2019 Week 12 Wrap

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Beattie Goad has come off the bench in recent weeks, but received a starting berth on her own Senior Day and took the opportunity with both hands as the Cardinal routed local rivals California 4-0. Stanford took a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, with Goad tallying an assist on the second. The senior found Carly Malatskey in space out wide with a neat pass, before Malatskey tucked a finish just inside the near post to deliver Stanford a handy advantage.

Goad would do something quite similar in the build-up to Stanford’s third goal after halftime. This time, Goad found Sophia Smith out wide, who cut in before curling home past the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand. Stanford finished the game outshooting California 39-1, with 17 of those on target. The win completed a perfect Pac-12 season for Stanford, who look set to go into the NCAA Tournament as the #1 overall seed as they look for a second national championship in three seasons.

Texas Tech may not have been able to get a win in their Big 12 semi-final against TCU, but Demi Koulizakis was nonetheless dangerous for the Red Raiders. Just 53 seconds into the contest, Koulizakis’ shot from distance could only be tipped down by the goalkeeper, with the ball dropping into the path of Jordie Harr, who managed to direct the ball home despite the close attention of a TCU defender. However, despite Texas Tech outshooting their opponents 21-10, the Horned Frogs scored with their only two shots on target of the evening to secure a 2-1 smash-and-grab victory, leaving Texas Tech to await their position in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

Eliza Ammendolia remained a threat for Hawaii until the very last moment of the Rainbow Wahine’s season, with the All-Conference selection again proving dangerous despite her team’s 3-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton in the Big West semi-finals. The freshman tallied one of Hawaii’s five shots on target in a complete game performance, but Cal State Fullerton were clinical, putting 10 of their 12 shots on target as they rolled to victory. The loss also saw Kiri Dale’s outstanding college career come to an end, with the redshirt senior proving to be an integral member of the Hawaii side for the last three seasons since transferring from Iona.

Whilst neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr have seen much playing time this year, they will still take away special memories from this season as Hofstra secured their third consecutive CAA Championship. Having dominated all season, the Pride put a bow on things in the best way possible, rolling to a 5-1 victory in the championship game over James Madison.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
2: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)
1: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 1-0 to Prairie View A&M

Sophie Bui started and played 45 minutes in Alabama State’s season-ending loss to Prairie View A&M.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Bryant 2-0; lost 1-0 to Central Connecticut State

Sam Roff started her final two college games, playing 82 minutes in the win over Bryant and 33 minutes in the Northeast Conference championship game loss to Central Connecticut State.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 3-0 to Cal State Fullerton

Eliza Ammendolia played the full 90 minutes for Hawaii in their loss to Cal State Fullerton, tallying 3 shots with one on target. Kiri Dale came off the bench in her final game for the Rainbow Wahine, playing 15 minutes.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated James Madison 5-1

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra as the Pride secured the CAA championship with a win over James Madison.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 1-0 to Saint Louis

Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes in La Salle’s season-ending loss to Saint Louis, making two saves. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, posting a shot in a 50-minute outing.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: lost 2-1 SIU-Edwardsville

Siena Senatore started for Southeast Missouri State in what turned out to be her last college game, playing the full 90 minutes.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated California 4-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their win over rivals California, contributing a pair of assists as well as a shot in a 60-minute outing.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: lost 2-1 to TCU

Demi Koulizakis played the full 90 minutes in Texas Tech’s conference tournament loss to TCU, tallying four shots with two on target.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated USC 4-2

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in UCLA’s victory over cross-town rivals USC, but did not make a save. Rachel Lowe missed this game due to Young Matildas commitments.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

This week: lost 1-0 to Washington

Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their loss to Washington.

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 5 Wrap

Goals for Indianna Asimus are becoming a regular occurrence, whilst Rachel Lowe took advantage of an extended run on Sunday afternoon to make her case for extended playing time for UCLA.

