annika Clayton (Wyoming) and Isabel Hodgson (ETSU) – 4 Goals
Most Assists: Monique Iannella (Hofstra) – 5 Assists
2018 College Matildas Player Of The Year: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)

2018 Week 11 Wrap

The number of Aussies left standing can only go down from here, but it was a fairly solid week of conference tournament play with a number of teams seeing their way through to next week. However, the news of the weekend was Wyoming clinching a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a final day win over Colorado State.

Conference tournaments kicked off this week, with mixed fortunes for teams featuring Australians. Hofstra have perhaps been the most impressive to this point, with Monique Iannella a mainstay in the lineup for a Pride team that will play in the CAA championship game next weekend. Hofstra dominated Delaware in the quarterfinals, holding their opponents to just six shots for the entire game, all of which came in the first half. However, despite having the run of play for the whole evening, Hofstra could only tally a single 33rd minute goal, but secured a 1-0 victory to face perennial contenders Northeastern in the semi-finals. This time, it was Hofstra who found themselves under the pump throughout, but a ninth-minute goal from Lucy Porter on one of just two shots on target for the Pride proved enough as Northeastern were unable to convert any one of their twenty shots into a goal. Iannella played every minute of the two games, and Hofstra will now face James Madison in the conference title game. The Dukes have a link to Australia of their own – first-year head coach Josh Walters was an assistant at UCLA prior to moving to James Madison, and in fact helped to recruit Teagan Micah to the Bruins.

Unfortunately, Emma Heckenberg and Drexel were unable to join Hofstra in the semi-finals after falling 3-2 to Charleston in an overtime thriller. Heckenberg rattled off two shots, with one on target, in a game that saw Drexel rally from two goals down with an 87th minute equaliser before eventually giving up the golden goal winner with just five minutes remaining in extra time. The loss also spells the conclusion of an outstanding career for Heckenberg, who took a while to find her spot in the Drexel lineup, but eventually carved out her spot as an integral member of the Dragons’ team.

Isabel Hodgson also played the full 90 minutes in a defensive struggle against Mercer as East Tennessee State won their quarterfinal contest in the Southern Conference tournament. In a game that saw each team manage just six shots apiece, and it took East Tennessee State until the 80th minute to break the deadlock through Sarah Connolly. The Buccaneers will now face UNC Greensboro in the semi-finals, a team they beat 2-1 on their home patch in the regular season.

Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech secured a win over Texas on the final day of the regular season to set up a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal against TCU. In a pulsating fixture that somehow failed to yield a goal, Koulizakis saw 14 minutes on the pitch before Texas Tech advanced after a 5-3 win on penalties.

Unfortunately, the remaining six Australians failed to see the pitch in their teams’ conference tournament matches. Ashleigh Lefevre’s Illinois, Claire Urquhart’s Albany and Caitlin Cantrill’s LSU sides remain in contention for conference titles next weekend, but for Freyja Murray’s Akron, Siena Senatore’s Southeast Missouri State and Kate Swartwout’s Western Carolina outfits, their next games will come in 2019 after falling in their own conference tournament games.

Back in league action, Wyoming came into their game against arch-rivals Colorado State knowing that a win would not only give them the 2nd seed in the Mountain West conference tournament, but also give them a chance of securing a share of the regular season title if Boise State were to lose later in the afternoon. On a windy day in Laramie, the Cowgirls had the edge in the first half despite running into the gale, and once the teams switched sides for the second half, Wyoming dominated. However, it took until the 76th minute for a ball pinging around in the box to finally be slotted home by Adalyn Vergara for the 1-0 victory. Whilst the Australian quartet weren’t involved in the goal, they were highly impressive. Indianna Asimus found herself in good positions on multiple occasions and should possibly have done better with her three shots, all of which went narrowly over the bar, whilst seniors Annika Clayton and Jessie Gentle saw out their careers at Laramie in style with solid performances. Caitlin Pickett also started, but came out of the game after 33 minutes. As it turns out, Boise State did fall in their final game of the season against Utah State, handing Wyoming and New Mexico a three-way split of the league title ahead of next week’s conference tournament.

Beattie Goad has been given a slightly increased role in the Stanford lineup of late, and the junior continued to be a threat for the nation’s top team as the Cardinal continued to extend their unbeaten streak. Earning the start in Stanford’s 2-0 win over Washington, Goad was solid in midfield and managed to tally a single shot before showing more promise against Washington State. The junior tallied another two shots, forcing a point-blank save from Cougars’ goalkeeper Rachel Thompson in a game that looked certain to end in a Stanford win. However, a calamitous misplay at the back from Stanford allowed Washington State to tally an open-goal equaliser late on, and with neither team able to break the deadlock in extra time, the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw.

