2019 Week 9 Preview

It’s approaching crunch time for teams looking to secure conference tournament berths, with Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Texas Tech all in solid positions. Meanwhile, Beattie Goad and Teagan Micah face off in the always highly-anticipated UCLA v Stanford matchup.

(Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)

Undoubtedly the biggest news of this week has already been released, with UCLA midfielder Rachel Lowe and Rhode Island goalkeeper Teresa Morrissey being named to the Young Matildas squad for the AFC Under-19 Championship. The pair will miss the remainder of the regular season on international duty as they attempt to secure Under-20 World Cup qualification before hopefully going on to secure the trophy in Thailand.

Back in the States, Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson find themselves preparing for a top of the table clash with Bryant in the Northeast Conference. The Knights sit two points clear of the Bulldogs with four games to play, and a win here would ensure that they hold at least a one-game lead heading into the final two weeks. With Fairleigh Dickinson having conceded just two goals in six games in league play and Bryant giving up just three, whichever defence best maintains its current form could be the catalyst for their team’s success. That makes Roff a crucial part of the equation, with the Fairleigh Dickinson senior in outstanding form in recent weeks. Furthermore, a win in this contest could secure a postseason berth for the Knights, with a number of teams in the chasing pack still set to take points off each other in the coming games.

Rachel Lowe may not be available, but Stanford v UCLA remains one of the most anticipated games in the college season for Australian fans. Beattie Goad and Teagan Micah have put together two of the most storied careers in College Matildas history, and this weekend brings their final matchup in conference play. Somehow, Micah and UCLA are yet to best Stanford in any of their matchups, with Goad coming away victorious in all three of their Pac-12 matchups as well as the 2017 College Cup final. Stanford are in blistering form at the moment, but Micah comes into this contest on the back of a Matildas camp call-up and a clean sheet against Utah last week. These games have a history of producing thrilling contests, making Sunday afternoon’s matchup an absolute must-watch – if you can find a way to watch, that is. The game is being televised on Pac-12 Bay Area, which is not available in Australia.

Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech finished last week with a win and a draw, but that was enough to put the Red Raiders top of the Big 12 table with each of the top six teams having now played 5 of their 9 conference games. Despite that, this week’s game come against a TCU side that sits five points back but has a game in hand, making this contest far more crucial that it appears at first glance. Not only would a loss almost certainly cost Texas Tech their position atop the table, it would allow the Horned Frogs to edge their way back into the league race at a time when the Red Raiders should really be pulling ahead of the pack. TCU have conceded just three goals in their four games to this point, so Koulizakis and her attacking teammates will need to reprise their solid form of recent weeks if they are to break down the Horned Frogs’ defence. Koulizakis won a penalty against West Virginia last week before tallying five shots in the draw with Kansas. However, just one of those five shots was on target. If the senior can convert some of those opportunities that she has been able to create, it is all but guaranteed to spell success for the #13 ranked Red Raiders.

Hawaii currently have the best RPI ranking in the Big West Conference, but that will mean very little if they can’t continue winning league games. Sitting at 2-0 with a game in hand over conference leaders Cal State Fullerton, the Rainbow Wahine face off against the Titans themselves this week. This will be a tough fixture against a team with an 11-2-1 record, but Hawaii’s starting lineup features a certain in-form Australian, with Eliza Ammendolia coming off a hat-trick of assists in last week’s 3-0 win over UC Irvine. However, before they can even think about knocking off the ladder-leaders, Hawaii will have to get past bottom side UC Riverside. A win over Cal State Fullerton would still be crucial regardless of the result in their earlier game, but it looks unlikely that many opponents will be dropping points to UC Riverside this season. Having missed last year’s Big West tournament by just two points, bagging points against the lower teams in the league will be crucial if Hawaii are to reach the postseason for the first time since joining the conference.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: v Texas Southern – 10am, Saturday October 19; v Prairie View A&M – 5am, Monday October 21

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: v Utah Valley – 5am, Saturday October 19; v New Mexico State – 5am, Monday October 21

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: v Mercer – 10am, Saturday October 19; v The Citadel – 5am, Monday October 21

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: v Bryant – 3am, Monday October 21