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It may not have been her prettiest finish of the season to this point, but Wyoming sophomore Indianna Asimus found a way to find the back of the net for the fourth time this season even as the Cowgirls fell to a 3-2 overtime defeat to South Dakota. Finishing the night with four shots, Asimus’ third found the goal as a scrum on the goal line ended with the midfielder just managing to steer the ball home. As the only Aussie to score a goal this week, Asimus doubled her lead atop the goalscoring charts, and the sophomore’s willingness to have a crack at goal suggests that there are more goals to come.

Fresh off a frustrating 2-2 draw with Pepperdine earlier in the week, UCLA were looking to bounce back against Hawaii, and did so emphatically with a 4-0 win that saw an Aussie heavily involved. However, it was Rachel Lowe, rather than Teagan Micah, who made more of an impact as the senior goalkeeper found herself completely untested in her 45 minutes on the pitch, finishing the half without a save but also without conceding a goal. However, Lowe came off the bench to tally an assist on the Bruins’ opening goal whilst also tallying two shots on target in 48 minutes of action to go with one that the freshman had tallied against Pepperdine. Despite the scoreline, there were positives for Hawaii freshman Eliza Ammendolia, who started for the second consecutive game, playing 56 minutes and tallying two shots. Kiri Dale also featured for ten minutes off the bench, ensuring that all four Aussie players saw time on the pitch.

However, the outstanding day was not over for Micah and Lowe, with the UCLA pair named to the Matildas squad for a training camp featuring a mixture of Women’s World Cup squad members and players looking to break into the team.

La Salle may have fallen to a 3-1 defeat to George Washington to open conference play, but defender-turned-attacker Alyssa Van Heurck continues to prove why she is fully deserving of a starting berth for the Explorers. Starting for the seventh time in eight games this season, Van Heurck once again saw playing time either side of halftime, managing to tally an assist on La Salle’s only goal of the game as the Explorers managed to pull one back to trail 3-1 just after the hour mark, but found themselves unable to put together a rally. Claudia Jenkins once again played a complete game for the Explorers, coming up with four saves in the defeat.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
2: Rachel Lowe (UCLA)
1: Alyssa Van Heurck (La Salle)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 4-1 to North Alabama; lost 4-3 to Mercer

Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in either game this week.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 8-1 to Oral Roberts; lost 6-0 to Tulsa

Sarah Clark started and played 73 minutes in Chicago State’s loss to Oral Roberts, but did not feature against Tulsa.

Clark – start, 73 minutes v ORU

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: defeated Hampton 2-1

D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their win over Hampton.

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Long Island 2-0; lost 2-0 to West Virginia

Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, registering two shots in 70 minutes against Long Island, before playing the full 90 minutes and tallying another shot in the loss to West Virginia.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 2-0 to CSU Northridge

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

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: lost 1-0 to Washington State; lost 4-0 to UCLA

Eliza Ammendolia started both games for Hawaii this week, playing 62 minutes against Washington State before tallying 2 shots in 56 minutes of action against UCLA. Kiri Dale did not feature against Washington State, but came off the bench to play 10 minutes against UCLA.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated Penn 2-1

Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured for Hofstra in their win over Penn.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Northwestern 3-1

Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench to play 33 minutes in Illinois’ win over Northwestern.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 3-1 to George Washington

Claudia Jenkins played the full 90 minutes between the sticks in La Salle’s loss to George Washington, making four saves. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, playing 44 minutes and tallying an assist on La Salle’s goal, as well as a shot on target.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 3-0 to Florida; lost 1-0 to James Madison

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 4-0 to Florida Atlantic; lost 2-0 to Florida Gulf Coast

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: drew 1-1 with Missouri

Aimee Medwin did not feature in Mississippi’s draw with Missouri.

