Week 8 Wrap

The big Aussie v Aussie matchup between Colorado and Washington State didn’t disappoint, as Tia Gavin scored her second goal of the season, and it was a cracker. Elsewhere, Murray State set a school record for best start to a conference season and Alabama State put themselves right in the mix for the conference regular season title.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: defeated Towson 2-1 (2OT), drew with James Madison 1-1 (2OT)

Hofstra’s campaign for an at-large national tournament bid took a hit this weekend with a draw against James Madison, but the side remain well in the hunt at this stage thanks to a win against Towson. It didn’t come easy though, as the lowly rated Towson scrapped and held on and forced overtime against the more favoured Pride. Early on, it looked as if it would be smooth sailing for Hofstra as Jenn Buoncore scored in the 19th minute. However, despite outshooting Towson 10-4 in the first half, Hofstra couldn’t find a second goal. It would go on to cost them, too, as an even more lopsided shot count in the second half only served to see the Pride waste a number of chances and Towson score an equaliser in the 75th minute. Thankfully, Hofstra were not punished for their inefficiency as Jill Mulholland netted a winner in the 102nd minute. It was an oddly similar story against James Madison, as Hofstra once again outshot their opponents, this time 19-8. However, this time neither team could score until late, and it was James Madison who opened the scoring in the 82nd minute. You can never count out a team with Leah Galton though, and the English striker tied things up just two minutes later. Overtime couldn’t split them, and it finished 1-1, a result that will surely frustrate Hofstra. Emily Hulbert came off the bench in both games, playing 19 minutes against Towson and a solid 40 minutes against James Madison.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: drew with New Mexico 0-0, lost to San Diego State 2-1

It was always going to be a tough week for Wyoming this week, but the Cowgirls did manage to secure a draw from their first game. Remarkably, Wyoming came out of the gates firing, outshooting New Mexico 8-1 in the first half, but were unable to find a goal. Things really tightened up in the second half, with neither team managing many quality chances and at the end of the day, a draw was always the most likely result as the sides largely cancelled each other out. San Diego State offered more of a challenge to the Cowgirls, and it showed as Wyoming were only able to manage four shots in 90 minutes, compared to the Aztecs’ 12. Despite this, all the scoring came in a 13 minute period early in the game. Angela Mitchell opened the scoring for San Diego State in the 12th minute, before Aussie freshman Annika Clayton steered home Shaina Ashouri’s corner for the equaliser just 8 minutes later. It didn’t stay even for long though, as Mitchell put San Diego State ahead in the 24th minute, and the score remained 2-1 until fulltime. All four available Aussies started both games, with Georgia Rowntree playing the first 45 minutes in both games and the others playing the majority of minutes in both games, with Alisha Bass playing all 200 minutes of game time over the weekend.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Belmont 1-0, defeated Jacksonville State 1-0

Murray State moved to 5-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play for the first time in their history thanks to victories this weekend over Belmont and Jacksonville State. It was one of the most fortunate victories you’ll see all season against Belmont, too. The Racers had just seven shots to Belmont’s 14, only two of them were on target, and the chance that led to the lone goal came from a deflection off a Belmont defender, an 18th minute goal to Taylor Stevens. Still, Murray State were the side that took their chance, whereas Belmont couldn’t convert on any of their 14 chances. The more dominant Murray State side that we’ve come to see this season was back in action against Jacksonville State. The Racers had 16 shots, and Jacksonville State could only trouble the Racers’ goalkeeper three times throughout the entire match. It did take until the 68th minute for Murray State to break the deadlock courtesy of a goal to Marissa Burroughs, but they were rarely troubled in this one. Nyomi Devine played the full 90 minutes in both games this weekend, whilst Harriet Withers had an oddly quiet weekend, but played 66 minutes against Belmont and 56 minutes against Jacksonville State.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: drew with Washington 1-1 (2OT), lost to Washington State 3-0

Colorado welcomed the two Washington Pac-12 schools to Boulder this weekend, but the guests were less than gracious as the Buffaloes finished the weekend without a win. Colorado perhaps just edged the run of play against Washington, but were left chasing an equaliser early as they conceded a goal to Kimberley Keever in just the 11th minute. Still down 1-0 at halftime, the Buffaloes peppered the Washington goal in the second half, and it paid dividends as Heather Ward scored from a Joss Orejel corner in the 58th minute. 11 shots in the second half for Colorado couldn’t find a second goal, and the game proceeded to overtime. Washington then came out and gave Colorado some of their own medicine, but couldn’t find a winner and it finished 1-1. Things weren’t quite so close against Washington State, an Aussie v Aussie matchup between Alex Huynh and Tia Gavin. The Cougars took their chances early, scoring in the 15th and 17th minutes through Kaitlyn Johnson and Kourtney Guetlein. The Buffaloes outshot Washington State 20-9, but it was Washington State who put their shots out of the keeper’s reach, and there wouldn’t be many goalkeepers in college soccer who could have saved Tia Gavin’s curling effort into the top corner in the 71st minute to seal a 3-0 win for Washington State. Alex Huynh played all 110 minutes against Washington, before playing 53 minutes against Washington State.

Washington State (Tia Gavin)

This week’s results: defeated Utah 1-0, defeated Colorado 3-0

Washington State kept their stellar season going with two shutout victories on the road this weekend. First up, they played Utah in a game that saw the Cougars play a game of “score early and hang on”. A looping header from Kaitlyn Johnson in the 9th minute was enough to give Washington State a win as they could only get 4 shots on target for the entire game. Fortunately, Utah could only get five on target and goalkeeper Ella Dederick was up to the task on all occasions. Then came the game against Colorado, where Tia Gavin faced off against fellow Colorado’s own Aussie, junior defender Alex Huynh. A slightly leaky Washington State defence gave up 11 shots on target to Colorado, but once again Dederick was up to the task. Two goals in three minutes early on from Kaitlyn Johnson and Kourtney Guetlein put the Cougars out to an early lead, and with Dederick appearing to turn herself into a human wall of some sort, two seemed to be enough. But Tia Gavin was having none of that – a curling effort from the top left corner of the box into the top right corner left Colorado goalkeeper Scout Watson with zero chance, and took the score to 3-0, which is how the game finished. That goal came as part of a 29 minute cameo off the bench for Tia, after playing just 7 minutes against Utah.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week’s result: lost to Coastal Carolina 5-1

Winthrop were always the underdogs in this game against Coastal Carolina, but nobody quite expected the Chanticleers to rack up five goals in an absolute drubbing. After going down 1-0 on the 15 minute mark, Winthrop really shot themselves in the foot as they gave up a penalty just three minutes later, which was duly converted by Coastal Carolina’s Darbie Kelley. A third goal before the half-hour mark for Coastal Carolina meant the game was slipping away from Winthrop’s grasp at a rapid rate, but a goal in just the second minute of the second half gave the Eagles life. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Eagles would come, as Coastal Carolina once again scored two quick goals in the 73rd and 74th minutes to seal a 5-1 win. Jai Jackson came off the bench for Winthrop as usual, but was limited to just 27 minutes in this match.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week’s result: lost to Delaware 1-0

Drexel slipped to their second consecutive loss and to a 1-4 record in conference play with this loss to Delaware in a match they had more than their fair share of chances in. Unfortunately, despite outshooting Delaware 6-5 in the first half, the Dragons couldn’t actually test the opposition goalkeeper but some good work from the defence kept the score tied at 0-0 going into the break. Delaware did eventually break the deadlock in the 58th minute as Drexel’s attempts to stop Natalie Zelenky could only last so long as she buried her 9th goal of the season. Drexel did manage to test the Blue Hens’ goalkeeper three times in the second half, but the game fairly petered out and finished 1-0. Emma Heckenberg’s topsy-turvy season continued as the freshman saw 22 minutes of playing time, registering a single shot.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week’s results: drew with Mercer 1-1 (2OT), defeated The Citadel 8-0