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Seattle – 1pm, Saturday October 19; @ Cal Baptist – 7am, Monday October 21

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: @ UC Riverside – 1pm, Saturday October 19; @ Cal State Fullerton – 2pm, Monday October 21

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v UNC Wilmington – 4am, Monday October 21

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: @ Penn State – 10am, Friday October 18; @ Ohio State – 5am, Monday October 21

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ George Mason – 10am, Friday October 18; v Davidson – 4am, Monday October 21

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: @ Vanderbilt – 11am, Saturday October 19

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: @ Rice – 11am, Saturday October 19; @ North Texas – 4am, Monday October 21

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Alabama – 10am, Friday October 18

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

This week: @ Stephen F. Austin – 11am, Saturday October 19; @ Sam Houston State – 5am, Monday October 21

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: v Purdue Fort Wayne – 11am, Saturday October 19; v Western Illinois – 5am, Monday October 21

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Florida Atlantic – 10am, Friday October 18; @ UAB – 4am, Monday October 21

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ St. Bonaventure – 10am, Friday October 18; v Richmond – 4am, Monday October 21

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Tennessee-Martin – 6am, Monday October 21

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: v UCLA – 1pm, Sunday October 20

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: v TCU – 11am, Saturday October 19

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: @ Stanford – 1pm, Sunday October 20

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: @ Maine – 3am, Monday October 21

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: v The Citadel – 10am, Saturday October 19; v Mercer – 9am, Monday October 21

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v Boise State – 8am, Saturday October 19; v Utah State – 6am, Monday October 21

2019 Week 8 Wrap

Eliza Ammendolia produced a performance to remember for Hawaii, finishing with a hat-trick with a difference against UC Irvine. Meanwhile, Teresa Morrissey was once again Rhode Island’s saviour, whilst Siena Senatore and Southeast Missouri State booked a postseason berth.

(Image Credit: Hawaii Athletics)

Eliza Ammendolia forced her way into the Hawaii starting lineup earlier in the season, and this week delivered a performance worthy of being one of the first names on the team sheet. Aside from a generally solid performance in midfield, the freshman delivered two pinpoint balls for assists on each of Hawaii’s first two goals before playing the final pass for the third goal as the Rainbow Wahine rolled to a 3-0 victory over UC Irvine. The first came courtesy of a delightful ball over the top of the Anteaters’ defence, finding Kayla Watanabe in behind, with the striker cushioning the pass before burying the finish just prior to the 20-minute mark.

However, the second was somehow even better. With UC Irvine failing to successfully clear their lines, the ball fell to Ammendolia, who rifled a wicked curling ball into the box, finding Watanabe completely unmarked in front of the goalkeeper. Once again, the striker was only too happy to oblige, turning the ball home for the second of the night. Late in the evening, tenacious play from Ammendolia near the top of the box enabled the freshman to win the ball and play a wide pass to Kayla Ryan, who cut back before launching a scintillating chip across the goalkeeper to give Ammendolia a hat-trick of assists.

Teresa Morrissey continued her outstanding freshman season, coming within a couple of minutes of a heroic match-winning performance before settling for an overtime draw against Fordham. Coming up with seven saves, it looked as though Morrissey’s performance between the sticks had given Rhode Island a chance at a 1-0 win before her clean sheet bid was cruelly denied by an 89th minute penalty. However, Morrissey and the Rams regrouped to ensure that they would at least escape with a draw as the freshman made her eighth save of the night on Fordham’s only on-target shot of overtime.

However, Morrissey wasn’t the only goalkeeper turning in a solid performance. UCLA star Teagan Micah returned to the Bruins’ lineup after three games away at Matildas camp, and didn’t miss a beat as the team from Westwood defeated Utah 2-0. Called upon on three occasions, Micah came up trumps on each occasion to maintain UCLA’s lead and eventually secure the victory. Meanwhile, Claudia Jenkins came up with ten saves for La Salle, but against Saint Louis’ blistering attack even that wasn’t enough as the Explorers leaked four goals in a 4-1 defeat.

