NCAA Tournament Second Round Wrap

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We started with five, and three teams featuring Aussies remain alive following the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All three Pac-12 teams advanced, with UCLA and Stanford cruising, and Washington State securing a deserved upset over #1 seed Virginia in a thrilling encounter.

Stanford (Beattie Goad) v Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

Final Score: Stanford defeated Hofstra 4-0

Three Aussies featured across the two rosters in what would be the final college game for either Beattie Goad or Monique Iannella. Eventually, it was Goad, the only one of the three to take to the pitch, and Stanford who secured the 4-0 victory courtesy of a second-half barrage. Hofstra had largely kept Stanford in check throughout the first 45 minutes, with a third-minute goal for Madison Haley the only tally of the first half. However, three goals in the space of less than four minutes blew the game wide open as Stanford’s one-goal advantage became four in the blink of an eye. With no more goals forthcoming, the Cardinal would cruise to a spot in the Sweet Sixteen, whilst Hofstra’s season came to an end.

Beattie Goad was the only Aussie to see any playing time, finishing with a pair of shots in a 46-minute outing off the bench.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

Second Round: lost 3-2 to Michigan

A whirlwind start and a whirlwind finish kept this game exciting throughout the contest, but in the end, Demi Koulizakis and her Texas Tech side bowed out of the competition, bringing an end to Koulizakis’ college career. The Red Raiders shipped a goal early to fall in a 1-0 hole, but responded almost just as quickly to knot things up at 1-1 after 22 minutes. Michigan would add goals in the 63rd and 84th minutes to put themselves up 3-1, but Texas Tech refused to lie down. It was Koulizakis herself providing the assist on Savanna Jones’ 89th minute goal to ensure a frenetic last couple of minutes, but Michigan held on for the 3-2 victory to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Koulizakis would play 67 minutes in what turned out to be her final college game, tallying a shot as well as the assist for her team’s second goal.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

Second Round: defeated Clemson 5-0

Clemson had found it tough to score in their opening round game against Vanderbilt, progressing on penalties after a 0-0 draw, and little changed against Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah, and UCLA. There was just one little problem for the Tigers: UCLA had far more success than Vanderbilt at putting the ball in the back of the net. With the scoreboard reading 4-0 at halftime, the game was effectively over as a contest by the time the teams headed to the locker rooms. A fifth goal nine minutes from time ensured that the Bruins would have more goals than Teagan Micah would have saves, as the senior shut down Clemson on four occasions in a complete game performance.

Rachel Lowe enjoyed an extended stint off the bench, playing 53 minutes in midfield in the rout.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

Second Round: defeated Virginia 3-2

In one of the most exciting matches of a day filled with thrillers, Washington State managed to pull out the upset over #1 seed Virginia. The Cougars opened up a 1-0 lead just 12 minutes into the contest, only to be pulled back by the Cavaliers just 6 minutes later. Star attacker Morgan Weaver would restore Washington State’s advantage on the half-hour mark, but Virginia came out firing after halftime and it seemed all but inevitable that an equaliser would follow. Just seven minutes into the second half, the goal came to tie the game at 2-2, but there would be one final twist in the tale. With just 8 minutes to play, Weaver teed up MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson for what would turn out to be the winning goal in a famous upset victory on the road.

As backup goalkeeper, Aly Hay did not feature for the Cougars as star custodian Ella Dederick played out the full 90 minutes.