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

This week: lost 6-0 to Lamar

Tessa Calabria started for Nicholls State in their loss to Lamar, registering a pair of shots in 58 minutes. Kristy Helmers also started, tallying a shot on target in her 76 minutes on the pitch. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: defeated Eastern Washington 4-2

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in their win over Eastern Washington.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 1-0 to North Texas

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their loss to North Texas.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: lost 2-0 to Dartmouth; lost 4-1 to Saint Louis

Teresa Morrissey started both games this week, playing a complete game and making two saves against Dartmouth, before playing 65 minutes and making 3 saves whilst conceding four goals in the loss to Saint Louis.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Belmont 2-1; defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0

Siena Senatore came off the bench in both games this week, playing 15 minutes against Belmont and 10 minutes in the win over Eastern Illinois.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Santa Clara 4-2

Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in their win over Santa Clara, playing 15 minutes.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated South Florida 2-1


Demi Koulizakis started for Texas Tech in their win over South Florida, playing 67 minutes.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: drew 2-2 with Pepperdine; @ Hawaii – 11:30am, Monday September 23

Teagan Micah started both games this week, making 1 save in 110 minutes against Pepperdine before going untested in 45 minutes of action against Hawaii. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in both games, tallying a shot on target in 14 minutes against Pepperdine, before testing the goalkeeper twice more and also tallying an assist in 48 minutes against Hawaii.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 4-1 to George Washington; lost 2-0 to New Hampshire

Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured for UMBC in either game this week.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated UNC Asheville 2-0; v lost 3-1 to North Florida

Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina in the loss to UNC Asheville, playing 45 minutes before coming off the bench in the loss to North Florida, playing 13 minutes.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: lost 3-2 to South Dakota (OT)

Indianna Asimus scored her fourth goal of the season in Wyoming’s loss to South Dakota, whilst tallying four shots including two on target in an 87-minute outing.

2019 Week 5 Preview

Beattie Goad and Stanford will be looking for a more successful week after dropping a game to Pepperdine last week, whilst UCLA and Hawaii bring together no less than five Aussies, including a trio of W-League teammates.

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Stanford had what could only be described as an underwhelming week last week in falling to a loss to Pepperdine and defeating UC Santa Barbara 1-0 with a late winner, and things don’t stand to get any easier this week as the Cardinal take on a Santa Clara side that has already knocked off the Aussie-laden UCLA this season. The Cardinal were perhaps guilty of trying to walk the ball in on a few occasions against teams that stacked the defensive line, but Beattie Goad, among others, came up with some moments that could have ended in goals, including one scintillating cross from the Aussie senior that was headed onto the crossbar against Pepperdine. Stanford may actually benefit from playing a team like Santa Clara, who will be far more attack-minded than either of last week’s opponents, potentially opening up the pitch for the Cardinal attack, with Beattie Goad hopefully one of the beneficiaries as the senior looks to continue an outstanding senior season.

Whilst Stanford are playing a side that has already beaten UCLA, the Bruins themselves will travel to Hawaii face a Pepperdine side that upset Stanford just a week ago. Prior to that result, this contest would have appeared to be a breeze for the Bruins, but the Waves changed that line of thinking with their win over Stanford. UCLA will still come in as favourites, particularly having knocked off defending national champions Florida State and nationally ranked Wisconsin already this season, and with Teagan Micah having already picked up four clean sheets this year, sneaking a one-goal victory will be an incredibly difficult task for the Waves. Rachel Lowe also returned to the UCLA rotation last week, and will surely be hoping to see extended minutes as the Bruins attempt to put Pepperdine to the sword.

The Bruins will then face host side Hawaii in a game featuring no less than five Australians across the playing and coaching staff of both sides. Hawaii midfielder Eliza Ammendolia was a teammate of both Teagan Micah and Rachel Lowe at Western Sydney Wanderers, and with Kiri Dale also on the Rainbow Wahine roster and former Washington State and Matildas defender Rachael Doyle on the Hawaii coaching staff, there will be plenty of reasons for Aussie fans to catch Monday morning’s game.

Ashleigh Lefevre has built on last season’s performances to emerge as an integral part of Illinois’ starting lineup in 2019, and with the Illini kicking off conference play this week against in-state rivals Northwestern, the sophomore finds herself tasked with helping her team get off to a good start against a team picked to finish just one spot below them in the Big Ten. This really is the kind of game Illinois need to win if they are to atone for last year’s controversial omission from the NCAA Tournament, with a middling conference schedule in 2018 perhaps the team’s downfall. However, with a 6-1 record to this point, Illinois are looking in good form, as is Lefevre.