East Tennessee dropped their first result of the conference season with a draw against Mercer, but remain undefeated at 5-1 thanks to an 8-0 dismantling of The Citadel in their second match of the weekend. All the scoring came in the early parts against Mercer, as the Buccaneers went down 1-0 in the 13th minute despite dominating the play. East Tennessee State bounced back quickly though as a 21st minute goal from Molly Collinson tied things up. East Tennessee State dominated throughout the match, outshooting Mercer 19-7 but somehow couldn’t find another goal. To be fair, they didn’t give themselves as many chances as they should have, with only 7 shots on target. Perhaps they were saving their goals for the second game of the match, as the Buccaneers scored four goals in the first 10 minutes to put the result out of The Citadel’s grasp early on. An own goal in the 38th minute took the score to 5-0, and then, just for good measure, ETSU knocked home another three in the second half to give the side an 8-0 win on Senior Day. Isabel Hodgson played all 110 minutes against Mercer, but with some of the seniors being given more of a run on their big day, played 45 against The Citadel.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated Southern 6-0, defeated Jackson State 2-0

After last week’s slightly underwhelming performance in a loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Alabama State hit back in the best way possible with two solid wins. The Hornets were always expected to put Southern to the sword, but a 6-0 win is a turn-up for the books in anyone’s language. Aaliyah Lewis opened the scoring in the 10th minute, before Aussie senior Shelbi Vienna-Hallam headed home for the Hornets’ second seven minutes later. Souhern were able to keep Alabama State out for the remainder of the first half, but the Hornets came out firing again in the second half. Larissa White scored just two minutes after the break, before Aaliyah Lewis added her second in the 53rd minute. Ariela Lewis and Mooregan Elder added to the Jaguars’ misery later in the second half to give the Hornets a 6-0 victory. Beating Southern 6-0 is one thing, but beating James Madison is another story entirely. In a match that saw the two sides combine for 38 shots, it was Emily Fleming who did the damage for Alabama State. The Canadian freshman scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half, assisted both times by Ariela Lewis, to give the Hornets a vital victory as they continue their hunt for the SWAC regular season title. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam played 90 minutes in both games, scoring the second goal against Southern.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week’s result: lost to George Washington 1-0

Massachusetts managed to keep things close as underdogs against George Washington, but in the end they couldn’t quite manage to get the win and saw their record fall to 4-5-3. It was a very even contest for the majority of the first half, but as things wound down, George Washington scored the only goal of the game as Nicole Belfonti directed a corner home in the 41st minute for the only goal of the game. Massachusetts found chances hard to come by in the second half as they chased an equaliser as they were only able to get three shots away in the final 45 minutes. Laura Johns came off the bench but only saw 22 minutes of playing time, managing to register one shot on target.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
2: Tia Gavin (Washington State)
1: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)

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Week 7 Wrap

It was a less than stellar weekend for the Aussies this weekend, or at least for their teams. No less than three Aussies scored goals in losing efforts over the weekend, but Harriet Withers had a goal and two assists across the weekend to lead Murray State to a pair of wins.

Massachusetts (Laura Johns)

This week’s results: defeated La Salle 1-0 (2OT), drew with Richmond 2-2 (2OT)

Massachusetts continued their steady yet unspectacular progress through this season with a win and a draw to take their season record to 4-3-3. One thing that could not be described as unspectacular is the finish to the side’s win over La Salle which took the Minutewomen to four straight wins. Despite peppering La Salle with 27 shots, the Minutewomen were unable to find a goal until, with her 3rd shot in the second overtime period alone, Julia Weithofer scored with just 46 seconds remaining. The winning streak may have been snapped against Richmond, but the unbeaten streak remains alive at 5 games after a 2-2 draw with Richmond. The Minutewomen weren’t quite so dominant in this one, but in a free-flowing match in which the sides again combined for 40 shots, there was no way we would see another game like the La Salle game where all those shots would be wasted. However, for the first hour of the game it looked as if it would go that way. The first goal came from UMass in the 63rd minute before Richmond hit back with two of their own before a thrilling equaliser came for UMass. With just five seconds to play, Massachusetts’ Megan Burke whipped in a corner and it was met by the head of Icelandic import Rebekka Sverrisdottir for the goal to make it 2-2. Unfortunately, no goals could be found in the 20 minutes of overtime and the game ended all square. Laura Johns started both games this weekend, playing 66 minutes against La Salle and then 48 against Richmond.

Albany (Claire Urquhart)

This week’s results: defeated Binghamton 2-1, lost to New Hampshire 1-0

It was a slightly underwhelming weekend for Albany, as a win against Binghamton that was all too close was followed by a loss to New Hampshire. Albany were expected to easily account for Binghamton, but instead were outshot 17-8 by their opponents and had goalkeeper Alanna Brennan to thank for even being in the game, let alone winning it. Albany did take the lead late in the first half through Alexa Schneider, but gave up the almost inevitable equaliser on a corner in the 69th minute. 4 minutes later though, Albany scored after a free kick deflected into Vivian Vega’s path, and she slotted it home for the winner. An early goal proved decisive for New Hampshire in the weekend’s second game, as Brooke Murphy lashed home a 25 yard shot into the bottom left corner in the 12th minute. Albany outshot New Hampshire 14-6 in the second half, but with only four shots on target for the entire game, the Great Danes were always going to struggle to score, and it proved to be their downfall. Unfortunately, there was no game time this weekend for Claire Urquhart.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: lost to DePaul 4-0, defeated Villanova 3-1

Creighton more or less got the results that were expected this weekend as they had a win and a loss against teams of highly contrasting quality. Against the defending conference champions DePaul, the Bluejays held out their opponents for most of the first half but conceded in the 38th minute to go to the break down 1-0. After failing to register a shot in the first half, Creighton managed nine in the second, but DePaul were far more ruthless in their finishing. A second goal just shy of the hour mark made the score 2-0, but Creighton were still in the game with 10 minutes left. The Blue Demons kicked again though, notching another couple of goals to blow the scoreline out and make the game look a lot less close than it was. Creighton would have their own day in the sun against Villanova, but not before a first hour in which Villanova looked a big chance to win, even taking the lead in the 55th minute. That goal only served to spark Creighton into life though, and three goals in the last half hour gave Creighton their 9th victory of the season. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench in both games but was afforded little chance to make an impact, playing just 10 minutes or so in each game.

Washington State (Tia Gavin)

This week’s results: lost to USC 1-0, defeated UCLA 4-2

It was a mixed weekend for Washington State, but with a win and a loss the Cougars are still sitting pretty at 9-2 for the season so far. In what was a real battle of defences, where neither team looked too likely to score, it eventually came down to a goalkeeping error from the Cougars which was capitalised on by USC’s star transfer from Notre Dame, Morgan Andrews. The 78th minute goal proved to be decisive as USC goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme kept out everything the Washington State attack could throw at her. It was a happier story for the Cougars as they heaped more misery on UCLA’s rapidly deteriorating campaign. Remarkably, the sides each had 15 shots with 7 on target, but Washington State made far more of their chances. The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the 26th and 39th minutes and held that until halftime. They’re not known as the Cardiac Cougs for nothing though, and allowed UCLA two goals in the space of 76 seconds just after halftime to see the game tied at 2-2 with 40 minutes to play. Goals from Kaitlyn Johnson and Kourtney Guetlein put Washington State back in front though, and the game ended at 4-2. Tia Gavin came off the bench in both games, with one particular shot against UCLA of note – a cannon from outside the box was saved by the UCLA goalkeeper, but whispers around the ground suggest it may have crossed the line.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Tennessee-Martin 4-3, defeated Southeast Missouri State 4-1

Murray State’s attack fired to the tuned of eight goals this weekend, and whilst the defence was slightly leaky at times, the Racers still put together two more wins to add to what is now a more than respectable 7-4-0 record. A fast and furious game against Tennessee-Martin opened the weekend for the Racers, as they jumped out a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes courtesy of Taylor Stevens and Harriet Withers, but they had given up that lead by halftime and the teams went to the sheds tied at 2-2. Withers scored her second of the game early in the second half before UT-Martin again equalised. The Racers were not to be denied, and a 71st minute strike by Marissa Burroughs was enough to get the win for Murray State. Southeast Missouri State weren’t afforded quite the same chances in the second match of the weekend as Murray State dominated. With Harriet Withers assisting on the first two goals, the Racers jumped out to a 4-0 lead by halftime as they utterly shocked the Redhawks. Australian Jenna Collingridge scored to get one back for Southeast Missouri State in the 77th minute but the damage was well and truly done. As well as Harriet Withers’ remarkable exploits this weekend, Nyomi Devine once again played 90 minutes in both games as an integral part of the defence.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated Grambling State 1-0, lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-1