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

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With five teams featuring Aussies still alive in the NCAA Tournament, a quarter of all games on Saturday will feature at least one Australian. Stanford and Hofstra face off, guaranteeing a path through to the Sweet Sixteen for at least one Australian. Meanwhile, UCLA and Texas Tech come into their games as favourites, whilst Washington State have a real chance of springing an upset against top-seeded Virginia.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

Second Round: @ Stanford – 2pm, Saturday November 23

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Hofstra only just managed to sneak through their first round fixture against Loyola Chicago in overtime, and things won’t get any easier as they travel to #1 seed Stanford for their second round match. Having manage just one goal on fifteen shots in their tournament opener, the Pride will need to be far more ruthless in taking what few chances the Stanford defence may offer, as it is highly unlikely they will get another fifteen opportunities. At the other end, keeping Loyola Chicago to just four shots on target was an encouraging start. The Hofstra defence will need to pull out a performance at least on that level if they are to slow down the rampant Stanford attack, which is in red-hot form at the moment. If Hofstra did win, it wouldn’t be the first time a top-seeded Stanford side lost in the second round in recent years; Santa Clara knocked the Cardinal out in overtime in 2016 after Andi Sullivan’s ACL injury forced the US national team midfielder out of the game.

Unfortunately, we are unlikely to see backup goalkeeper Grace Watson Carr in this game, whilst Monique Iannella misses out through injury.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

Second Round: v Hofstra – 2pm, Saturday November 23

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If Hofstra are underdogs against Stanford, that must mean that Beattie Goad’s side come into the game as favourites. Having banged home 15 goals in a record-shattering performance against Prairie View A&M, the Cardinal are in ruthless form of late. Stanford came into the tournament on the back of a perfect Pac-12 season, with their only loss to date coming on the road at Pepperdine early in the campaign. Should Stanford not get too far ahead of themselves, they ought to roll to a solid victory by multiple goals onto a matchup against Arizona or Penn State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Beattie Goad earned a start against Prairie View A&M, tallying three shots on target in her time on the pitch. The senior has been in solid form of late, and is proving to be crucial to Stanford’s chances of securing a second national title in three years.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

Second Round: v Michigan – 8am, Saturday November 23

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Texas Tech eked out a shootout victory over Pepperdine in the first round, and now face a Michigan side that struggled to get out of its own way against Bowling Green in their own tournament opener. The Red Raiders started well against Pepperdine, taking an early 2-0 lead before allowing Pepperdine to tie things up at 2-2 with goals either side of halftime. However, having come through a heart-stopping penalty shootout in which goalkeeper Madison White came up with saves on Pepperdine’s final two shots to secure the win, Texas Tech will be looking to put together a more clinical performance across the 90 minutes.

Michigan may have needed a winner 11 minutes from time to escape with a win against Bowling Green, but don’t be fooled by that performance. The Wolverines have dropped just five games this season, and have wins over Penn State, Washington State, and Rutgers among their 16 victories to this point. They are certainly a top-notch side, and on a neutral field in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, anything could happen. But if Demi Koulizakis and the Texas Tech attack can start the way they did against Pepperdine, don’t expect the Red Raiders to slip up and let their opponents back into the game again.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

Second Round: v Clemson – 3pm, Saturday November 23

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UCLA were barely troubled in their 4-1 first round victory over Lamar, but things won’t be quite so easy against Clemson, who won their way through on penalties against Vanderbilt in the first round. The Tigers kept a clean sheet against the Commodores in the first round, allowing just six shots on target in the 0-0 draw after 110 minutes. However, that was their first clean sheet in 11 games as their attack generally got the job done, scoring multiple goals on five of those occasions.

It will be interesting to see which Clemson side comes out – the one that we’ve seen for most of the season, or the one that produced a goalless game less than a week ago. Not that UCLA will mind either way – their attack can break down even the stingiest of defences, and a defence backed up by Teagan Micah will make life hard for Clemson’s attack. Nonetheless, the Bruins will have to be at or near their best to get past what could be a tricky contest.

Teagan Micah will almost certainly once again start for the Bruins as the senior looks to return to the College Cup for the second time in three seasons. Meanwhile, Rachel Lowe’s performance off the bench against Lamar was highly encouraging, and may just have earned the freshman extended minutes this weekend.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

Second Round: @ Virginia – 11am, Saturday November 23

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When the opposition has the big #1 next to their name in the bracket, and you don’t have a number next to your name at all, it’s safe to say that you’re coming into the game as outsiders. Somehow, it’s not likely that Virginia’s status as a top seed in their quarter of the bracket will faze Washington State one iota. The Cougars have played a number of ranked teams close this season, defeating California in overtime, and dropping one-goal decisions to Arizona and UCLA in the regular season. A 1-0 win over #14 Memphis in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament brought Washington State to this point, and they have every right to be confident in their ability to spring an upset.