Sandra Hill had seen only limited minutes coming into last week’s pair of games, but the Grand Canyon fullback gained her first start of the season against North Dakota, and played 185 of 200 minutes across two games to re-establish herself as a member of the Antelopes’ lineup. This week sees Grand Canyon celebrate Senior Day against Cal State Northridge, and whilst Hill may not be a senior, both she and the remainder of the Antelopes lineup will be hoping to turn around their form to celebrate the occasion with the team’s second win of the season. It won’t be easy though, particularly against a Cal State Northridge side that has posted five wins in their eight games to this point. But with Hill back to shore up the side, things may just be turning around for Grand Canyon as they prepare to move into conference play.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: v North Alabama – 9am, Saturday September 21; @ Mercer – 4am, Monday September 23

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ Oral Roberts – 10am, Saturday September 21; @ Tulsa – 5am, Monday September 23

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Hampton – 7am, Thursday September 19

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Long Island – 6am, Thursday September 19; @ West Virginia – 9am, Saturday September 21

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v CSU Northridge – 6am, Monday September 23

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: v Washington State – 3pm, Friday September 20; v UCLA – 11:30am, Monday September 23

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Penn – 8am, Saturday September 21

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: v Northwestern – 10am, Saturday September 21

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v George Washington – 3am, Monday September 23

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Florida – 10am, Friday September 20; v James Madison – 4am, Monday September 23

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Florida Atlantic – 9am, Friday September 20; @ Florida Gulf Coast – 3am, Monday September 23

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Missouri – 10am, Saturday September 21

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

This week: @ Lamar – 10am, Saturday September 21

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: @ Eastern Washington – 9am, Saturday September 21

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ North Texas – 10am, Saturday September 21

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ Dartmouth – 9am, Friday September 20; v Saint Louis – 3am, Monday September 23

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: v Belmont – 9:30am, Saturday September 21; v Eastern Illinois – 5am, Monday September 23

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Santa Clara – 12pm, Monday September 23

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ South Florida – 9am, Sunday September 22

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: v Pepperdine – 12:30pm, Friday September 20; @ Hawaii – 11:30am, Monday September 23

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: v George Washington – 9am, Friday September 20; v New Hampshire – 4am, Monday September 23

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v UNC Asheville – 5:30am, Thursday September 19; v North Florida – 3am, Monday September 23

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v South Dakota – 11am, Friday September 20

2019 Week 3 Preview

With only a couple of weeks until conference play commences, it’s time for teams to start hitting their straps in non-conference action to prepare themselves for their league slate. Teagan Micah, Rachel Lowe, and UCLA will continue their high-level early schedule against Santa Clara, whilst Demi Koulizakis will hope that her Senior Night celebrations extend throughout the night as Texas Tech look to maintain their good form.

(Image Credit: Stanford Athletics)

Beattie Goad has put together a flying start to the season, and will attempt to keep things going in the same direction as Stanford take on a San Francisco side against whom they have had plenty of recent success. Having renewed their rivalry for the first time in a decade in 2017, Stanford have well and truly had the wood over the Dons, winning 8-0 in 2017 before following up with a 5-1 victory last season. Goad started both of those games, and tallied 4 shots in last year’s game, but did not actually have a hand in any of the 13 goals her team scored across those two games. However, this season is a different matter, with Goad having already contributed a goal and two assists in 2019 as the senior from Melbourne positions herself as an integral member of the Cardinal lineup.

Senior Night was once reserved for the final home game of a team’s season, but in recent years an increasing number of teams have moved the occasion to an earlier point in the season, and Demi Koulizakis will be celebrating her career prior to this weekend’s home game against in-state opponent Abilene Christian. Koulizakis’ form to start the season has been electric, and we could very well see the pre-game celebrations extend into the match itself, although the Wildcats could prove a tricky opponent after winning three of their first four matches. Nonetheless, the Red Raiders will be hot favourites even against an Abilene Christian side growing in confidence, and it would not be a surprise at all to see Koulizakis add a goal or assist to her season stats.