However, Sam Roff and Fairleigh Dickinson were able to keep it tight at the back as they maintained their grip on top spot in the Northeast Conference. The Knights allowed just two shots on target in a 2-1 win over Saint Francis University, with Roff playing 66 minutes in the process. Roff and her teammates backed that up with another clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Robert Morris, with the Aussie senior playing 46 minutes as Fairleigh Dickinson maintained a two-point advantage over the chasing pack in the Northeast Conference.

Finally, we have our first guaranteed postseason entrant of 2019, with Siena Senatore and Southeast Missouri State clinching a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament with still three games remaining in league play. Senatore came off the bench in both fixtures, playing a total of 82 minutes across the weekend as the Redhawks secured victories over Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.

Player of the Year Points:

3: Eliza Ammendolia (Hawaii)
2: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)
1: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-2; defeated Mississippi Valley State 1-0

Sophie Bui came off the bench in both games this week, playing 14 minutes against Alcorn State and 32 minutes against Mississippi Valley State.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 3-0 to Cal Baptist; lost 2-0 to UTRGV

Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in either game this week.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-0 to Furman; lost 1-0 to Wofford

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Saint Francis University 2-1; drew 0-0 with Robert Morris

Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, playing 66 minutes in the win over Saint Francis before tallying a shot in a 46-minute outing in the draw with Robert Morris.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated Kansas City 2-0

Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes in Grand Canyon’s win over Kansas City.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated UC Irvine 3-0

Eliza Ammendolia was key for Hawaii in their win over UC Irvine, tallying a pair of assists in 63 minutes of action. Kiri Dale came off the bench for the Rainbow Wahine, playing 28 minutes in the win.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: defeated James Madison 3-1; defeated Delaware 3-2

Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost 4-1 to Michigan; defeated Michigan State 2-1

Ashleigh Lefevre started against Michigan, playing 50 minutes before coming off the bench to play 22 minutes in the win over Michigan State.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: lost 4-1 to Saint Louis

Claudia Jenkins made ten saves but even that wasn’t enough to keep La Salle in the contest as the junior played 79 minutes of the Explorers’ 4-1 defeat. Alyssa Van Heurck also started, playing 48 minutes.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 4-0 to Arkansas; lost 3-0 to Alabama

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 3-2 to UTSA

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Florida 3-2; lost 2-1 to Georgia

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

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

This week: lost 5-1 to McNeese State

Kristy Helmers played the full 90 minutes for Nicholls State in their loss to McNeese State, tallying one shot. Tessa Calabria started and played 64 minutes, whilst Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 1-0 to Omaha; drew 1-1 with Oral Roberts

Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in either game this week.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Middle Tennessee State 3-2 (OT)

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their win over Middle Tennessee State.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: drew 1-1 with Fordham

Teresa Morrissey played all 110 minutes in Rhode Island’s draw with Fordham, making 8 saves.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Eastern Kentucky 1-0; defeated Morehead State 5-1

Siena Senatore came off the bench in both of Southeast Missouri State’s wins this week, playing 37 minutes against Eastern Kentucky and 45 minutes against Morehead State.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Oregon State 2-0; defeated Oregon 5-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games this week, playing 44 minutes in the win over Oregon State and 64 minutes against Oregon.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated West Virginia 1-0; drew 1-1 with Kansas

Demi Koulizakis started and played 69 minutes in Texas Tech’s win over West Virginia, tallying a shot and drawing the penalty that resulted in the Red Raiders’ goal. The senior then played 85 minutes against Kansas, finishing with five shots including one on target.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: defeated Colorado 3-0; defeated Utah 2-0

Teagan Micah and Rachel Lowe both missed the game against Colorado as they made their way back from Matildas camp, but Micah returned to the UCLA side for the game against Utah, making three saves.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 1-0 to Vermont

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Wofford 1-0; lost 1-0 to Furman

Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 37 minutes in Western Carolina’s win over Wofford, before starting and playing 44 minutes in the loss to Furman.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: drew 0-0 with San Jose State; lost 2-0 to Fresno State

Indianna Asimus tallied a shot in a 102-minute performance in Wyoming’s draw with San Jose State, before playing the full 90 minutes in the loss to Fresno State.

2019 Week 8 Preview

Defensive players are shining bright at the moment, with Sam Roff, Claudia Jenkins, and Teresa Morrissey flying high. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Demi Koulizakis will be looking to get Texas Tech’s attack firing again.