Of course, it won’t be easy by any stretch. Virginia’s only loss this season came to fellow national #1 seed North Carolina, having cut a swathe through the powerful ACC as well as a non-conference schedule that featured three more ranked teams. But the Cougars feature one of the top goalkeepers in the nation in Ella Dederick, and an attack featuring an elite forward in Morgan Weaver. It might take Dederick standing on her head to keep Washington State in the game, but if Weaver gets her chance, you can just about back her in to take it.

As a backup goalkeeper, it is doubtful that we will see Aly Hay take to the field in this game as the freshman gains experience training alongside Dederick this season.

NCAA Tournament First Round Wrap

It was a perfect weekend for the Aussies in the NCAA Tournament, as all five teams picked up victories to move onto the second round. Beattie Goad and Stanford broke a number of records in a ruthless victory over Prairie View A&M, but undoubtedly the most excitement was to be found in Texas Tech’s shootout victory over Pepperdine as Demi Koulizakis’ college career was extended for at least one more game.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

First Round: defeated Loyola Chicago 1-0 (OT)

Hofstra dominated the majority of the contest, but couldn’t convert that dominance into goals as the Pride were forced into extra time by Loyola Chicago. Outshooting their opponents 15-11, Hofstra were able to create a number of solid chances, but found themselves unable to find the back of the net in normal time. But a beautiful team move in the 94th minute changed everything. Following passes by Miri Taylor and Bella Richards, Sabrina Bryan finished off the base of the far post to send the Hofstra faithful into raptures as their team moved on to face Beattie Goad and Stanford in the second round. Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra as the Pride used just one substitute throughout the contest.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: defeated Prairie View A&M 15-0

Stanford broke all kinds of tournament records in their ruthless 15-0 win over Prairie View A&M, dominating on their way to a second-round matchup against Aussie-laden Hofstra. Three goals in the first 15 minutes set the tone, but the Cardinal didn’t slow down, breaking the previous NCAA Tournament record for goals in a game with their 11th in the 70th minute, and tallying another four just for good measure. Reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario finished with 4 goals and 5 assists, also setting an NCAA Tournament record for most points in a game. Things shape to be slightly more difficult against Hofstra in the second round, but Stanford will still come in as heavy favourites next Friday. Beattie Goad’s performance last week earned the senior a start for the Cardinal, with the senior registering three shots on target in a 52-minute outing.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: drew 2-2 with Pepperdine (Texas Tech advanced 4-3 on penalties)

Texas Tech took an early 2-0 lead against Pepperdine, with Demi Koulizakis drawing the foul that led to the Red Raiders’ second goal as the hosts looked in complete control after 11 minutes. Things swung even further in Texas Tech’s favour as Pepperdine’s goalkeeper was forced off after a collision and striker Devyn Gilfoy was forced to deputise. However, it was Pepperdine who rallied to tie the game at 2-2 just after halftime, eventually outshooting Texas Tech 21-7. Despite this, the teams could not be separated after 90 minutes. 20 minutes of extra time couldn’t split the pair, sending the game to penalties. With her team down 3-2 in the shootout after three rounds, Texas Tech goalkeeper Madison White came up with saves on Pepperdine’s final two attempts as the Red Raiders advanced with a 4-3 win in the shootout. As per usual, Koulizakis started for the Red Raiders, playing 99 minutes as they advanced to face Michigan in the second round.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

First Round: defeated Lamar 4-1

UCLA were unlikely to be troubled by Lamar in their first round matchup, and it proved as such, with the Bruins running out 4-1 victors. Canadian star Jessie Fleming opened the scoring 9 minutes in, and by halftime the scoreline had reached 3-0, with Teagan Micah forced to make just one save in the same time span. Micah would take an early mark after 52 minutes, whilst UCLA would add one more to their tally before Lamar grabbed a late consolation with less than a minute to play. Rachel Lowe came off the bench in her return to action following Young Matildas commitments, attempting 3 shots with one on target in 41 minutes of action.