Full Schedule: 

Akron (Freyja Murray)

This week: defeated Buffalo 3-2; lost 1-0 to Western Michigan

Freyja Murray did not feature for Akron in either game this week as the Zips’ season ended with a first-round conference tournament loss to Western Michigan.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week: defeated New Hampshire 1-0; defeated Hartford 1-0

Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in either game this week as Albany advanced to the America East conference championship game.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark) 

This week: lost 8-0 to UMKC

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

Colorado (Isobel Dalton)

This week: lost 1-0 to USC; lost 2-1 to UCLA

Isobel Dalton did not feature for Colorado in either game this week. 

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week: lost 3-2 to Charleston (OT)

Emma Heckenberg played all 104 minutes in her final game of college soccer, registering two shots with one on target in Drexel’s season-ending loss to Charleston.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson) 

This week: defeated Mercer 1-0

Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes as East Tennessee State advanced to the Southern Conference tournament semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Mercer.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 1-0 to Sacred Heart

Sam Roff played the full 90 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson in their loss to Sacred Heart.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: drew 3-3 with Cal State Bakersfield

Sandra Hill started and played all 110 minutes for Grand Canyon in their thrilling draw with Cal State Bakersfield.

Hawaii (Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated UC Riverside 2-0; lost 2-1 to Cal State Fullerton

Kiri Dale started both games this week, registering a shot in 68 minutes against UC Riveride before tallying another in the dying seconds of Hawaii’s season-ending loss to Cal State Fullerton as part of a 35-minute performance. 

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson-Carr)

This week: defeated Delaware 1-0; defeated Northeastern 1-0

Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week as Hofstra advanced to the CAA championship game with a pair of 1-0 wins. Reserve goalkeeper Grace Watson-Carr did not feature in either game. 

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Wisconsin 3-0 on penalties (0-0 after extra time)

Ashleigh Lefevre did not feature as Illinois defeated Wisconsin on penalties to advance to the Big Ten tournament semi-finals.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill) 

This week: defeated Mississippi State 2-1; defeated Missouri 3-2 (OT)

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either game this week as the Tigers advanced to the SEC tournament semi-finals with an overtime win over Missouri.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly) 

This week: lost 2-0 to Western Kentucky

Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their loss to Western Kentucky. 

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

This week: lost 4-0 to Southeastern Louisiana

Kristy Helmers came off the bench for Nicholls State in their loss to Southeastern Louisiana to play 42 minutes, whilst Tenille Harberger and Tessa Calabria did not feature. 

North Dakota State (Lauren Featherstone) 

This week: defeated South Dakota 1-0

Lauren Featherstone did not feature for North Dakota State in their win over South Dakota. 

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley) 

This week: defeated North Texas 4-0

Gaby Bentley came off the bench for Old Dominion in their win over North Texas, playing 23 minutes and registering a single shot on target.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Belmont 4-3 on penalties (0-0 after extra time); lost 3-2 on penalties to Eastern Illinois (1-1 after extra time)

Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in either game this week as the Redhawks’ season ended in a shootout loss to Eastern Illinois.

St. Francis University (Shelby Milton) 

This week: lost 1-0 to Central Connecticut State; defeated Wagner 5-0

Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in their loss to Central Connecticut State, but came off the bench play 27 minutes in the win over Wagner.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Washington 2-0; drew 1-1 with Washington State

Beattie Goad started and tallied a shot in 49 minutes in the win over Washington before coming off the bench to register two shots in 52 minutes against Washington State, with one on target. 

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis) 

This week: defeated Texas 1-0; defeated TCU 5-3 on penalties (0-0 after extra time)

Demi Koulizakis came off the bench in both games this week, playing 24 minutes in the win over Texas and 14 minutes in the shootout victory over TCU that handed Texas Tech a Big 12 tournament semi-final berth. 

UCLA (Teagan Micah) 

This week: defeated Utah 5-1; defeated Colorado 2-1

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes against Utah but did not make a save before playing the second half against Colorado, making one save and giving up the one goal that UCLA conceded. 

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout) 

This week: lost 1-0 to Furman

Kate Swartwout did not feature for Western Carolina in their season-ending Southern Conference tournament loss to Furman. 

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

This week: defeated Colorado State 1-0

All four Aussies started for Wyoming in their win over Colorado State. Annika Clayton played 82 minutes, whilst Jessie Gentle was a menace out wide for her 86 minutes. Indianna Asimus registered three shots, all of which went narrowly over the bar, in her 62 minutes on the pitch, whilst Caitlin Pickett played 33 minutes.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2:
Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1:
Emma Heckenberg (Drexel)