With two star players out through suspension, what had looked to be a two-win weekend for Alabama State turned into an incredibly testing one, and it showed. Whilst Grambling State were always unlikely to trouble the Hornets, they did prove to be a real nuisance as Alabama State fired 18 shots at them but could only find one goal. That goal did come early, in the 23rd minute, but any side in the SWAC would miss two players of the Lewis sisters’ quality, and it showed as Alabama State just couldn’t find a second goal. Eventually, Grambling State’s inability to find a goal was enough to give Alabama State the win. The match against Arkansas-Pine Bluff may have resulted in a 2-1 loss, but it wasn’t all bad news as Shelbi Vienna-Hallam scored her first goal of the season, a 25th minute equaliser after UAPB had scored just 3 minutes earlier. Unfortunately, in the 62nd minute, Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored again to send Alabama State to their first conference loss of the season.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: lost to UNC Wilmington 2-1 (OT), defeated College of Charleston 5-1

UNC Wilmington have been a surprising side so far this season, but Hofstra were still expected to deal with them in this match between Colonial Athletic Association high-flyers. What happened instead was 80 minutes where very little happened, and then 11 minutes in which EVERYTHING happened. UNC Wilmington opened the scoring in the 83rd minute, but Hofstra were able to score just 4 minutes later through Kristin Desmond to send the game into overtime. Obviously the taste for quick goals was to everybody’s liking though, as Maddie McCormack scored the winner for UNCW just 90 seconds into the extra period to stun the Pride. Hofstra were expected to do more than just bounce back against College of Charleston and did just that, but for the first hour the underdogs were well in it. Matching Hofstra shot for shot and down just 1-0, it took a goal from Leah Galton (who else?) to open the floodgates for the Pride. Three goals followed in the next 20 minutes to take Hofstra to 5-0, and whilst the Pride defence won’t be happy about conceding a late goal, it mattered little to the result. Emily Hulbert made her usual appearances off the bench, only playing 7 minutes against UNC Wilmington before seeing half an hour on the field against College of Charleston.

East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)

This week’s result: defeated Western Carolina 3-1

East Tennessee State continued their perfect start to conference play, defeating Western Carolina 3-1 to move to 3-0 and 8-4 overall. The Buccaneers made it hard for themselves early, conceding an own goal in the 20th minute but they hit back just before the break through Emily McKerlie. ETSU continued to edge the run of play, but made their fans sweat until the 81st minute when Sarah Zadrazil scored the go-ahead goal. Four minutes later, Simona Koren scored the Buccaneers’ third to seal the win to remain one of just two teams with perfect records in the Southern Conference. Still recovering from a rib injury, Isabel Hodgson managed to play a respectable 60 minutes, registering one shot.

Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)

This week’s results: defeated Towson 3-1, lost to James Madison 1-0

Stuck in the middle of the Colonial Athletic Association, Drexel had a win against lowly Towson before losing to more fancied James Madison, and this may be the way many of their weekends go. Surprisingly, Towson took the lead over the Dragons in the 9th minute after a shot deflected in off a Drexel player and was ruled an own goal. It mattered little, as Drexel got on the scoresheet through Danish import Wilhelmina Hauch-Fausboll who headed home in the 16th minute. Hauch-Fausboll followed up with a second in the 65th minute before Vanessa Kara beat the goalkeeper with a one-on-one effort to seal the game in the dying stages. Drexel managed to keep things close against James Madison, but couldn’t find a goal as they narrowly outshot the Dukes 12-11. In the end, a block from a Drexel defender in the 56th minute made its way to the feet of James Madison striker Ashley Herndon, who finished with aplomb for the game’s only goal. Unfortunately, after starting last week, Emma Heckenberg didn’t see any playing time this weekend.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)

This week’s results: lost to Austin Peay 2-0, lost to Murray State 4-1

Southeast Missouri State had a decent start to their conference regular season title defence with a win and a draw last week, but things don’t look quite so good now after two losses this weekend dropped them to seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference. In what was an admittedly tough game against Austin Peay, the Redhawks’ attack simply failed to fire as they forced the Austin Peay goalkeeper into just two saves for the entire match. The Governors were slightly wasteful in the first half, but rendered that moot as two second half goals saw them cruise to the win. Murray State were tipped to be an even more daunting proposition, but nobody was expecting the Racers to be up 4-0 inside 40 minutes. Harriet Withers showed no mercy to fellow Aussie Siena Senatore and the rest of the SEMO defence as she assisted on Murray State’s first two goals. Two more goals in the first half had the game finished by the halftime whistle, but Aussie senior midfielder Jenna Collingridge scored a peach of a goal in one of the Redhawks’ few positive moments in the game. Siena Senatore started in both games this weekend, but unfortunately there was no playing time to be found for Maddy Cornell this weekend.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: defeated Air Force 1-0, lost to Colorado College 2-1 (OT)

Wyoming started this weekend at 1-1 in conference play, and remain steady at 2-2 after a win and a loss this weekend. The win came against Air Force, a match in which Wyoming’s tactic of finding good chances bested Air Force’s tactic of finding any chances, as 8 shots on target from 12 led to the lone goal of the game, whereas Air Force had 18 shots but could only get 5 of these on target. Shaina Ashouri continued her great season, scoring in the 55th minute after she picked up a deflection and slotted it home, whilst Georgia Rowntree started and kept a clean sheet throughout the first 45 minutes before being rotated out. Unfortunately, Wyoming’s finishing wasn’t quite so accurate against Colorado College. The Cowgirls outshot their opponents 19-6, but amazingly Colorado College had more shots on target, 5-4. One of those shots on target for Wyoming did belong to Alisha Bass though, whose penalty restored parity late in the first half after Colorado College had taken an early lead. The remainder of the game passed with plenty of shots but no goals, and we moved to extra time. You can’t stop Sarah Schweiss for too long though, and the Colorado College star headed home the winner in the 97th minute. All four available Aussies started in both games, with all bar Georgia Rowntree playing the majority of minutes for the weekend.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alex Huynh)

This week’s results: lost to Oregon 1-0, lost to Oregon State 2-0

Colorado came up huge last weekend with a win over California, but that will be all for nothing if they can’t get two wins on this away trip to Oregon.

That was the opening of the preview of Colorado’s weekend. And, as it turned out, Colorado dropped both games on this trip to the Pacific Northwest to severely dent their chances of reaching the national tournament. The Buffaloes can really have no complaints about either result, though. Oregon hung with Colorado for the entire game, and eventually slotted the lone goal of the game in the 74th minute as neither team had many clear-cut chances. In fact, Colorado had just two shots on target for the entire match. Against Oregon State, things were even worse. The Beavers outshot Colorado 17-10, and Colorado didn’t manage to so much as force a corner all game. Oregon State opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, and scored the sealer with five minutes to play to send the Buffs home winless. Alex Huynh played a full match against Oregon, before playing 81 minutes against Oregon State and registering two shots despite playing in defence. Once again, Kahlia Hogg was out with injury.

Winthrop (Jai Jackson)

This week’s result: lost to High Point 2-0

Despite hanging with High Point for the majority of the game, Winthrop were undone by a slow start to the second half as the Panthers scored two goals in the first seven minutes after the break to take a lead that they would not surrender. Winthrop had found it tough throughout the first half to get anything done in attack and failed to register a single shot, but had also stifled High Point, who could only manage three of their own. After conceding those two goals, Winthrop could still only get one shot on target for the entire match in horrendous conditions which High Point adapted to far better. Jai Jackson came off the bench, and played 41 minutes.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)

2014 Season Awards

Goalkeeper Of The Year: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)

A fairly simple award to decide, this one. Georgia was the only Australian goalkeeper in NCAA Division I this year, but even if there was competition, she may still have secured the award. Despite being a freshman, Georgia was able to wrest playing time from Wyoming’s senior starting goalkeeper, playing in a total of 9 games and starting 7 of those.

Defender Of The Year: Emily Hulbert (Hofstra)

It was a close-run thing between Alexandra Huynh of Colorado and Emily Hulbert of Hofstra this season for Defender Of The Year, but with Alexandra injuring her foot midway through the season, Emily’s solid form for Hofstra saw her win the award. Aside from being a standout in the Hofstra defence, Emily also popped up at the attacking end of the field with a couple of goals this season to help Hofstra come within a fingernail of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

2nd: Alexandra Huynh (Colorado)

Midfielder Of The Year: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)

Jess was named captain of the Nicholls State side this season, and led from the front with five goals and six assists for the season, with many of these coming in vital moments for the Colonels. Her exploits helped the side win a match in the Southland Conference tournament for the first time as they defeated McNeese State to progress to the semi-finals. Jess just barely beat Wyoming starlet Alisha Bass for midfielder of the year, as both players had stellar seasons linking with their teams’ attackers.