(Image Credit: Larry Levanti)

Fairleigh Dickinson are flying high atop the Northeast Conference standings, a point clear of second placed Bryant with a game in hand. With Sam Roff leading the defence, the Knights have given up just one goal in their four games to this point, leading to four wins to start league play. The New Jersey-based side faces St. Francis University this weekend, a team with whom the Knights have forged a healthy rivalry this season, and also known in Aussie circles as the former home of Illawarra Stingrays defender Shelby Milton. The Red Flash sit just three points behind Fairleigh Dickinson at this stage, shaping this fixture as a crucial contest in the battle for conference supremacy. Fairleigh Dickinson follow this up with a Sunday game against mid-table Robert Morris, who have split their four games straight down the middle with two wins and two losses. Whilst both of these games are eminently winnable for Roff and the Knights, they also represent potential banana skins, and the entire team will need to be at their best if they are to go six from six to start conference play.

Demi Koulizakis and Texas Tech are the first side in the Big 12 to reach ten wins for the season, but sit two points off the lead in conference play heading into a crucial week in league action. The Red Raiders’ opponents this week, West Virginia and Kansas, look set to be tricky opponent. However, both are winnable games for Texas Tech, and they will need to win both if they are to capitalise on their game in hand and jump back to the top of the Big 12 standings. It will take a return to non-conference form for Koulizakis and the Texas Tech attack to do so, though. The Red Raiders averaged three goals per game coming into league play, but have tallied just one goal per game in conference action. Eventually, that low scoring average will catch up with a team, so expect the Aussie senior to come out looking hungry for goals.

Meanwhile, Claudia Jenkins and Teresa Morrissey remain more concerned with their goals against average than scoring average as they look to help their respective teams move up the table in the Atlantic 10. La Salle are likely going to need Jenkins to do everything but stand on her head against Saint Louis, a team that has already banged home 16 goals in five wins this season. With the Explorers defence not exactly locking down opposition attacks, it has often been Jenkins keeping them in contests. It looks likely little will change this week as the team from Philadelphia looks to gain some ground on the top teams in the Atlantic 10.

Meanwhile, a combined 15 saves across two games from Teresa Morrissey last week somehow still wasn’t enough to secure Rhode Island a first conference win. However, that is often the end product when a team’s attack averages just 0.6 goals per game. Despite this, the Rams may have a chance against a Fordham side that has tallied just 11 goals in 14 games this season and leaked 26. With Morrissey in outstanding form between the sticks, this may be Rhode Island’s best chance to secure a result in conference play at this early stage. With a game against fellow winless side St. Bonaventure next week, there is a real opportunity for the Rams to put together a sequence of positive results, starting this week.

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: @ Alcorn State – 8am, Saturday October 12; @ Mississippi Valley State – 5am, Monday October 14

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: @ Cal Baptist – 7am, Friday October 11; @ UTRGV – 11am, Sunday October 13

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: @ Furman – 10am, Saturday October 12; @ Wofford – 5am, Monday October 14

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: @ Saint Francis University – 6am, Saturday October 12; @ Robert Morris – 7am, Monday October 14

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: v Kansas City – 1pm, Friday October 11

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: v UC Irvine – 4pm, Friday October 11

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: v James Madison – 10am, Friday October 11; @ Delaware – 4am, Monday October 14

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: v Michigan – 11am, Saturday October 12; v Michigan State – 5am, Monday October 14

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: @ Saint Louis – 5am, Monday October 14

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: v Arkansas – 10am, Friday October 11; @ Alabama – 5am, Monday October 14

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: v UTSA – 3am, Monday October 14

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: v Florida – 11am, Friday October 11; @ Georgia – 6am, Monday October 14

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

This week: v McNeese State – 8am, Saturday October 12

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: @ Omaha – 11am, Friday October 11; @ Oral Roberts – 4am, Monday October 14

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: v Middle Tennessee State – 10am, Saturday October 2

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: @ Fordham – 4am, Monday October 14

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: @ Eastern Kentucky – 7am, Saturday October 12; @ Morehead State – 5am, Monday October 14

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: @ Oregon – 6am, Monday October 14

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: @ West Virginia – 10am, Friday October 11; v Kansas – 5am, Monday October 14

