(Image Credit: Rand Bleimeister/UCLA)
Having fallen to a surprise defeat to Santa Clara last week, UCLA were looking to bounce back at home against Wisconsin. However, giving up five shots on target to the Badgers meant the Bruins would need a big performance from Teagan Micah to get the win, and that is exactly what the senior goalkeeper produced. The Matildas World Cup squad member came up with five saves to keep a clean sheet, and with a 51st minute Kennedy Faulknor goal the only tally of the game for either side, those five saves proved crucial to UCLA’s win. This match also saw the return of Rachel Lowe to the pitch for the Bruins, with the freshman making brief cameos in each half to total 25 minutes of playing time for the game as UCLA moved to 5-1.
Claudia Jenkins was spectacular last week in posting a career-high 10 saves, and carried that form into La Salle’s game against Delaware. Although the junior conceded two goals, Jenkins came up with another 7 saves to play a crucial role in the Explorers’ 3-2 win to move to 4-2-1. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia-based side were on the wrong side of the same scoreline in their second game of the weekend, falling 3-2 to Navy as a solid non-conference slate ended with a loss, but also with the team scoring five goals across the weekend as Jenkins begins to receive a bit more help from her side’s attackers. Alyssa Van Heurck also featured in both games, playing 46 minutes against Delaware and 18 against Navy.
Wyoming outshot Southern Utah 24-6 in their home game to open the weekend, and it was sophomore Indianna Asimus that got the Cowgirls off to a flyer with an early goal that set their opponents on the back foot. A 15th minute finish from an incredibly tight angle from the Dubbo-born striker put Wyoming up 1-0, and with Southern Utah hardly looking threatening with just two shots on target all afternoon, a second goal for Wyoming in the 86th minute closed out the victory. The Cowgirls would close out their weekend with an 1-1 overtime draw against Montana, equalising with a last-second penalty in a game that saw Asimus play 94 of the 110 minutes.
It was a mixed week for Nicholls State, who picked up win and a loss this weekend, but Tessa Calabria continues to make progress in her return from significant injury troubles. In a 3-2 victory over Alcorn State that saw all five goals come before the 25-minute mark, Calabria helped get Nicholls State off to a flying start, teeing up teammate Blaire Laiche for the opener, whilst also testing the goalkeeper with two on-target shots of her own. Meanwhile, Kristy Helmers maintained her position as an integral member of the Colonels’ lineup, playing the full 90 minutes in both games this weekend.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
2: Indianna Asimus (Wyoming)
1: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 5-0 to Samford; lost 3-1 to Charleston Southern
Sophie Bui did not feature for Alabama State in either game this week.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 3-1 to SIU-Edwardsville; lost 3-1 to Eastern Illinois
Sarah Clark started both games for Chicago State this week, playing the full 90 minutes against SIU-Edwardsville and 81 minutes against Eastern Illinois.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost 2-0 to Radford; lost 1-0 to Winthrop
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in either game this week.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to Hofstra; lost 2-1 to Binghamton
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, tallying a shot in 77 minutes against Hofstra and playing 38 minutes in the loss to Binghamton.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara; lost 2-0 to North Dakota
Sandra Hill came off the bench to play 95 minutes in Grand Canyon’s draw with UC Santa Barbara, before playing a complete game in the loss to North Dakota.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 2-1; lost 1-0 to Columbia
Neither Grace Watson Carr nor Monique Iannella featured for Hofstra in either game this week.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: defeated Butler 2-1; defeated Colorado College 2-0
Ashleigh Lefevre started both matches for Illinois this week, playing 59 minutes against Butler and 53 minutes in the win over Colorado College.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Delaware 3-2; lost 3-2 to Navy
Claudia Jenkins played all 180 minutes between the sticks for La Salle this week, coming up with 7 saves in the win over Delaware and another 3 in the loss to Navy. Alyssa Van Heurck started in the win over Delaware and played 46 minutes before coming off the bench to register a shot in 18 minutes against Navy.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Arizona State
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in their loss to Arizona State.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: defeated High Point 3-1
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in their win over High Point.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: defeated Long Beach State 3-0; lost 2-1 to South Alabama
Aimee Medwin came off the bench to play four minutes in Mississippi’s win over Long Beach State, but did not feature in the loss to South Alabama.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: defeated Alcorn State 3-2; lost 2-1 to Southern
Tessa Calabria started in Nicholls State’s win over Alcorn State, tallying an assist and a pair of shots on target in 49 minutes of action. The senior then came off the bench in the loss to Southern, playing 18 minutes. Kristy Helmers started both games for Nicholls State this week, playing the full 90 minutes on each occasion. Shauni Reid did not feature in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: lost 2-1 to Drake; lost 3-0 to Northern Iowa
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature in North Dakota State’s loss to Drake, but returned to play 33 minutes off the bench against Northern Iowa, tallying a shot on target in the process.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated East Carolina 2-1; defeated William & Mary 5-0
Gaby Bentley did not feature in the win over East Carolina, but came off the bench to play 15 minutes in Old Dominion’s 5-0 drubbing of William & Mary.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: drew 1-1 with Holy Cross; lost 1-0 to Boston University
Teresa Morrissey played every minute for Rhode Island this week, coming up with 4 saves in the overtime draw with Holy Cross and another 2 saves in the loss to Boston University.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: lost 1-0 to Arkansas State
Siena Senatore made her return to the pitch for Southeast Missouri State with an 11-minute cameo off the bench in the Redhawks’ loss to Arkansas State.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: lost 1-0 to Pepperdine; defeated UC Santa Barbara 1-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in Stanford’s surprise loss to Pepperdine, tallying a pair of shots with one on target in 60 minutes of playing time. The senior then started in the Cardinal’s win over UC Santa Barbara, playing 42 minutes.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Loyola Marymount 3-1; defeated UC Irvine 4-2
Demi Koulizakis started both games this week, playing 56 minutes against Loyola Marymount and 41 minutes against UC Irvine. The striker registered two shots in each game, with one on target in either contest.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Wisconsin 1-0
Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in UCLA’s win over Wisconsin, earning a clean sheet with five saves, whilst Rachel Lowe came off the bench to play 25 minutes.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 2-0 to Lehigh; lost 2-1 to Longwood
Teal Kilbride did not feature in UMBC’s loss to Lehigh, but started and played 26 minutes in the loss to Longwood. Abi Jordan did not feature in either game this week.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated High Point 2-1; defeated Radford 1-0
Kate Swartwout came off the bench in Western Carolina’s win over High Point, rattling off a pair of shots on target in her 21 minutes, before seeing another 19 minutes off the bench in the win over Radford.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: defeated Southern Utah 2-0; drew 1-1 with Montana
Indianna Asimus started both games for Wyoming this week, tallying the opening goal in a 66-minute outing against Southern Utah, before playing 94 minutes in the draw with Montana.