2nd: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
3rd: Candace Sciberras (Wyoming)

Forward Of The Year: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)

After starting the season as a defender (where she was in good enough form to win Defender Of The Year if she’d stayed there), Shelbi was moved up front partway through the season, and it proved to be the masterstroke of the season as the Tasmanian junior linked magnificently with Aaliyah Lewis, ironically taking a spot that had been filled by fellow Australian Anastasia McCleary, who moved to Creighton this year. Shelbi finished the season with seven goals and eleven assists, including one game that saw her tally three assists inside 35 minutes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in one of the performances of the season.

2nd: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
3rd: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)

Freshman Of The Year: Harriet Withers (Murray State)

Despite missing out on the forward of the year award, Harriet Withers still managed to secure the Freshman Of The Year award courtesy of six goals and two assists this season. Harriet got her career started brilliantly with two goals against Georgia State in just her second game, and after a lean spell through the rest of the non-conference schedule, came back with a bang, scoring four goals in conference play to help lead the side into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, where the Racers were unfortunately defeated by Morehead State in the first round.

2nd: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
3rd: Candace Sciberras (Wyoming)

Sophomore Of The Year: Alexandra Huynh (Colorado)

With only two sophomores in college soccer this season, it was a 50/50 decision from the outset. Unfortunately, though, Bridget Sankey didn’t feature this season for Southeast Missouri State, leaving Alexandra to be the only sophomore to see playing time this year. Alex did have a solid season though, which was unfortunately punctuated by a foot injury. She returned in time for the last game of the regular season for Colorado, and saw significant playing time in the national tournament, in which the Buffaloes made the second round.

Junior Of The Year: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)

Shelbi Vienna-Hallam’s exploits have already been outlined as she won Forward Of The Year, but with five juniors playing this season, all of them amongst top players, it took a great season just to finish ahead of Midfielder Of The Year Jess Coates. With Kahlia Hogg also being a junior this year, this was definitely a stacked set of players, and Shelbi shone through with some stellar performances.

2nd: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
3rd: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)

Senior Of The Year: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)

The senior class was expected to be a small but high level set of players, with Lilly Rydon, Nicole Calder, and Simone Arthur all being vital parts of their teams this season. Unfortunately, Nicole Calder and Simone Arthur were both ruled out for the season for differing reasons, leaving Lilly to be the final remaining senior. Lilly managed six goals for the season, including one game winner, in what was a disappointing season for UMBC, who were expected to build on last season’s national tournament appearance, but were knocked out in the semi-finals of the America East tournament.

Breakout Player Of The Year: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)

After two seasons at Florida State that saw Kahlia play limited minutes in a top-shelf squad, a transfer to Colorado to join fellow Aussie Alexandra Huynh saw Kahlia reinvigorate her college career. The Canberra junior scored 4 goals and added three assists as a move to a new school also meant a move to a more advanced position on the field which turned out to be as big a masterstroke as the transfer itself, as Kahlia proved to be a major part of a side which reached the second round of the national tournament – not as far as Kahlia had travelled with Florida State, but she played in more games this season than in her two seasons with the Seminoles combined.

Most Assists: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State) – 11 assists

2nd: Alisha Bass (Wyoming), Jess Coates (Nicholls State) – 6 assists

Top Goalscorer: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State) – 7 goals

2nd: Lilly Rydon (UMBC), Harriet Withers (Murray State) – 6 goals

Player Of The Year:

3rd: Harriet Withers (Murray State)
2nd: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
1st: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)

With a season like the one Shelbi Vienna-Hallam has produced, it was always going to be difficult for anyone else to top her for Player Of The Year. Various players went close, but in the end it was Shelbi’s brilliant performances throughout the conference season, with a goal or an assist in 9 of the side’s last 11 games, that saw her put together a season CV strong enough to see her named Player Of The Year.

Week 12 Wrap

Plenty of teams secured conference tournament positions or even set themselves up for conference regular season titles this week, but the most notable part of the weekend was Nicole Calder getting on the field for 15 minutes to play on Senior Night despite what appeared to be a season-ending injury. Considering the fact that Nicole would walk through a brick wall to achieve her goals, it’s not a surprise that she managed to get out there and play, but it’s great to see that she was afforded the opportunity to get out on the field one last time for Kennesaw State.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: defeated Albany 1-0, lost to Binghamton 1-0 (2OT)

Needing two wins this weekend to secure a share of the conference regular season title, UMBC got off to the start they needed, defeating Albany 1-0 in a tight contest. The Retrievers took their time in getting a lead though – Albany kept UMBC’s chances to a minimum, and it took 71 minutes for UMBC to score the first and only goal of the game with the only shot on target of the entire second half for either team. The win meant that their fate was still in their own hands as they came into an eminently winnable game against Binghamton, but Binghamton were in no mood to play nice on UMBC’s Senior Day, taking a 1-0 win in overtime. Surprisingly, Lilly Rydon wasn’t involved against Albany, but came back to start against Binghamton in her final college regular season home game, tallying 3 shots, of which one was on target.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s results: lost to Houston Baptist 1-0, Saturday October 25; defeated Central Arkansas 2-0

A mixed weekend for Nicholls State leaves them teetering on the edge of the Southland conference tournament, requiring wins in their final two games to secure a spot. The game against Houston Baptist was always expected to be a tough test, but not unwinnable, and even a draw in this game would have been highly beneficial to the side’s chances, and for 89 minutes and 55 seconds of the game it looked as if the game would go into overtime. With just four seconds remaining in the game, however, Houston Baptist scored from a corner and Nicholls State went down 1-0 despite leading the shot count 18-7 – a testament to the pitfalls of not taking your chances. Suddenly, a match against a much weaker Central Arkansas side came with the added pressure of needing a win, and it was Jess Coates who thrived under that pressure early on, scoring just 2 minutes into the game to give Nicholls State a brilliant start. Jess then provided the assist for the second goal just six minutes later, and whilst they didn’t manage to find another goal in the next 82 minutes, they managed to keep Central Arkansas out to keep within reach of the final conference tournament berth.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s results: defeated Tennessee Tech 2-0, defeated Jacksonville State 3-0

Southeast Missouri State needed two wins this weekend to give them a chance of securing a share of the Ohio Valley conference regular season title next week against SIU Edwardsville, and that’s exactly what they earned, firstly dealing with Tennessee Tech as expected before convincingly beating Jacksonville State by a surprising 3-0 scoreline. Jenna Collingridge was the only Aussie involved for the Redhawks this week, but she made her presence felt, especially against Jacksonville State. Against Tennessee Tech, it was Natasha Minor scoring in the 17th and 78th minutes that secured the result for Southeast Missouri State, but Jenna was the undoubted star of the game against Jacksonville State. Jenna only had two shots in the entire game. Both were on target, and they also both beat the goalkeeper to give Jenna her first two collegiate goals. With Jenna’s goals putting the side up 2-0 after 53 minutes, the game was in the Redhawks’ pocket, and a third goal late on wrapped things up.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: lost to Washington State 2-1, tied with Washington 0-0 (2OT)

Colorado have bouncing in and out of national tournament predictions, and this week they managed to do so in the space of 2 days as a damaging loss to Washington State was followed up by a resume-building 0-0 draw with top 20 side Washington. With Kahlia Hogg dropping back into midfield after regularly starting up front for the Buffaloes this season, the side was missing a little at the pointy end, but this didn’t stop them from grabbing a 1-0 lead against Washington State. It wasn’t to be, however, as the nationally ranked Cougars managed to rally for a comeback as goals in a ten minute span either side of halftime saw Colorado condemned to a loss. Knowing that they couldn’t afford another loss in their hunt for a national tournament bid, Colorado came out firing against Washington, tallying 9 first half shots. Unfortunately, only two of these managed to test the Huskies’ goalkeeper, and neither found the net. It was more or less the same in the second half, and again throughout overtime, as the sides traded shots but neither could find the net. Once again, Kahlia Hogg played in a midfield role but also managed to create a couple of chances for herself as she played the full 110 minutes.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: defeated Drexel 2-1, defeated Delaware 4-2