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: v Colorado – 11am, Friday October 11; v Utah – 7am, Monday October 14

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: v Vermont – 4am, Monday October 14

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: @ Wofford – 10am, Saturday October 12; @ Furman – 5am, Monday October 14

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: v San Jose State – 8am, Saturday October 12; v Fresno State – 6am, Monday October 14

2019 Week 7 Wrap

Claudia Jenkins and Teresa Morrissey continued to play starring roles for their respective teams between the sticks, whilst Tessa Calabria doubled her goals tally for the season. Meanwhile, Beattie Goad may not have been credited with a stat on the scoresheet, but was nonetheless crucial in two Stanford goals.

(Image Credit: Greg Carroccio / Sideline Photos)

La Salle may have ended the weekend with a win and a loss, but Claudia Jenkins has every right to be proud of her performance this weekend after keeping the Explorers in the contest on both occasions. The junior came up with a mammoth 8-save performance in a win over VCU to open the weekend, picking up her third clean sheet of the year as a 17th-minute goal for La Salle was enough to secure victory. However, another three saves against Saint Joseph’s couldn’t atone for the fact that La Salle managed just one shot on target as the Hawks secured a 1-0 victory to leave the Explorers sitting on 9 points of a possible 15 with six conference games remaining.

Teresa Morrissey was even more unlucky than Jenkins to not walk away with a pair of wins this weekend as Rhode Island fell to a pair of overtime defeats despite the freshman’s efforts between the sticks. Seven saves in 97 minutes against Davidson, including a couple of acrobatic tips over the bar, unfortunately proved not enough to counter Rhode Island’s lack of goalscoring. Midway through the first overtime period, a Davidson attacker was played through and beat Morrissey to the ball to slot home for the golden goal victory, denying the freshman a deserved result. Another eight saves from Morrissey against Massachusetts in the Rhode Island’s second game of the week saw the Rams head to overtime for a second time this weekend with the scoreline reading 1-1 after 90 minutes after an equaliser in the final minute of regulation. However, a penalty early in overtime afforded Massachusetts the opportunity to tally the game-winner, with the Minutewomen duly converting. However, with 15 saves across two games, Morrissey was easily one of the standout performers of the weekend.

Tessa Calabria opened the season with a goal against Mississippi Valley State, but the senior had found herself unable to find the back of the net since that opening day effort. However, that changed this weekend as the senior netted the opener for Nicholls State before the Colonels unfortunately conceded two goals in quick succession to fall to a 2-1 defeat to Houston Baptist. Calabria banged home the Colonels’ only goal of the game in the 15th minute, but with Nicholls State only managing three shots on target throughout the contest, adding to their tally would be tough, and it proved as such as Houston Baptist recovered to secure victory.

Beattie Goad has moved into an impact role off the bench as a number of Stanford stars return to full fitness, but the senior showed why she held a starting role for much of the season as the Cardinal dominated both Washington and Washington State this weekend. Whilst not receiving an assist in the Cardinal’s 5-0 win over Washington State, Goad was instrumental in two goals. In the final minute before halftime, the senior played in teammate Belle Briede, who was brought down in the area, resulting in a penalty which was duly converted. Goad then delivered the ball for Stanford’s final goal, which was originally credited to Naomi Girma, but later changed to an own goal, denying Goad an assist but nevertheless failing to diminish her impact on the phase of play that led to the goal.

Sam Roff continues to marshal an outstanding Fairleigh Dickinson defence whilst providing some extra potency to the Knights’ attack, and it showed as much this week as the team from New Jersey produced two vital victories to move to the top of the Northeast Conference standings. With a stellar back four led by Roff backed up by record-breaking goalkeeper Amanda Fitzgerald, the Knights’ goal remained untouched throughout the weekend as they edged to a 1-0 overtime win over Central Connecticut State before dominating Sacred Heart for a 3-0 victory. Hungry for more goals after scoring her first career tally earlier in the season, Roff had yet another shot on target in the win over Sacred Heart, but couldn’t beat the Pioneers goalkeeper on this occasion.