Washington State (Aly Hay)

First Round: defeated Memphis 1-0

Memphis may have been ranked in the coaches’ poll coming into this game, but it was Washington State who dominated much of the contest on their home patch in Pullman on their way to a 1-0 victory. The Cougars outshot their opponents 9-1 in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net until just after the hour mark as Makamae Gomera-Stevens tallied the game’s only goal. With Memphis tallying just two shots on target against one of the nation’s best goalkeepers in Ella Dederick, finding a goal would be tough. It proved as such, as Washington State emerged victorious to move on to face Virginia in the second round. Backup goalkeeper Aly Hay did not feature for Washington State in their win over Memphis as Dederick played the entire 90 minutes.

2019 NCAA Tournament Preview

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2019 sees five teams featuring Australians enter the NCAA Tournament, and all have real opportunities to make deep runs. Beattie Goad and Stanford have secured the #1 overall seed, and we could see the Cardinal face another Aussie-laden side in Hofstra in the Round of 32. Meanwhile, Teagan Micah and Rachel Lowe will look to lead UCLA back to the College Cup for the first time since 2017 after a sublime finish to the regular season. Demi Koulizakis will look to bang home a few goals as Texas Tech attempt to take advantage of their #4 seeding, whilst backup goalkeeper Aly Hay will no doubt be ready if called upon for Washington State.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

First Round: v Loyola Chicago – 5am, Sunday November 17

Hofstra dominated the Colonial Athletic Association once again in 2019, securing their third consecutive conference championship with an undefeated league season that culminated in a 5-1 win over James Madison in the title game. The Pride finished 15-3-2, with all three of their losses coming to top-25 RPI sides as they ran roughshod over the majority of their opponents. Having earned hosting rights for the opening round, Hofstra now face Missouri Valley Conference champions Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers put together a solid season, albeit in a weaker conference than Hofstra, dropping just four games on their way to the conference title. Hofstra will certainly be favoured here, but should they get through Loyola, improving upon last year’s second-round exit will be tough; the Pride are slated to face Beattie Goad’s Stanford outfit on the road in the Round of 32.

It unfortunately seems unlikely that either Grace Watson Carr or Monique Iannella will see any playing time in this one, but if the game descends into a blowout, we could see some bench cameos in the latter stages.

Tale of the Tape

Hofstra Team Loyola Chicago
15-3-2 Record (W-L-D) 14-4-1
16 RPI Rank 57
2.5 Goals Per Game 1.84
1.35 Goals Conceded Per Game 1

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

First Round: v Prairie View A&M – 2pm, Saturday November 16

The overall #1 seed in the tournament for the fourth consecutive season, Stanford have once again carved out an exceptional regular season and given themselves the best possible chance at tournament success. Smashing home an impressive 72 goals in an 18-1 campaign that included a perfect conference record, Stanford look primed for a repeat run to the College Cup for the third consecutive season. Standing in their way first up is Prairie View A&M, the champions of the SWAC. However, first round games have barely proven to be an obstacle in recent seasons. Stanford have scored 16 goals and conceded just 1 in their last three opening round encounters, with that one conceded goal coming in a 9-1 win over Utah Valley in 2017.

It also shapes to be intriguing to see how much playing time Beattie Goad sees in the tournament this year. Having come off the bench for much of the season, the Victorian tallied two assists in a Senior Day start, and that may have garnered Goad a few more minutes on the pitch at the most crucial stage.

