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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending August 22, 2021

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Top PerfoRmers Who Played A Key Role In The Success Of Their Teams During The First Weekend Of The Season.

Diana Ordonez – Junior – Forward – Virginia – Ordonez scored twice in Virginia’s season opening 8-0 thumping of Richmond. She also drove a header into the back of the frame after receiving a nice cross from teammate Samar Guidry to give the Cavaliers the edge they needed to top a very good West Virginia team 1-0 in Morgantown. Virginia is 2-0-0.
Payton Linnehan – Junior – Forward – Penn State – Linnehan scored and contributed the assist on the goals scored by teammates Sam Coffey and Ally Schlegel in Penn State’s 3-1 season opening win over Massachusetts. She followed that up with a three goal evening in the Nittany Lions 4-0 win over La Salle. Her hat trick was the first ty a Penn State player since 2017. The Nittany Lions will host Hofstra on Sunday.
Amanda West – Sophomore – Forward – Pittsburgh – West scored and contributed a helper on the goal scored by teammate Ellie Coffield’s in Pitt’s 3-0 season opening win over Tulsa. West also headed in a cross played in by Landy Mertz in Pitt’s 3-2 win against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Freshman forward Sarah Schupansky netted the game winner in overtime in the match with Oklahoma State to give Pitt its first victory over a ranked opponent in 13 years. West is now Pittsburgh’s all-time leader in goals scored with 25.
Anna Haddock – Sophomore – Midfielder – Auburn – Haddock was a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers. She scored the game-winning goal with an assist from teammate redshirt sophomore forward Marissa Arias to play a key role in Auburn’s season opening 2-1 win over Samford. She also contributed both goals to help power Auburn past BYU 2-1. The win over BYU was Auburn’s first over a top-15 ranked team since 2017.
Sam Meza – Sophomore – Midfielder – North Carolina – Meza came through in the clutch for the Tar Heels when she sent a picture perfect shot into the upper left corner of the net from 19-yards out in the 97th minute of play to give North Carolina a 1-0 win over a very good Arkansas team. The Tar Heels also topped Washington 4-1 in their season opener with freshman midfielder Ruby Grant contributing two goals. North Carolina now takes to the road to face Illinois in Champaign and Ohio State in Columbus.
Hope Breslin – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Illinois – Breslin and her fighting Illini teammates had a productive opening week of soccer. Breslin contributed a goal to help Illinois top Missouri 4-0 on the road in their season opener and scored three times in Illinois’ 5-1 win on the road over Illinois State. Breslin became the first Illinois player since 2021 to record a hat trick. Illinois will host number two ranked North Carolina on Thursday and Butler on Sunday.
Mackenzie Pluck – Senior – Midfielder – Duke – Pluck played a key role in two Blue Devil wins. She was brought down in the box twice resulting in penalty kicks In Duke’s 3-1 win over Arkansas, Teammate Tess Boade converted the first pk and Pluck the second. Pluck also alertly controlled a rebound and dispatched a left footed shot into the back of the frame with time winding down in regulation to score the game-winning goal in Duke’s 2-1 victory over Washington. Duke hosts Western Carolina on Thursday before traveling to Nashville to tangle with a vey competitive Vanderbilt team on Sunday.
Hayley Jakovich – Senior – Defender – Xavier – Jakovich put in a full 90 minute shift on the defensive side of he ball in both the Musketeers 1-0 season opening on the road win over Saint Louis and subsequent 2-1 win at home over Northwestern. She also contributed a helper on teammate Mathilde Rasmussen’s game-winning goal in the contest with Northwestern. Xavier will host local rival Cincinnati on Thursday and Murray State on Sunday.
Renee Guion – Senior – Defender – Clemson – The Tiger team captain made her presence known on both sides of the ball. She was part of a rock solid defense and contributed a total of four assists as Clemson rolled past St. Francis 8-0 in their season opener and defeated Loyola 4-0. Things will likely get a littler tougher with a road trip to College Station coming up on Saturday and a contest with Texas A and M.
Emily Madril – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Florida State – Madril was a key contributor on both sides of the ball in FSU’s season opening 1-0 win over a game Texas A and M team. Madril was a key part of a tenacious Seminole defense and added an additional dimension to the offensive when she pushed forward down the flank off the dribble. Midfielder Clara Robbins netted the game-winner in the win over the Aggies. Madril and her FSU teammates also defeated Alabama 4-0 to begin the year with a 2-0-0 mark. FSU moves into the top spot in the College Soccer News National Poll.
Zoe Clevely – Redshirt Senior – Pepperdine – Clevely anchored a solid Wave defense that shutout Southern California 2-0 and San Diego State 3-0. In the upset of USC she had seven saves. It was a total team effort on both sides of the ball for Pepperdine.
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