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 3 Wrap

The stars kept shining this week as the season hit the 25% point, with Demi Koulizakis and Beattie Goad putting in impressive shifts. However, the undoubted top performer was Claudia Jenkins, whose career day led La Salle to victory on the road at Florida Gulf Coast.

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La Salle managed to secure a 2-1 win on the road at Florida Gulf Coast, and had Claudia Jenkins to thank following a massive performance between the sticks. After conceding early, Jenkins came up with a career-high 10 saves to keep her team in the game as a previously insipid Explorers offence turned up the wick after the hour mark, banging home two goals in the space of six minutes to secure the victory. The South Australian followed up that scintillating performance with a clean sheet against St. John’s in the second game of the week, with all three saves proving crucial as La Salle secured a 1-0 win to round out a perfect weekend. Fellow Australian, Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot in a 65-minute outing against Florida Gulf Coast and seeing 31 minutes of action in the win over St. John’s.

Stanford’s last two outings against San Francisco had resulted in 5-1 and 8-0 wins for the Cardinal, but Beattie Goad had yet to be involved in a single one of those 13 goals despite starting on both occasions. However, that all changed in the space of less than two minutes as the senior tallied an assist on the first of Catarina Macario’s three goals. Just 17 minutes later, Goad put Stanford up 3-0 with a goal of her own, latching onto a through ball before finishing a one-on-one opportunity. Stanford would roll to a 9-0 victory, taking their record to 5-0 with a combined scoreline of 26-3, and look set to move to #2 in the national coaches’ poll.

Senior Night is a time for celebrations, and Demi Koulizakis made sure they lasted beyond the pre-game ceremony for Texas Tech, tucking home a goal in the Red Raiders’ win over Abilene Christian. With her team already 2-0 up inside half an hour, Koulizakis found herself wide open in the area as teammate Kirsten Davis forced a turnover in the corner before hitting a neat low cross that the Sydneysider was able to sweep home off the inside of the post to all but lock up the win in the 28th minute as Texas Tech moved to 4-1, with Koulizakis finishing with a pair of shots in her 65 minutes on the pitch.

Teresa Morrissey continued her solid early season form as Rhode Island continue to put last year’s 0-17-1 record behind them. The freshman was unbeatable for 85 minutes against Pittsburgh, but a late header just snuck inside the post to force overtime as the teams played out a 1-1 draw. However, Sacred Heart were unable to beat the Victorian, with Morrissey making three saves as the Rams secured a 2-0 win, their first multi-goal game of the season following a pair of 1-0 wins and a 1-0 defeat coming into the weekend.

Eligibility issues had prevented Sophie Bui from making her debut for Alabama State, but with her clearance coming through during the week, the freshman finally hit the pitch in the Hornets’ outing against UAB. The freshman came off the bench to play 56 minutes, tallying two shots in the process. That performance was enough to earn a start and 45 minutes of playing time against Jacksonville State as Alabama State took an early 2-0 lead before falling to a 3-2 overtime defeat.

Finally, there was a moment to remember for Eliza Ammendolia and Eden Taylor-Wineera as Hawaii faced North Dakota State. Despite playing for teams based almost 4,000 miles apart, the pair of ex-Macarthur Rams faced off, with both players coming off the bench Ammendolia securing bragging rights as Hawaii came away with the 1-0 win. Both players would also have impressive ends to the week, with Ammendolia going on to secure her first career start in Hawaii’s 2-1 loss to North Dakota, whilst Taylor-Wineera’s 33 minutes against Chicago State represented more minutes than the freshman had played in her three previous appearances combined.

Eden Taylor-Wineera and Eliza Ammendolia

Player of the Year Points:

3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Beattie Goad (Stanford)
1: Demi Koulizakis (Texas Tech)

Complete Results

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

This week: lost 5-0 to UAB; lost 3-2 to Jacksonville State (OT)

Sophie Bui made her college debut in the loss to UAB, coming off the bench to register a pair of shots in 56 minutes on the pitch. Bui was then rewarded with her first start against Jacksonville State, playing the first 45 minutes in the overtime defeat.

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

This week: lost 6-0 North Dakota; lost 2-0 to North Dakota State

Sarah Clark came off the bench to play 51 minutes in Chicago State’s loss to North Dakota, before playing a complete game in the loss to North Dakota State.

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

This week: lost 2-1 to Navy; defeated Delaware State 5-2

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

This week: lost 1-0 to Monmouth; drew 1-1 with William & Mary

Sam Roff played two complete games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, registering a single shot in the draw with William & Mary in the process.