Tale of the Tape

Stanford Team Prairie View A&M
18-1-0 Record (W-L-D) 13-7-0
1 RPI Rank 246
3.79 Goals Per Game 1.4
0.52 Goals Conceded Per Game 0.95

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

First Round: v Pepperdine – Saturday November 16

Texas Tech reached the Big 12 semi-finals before falling to TCU, but had been all but guaranteed an at-large bid for at least a couple of weeks prior to that defeat. A well-balanced Red Raiders team with a stingy and defence and high-powered offence dropped just three games across the course of the season, snagging a #4 seeding in the process. However, they have been rewarded with a tricky opponent in the form of Pepperdine. The Waves may have dropped six games this season, but one of their 11 wins came against the might of Stanford, handing the Cardinal their only loss of the season.

Demi Koulizakis has been a crucial part of the Red Raiders attack all year, producing four goals and five assists to be among the best Aussies in both categories. Texas Tech will need not only Koulizakis, but the entire attack to be at their best if they are to secure a second victory in as many years against Pepperdine; the Red Raiders knocked off a nationally ranked Waves side 1-0 early in 2018.

Tale of the Tape

Texas Tech Team Pepperdine
15-3-2 Record (W-L-D) 11-6-2
20 RPI Rank 46
2.1 Goals Per Game 1.79
0.65 Goals Conceded Per Game 1.16

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

First Round: v Lamar – 1pm, Saturday November 16

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Between September 19 and October 3rd, UCLA’s results went as follows: draw, win, loss, loss. That is but ancient history now though, as the Bruins won eight of their last nine games, only dropping a 1-0 decision to Stanford. That barnstorming finish earned UCLA a 2nd seed that looked rather unlikely six weeks earlier, and with it a match against Southland Conference champions Lamar. The Cardinals feature one of the most prolific offences in the nation, chalking up 69 goals in 22 games. However, they are yet to face a defence of UCLA’s ilk, much less a goalkeeper of Teagan Micah’s class. UCLA concede an average of less than a goal per game, with Micah keeping seven clean sheets this season.

Rachel Lowe should also be back for the Bruins after her Young Matildas commitments, having finished fourth at the recent Under 19 Asian Championship. The freshman has seen a decent amount of playing time in her first season, and will no doubt be champing at the bit to get her first taste of NCAA Tournament action.

Tale of the Tape

UCLA Team Lamar
14-4-1 Record (W-L-D) 16-6-0
7 RPI Rank 87
1.95 Goals Per Game 3.14
0.78 Goals Conceded Per Game 1.87

Washington State (Aly Hay)

First Round: v Memphis – 12pm, Saturday November 16

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On paper, Washington State have found themselves in one of the tightest games of the opening round as they take on Memphis, who sit a single position above them in the RPI rankings. Memphis have lost just twice this season, with one of those losses coming in the American Athletic Conference championship game. However, Washington State will host this game and have lost only twice in nine games on the Palouse this season. If they are to secure victory, the Cougars will have to slow down Memphis’ attack, which has produced 2.7 goals per game. Fortunately, Washington State give up just 1.16 goals per game, but on the 12 occasions they did concede a goal this year, they gave up multiple goals on five occasions. Memphis’ defence is even more stingy, conceding just 0.55 goals per game, but they have rarely faced teams of the same calibre that Washington State have.

As a backup behind one of the top goalkeepers in the nation in Ella Dederick, it of course seems unlikely that Aly Hay will see any playing time in this year’s tournament. However, with Dederick moving on to the professional ranks next season, expect to see the Canadian-Australian between the sticks in future tournaments.

Tale of the Tape

Washington State Team Memphis
12-6-1 Record (W-L-D) 17-2-1
27 RPI Rank 26
1.89 Goals Per Game 2.7
1.16 Goals Conceded Per Game 0.55

Where Could They Meet?

