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College Soccer News Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending August 27, 2023

The Team of the week recognizes players who were difference makers for their teams during the week.

Ally Cook – Graduate Student – Forward – UCLA – Cook is a playmaker. She converted a penalty kick to give the Bruins the edge they needed to top Cal Poly 2-1 and scored UCLA’s first goal and provided a helper on the goal scored by Lexi Wright in the Bruin’s 4-0 win over UC Irvine on the road.
Gianna Paul – Sophomore – Forward – Alabama – Paul, the 2022 SEC Freshman of the Year, scored in the Tides 3-1 win over Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee. She also scored Alabama’s first goal off a give and go with midfielder Felicia Knox in the Tides’ subsequent 3-1 win at home over a very good Memphis team. Alabama is 4-0-0.
Kaitlyn MacBean – Redshirt Junior – Forward – Penn State – MacBean came through in the clutch for the Nittany Lions. She provided the game-winning goals in Penn State’s 2-1 win over West Virginia in Morganton and 1-0 win at home over a very good TCU team.
Ally Clark – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Colorado – Clark scored what proved to be the game-winner in Colorado’s 2-0 win over Colorado College and added the insurance goal in the Buffaloes 2-0 win over ranked Michigan State. Colorado is 3-1-0.
Jasmine Aikey – Sophomore – Midfielder – Stanford – Aikey scored and contributed an assist on teammate Joelle Jung’s goal in Stanford’s 4-0 win over San Francisco. She also jump started the Cardinal attack by netting their first goal in a 3-1 come from behind win over Saint Mary’s. Stanford improves to 4-0-0.
Olivia Wade-Katoa – Senior – Midfielder – BYU – Wade-Katoa drove a shot just under the crossbar to get the Cougars on the board in their 2-0 win over a good Long Beach State team. She also scored in BYU’s subsequent 4-1 on the road win over Boise State. Wade-Katoa has scored in four straight contests for a BYU team that is 4-0-0.
Josie Aulicino – Senior – Midfielder – Northwestern -Aulicino had a three goal and three assist performance in Northwestern’s win over Oakland and contributed two assists in their 3-1 win on the road over Toledo. Northwestern is 3-0-1.
Bridget Rieken – Senior – Defender – Washington State – Rieken put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball for the Cougars in their 1-0 win on the road at Portland and their subsequent 3-1 win at home over Weber State. She converted a header out of a corner kick served in by forward Grayson Lynch to net the lone goal in the win over Portland. Washington State is 3-0-0.
Layla Shell – Sophomore – Defender – Brown – Shell scored twice in Brown’s 6-0 win over Albany and was solid on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears also came from behind to edge Central Connecticut State 4-3 in a contest that was closer than expected. Brown is 2-0-0.
Brianne Riley – Graduate Student – Defender – Georgetown – Riley was a key ingredient in a Hoyas defense that shutout Bucknell 1-0 and Virginia Tech 1-0. She also converted the game-winning goal out of a corner kick put in play by senior teammate Tatum Lenain in the win over Bucknell.
Murphy Sheaff – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Kansas State – Sheaff anchored a Kansas State defense that shutout USTA 2-0 and tied Creighton 0-0. The Wildcats are 2-0-2 and have established a new school record for consecutive shutout minutes with a current duration of 350.17. Their four consecutive games without a loss is also a program record.
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