The Final spring Season Team Of The Week Recognizes Top Performers Who Were Difference Makers For Their Teams.
|Izzy D’Aquilla – Sophomore – Forward – Santa Clara – D’Aquilla is the type of player who makes good things happen. She converted a header in Santa Clara’s 2-0 win over Arkansas in the Sweet Sixteen and helped set up Sally Menti’s game winning goal with a nice pass in the Broncos hard fought 1-0 Elite Eight win over a very talented Clemson team. Santa Clara earns a berth in the College Cup for the 11th time in the history of the program where they will face North Carolina.
|Diana Ordonez – Sophomore – Forward – Virginia – Ordonez converted a penalty kick, sent a header into the back of the net, and sent a loose ball into the back of the frame out of a corner to power the Cavaliers past Rice 3-0 in the Sweet Sixteen. The Cavaliers subsequently topped number four seed TCU 1-0 with defender Lizzy Sieracki contributing the game-winner to improve to 14-4-2 and earn a berth in the College Cup for the first time since 2014. The Cavaliers will face number one seed FSU.
|Samantha Meredith – Sophomore – Forward – Clemson – Meredith netted Clemson’s lone goal out of a corner kick with Maliah Morris contributing the assist to help the Tigers advance past UCLA 6-5 in a contest that came down to a penalty kick shootout after it was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time. Meredith converted her penalty kick and Tiger netminder Hensley Hancuff came up with a stop to give Clemson the edge they needed to upset the number three seeded Bruins and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2006. The Tigers were defeated 1-0 by Santa Clara in the Elite Eight to end the season with a 12-4-2 record.
|Clara Robbins, Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Florida State – Robbins drove a shot into the right side of the frame from the top of the box to net what proved to be the game-winner in FSU’s 3-1 come from behind win over Penn State. The Seminoles also advanced past Duke 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was scoreless at the end of 110 minutes of play. Robbins converted her pk opportunity in the shootout and was among the reasons FSU had a significant advantage in time of possession and shots in the Elite Eight contest with Duke. The Seminoles advanced to the College Cup where they will face Virginia.
|Sally Menti – Freshman – Midfielder – Santa Clara – Menti utilized her left foot to score what proved to be the game-winner in Santa Clara’s 1-0 win over Clemson in the Sweet Sixteen. Sophomore forward and playmaker Izzy D’Aquila contributed the assist on Menti’s goal. The Broncos under head coach Jerry Smith improve to 9-1-0 and advance to face number two seed North Carolina in what will no doubt be an excellent College Cup matchup.
|Rachel Dorwart – Junior – Midfielder – North Carolina – Dorwart earns back-to-back nods as a member of the CSN Team of the Week. She contributed the game-winning goal for UNC in their 1-0 win over Texas A and M in the Elite Eight placing a shot into the bottom left corner of the net after receiving a pass at the top of the box from sophomore defender Hallie Klanke. The goal was Dorwart’s second of the year with the first coming in North Carolina’s 2-0 win over Denver in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels improve to 18-1-0 and advance to the College Cup for the 30th time.
|Taylor Ziemer – Senior – Forward – Texas A and M – Ziemer scored the Aggies first goal in regulation in their Sweet Sixteen match with Oklahoma State. The contest ended in a tie after 110 minutes of play. Ziemer converted her pk opportunity in the ensuing penalty kick shootout in which Texas A and M prevailed 4-3 to advance to the Elite Eight. The Aggies concluded their season with a 12-4-1 record when they were topped 1-0 by number two seed North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
|Gabby Carle – Senior – Defender – Florida State – Carle assisted on teammate Clara Robbins goal and converted a penalty kick to play a key role in FSU’s win over Penn State in the Sweet Sixteen. She also put in a very solid 110 minute shift in FSU’s subsequent contest with Duke in which the Noles prevailed 5-3 in a match that was decided by a penalty kick shootout after it was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Carle converted her penalty kick opportunity in the shootout. FSU now advances to face ACC foe Virginia on Thursday in the semifinals of the College Cup.
|Caitlin Cosme – Senior – Defender – Duke – Cosme contributed on both sides of the ball for a determined Duke team. The Blue Devil team captain drove a header into the net with an assist from Tess Boade to give Duke the edge they needed on the offensive side of the ball to top Ole Miss 1-0 in the Sweet Sixteen. She was also part of a valiant Duke defense that contained a powerful FSU attack for 110 minutes of play in the Elite Eight before falling to the Seminoles 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout. The Blue Devils conclude a very successful season with a 12-5-4 overall record.
|Lizzy Sieracki – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Virginia – Sieracki converted a header out of a corner kick served in by freshman midfielder Lia Godfrey to give the Cavaliers the edge they needed to top a highly regarded TCU team 1-0 in the Elite Eight. The goal was Sieracki’s first of the season but it could not have come at a better time. Sieracki was also part of an impressive Virginia defense that also shutout Rice 3-0 in the Sweet Sixteen. Virginia punches their ticket to the College Cup where they will face an FSU team that topped the Cavaliers 4-3 when they played during the fall 2020 season.
|Claudia Dickey – Junior – Goalkeeper – North Carolina – Dickey was rock solid in goal for the Tar Heels with a six save evening in UNC’s 1-0 win over Washington in the Sweet Sixteen followed by two saves to anchor a Tar Heel defense that shutout a very good Texas A and M team 1-0 in the Elite Eight. Dickey anchors a stout UNC defense that has recorded seven straight shutouts. The number two seeded Tar Heels advance to the College Cup where they will face Santa Clara on Thursday.
|Emily Alvarado – Senior – Goalkeeper – TCU – Alvarado was a difference maker in TCU’s Sweet Sixteen contest against Georgetown in which TCU prevailed 3-1 in penalty kicks after the game was tied 1-1 at the end of 110 minutes of play. Alvarado had seven saves including two in the penalty kick shootout. TCU’s season subsequently came to an end with a 13-2-1 overall record when they were defeated 1-0 by Virginia in the Elite Eight.