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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending August 21, 2022.

The College Soccer News National Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Played A key Role In The Success Their Teams Had During The Week.

Katie Soderstrom – Redshirt Senior Forward Butler – Soderstrom scored and contributed the assist on teammate Claire Farrington’s goal in Butler’s season opening 5-0 win over Western Michigan. She also netted the lone goal in Butler’s 1-0 win in Ann Arbor over nationally ranked Michigan. Butler hosts Illinois on Thursday.
Leyla McFarland – Redshirt Senior – Forward Pepperdine – McFarland scored twice in Pepperdine’s season opening 8-0 win over CSUN and was at the right place at the right time to tap what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Waves subsequent 1-0 win over San Diego. Pepperdine will host LSU on Thursday.
Alyssa Moore – Redshirt Sophomore – Forward – UC Irvine – Moore came up with the big play the Anteaters needed to top California 1-0 in their season opener. She created a turnover and made the space she needed to drive a shot with her left foot into the back of the frame from the edge of the 18-year box in front of the largest regular season crowd in Anteater Stadium history. UC Irvine also had a scoreless draw with LMU. The Anteaters travel to face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday.
Rachel Deresky – Sophomore – Forward – Vanderbilt – Deresky placed a shot into the lower left corner of the goal after receiving a pass from Raegan Kelley to open the scoring for the Commodores in their 3-0 season opening win over Evansville. She also netted the lone goal in Vanderbilt’s 1-0 win over Purdue with Kelley again assisting. The Commodores return to the pitch when they host Western Kentucky Thursday.
Allison Lowrey – Junior – Forward – Rutgers – Lowrey scored out of a counter attack set up by a nice combination of passes from Riley Tiernan and Sara Brocious to give the Scarlet Knights the edge they needed to defeat a game New Mexico team 1-0 in Albuquerque. She also scored and assisted on the goals scored by Brocious and Hailey Gutowski in Rutgers’ 5-1 win over UNLV. The Scarlet Knights travel to play Providence on Thursday and host Buffalo in Piscataway on Sunday.
Courtney Sebazco – Graduate Student – Midfielder – SMU – Sebazco drove a shot into the top left corner of the net from just outside the box to contribute the game-winner in SMU’s season opening 2-1 win over Rice. She also provided the assist on freshman midfielder Peyton Annen’s goal in SMU’s 1-1 tie with Tennessee in Knoxville. The Mustang’s host Northwestern State on Sunday.
Anna Haddock – Junior – Midfielder – Auburn – Haddock utilized her touch on the ball to create the angle she needed to place a shot into the back of the net to give Auburn the edge they needed to top a game ODU team 1-0. Haddock also scored and contributed the assist on teammate Sabrina McNeill’s goal in Auburn’s 9-0 thumping of Southern Mississippi. The Tigers travel to Tallahassee on Thursday to play Florida State followed by a game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Sunday.
Leslie Fregoso – Junior – Midfielder – UC Davis – Fregoso contributed an assist on junior midfielder Risa Yamada’s goal and scored in UC Davis’ season opening 3-0 win over UTEP. She also put in a full shift to help the Aggies defeat Santa Clara 1-0. The win over the Broncos was the program’s first ever win over a ranked opponent. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Caeley Goldstein recorded two shutouts in goal for UC Davis including a seven stop evening in the win over Santa Clara. The Aggies will host Pacific on Thursday and San Francisco on Sunday.
Taylor Radecki – Senior – Defender – Mississippi – Radecki contributed a helper on the goals scored by Marykate McGuire, Aubrey Mister and Brenlin Mullaney in Ole Miss’ season opening 5-0 win over Southeastern. She also served in the assist on Molly Thompson’s goal in a 3-0 win over Memphis. Radecki was also part of a solid Ole Miss defense that was anchored in goal by Ashley Orkus. The Rebels travel to play Middle Tennessee on Thursday and Samford on Sunday.
Emily Jane Cox – Sophomore – Defender – Texas – Cox drove a header into the back of the frame to net Texas’ first goal in a 5-0 win over Lipscom She also assisted on the goal scored by teammate Jilly Shimkin, and put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball for the Longhorns. Texas has a tough match coming up on Thursday when they host North Carolina.
Emily Royson Junior – Defender – Duke – Royson was a key part of a tenacious Blue Devil defense that limited East Carolina to only one shot in a 1-0 season opening win over the Pirates in which Sophie Jones netted the game-winner and held UNCG to only two shots in a 3-1 win over the Spartans during which midfielder Maggie Graham contributed two goals. Duke is off to a 2-0-0 start but things could get a little more difficult on Thursday when they travel to Knoxville to tangle with Tennessee.
Erin McKinney – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – Wisconsin – McKinney made the saves she needed to make in her first career start in goal to lead a solid Badger defense that secured a 0-0 draw with a very good TCU team in Fort Worth. She followed that up with a ten save evening to anchor a Wisconsin defense that shutout Baylor 2-0 in Waco. Wisconsin hosts Loyola on Thursday and Green Bay on Sunday.
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