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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week ending March 21, 2021

The College Soccer News National Team Of The Week Recognizes Impact Players On Both Sides Of The Ball During The Week

Talia Dellaperuta – Freshman – Forward – North Carolina – Dellaperuta scored twice to lead a productive Tar Heel attack in a 5-0 win over Delaware in Newark. North Carolina opens spring play with a very convincing win. The Tar Heels improve to 12-1-0 and will return to the pitch on Saturday, March 27 when they travel to Knoxville to square off with Tennessee.
Ally Schlegel – Redshirt Sophomore – Forward – Penn State – Schlegel had an impact week scoring twice in the Nittany Lions 3-0 win over Minnesota and contributing what proved to be the game-winning goal in their 4-1 thumping of Big Ten foe Michigan. The Nittany Lions are now 6-1-1 and will take their game on the road to face Iowa on Thursday and Nebraska on Sunday.
Mackenzie Pluck – Junior – Forward – Duke – Pluck alertly controlled and sent a rebound into the net and contributed the assist on the goals scored by sophomore midfielder Sophie Jones and senior forward Tess Boade to help power Duke past Coastal Carolina 6-0. Duke has a tough marquee contest coming up on Saturday, March 27 when they travel to face a very good West Virginia team.
Maliah Morris – Sophomore – Forward – Clemson – Morris was a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers scoring twice and contributing an assist along with teammate Samantha Meredith on Caroline Conti’s goal to power Clemson to a 3-1 come from behind win over Georgia. The Tigers improve to 10-4-0. Clemson returns to the pitch on Saturday, April 3 when they host Alabama out of the SEC.
Delaney Schultz – Junior – Midfielder – Rice – Schultz scored and contributed the assist on teammate Caleigh Page’s goal in Rice’s 3-2 win over Texas A and M. She also sent a header into the back of the frame to help the Owls top LA Tech 2-0 on the road in a CSUA match. Rice is now 6-2-0.
Abbie Miller – Sophomore – Midfielder – Saint Louis – Miller had a very productive week of play during which she converted a penalty kick and netted the game-winning goal in overtime to help propel Saint Louis past Dayton 3-2. She also contributed a helper on Emily Groark’s game-winning goal in Saint Louis’ 1-0 win over Duquesne. The Billikens are 8-1-0 overall with a 3-0-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Mikayla Colohan – Senior – Midfielder – BYU – Colohan simply makes good things happen for the Cougars. She scored twice in BYU’s 4-1 win over Utah Valley and contributed the helper on the two goals scored by teammate Bella Folino in a 5-1 thumping of Pacific. The Cougars will seek to keep the momentum going when they face San Diego on Wednesday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
Bryana Hunter – Junior – Defender – Arkansas – Hunter scored out of a free kick and was a vial part of a Razorback defense that did a good job of containing a potentially explosive Arkansas State offense to secure a 2-1 win in the first ever matchup between the two programs. Arkansas is 11-3-0 overall.
Kaylene Pang – Senior – Defender – Washington – The role of defenders sometimes goes unnoticed but it is a key element in the success of any team. Pang put in a full ninety minute shift on the defensive side of the ball to help the Huskies secure a 2-1 win over Washington State. The Huskies have allowed a total of only five goals while securing a 6-1-2 record to date.
Kimberley Smit – Junior – Defender – Memphis – Smit contributed on both sides of the ball helping Memphis secure a 2-0 win over Cincinnati and a 2-1 victory over Temple. She scored out of a free kick in the win over Cincinnati and was a key part of a bend but don’t break Memphis defense in both contests. The Tigers are off and running with a 5-1-0 overall record and 4-0-0 mark in AAC play.
Angela Anderson – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – California – If you are looking for a player who was a difference maker during the week then you need look no further than Anderson who had nine saves between the pipes including a huge save on a penalty kick to play a key role in California’s 1-0 win over Stanford. California secured their first win over the Cardinal since 2013 despite being outshot 21 to 4.
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