Teagan Micah broke the Pac-12 record with her eighth Goalkeeper of the Week award for her efforts against Florida State and Florida, and the senior will get another chance to test herself against high quality opposition as #2 UCLA travel north to the Bay Area to face a Santa Clara that has been free-flowing in attack but let down by its defence in falling to a 1-3 record at this early stage. Despite falling out of the Top 25 rankings, the Broncos still possess an attack that can pose the UCLA defence problems, having scored 9 goals in their first 4 games, putting 2 past #12 Duke in an overtime defeat last week. However, with Micah between the sticks, a UCLA back line that gives up very few shots on target in the first place can be confident that the ones that do slip through will be handled with ease on the majority of occasions. We may also see Rachel Lowe return to the pitch for the Bruins after being an unused substitute on both occasions last week, with the rotation likely to be slightly longer in this contest than it had been against the likes of defending national champions Florida State.

Rhode Island’s two wins in three games to open the season is already two more than the Rams picked up last week, and this week sees Teresa Morrissey’s side take on Pittsburgh in a battle of teams looking to make vast improvements on last season’s performance. Pittsburgh picked up just four wins in 2018, and whilst the Panthers may play in one of the toughest conferences in the nation in the ACC, that doesn’t guarantee success against mid-major schools. Rhode Island will fancy their chances in this one, with Pittsburgh’s leaky defence perhaps providing the Rams an opportunity to finally hit some decent scoring form, with all three of their matches finishing 1-0 one way or the other. However, they’ll still need to keep Pittsburgh at bay, and with Morrissey conceding just a single goal in her first three appearances, the freshman’s form could prove crucial in helping the Rams move to 3-1.

Siena Senatore has been ever-present for Southeast Missouri State in her return campaign after two seasons away from the game, and whilst last week’s games against SEC opponents Mississippi and Arkansas proved a tough occasion for the Redhawks’ defence, they get the chance to return to form against a pair of mid-majors this week. Heading on the road to face Evansville, Senatore and her teammates have a chance to rebound against a team that is yet to secure a win in a competitive fixture this year and scored just two goals in their three games to this point. Arkansas State will likely provide a sterner test than Evansville, with the Red Wolves having picked up wins over Kansas State and Central Arkansas in their opening two fixtures. However, both of these games are eminently winnable fixtures, and with Senatore shoring up the defence, the Redhawks can be confident that leaking goals won’t be an issue.

Finally, we have the chance to be treated to a pair of Aussie v Aussie matchups as Eden Taylor-Wineera and North Dakota State host Hawaii’s trio of Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale, and assistant coach Rachael Doyle before Sarah Clark and Chicago State roll into town for a Sunday afternoon fixture. Taylor-Wineera has seen brief cameos off the bench in the last couple of games, whilst Ammendolia has been steadily forcing her way into the Hawaii lineup. Meanwhile, Clark tallied a trio of shots in Chicago State’s loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last week, leaving Aussie fans with plenty of players to watch as they build towards conference play.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ UAB – 10am, Friday September 6; v Jacksonville State – 4am, Monday September 9

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ North Dakota – 6am, Saturday September 7; @ North Dakota State – 4am, Monday September 9

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: @ Navy – 9am, Saturday September 7; @ Delaware State – 3am, Monday September 9

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Monmouth – 9am, Saturday September 7; @ William & Mary – 3am, Monday September 9

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Northern Colorado – 12pm, Friday September 6; v Colorado State – 12pm, Monday September 9

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ North Dakota State – 10am, Saturday September 7; @ North Dakota – 7am, Monday September 9

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Rutgers – 9am, Friday September 6; @ Stony Brook – 3am, Monday September 9

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Illinois State – 9am, Monday September 9