Player of the Year Points:

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

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: defeated Jackson State 3-2; defeated Southern 1-0

Sophie Bui started both games this week, registering a shot on target in 36 minutes against Jackson State before playing 31 minutes in the win over Southern.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 4-1 to Seattle

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

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-1 to Samford; drew 0-0 with Chattanooga

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Central Connecticut State 1-0 (OT); defeated Sacred Heart 3-0

Sam Roff started both games this week, playing 75 minutes in the win over Central Connecticut State before registering a shot on target in 69 minutes against Sacred Heart.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: defeated New Mexico State 2-1; lost 1-0 to UTRGV

Sandra Hill started both games for Grand Canyon this week, playing 83 minutes in the win over New Mexico State and the full 90 minutes in the loss to UTRGV.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated Cal State Northridge 2-1 (OT)

Eliza Ammendolia started for Hawaii in their win over Cal State Northridge, tallying a single shot in target in 72 minutes. Kiri Dale came off the bench, playing 23 minutes.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: drew 2-2 with Northeastern; defeated Charleston 3-0

Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: lost 1-0 to Indiana; lost 6-2 to Maryland

Ashleigh Lefevre started both games for Illinois this week, seeing 58 minutes of action against Indiana and 46 minutes against Maryland.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

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

Claudia Jenkins played all 180 minutes of the weekend, coming up with a mammoth 8 saves in the win over VCU and another 3 against Saint Joseph’s. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, playing 49 minutes against VCU and tallying a shot in 36 minutes against Saint Joseph’s.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 2-0 to Auburn

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their loss to Auburn.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: defeated Old Dominion 3-2 (OT); lost 2-1 to Charlotte

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: lost 3-0 to Arkansas

Aimee Medwin did not feature for Mississippi in their loss to Arkansas.

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

This week: lost 2-0 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; @ Houston Baptist – 5am, Monday October 7

Tessa Calabria started both games for Nicholls State this week, registering a shot in 67 minutes against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before notching the opener against Houston Baptist in a 74-minute outing. Kristy Helmers played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, tallying a shot on target against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels in either game this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: defeated South Dakota 2-1

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

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 3-2 to Marshall (OT); defeated Western Kentucky 3-0

Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in either game this week.

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: lost 1-0 to Davidson (OT); lost 2-1 to Massachusetts (OT)

Teresa Morrissey played every minute of Rhode Island’s two overtime losses, coming up with 7 saves against Davidson and 8 more against Massachusetts.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated SIU-Edwardsville 2-1 (OT); defeated Southern Illinois 2-0

Siena Senatore came off the bench for Southeast Missouri State in both games this week, playing 36 minutes against SIU-Edwardsville and 56 minutes in the win over Southern Illinois.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated Washington State 5-0; defeated Washington 4-0

Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in both games, tallying an assist on Stanford’s final goal in a 31-minute outing against Washington State before seeing 38 minutes of playing time in the win over Washington.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Iowa State 1-0 (OT)

Demi Koulizakis started for Texas Tech and played 99 minutes in their win over Iowa State, tallying 3 shots.

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

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

Rachel Lowe and Teagan Micah missed both of UCLA’s games this week due to their call-ups to the Matildas training camp in Sydney.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 4-0 to Stony Brook; lost 4-1 to Massachusetts-Lowell

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: lost 2-0 to Chattanooga; lost 3-0 to Samford

Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina against Chattanooga, playing 33 minutes before coming off the bench against Samford to play 27 minutes.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: lost 3-2 to Air Force; defeated Colorado College 3-2

Indianna Asimus played the full 90 minutes against Air Force, tallying two shots including one that rattled back off the post, before seeing 69 minutes of action against Colorado College.

2019 Week 6 Wrap

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

Image Credit: Larry Levanti

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player of the Year Points:

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

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

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

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

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 1-0 to Western Illinois

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

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

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

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: defeated Merrimack 2-1

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

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 1-0 to Omaha

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

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

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

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

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

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

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

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

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

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

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

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

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

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

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

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

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

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

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

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

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 3-2 to Utah Valley

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

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: lost 2-1 to Louisiana Tech

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

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

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

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

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

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

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

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated USC 3-2

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

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

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

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

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 2-1 to California

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

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 1-0 to Albany

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

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

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

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

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

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

2019 Week 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.