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

This week: lost 2-1 to Northern Colorado; lost 1-0 to Colorado State

Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both games this week, seeing 13 minutes of action in the loss to Northern Colorado before registering a shot in 47 minutes of playing time against Colorado State.

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

This week: defeated North Dakota State 1-0; lost 2-1 to North Dakota (OT)

Kiri Dale came off the bench in both games this week, playing 28 minutes on each occasion and tallying two shots with one on target against North Dakota State. Eliza Ammendolia came off the bench to register two shots with one on target in 35 minutes against North Dakota State, before making her first college start in a 38 minute outing against North Dakota.

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

This week: lost 4-1 to Rutgers; defeated Stony Brook 2-1 (OT)

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

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

This week: defeated Illinois State 3-2

Ashleigh Lefevre started for Illinois in their win over Illinois State, playing 53 minutes.

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

This week: defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1; defeated St. John’s 1-0

Claudia Jenkins was the saviour for La Salle in their win over Florida Gulf Coast, making a career-high 10 saves in the 2-1 win, before making 3 more against St. John’s to keep a clean sheet in the win. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, tallying a shot on target in 65 minutes of action against Florida Gulf Coast and playing 31 minutes against St. John’s.

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

This week: lost 1-0 to North Carolina; lost 6-0 to Duke

Caitlin Cantrill did not feature in LSU’s loss to North Carolina, but came off the bench to play 30 minutes in the Tigers’ loss to Duke.

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

This week: lost 2-0 to Lipscomb; lost 3-2 to Vanderbilt (OT)

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

This week: defeated Western Kentucky 1-0 (OT); defeated Murray State 5-4 (OT)

Aimee Medwin played brief cameos off the bench in both games this week, seeing 11 minutes of action against Western Kentucky and 5 minutes in the win over Murray State.

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

This week: lost 2-1 to Prairie View A&M

Tessa Calabria and Kristy Helmers each started for Nicholls State in the loss to Prairie View A&M, playing 70 and 80 minutes respectively. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels this week.

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

This week: lost 1-0 to Hawaii; defeated Chicago State 2-0

Eden Taylor-Wineera came off the bench for North Dakota State in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Hawaii and 33 minutes in the win over Chicago State.

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

This week: defeated Longwood 2-1; defeated VCU 4-3

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

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

This week: drew 1-1 with Pittsburgh; defeated Sacred Heart 2-0

Teresa Morrissey played all 110 minutes in the draw with Pittsburgh, making four saves before playing all 90 minutes and coming up with another three saves to keep a clean sheet in the win over Sacred Heart.

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

This week: defeated Evansville 2-1

Siena Senatore did not feature for Southeast Missouri State in their win over Evansville.

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

This week: defeated San Francisco 9-0

Beattie Goad started for Stanford in their rout of San Francisco, contributing a goal and an assist in her 55 minutes on the pitch.

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

This week: defeated Abilene Christian 3-0; v Arkansas State – 4am, Monday September 9

Koulizakis – 2 shots, 2 on target, 1 goal, 65 minutes v ACU

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

This week: lost 2-0 to Santa Clara

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes for UCLA, making 3 saves in the loss to Santa Clara. Rachel Lowe did not feature for the Bruins in their only game of the week.

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

This week: lost 1-0 to Towson

Teal Kilbride played the first 45 minutes for UMBC in their loss to Towson, whilst Abi Jordan did not feature for the Retrievers.

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

This week: defeated Davidson 1-0; lost 5-0 to Charlotte

Kate Swartwout finished with a single shot and a yellow card in a complete-game performance against Davidson, before starting and playing 24 minutes in the loss to Charlotte.

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

This week: lost 2-0 to Baylor; defeated Idaho State 4-1

Indianna Asimus started both games this week, playing 78 minutes in the loss to Baylor before tallying a single shot in 49 minutes of action in the win over Idaho State.

2019 Week 3 Preview

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

(Image Credit: Stanford Athletics)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Schedule

Alabama State (Sophie Bui)

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

Chicago State (Sarah Clark)

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

East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)

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

Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)

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

Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)

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

Hawaii (Eliza Ammendolia, Kiri Dale)

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

Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)

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

Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)

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

La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)

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

LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)

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

Marshall (Laura Farrelly)

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

Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)

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

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

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

North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)

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

Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)

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

Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)

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

Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)

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

Stanford (Beattie Goad)

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

Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)

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

UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)

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

UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)

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

Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)

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

Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)

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