Coming into this final weekend of conference games, Hofstra had an outside chance of finishing in top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association, and whilst the other results they needed didn’t go their way, they did the job required of themselves to move up from 5th place into 3rd and vastly improving their seeding in the conference tournament. The game against Drexel was of utmost importance, as the Dragons were a single place ahead of Hofstra before the game. Hofstra opened the scoring just shy of the half-hour mark, a just reward for their attacking dominance, before doubling their lead in the 54th minute. As Hofstra have been wont to do for so long, however, they conceded just a minute later. This was where the scoring ended, and Hofstra took the win to jump above Drexel in the standings. Other results meant that Hofstra would be playing for third at best against Delaware, whilst Delaware needed a result to secure a place in the conference tournament. Hofstra didn’t let Delaware’s desperation to get a win faze them, and they opened the scoring just six minutes into the game. Neither side was able to score in the first half, but it appeared that the teams were saving the goals for the second half. Hofstra scored their second of the game in the 58th minute, before Delaware grabbed one back 12 minutes later to leave the game poised at 2-1 to Hofstra. Two more quick goals to the Pride, however, meant that Delaware’s 88th minute goal was nothing more than a consolation, but it would not have even been that in the end as the loss meant the end of Delaware’s season, whilst Hofstra march on to the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament. Emily Hulbert started in defence as usual for Hofstra, playing the full 90 minutes against Drexel and 78 minutes against Delaware.

Kennesaw State (Nicole Calder)

This week’s result: defeated USC Upstate 1-0

With the side needing a win in their final game against winless USC Upstate, the Kennesaw State coach could have been forgiven for casting away sentiment on Senior Night, but it was the seniors themselves who had a massive impact as the Owls picked up a 1-0 win to keep their season alive. as Alma Gardasdottir picked up the only goal of the game in the 64th minute. Nicole Calder played in her final game of college soccer, and whilst she was only on the field for around 15 minutes in two short stints at the end of each half, it didn’t take her long to get involved – despite being a defender, it took Nicole only 33 seconds to get a shot on target. Considering the Owls outshot USC Upstate 19-7, the side may have wanted a few more goals in this game, but the win was what they needed and that’s what they finished the 90 minutes with.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Austin Peay 3-2, lost to Belmont 2-0

As with Southeast Missouri State, two wins this weekend would have given Murray State a shot at a share of the Ohio Valley conference regular season title, and they got off to a good start with a win in a match against a tricky Austin Peay side. The Racers got off to a slow start and quickly fell behind to an Austin Peay goal in the fourth minute. That goal appeared to kick Murray State into gear, and goals at regular intervals saw the score go from 1-0 down to 3-1 up after 63 minutes. Austin Peay managed a 2nd in the 87th minute, but the Racers hung on for those last few nervy minutes to clinch a win in a match that saw both Nyomi Devine and Harriet Withers start. The Palm Beach pair started again against Belmont, with Harriet tallying five shots, of which four were on target (of a team total of six). Despite her best efforts, a lack of support from the team meant that goals were hard to come by, and Belmont were far more ruthless as they secured a 2-0 win which kept their own chances of making the conference tournament alive.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated Mississippi Valley State 3-1, defeated Alcorn State 8-1

Since a tough start to the conference season which saw Alabama State handed the toughest start to the SWAC schedule of any team, the Hornets have come home with a wet sail and things were no different this weekend as they soundly defeated Mississippi Valley State before handing Alcorn State an absolute mauling which left their opponents with the antithesis of a perfect season – 0 wins, 0 draws, 12 losses. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam was, as has become habit for the Tasmanian junior, involved heavily in the goalscoring for the week, notching an assist for the first goal against MVSU before scoring Alabama State’s third as the teams combined for all four of the game’s goals inside 34 minutes. The goals were far more spread out against Alcorn State, as is to be expected in an 8-1 win. Alabama State opened the scoring in 16th minute, before Shelbi notched an assist on the first of Aaliyah Lewis’ 3 goals. With the score 5-0 after an hour, Alcorn State managed to get one back, but Shelbi scored two goals of her own to make the score 7-1 before the Hornets rounded out the scoring on 78 minutes for an emphatic victory.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: lost to San Diego State 5-2, lost to  New Mexico 2-1

A tough start to the weekend against high-flying San Diego State turned into a tough week for Wyoming as they dropped both games this weekend hand the conference title to San Diego State and allow New Mexico themselves to sneak back into contention for second spot. The match against San Diego State was always expected to be tough, but it wasn’t all bad news for the Aussies involved, with Candace Sciberras scoring one of Wyoming’s goals, and Alisha Bass providing the assist. At that point, the game was 1-1 after half an hour, but San Diego scored the next 4 goals to put the game out of Wyoming’s reach. The match against New Mexico was a fair sight tougher for the Aussies, with neither Bass or Sciberras being involved in Wyoming’s opener in the 4th minute, and with New Mexico coming back from 1-0 down to win the game in the 85th minute, it was a tough loss for Wyoming to take.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s result: tied with Butler 1-1 (2OT)

Creighton were eliminated from conference tournament contention last week, but still had pride to play for in this game against Butler. They weren’t without their chances, either, especially in the first half as they forced two saves from the Butler goalkeeper. It was in the second half, however, with their only shot on target, that they cracked the Butler defence for the opening goal. Butler were afforded the opportunity to hit back when the Creighton defence allowed them to break down the right, and the shot from an impossible angle which really should have been covered by the Bluejays goalkeeper found the back of the net for an equaliser. Attacking chances were few and far between for the remainder of the match as the sides cancelled each other out for the final 40 minutes of the game, and with neither coach really willing to use their bench, the tiring starters meant there was not even one shot taken during the second period of overtime. Unfortunately, Anastasia McCleary was not afforded the opportunity to come off the bench to make an impact in this game.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week’s result: lost to St. Mary’s 1-0

It’s been a tough season for Pacific, but this game against St. Mary’s loomed as their biggest chance of a win in conference play. Pacific put in a really solid performance this game, whilst Ellie Papalexiou had what she described as her best game of the season, seeing over half an hour of playing time and managing two shots, of which one was on target but was denied by some great play by the St. Mary’s goalkeeper. Despite some solid chances for both sides, the game looked destined to head to overtime until the 88th minute, when a St. Mary’s player got free on the left and made a run before hitting the ball across the Pacific goalkeeper for the lone goal of the game. It was not a loss Pacific deserved, especially in such a fashion.

Week 11 Wrap

Firstly, apologies for the lack of a preview for this weekend’s games – College Matildas is a one-man operation and this one man was incapacitated. And now, onto the football. After last weekend’s exploits from our Aussies, just about anything would be a comedown. However, we still saw some great performances, including a second career goal from Emily Hulbert and more attacking brilliance from Shelbi Vienna-Hallam.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: defeated Massachusetts-Lowell 3-1, defeated Hartford 1-0

UMBC came into this weekend needing two wins to keep their hopes of finishing top in the America East conference alive, and that’s exactly what they got, as they dominated Massachusetts-Lowell before fighting their way to victory over current league leaders Hartford. The match against Massachusetts-Lowell saw both sides start slowly before Massachusetts-Lowell actually took the lead in the 52nd minute, which kicked UMBC into gear. The Retrievers scored in the 55th and 59th minutes to take the lead before tacking on a third goal with 20 minutes to play to secure the win. The match against Hartford was also tied 0-0 at halftime, but Hartford dominated the shot count 8-4. The second half was a different beast, however. UMBC had 9 shots to 3, of which four were on target, but most importantly, one shot in the 72nd minute bulged the back of the net to give UMBC the win. Lilly Rydon started in both games, managing four shots against Hartford, but wasn’t able to manage a goal.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s results: lost to Villanova 2-0, lost to Georgetown 1-0

A tough conference season continued this week for Creighton as they fell in a couple of tough games against Villanova and Georgetown. In both games, the Bluejays had their opportunities to get a win, but on both occasions they fell short. Against Villanova, the Bluejays were outshot 12-9, but managed 4 of their own on target, however it was Villanova who scored in the 34th and 84th minutes to secure victory. The stat line against nationally ranked Georgetown suggests that Creighton may have even had the better of the play, leading the shots 9-7, but with only 3 on target which were all saved by the Georgetown goalkeeper, the Hoyas’ ability to take just one of their chances led to victory. Anastasia McCleary came off the bench in both games, but as has become the norm, played only 10 minutes or so in each game.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s result: lost to Stanford 3-0