Hofstra v Stanford – Round of 32
Hofstra v Texas Tech – Final
Hofstra v UCLA – Semi-Final
Hofstra v Washington State – Final
Stanford v Texas Tech – Final
Stanford v UCLA – Semi-Final
Stanford v Washington State – Final
Texas Tech v UCLA – Final
Texas Tech v Washington State – Final
UCLA v Washington State – Final

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 4 Preview

With Stanford and UCLA in the top 5 in the coaches’ poll, and Mississippi and Texas Tech receiving votes, there are plenty of Aussies playing for top teams at the moment in varying capacities. However, there are plenty of other places you can find Aussies performing well, including at Illinois, where Ashleigh Lefevre continues to cement her spot in the Fighting Illini’s starting eleven.

Stanford moved up to #2 in the coaches’ poll this week thanks to a combination of their own outstanding form and UCLA’s loss to Santa Clara, and Beattie Goad and her Cardinal teammates will be hoping to maintain that level as they head down the coast to face Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara. Pepperdine are often a tough opponent, but have struggled to start the season, and Stanford are certainly not a team anyone wants to face when trying to break out of a bad run of form. UC Santa Barbara have had an interrupted start to the season, with a cancelled game against Montana meaning they have played just a single game since August 30, although that one game was a 3-0 win over Idaho. However, given her recent form, Goad will no doubt be champing at the bit to get herself involved in a few more goals against a pair of teams that Stanford really should have little trouble dispatching.

With three wins in their last four games, La Salle are hitting form at the right time, and with Claudia Jenkins playing superbly between the sticks, the Explorers will be confident heading into their last weekend of non-conference play. It won’t be easy though, facing a pair of opponents that are both playing well at this early stage. Delaware have won four of their six games to this point, and with the Fightin’ Blue Hens (yes, that is their nickname) having kept clean sheets in all four of those victories, goals will be at a premium at both ends. Meanwhile, Navy sit at 5-1 and have yet to concede more than a goal in any of their contests, also keeping four clean sheets. However, if Jenkins can reprise the same kind of form shown in her 10-save performance against Florida Gulf Coast, one goal may be enough to secure a result in each game for La Salle. That, fittingly, is where Alyssa Van Heurck comes into the conversation. The sophomore has been a regular starter in attack for the Explorers, and having played solid if unspectacular minutes in most contests to this point, a breakout performance could be just around the corner for the Western Australian, and this would be a perfect time to pull one out.

Illinois have had little trouble scoring goals, but despite their 4-1 record, are yet to record a clean sheet and have conceded multiple goals in all bar one game to this point. Regular starter, sophomore Ashleigh Lefevre and her teammates will have to make this the week that they start locking down oppositions, with the Fighting Illini facing a pair of high-scoring attacks this week in the form of Butler and Colorado College. Butler sit at 4-2 to this point, scoring at least two goals in all bar one of their games, which was a 2-1 loss to then #15 Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Colorado College have banged in 12 goals in moving to 4-0 to start their campaign, and whilst their schedule to this point hasn’t been the strongest, the Tigers have certainly proved their potency in front of goal. Having started three games this season but not played more than 59 minutes in any one game, if Lefevre is going to prove that she deserves to be a 90-minute player, now is the perfect time to show the kind of form that will merit a full-time spot in the lineup.

UCLA slipped to a 2-0 defeat last week against Santa Clara, and whilst Teagan Micah and the Bruins will be looking to make a quick return to form, Wisconsin will be no pushovers, with the Badgers sitting at #22 in this week’s coaches’ poll. With their only loss this season coming in overtime to the same Florida State side that UCLA defeated a couple of weeks ago, Wisconsin have compiled a solid 4-1-1 record to this point, and with this fixture their final non-conference game, the Big Ten side will be looking to enter conference play on a high note. However, UCLA had been riding a 17-game unbeaten streak coming into last week’s game, and a single loss doesn’t undo all that good work, nor does it detract from the fact that the Bruins are still one of a handful of national championship contenders. Wisconsin will also have to contend with the Pac-12’s record-holder for most Goalkeeper of the Week awards in Matildas squad member Micah, and with the Badgers scoring just seven goals in six games despite their solid record, just notching a goal against one of the nation’s top goalkeepers looks to be a stern test for Wisconsin. This may also be the week in which we see the return of Rachel Lowe to the lineup after tallying a few DNPs over the last couple of weeks, particularly if UCLA can jump out to an early lead, something they will be itching to do after last week’s profligacy in and around the area.