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ Florida Gulf Coast – 9am, Friday September 6; @ St. John’s – 3am, Monday September 9

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v North Carolina – 6:30am, Friday September 6; v Duke – 3:30am, Monday September 9

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Lipscomb – 7:30am, Saturday September 7; @ Vanderbilt – 5:30am, Monday September 9

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: @ Western Kentucky – 10am, Friday September 6; @ Murray State – 5am, Monday September 9

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

This week: @ Prairie View A&M – 4am, Monday September 9

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v Hawaii – 10am, Saturday September 7; v Chicago State – 4am, Monday September 9

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Longwood – 9am, Friday September 6; @ VCU – 7am, Monday September 9

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ Pittsburgh – 7am, Saturday September 7; v Sacred Heart – 3am, Monday September 9

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Evansville – 10am, Saturday September 7

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ San Francisco – 10am, Monday September 9

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Abilene Christian – 10am, Saturday September 7; v Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 9

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Santa Clara – 12:30pm, Friday September 6

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Towson – 6am, Friday September 6

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: @ Davidson – 9am, Friday September 6; @ Charlotte – 3am, Monday September 9

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Baylor – 8am, Saturday September 7; v Idaho State – 5am, Monday September 9

2019 Week 1 Preview

Preseason is in the books and it’s time for the regular season to kick off. Over the next 12 weeks, over 330 teams across the US will be playing for their chance to compete for a national championship, with a couple of Aussies among the teams with the best chance to be holding the trophy aloft in San Jose in early December.

(Feature Image: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

As per usual, Beattie Goad and #3 Stanford have scheduled some high-level opposition in their non-conference games, starting their season with a cross-country road trip to face #6 Penn State and the always dangerous #11 West Virginia. These early games will provide an excellent litmus test for a Stanford side that lost a number of starters not only to graduation, but to the professional ranks, and how well their replacements slot in could prove to be a barometer for the Cardinal’s season. Goad will most likely be one of those starters, but which position the senior locks down remains to be seen, having been used in a number of roles over the past three seasons.

UCLA are also considered one of the favourites to be there or thereabouts come the pointy end of the season, and with Teagan Micah between the sticks and a solid defence in front of the Australian senior, the Bruins are likely to have little trouble keeping the goals out of their own net. They’ll get their chance to prove that, and also hopefully bang in a few at the other end, as they host Iowa State and regular non-conference opponent Long Beach State on the season’s opening weekend. The Bruins will be hot favourites in both contests this weekend, but will still need to ensure that they come prepared against two teams who will be hungry to grab a marquee victory early in the season. Whilst Micah will no doubt be present in goal for the Bruins, this weekend could also see Matildas midfielder Rachel Lowe make her debut for her new side, however which position that debut comes in remains to be seen as Bruins coach Amanda Cromwell has already stated that the freshman may see some time in defence.

One of the most decorated Australians in college faces a freshman lining up for her first game as Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson take on Sophie Bui and Alabama State in not only an Aussie v Aussie matchup, but an all-Canberra contest as two products of the nation’s capital face off on neutral ground in Edinburg, Texas. Neither team enjoyed much success in non-conference play last year before solid if unspectacular conference seasons led to decent results but no silverware, and both teams will be champing at the bit to get off to a better start this year. For Bui, the Fairleigh Dickinson defence is likely stronger than anything the freshman will face all season in the SWAC, providing a good early test. Meanwhile, Roff will be facing an Alabama State attack eager to improve upon last year’s return of 24 goals and get back to the kind of numbers the Hornets put up in 2017, where they banged home 39 goals on their way to a conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

One Aussie has become two at Hawaii as freshman Eliza Ammendolia joins redshirt senior Kiri Dale, and it will be quite an initiation for the former W-League midfielder as #5 ranked USC visit Honolulu for the season opener as part of a three-way tournament that also features San Francisco. USC reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2018, dropping just two games in a 17-win season that saw the Women of Troy fall to eventual national champions Florida State on penalties. Hawaii will no doubt be itching to post a win for the ages, but a solid performance would be a confidence booster in and of itself as the Rainbow Wahine look to set themselves up to reach the Big West conference tournament for the first time after narrowly missing out in 2018. This game will also have some extra meaning for Hawaii assistant coach Rachael Doyle – USC coach Keidane McAlpine was Doyle’s head coach at Washington State before making the move to USC.