Colorado were always expected to be up against it in this match against Stanford, and that expectation came to fruition on the field as the Buffaloes fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat against Stanford which dealt a blow to their national tournament bid hopes. Stanford weren’t able to open the scoring until the 39th minute, but with Colorado unable to register a shot in the first half, the Cardinal had all the momentum leading into the second half. Whilst the Buffaloes were able to register four shots in the second half, they could only manage one on target (which, interestingly, came from goalkeeper Kate Scheele), whilst Stanford knocked home two more in the 59th and 89th minutes to cruise to a win. Kahlia Hogg started for the Buffaloes and played 79 minutes, and had one header almost make its way into the back of the net, but was cleared by a Stanford defender. Alexandra Huynh was once again out through injury – she remains unlikely to play again in the regular season, but should be back if Colorado reach the national tournament.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s result: defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0

One game this week for Murray State, and they managed to grab the win to keep themselves in equal second position in the Ohio Valley standings, but they made it harder for themselves than it should have been against second-last placed Eastern Illinois. With Harriet Withers starting and notching up four shots, and Nyomi Devine in defence, Murray State had 20 shots to Eastern Illinois’ 9, with 10 on target to 3. However, the Eastern Illinois goalkeeper was like a brick wall for the most part. In the 84th minute, however, just when it was looking like the Racers’ domination would all be for nought, Pavlina Nepokojova whipped home a free kick for the winning goal which sees Murray State stay right in the hunt for regular season conference supremacy.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s results: lost to Northwestern State 2-1, lost to Stephen F. Austin 3-1

With a game against last-placed Northwestern State this weekend, Nicholls State should have secured at least one win this weekend and kept themselves locked into a conference tournament position. Instead, their expected loss to league leaders Stephen F. Austin was coupled with an upset loss to Northwestern State which leaves the Colonels on the outside looking in at the tournament positions as they now languish in eighth position in the Southland Conference. The stats against Northwestern State suggest that the game was a very even affair, with the shot count being tied at 17 apiece, and Northwestern State leading the shots on target 11-10. However, Northwestern State were able to grab two first half goals, with a couple of long passes landing in perfect positions to tee up their strikers, as they tallied goals in the 22nd and 42nd minutes to grab a 2-0 lead. Nicholls State hit back almost immediately after the second goal to make things 2-1 shortly before halftime, but the second half saw the attacking chances, and the goals, dry up and the game finished 2-1 to give Northwestern State their first conference win of the season. Stephen F. Austin were expected to be a much tougher opponent, and indeed they were, as just a short lapse in play by Nicholls State saw their opponents notch two goals within 46 seconds of each other in the 20th minute to go up 2-0 early on. Nicholls State once again hit back quickly, as they did in the Northwestern State game, scoring just 3 minutes later to bring them back into the game at 2-1. Despite outshooting Stephen F. Austin 11-9, including 5-4 in the second half, it was Nicholls State who conceded the only goal of the second half, a third goal for Stephen F. Austin on the hour mark extending their lead back to two goals, which is how things stayed until the final whistle. Jess Coates started in both games for Nicholls State, but was not able to have the same impact she has had in many games this season.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated Jackson State 2-1, defeated Southern 2-0

Alabama State finally kicked into gear a couple of weeks ago and they kept it up this week, defeating nemesis Jackson State 2-1 before defeating Southern 2-0 to move into third place in the SWAC standings. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and Aaliyah Lewis combined for the sixth straight game against Jackson State, with Aaliyah setting up Shelbi for the equaliser after Jackson State’s opener before Shelbi returned the favour for the winner just before halftime. Unfortunately, their streak came to an end at that point, but it was of little consequence as both players managed plenty of shots, but two other Alabama State players tallied goals to grab another win for the Hornets.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s results: defeated College of Charleston 5-0, tied with UNC Wilmington 2-2 (2OT)

An undefeated weekend kept Hofstra well within touching distance of the top of the Colonial Athletic Association standings. First up, Hofstra faced second-last College of Charleston in a game that the Pride couldn’t afford to drop, and they dealt with those expectations beautifully, as goals in the 6th and 7th minute gave the side an exceptional start. The goals were not quite as forthcoming for the next 45 minutes or so, until two more in the 52nd and 56th minutes ended the match as a contest. Then, in the 64th minute, Aussie freshman Emily Hulbert notched her second goal of the season with an shot from just inside the area which went across the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. A loss to UNC Wilmington in the side’s second game of the weekend would not have proven fatal to their tournament hopes, but it would have let their opponents catch right up and put real pressure on Hofstra. It was UNC Wilmington, however, who scored first, on 32 minutes, but Hofstra hit back 10 minutes later to tie things up, before taking the lead in the 63rd minute. As the old saying goes, though, you’re most vulnerable after you score, and UNC Wilmington scored an equaliser just 90 seconds later. Hofstra outshot UNC Wilmington 30-15 for the game, but couldn’t manage to beat the goalkeeper in the final 45 minutes of the game despite having the run of the play for the majority of the game. Emily Hulbert also started against UNC Wilmington and played the whole 110 minutes, registering two shots.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week’s results: defeated Eastern Kentucky 1-0, defeated Morehead State 2-1

After splitting last weekend’s matches, Southeast Missouri State stormed back into form this week with two wins that put them alongside two other teams at a game behind the Ohio Valley conference lead. Unfortunately, neither Bridget Sankey nor Maddy Cornell saw game time this weekend, but Jenna Collingridge started in her usual midfield position as the Redhawks fought to victory against Eastern Kentucky. The Redhawks enjoyed attacking dominance in this match, but their shooting was less than impressive, with only four shots on target from the twelve that they had. It took, however, until the 86th minute for Southeast Missouri State to finally knock a goal home, as Breana Beine latched onto a pass and beat a defender before slotting the ball past the Eastern Kentucky goalkeeper for a late winner. Collingridge again lined up against Morehead State, and in a 2-1 win the goals came slightly earlier for the Redhawks, with goals in the 32nd and 38th minutes putting Southeast Missouri State into a commanding position. Morehead State grabbed one back shortly before halftime, and then came out firing in the second half, tallying 11 shots with 5 on target. Southeast Missouri State’s defence held firm, however, and the Redhawks escaped with a much-needed win.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: defeated Fresno State 2-0, defeated San Jose State 2-0

Wyoming moved into top spot in the Mountain West conference, and also secured a conference tournament berth, with two wins this weekend over Fresno State and San Jose State on a trip to Northern California. The game against Fresno State saw the Cowgirls trail in shots 15-9, but with Fresno State choosing quantity over quality and Wyoming choosing the opposite, it was Wyoming who scored in the 11th and 88th minutes, with Kaitlyn Lomsnes scoring on both occasions. Alisha Bass started against Fresno State, whilst Candace Sciberras came off the bench for 2 shots in 71 minutes of play. Against San Jose State, all three Australians started, with Georgia Rowntree back between the sticks from the outset, and Sciberras being rewarded for her good performances. Rowntree kept a clean sheet before being subbed at halftime, whilst Bass and Sciberras both had multiple shots, but it was Lomsnes again, along with Kasey Curtis, who notched the goals for the Cowgirls in their second win of the weekend, with goals in the 3rd minute through Curtis’ penalty, and an empty net goal in the 89th minute for Lomsnes.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week’s result: lost to Santa Clara 2-0

It’s been a tough conference season for Pacific this season, and not a lot changed as the Tigers travelled 70 miles down I-205W to take on national powerhouse Santa Clara. With the Tigers unable to register a shot on target for the entire game, the best they were ever going to achieve was a 0-0 draw. Pacific’s defence was breached, however, in the 21st minute as Santa Clara opened the scoring, but the Broncos were wasteful for most of the first period, only managing to get 3 of their 11 shots on target. The Broncos were just as wasteful in the second half, managing eight shots but only getting three on target. One of those three, however, did find the back of the net and secured the win for Santa Clara. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench once again for Pacific as she continues her efforts to break into the starting side.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
2: Emily Hulbert (Hofstra) 
1: 
Harriet Withers (Murray State)

Week 10 Wrap

In what was undoubtedly the top week of the season so far, five different players scored goals, whilst another notched an assist. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam tallied an amazing four assists plus a goal for the week, whilst Kahlia Hogg and Alisha Bass led their sides to thrilling victories.