Texas Tech have reached the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons, if they continue in the same form that has seen the Red Raiders post a 5-1 record to this point, they could very easily make it seven in eight. This week, they travel to Pullman to face UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount on neutral ground at Washington State, a venue that has seen a couple of Aussies tear things up in recent years, including Tia Gavin and current Hawaii assistant coach Rachael Doyle. Whilst she won’t be pulling on a Cougars jersey, Demi Koulizakis will be hoping to have the same kind of success that Doyle had on the Palouse, particularly against a pair of teams that have combined for a single win this season. UC Irvine currently sit 1-5 and conceded three or more goals in three of those losses, including a 7-0 drubbing by Virginia, whilst Loyola Marymount gave up 5 goals to Pittsburgh in a thrilling 5-4 defeat and three more to then #7 Penn State in a 3-0 defeat, so there will certainly be opportunities for the senior to not only score goals, but tee up teammates this weekend.

Finally, we have potential for an Aussie v Aussie matchup this week as Sam Roff’s Fairleigh Dickinson side takes on a Hofstra roster featuring Grace Watson Carr and Monique Iannella. However, whilst Roff has been just about ever-present for the Knights, neither of Hofstra’s Aussies have been involved recently, meaning that whilst there may be three Aussies at the venue, only one may actually take to the pitch. However, this remains a crucial game for both teams, with Fairleigh Dickinson looking to shake a 1-2-3 start to hit form coming into the conference season and Hofstra attempting to build on a 3-3 start before attempting to assert their dominance on the CAA.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Samford – 10am, Saturday September 14; @ Charleston Southern – 4am, Monday September 16

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ SIU-Edwardsville – 7am, Saturday September 14; @ Eastern Illinois – 4am, Monday September 16

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Radford – 9am, Saturday September 14; @ Winthrop – 9am, Monday September 16

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Hofstra – 9am, Friday September 13; @ Binghamton – 3am, Monday September 16

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: @ UC Santa Barbara – 12pm, Saturday September 14; v North Dakota – 12pm, Monday September 16

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v Fairleigh Dickinson – 9am, Friday September 13; v Columbia – 3am, Monday September 16

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Butler – 7am, Friday September 13; v Colorado College – 4am, Monday September 16

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: v Delaware – 9am, Friday September 13; v Navy – 3am, Monday September 16

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Arizona State – 3am, Monday September 16

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v High Point – 3am, Monday September 16

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Long Beach State – 7am, Friday September 13; v South Alabama – 4am, Monday September 16

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

This week: @ Alcorn State – 7am, Saturday September 14; @ Southern – 4am, Monday September 16

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: @ Drake – 9am, Saturday September 14; @ Northern Iowa – 4am, Monday September 16

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: @ East Carolina – 9am, Friday September 13; v William & Mary – 8am, Monday September 16

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: v Holy Cross – 9am, Friday September 13; @ Boston University – 4am, Monday September 16

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 16

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Pepperdine – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ UC Santa Barbara – 6am, Monday September 16

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v Loyola Marymount – 9:30am, Saturday September 14; v UC Irvine – 3:30am, Monday September 16

UCLA (Teagan Micah)

This week: v Wisconsin – 11am, Sunday September 15

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Lehigh – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ Longwood – 3am, Monday September 16

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v High Point – 9am, Friday September 13; v Radford – 9am, Monday September 16

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Southern Utah – 8am, Saturday September 14; @ Montana – 5am, Monday September 16

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.

(Image Credit: Texas Tech Athletics)

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.