La Salle and their Aussie duo of Alyssa Van Heurck and Claudia Jenkins opened last season with a win over Syracuse, and will be looking to open this season with another victory over an ACC opponent as they take on national powerhouse Duke in the season opener. The Explorers will be hoping this is a bounce-back season, having posted 17 wins in 2017 but just 8 in 2018 as their conference title defence proved quite lacklustre. However, the two Aussies could prove crucial as they look to make the climb back up the ladder this season, with Jenkins a rock between the sticks and Van Heurck adapting to her new attacking role with aplomb. A non-conference win over a side like Duke may not have a tangible effect on the conference standings, but it will certainly give the Explorers a marquee victory and provide plenty of confidence going forward.

It’s been a long time coming, but Siena Senatore is finally set to make her return for Southeast Missouri State after two seasons away from the pitch. The redshirt senior from Canberra saw decent playing time in the Redhawks’ preseason exhibitions, and will now look to shore up the team’s defence, either as a member of the back four or shielding the defence in a holding midfield role as Southeast Missouri State start their season with a single game against Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles will be a good test for Senatore and the Redhawks, having compiled a 13-6-1 record in 2018 playing a tougher schedule than what Southeast Missouri State encountered. However, the Redhawks’ preseason form has been solid, winning all three of their games including a 1-0 victory over AAC side Memphis.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: v Fairleigh Dickinson – 6am, Friday August 23; @ UTRGV – 10am, Sunday August 25

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Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ Northern Iowa – 9am, Friday August 23; v Wisconsin-Green Bay – 4am, Monday August 26

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v King – 9am, Friday August 23; v UNC Asheville – 9am, Monday August 26

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Alabama State – 6am, Friday August 23; v Miami (FL) – 2am, Monday August 26

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ Stetson – 9am, Friday August 23; @ Florida Atlantic – 3am, Monday August 26

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Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: v USC – 3pm, Friday August 23; v South Florida – 3pm, Sunday August 25

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: @ Monmouth – 8am, Saturday August 24; @ Penn State – 4:30am, Monday August 26

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Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: v Loyola Chicago – 10am, Friday August 23; v Dayton – 4am, Monday August 26

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La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Duke – 6am, Friday August 23; v North Florida – 2am, Monday August 26

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Villanova – 6am, Friday August 23; @ Navy – 3am, Monday August 26

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Watch LSU v Navy

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Michigan – 9:30am, Friday August 23; @ Michigan State – 3am, Monday August 26

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v North Alabama – 10am, Friday August 23; @ Memphis – 10am, Monday August 26

Watch Mississippi v Memphis

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

This week: v Mississippi Valley State – 7am, Saturday August 24; v Mississippi Valley State – 6am, Sunday August 25

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v Saint Mary’s – 10am, Saturday August 24; v Montana – 4am, Monday August 26

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Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ Towson – 7am, Friday August 23; @ George Mason – 8am, Monday August 26

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Watch Old Dominion v George Mason

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ New Hampshire – 9am, Friday August 23

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: v Southern Miss – 5am, Monday August 26

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Penn State – 9am, Saturday August 24; @ West Virginia – 2am, Monday August 26

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Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ San Diego State – 12pm, Friday August 23; @ New Mexico – 11am, Monday August 26

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Iowa State – 12pm, Saturday August 24; @ Long Beach State – 11am, Monday August 26

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UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ NJIT – 8am, Friday August 23; v Saint Francis (PA) – 4am, Monday August 26

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Watch UMBC v Saint Francis (PA)

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v Gardner-Webb – 9am, Monday August 26

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: @ UTEP – 11am, Friday August 23; @ New Mexico State – 4am, Monday August 26

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