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week’s results: drew with New Hampshire 0-0, defeated Maine 1-0

With a draw and a win this week, UMBC have put together a 3 game winning streak, although the first two of those three have been draws, meaning they are still slightly behind the eight ball in the America East. The game against New Hampshire saw the Retrievers outshot 19-10 over 110 minutes of pulsating football that somehow culminated in a 0-0 draw, with UMBC having their goalkeeper to thank, as Jen Nance came up with 11 saves whilst UMBC could only manage two shots on target, with Lilly Rydon uncharacteristically wayward in her shooting, as all three of her shots ended up off target. Fortunately, things were slightly better against Maine as one of the side’s ten shots managed to find the back of the net, the goal coming just two minutes after halftime. Lilly Rydon also started in this game, managing one shot, which was on target but was not the shot to find the goal.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week’s results: defeated Morehead State 5-0, defeated Eastern Kentucky 2-0

An absolutely tremendous week this week for Murray State, as they demolished Morehead State before soundly defeating Eastern Kentucky to move to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Harriet Withers played a large part in the victory over Morehead State, scoring the fourth goal and picking up an assist on the fifth against Morehead State after Julie Mooney had picked up a hat-trick to put the side up 3-0, whilst Nyomi Devine started in defence and helped the side to a clean sheet. Both players started against Eastern Kentucky as the side cruised a 2-0 win, notching 19 shots to Eastern Kentucky’s 7, of which Harriet Withers had 3, but could not manage a goal.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week’s results: defeated Oregon State 1-0, defeated Oregon 2-1

It took some real fight from Colorado, but the Buffaloes managed to escape this week with two wins against the Pac-12’s Oregon pair. Colorado were never really in danger of losing to Oregon State as the Beavers only managed one shot on target, but Colorado were stopped by the Oregon State goalkeeper for the entire first half. Just a minute into the second half, however, Brie Hooks knocked home the only goal of the match. Kahlia Hogg started in this match, but it was the game against Oregon in which the junior from Canberra came to the fore. With Colorado down 1-0 after 74 minutes courtesy of Oregon’s 7th minute opener, Kahlia tallied Colorado’s opener to equalise. But she wasn’t done there. With just three minutes to play, Madison Krauser’s shot rebounded into Kahlia’s path, and she buried it for a brilliant comeback win for Colorado.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week’s results: defeated Colorado College 3-2 (2OT), defeated Air Force 5-2

After almost blowing a win in their first game, Wyoming stormed home in both games this weekend to move up to equal second in the Mountain West conference standings. With Alisha Bass starting and Candace Sciberras coming off the bench to play all bar 9 minutes of the game, Wyoming came back from 1-0 down against Colorado College to take a 2-1 lead, before Colorado College hit back with a 76th minute penalty to send the game into overtime. Wyoming weren’t to be denied, however, and in the 2nd minute of the second half of overtime, they managed to notch the winner. Bass and Sciberras were again heavily involved in the game against Air Force, but with 20 minutes to go, Air Force were up 2-1 and Wyoming’s chances of a win were slipping away. Enter Alisha Bass. 73rd minute – assist. 78th minute – goal, assisted by fellow Aussie Sciberras. 86th minute – assist. 4 goals for Wyoming in the last 17 minutes, and Alisha Bass was involved in three of them.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week: lost to Austin Peay 1-0, defeated Belmont 1-0

This week saw Southeast Missouri State cop an unexpected poor loss to Austin Peay, before notching a vital mid-table win over Belmont to put a gap between themselves and the chasing pack in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks had only themselves to blame against Austin Peay – they led the shot count 13-4, but didn’t manage a single strike in the five minutes of overtime that were played between regulation finishing at 0-0 and Austin Peay’s winner with their fourth shot of the game. With that win putting Southeast Missouri State right back amongst the pack, a loss to Belmont would see the Redhawks fall back out of the tournament places. After 85 minutes, it looked as if the game might go to overtime, but Southeast Missouri State managed to find a late goal to get a vital win for the side. Jenna Collingridge started both games, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench against Belmont.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week’s results: defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-0, defeated Grambling State 4-0

35 minutes played, three assists. That was the story of Shelbi Vienna-Hallam’s performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff as Alabama State comprehensively demolished their lowly opponents. Shelbi had assists on the first, third, and fourth goals as the Hornets went up 4-0 inside half an hour, before many of the side’s starters, including Shelbi, were subbed off before or at halftime. Things were almost as good against Grambling State in the side’s second game, as Shelbi knocked in a goal of her own, as well as two more assists to chalk up 7 points for the weekend. Shelbi has teamed up really well with the player considered one of the best in Alabama State’s history, Aaliyah Lewis, as the pair has combined for four straight games – against Grambling State, both of Shelbi’s assists were on goals to Aaliyah, whilst Aaliyah provided the assist for Shelbi’s goal.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost to Loyola Marymount 3-1, lost to Pepperdine 5-0

Pacific once again showed that they can mix it with the best, but once again also showed that a 90 minute performance of that ilk is just out of reach. Pacific were right in the game against Loyola Marymount for the first half, even showing some attacking flair as they notched up 4 shots in the first half, although their opponents tallied 7. A two minute lapse from Pacific in the second half, however, ruined the game for them as Loyola Marymount knocked home goals in the 53rd and 55th minutes, and whilst the Tigers grabbed a goal in the 83rd minute, this was negated by Loyola’s 3rd two minutes later. The first half against Pepperdine was also promising, as it almost mimicked the first half of Pacific’s game against USC a few weeks ago, with the only difference being that Pepperdine managed one first half goal to lead 1-0 at halftime. The score stayed this way until the 75th minute, but 4 goals in ten minutes to the Waves was more than enough proof of the side’s class. Ellie Papalexiou unfortunately didn’t get to play against Loyola Marymount, but did come off the bench for Pepperdine.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week’s result: lost to DePaul 2-0

A tough Big East conference slate continued this week for Creighton as they went down 2-0 to nationally ranked DePaul in possibly their toughest match this season. DePaul weren’t given the free reign of the pitch that had been predicted by some, but were still able to tally 12 shots, of which four were on target, with their goals coming in the 38th and 56th minutes. Their defence, however, did a brilliant job of shutting down the Creighton attack, limiting the Bluejays to just two shots. Once again, Anastasia McCleary saw limited minutes, managing just four minutes at the end of the first half and ten minutes at the end of the second half. This appears to have been the modus operandi for the Creighton coach, but five and ten minute stints are just not long enough to let a player get into their groove and show their true worth.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week’s result: defeated Northeastern 1-0

Hofstra came into this game looking to reel in undefeated conference leaders Northeastern, and they managed to do just that in a 1-0 win. Northeastern had the better of the play, taking 12 shots to Hofstra’s six, but could only force the Hofstra goalkeeper into a single save, a statistic that would come back to haunt them via the head of Australian freshman Emily Hulbert, whose first career goal via a redirected header in the 65th minute was enough to give Hofstra the win as they held on for the final 25 minutes to secure a vital win which keeps them in the mix for top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week’s result: Game Postponed v Central Arkansas

Unfortunately, there was no game for Jess Coates this week, as the scheduled game against Central Arkansas has been postponed.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)
2: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
1: Kahlia Hogg (Colorado)

Week 9 Wrap

UMBC (Lilly Rydon)

This week: lost to Vermont 2-1, tied with Stony Brook 1-1 (2OT)

An unexpectedly tough week for UMBC this week, as the conference favourites stuttered their way through two games to end with a loss and a draw. Vermont had managed just 2 wins so far this season, but that mattered little as they opened the scoring 23 minutes in, before adding a second 12 minutes after halftime. Aussie senior Lilly Rydon scored a late goal for UMBC, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the Retrievers were unable to find a second goal which would have sent the game into overtime. Stony Brook also came into this week with just two wins under their belt, but also battled hard, with the sides going into the break tied 0-0. UMBC were able to break the deadlock nine minutes after the interval, but Stony Brook hit back quickly, tallying an equaliser just 4 minutes later. Lilly Rydon also started in this game, and tallied a shot but was not involved in UMBC’s goal.

Creighton (Anastasia McCleary)

This week: defeated Providence 2-1 (2OT), tied with Seton Hall 1-1 (2OT)

Two overtime games for Creighton this week, and whilst the Bluejays won the tougher game against Providence, they left a potential win on the field against Seton Hall in a 1-1 tie. The Providence game saw Creighton go 1-0 down in the 35th minute, but managed to win a penalty literally 30 seconds later, which was converted to make the game 1-1, which is how it stayed until the 106th minute, when Creighton managed to tally the winner to seal the upset. The Seton Hall game was notable mainly for a crazy five minute period early in the second half. After the sides failed to tally a goal throughout the first half, a 54th minute penalty saw Seton Hall take the lead. Just four minutes later, however, Creighton won a penalty of their own which was duly converted to tie things up. Despite the sides combining for THIRTY-TWO shots over the 110 minutes of play, these two penalties remained the only goals of the game. Anastasia McCleary played 14 minutes off the bench against Seton Hall, but the Creighton coach’s unwillingness to use substitutes saw Anastasia (along with most of the substitute players) miss out on playing time against Providence.

Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)

This week: lost to Utah State 2-0, defeated Boise State 1-0 (2OT)

A mixed week for Wyoming, but with three wins from four games in conference play, it’s hardly time for panic to set in. The Utah State game saw Georgia Rowntree and Alisha Bass once again start for the Cowgirls, but Rowntree was forced off after half an hour after appearing to roll her ankle. Utah State scored 11 minutes later from a free kick, and then 3 minutes after the break added a second, a deficit from which Wyoming were unable to come back. Rowntree sat out the game against Boise State, but Alisha Bass and Candace Sciberras started, with both players creating numerous chances, tallying four and five shots respectively. Despite Wyoming’s dominance of play, it took 19 shots and 104 minutes before Kaitlyn Lomsnes knocked home a parry from the goalkeeper to give Wyoming the win.

Southern (Simone Arthur)

This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-0, tied with Mississippi Valley State 0-0 (2OT)

Southern remain undefeated after this week, but the record is no longer perfect as a plucky Mississippi Valley State side held out the more fancied Jaguars for 110 minutes for a 0-0 draw. The match against Alcorn State was a much easier affair, with a 3rd minute goal getting things off to a great start, before a second ten minutes before the break put Southern firmly in command. The Jaguars then rounded out the win with a goal shortly before full-time for a 3-0 victory. Unfortunately, Simone Arthur has been ruled out for the season, and with this being her senior year, this signals an end to her college career.

Colorado (Kahlia Hogg, Alexandra Huynh)

This week: defeated USC 1-0, lost to UCLA 1-0

When you’ve been pretty much written off in the weekend’s games, any result is better than no result, and Colorado managed to come away with a win and a loss in two fixtures in which they looked, on paper, to be fairly outmatched. With Alexandra Huynh out through injury, the Colorado defence was a little leakier than usual, allowing USC 19 shots, but the Trojans forced Colorado goalkeeper Kate Scheele into just four saves. This could possibly be chalked up to the pressure applied by Colorado – they had USC chasing the game from the fifth minute after Madison Krauser’s early goal, and that goal proved to be enough. Considering the result against USC, you could argue that Colorado did enough to win against top-ranked UCLA – they managed 7 shots and allowed UCLA only 9, and both teams had 3 shots on target. Allowing Sam Mewis to shoot, however, is never a smart idea, and it was one of her three, in the 64th minute, that saw the deadlock broken to give UCLA a 1-0 win. Kahlia Hogg started up front in both games for Colorado, playing around 75 minutes in each game.

Nicholls State (Jess Coates)

This week: defeated Lamar 2-0

A win in their sole game of the weekend saw Nicholls State move to 3-2 in conference play and get their season back on track after an inconsistent start to the league schedule. The Colonels were always going to be favoured in this game against Lamar, and the Cardinals didn’t help their slim chances when they conceded an own goal on the half-hour mark, which proved to be the only goal of the first half. 9 minutes after halftime, the international pairing of Norway’s Emily Werenskiold and our own Jess Coates combined, with Werenskiold teeing up Coates, who slotted the ball home for Nicholls State’s second, which proved to be two too many for Lamar. Jess started for Nicholls State, and her goal was one of five shots, of which two were on target.

Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)

This week: lost to James Madison 3-1, defeated Towson 1-0

Another loss for Hofstra in their Friday game this week threatened to derail the Pride’s season, but they got things back on track on Sunday, managing to grind out a 1-0 win over Towson. Hofstra took the lead early against James Madison, scoring just 6 minutes into the match, but the Dukes were unfazed by going down 1-0 early, and equalised on the half-hour mark. James Madison didn’t let up in the second half either, notching another pair to go home with the win. The Towson match was a different event entirely – Hofstra took 19 shots but it was all academic after Sam Scolarici’s 5th minute opener – Towson weren’t unable to get even one shot on target throughout the match, so despite Hofstra’s inability to turn their attacking dominance into goals, they were never in danger of losing their lead. Emily Hulbert started both games and played a majority of minutes in each, moving back to her regular position in defence after a stint in midfield in the last couple of weeks.

Southeast Missouri State (Jenna Collingridge, Maddy Cornell, Bridget Sankey)

This week: lost to Tennessee-Martin 2-1, defeated Murray State 2-1

A week of 2-1 games for the Redhawks this week, with the results going in opposite directions. Southeast Missouri State weren’t expected to pull out a win over Tennessee-Martin, but they looked all but certain of getting a draw after cancelling out Tennessee-Martin’s 76th minute opener with an 85th minute equaliser. Football can be a strange sport at times, however, and Tennessee-Martin were able to score with just two minutes remaining to clinch the victory. Jenna Collingridge proved to be top of the five-Aussie pile in the match against Murray State, as she notched an assist on Southeast Missouri State’s opening goal, delivering a corner that would be headed in by Kasey Crowden. Murray State managed an equaliser, but the Redhawks managed to grab the lead with 11 minutes to go and hang on. As well as Jenna Collingridge’s efforts in the second game, she also started against Tennessee-Martin, whilst Maddy Cornell came off the bench against Murray State.

Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)

This week: lost to SIU Edwardsville 2-1 (2OT), lost to Southeast Missouri State 2-1

Two losses this week for Murray State saw them fall back to .500 in conference play, as a tight match against league leaders SIU Edwardsville ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss before going down in the Aussie v Aussie matchup against Southeast Missouri State. The first game of the weekend saw SIU Edwardsville go up just 6 minutes in, before Murray State nabbed an equaliser shortly before the hour mark. With Nyomi Devine returning to her starting spot, the defence was able to hold SIU Edwardsville out until just six minutes before the end of overtime, when the home side nabbed a winner. The game against Southeast Missouri State once again saw the Racers go down early, just 3 minutes in this time, and again clawing back to equalise, on this occasion ten minutes before halftime. Harriet Withers came off the bench to tally two shots, both on target, but couldn’t grab a winner and in the end it was Southeast Missouri State who did get a winner, 12 minutes before the end.

Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)

This week: lost to Portland 3-0, lost to Gonzaga 1-0

A trip north this week for Pacific ended in two losses in two admittedly stern tests for the Tigers. First up against Portland, the Tigers were on the back foot early as the home side scored after 17 minutes, but Pacific battled to keep the score 1-0 at halftime. Portland kicked ahead in the 59th minute with their second, and rounded out the win on 73 minutes with a third to put the game to bed. The Gonzaga game was a case of one side having so many chances that eventually one had to go in, and in this case it was Gonzaga who had 18 shots, and managed to nab the only goal of the game on the hour mark despite forcing the Pacific goalkeeper into 7 saves. Ellie Papalexiou came off the bench against Portland, but unfortunately didn’t get to play against Gonzaga.

Alabama State (Shelbi Vienna-Hallam)

This week: lost to Howard 3-2

Alabama State’s tough start to the season continued this week as the Hornets went down 3-2 in a tight contest. Alabama State took the lead after just five minutes through Aaliyah Lewis, with Australian Shelbi-Vienna Hallam providing the assist. Howard hit back with two goals in a six minute span either side of the 20 minute mark, before Lewis popped up again with the equaliser on 28 minutes in a crazy start to the game. Things then slowed right down, with no scoring from either side until, just 4 minutes before the end, a Howard player chipped a shot in to make the score 3-2, which it would remain until the final whistle.

Player Of The Year Points:

3: Jess Coates (Nicholls State)
2: Lilly Rydon (UMBC)
1: Shelbi Vienna-Hallam (Alabama State)