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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 14, 2021

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Played A Key Role In The Success Their Teams Had During In The First Round Of The 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Luciana Zullo Graduate Student Forward – South Carolina – Zullo sent a left-footed shot into the back of the net from the top of the box after receiving a pass from midfielder Lauren Chang to give the Gamecocks the edge they needed to shock North Carolina 1-0 in Chapel Hill. The loss was the first for the Tar Heels in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in the 40-year history of the storied program. South Carolina improves to 12-6-1 and advances to the second round where they will face Hofstra on Friday, November 19 in Los Angeles.
Tatum Gee – Senior – Forward – Princeton – An opportunistic Gee scored twice within the first 20 minutes of the match to propel Princeton past Vermont 2-0. Her first goal came out of a cross from freshman forward Heather MacNab and an assist from from sophomore forward Alexis Hiltunen. Her second goal came out of a free kick from 25 yards out that found its way cleanly into the far side of the net. Princeton wins its sixth straight contest to improve to 15-2-1. Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers with a very tough matchup ahead in round two against a very highly regarded TCU team.
Croix Bethune – Junior – Midfielder – USC – Bethune, the Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, continues to add a ton of firepower to USC’s attack. This week she led the Trojans past Grand Canyon 6-0 with a three goal and two assist performance. USC improves to 14-3-2 and will host Penn State out of the Big Ten on Friday, November 19 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Taylor Hattori – Junior Midfielder – Milwaukee – Hattori made a nice move to create the space and the angle she needed to drive a shot into the far post in the first half of play to give Milwaukee the edge that they needed to defeat a very good Xavier team on the road 1-0. A solid Panther defense led in goal by a stellar performance from junior netminder Elaina LaMacchia posted Milwaukee’s 16th shutout of the season. Xavier concludes a banner season with a 16-3-1 record. The Panthers improve to 19-1-0 and advance to the second round where they will face an outstanding Virginia team in Charlottesville.
Meredith Haakenson – Senior – Midfielder – Michigan – Haakenson opened the scoring for Michigan in their 3-0 win over Bowling Green when she controlled and redirected a failed clearance into the lower left corner of the net from inside the box. She also contributed an assist along with teammate Skylar Anderson in Kacey Lawrence’s goal. Michigan wins its sixth straight contest to advance to the second round of play with a 16-3-3 overall record. The Wolverines will welcome Wake Forest to Ann Arbor on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Julia Leas – Junior – Midfielder – Georgetown – Leas controlled and sent a missed clearance into the net, scored from outside the 18-yard box after receiving a pass from junior forward Gia Vicari, and contributed the assist on junior forward Sofie Fox’s goal to help power the Hoyas past Central Connecticut State 6-0. All six of Georgetown’s goals were scored in the second half of play. The Hoyas improve to 12-1-6 and will host defending national champion Santa Clara on Friday, November 19 in what shapes up to be a very competitive second round contest.
Tori Waldeck – Sophomore – Midfielder – Pepperdine – Waldeck was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for Pepperdine. She contributed an assist on the goals scored by Calista Reyes, Joelle Anderson, and Carlee Giammona and scored with an assist from Joelle Anderson to play a key role in the Waves 7-1 first round thumping of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits who concluded their season with a 17-4-1 overall record. Pepperdine improves to 16-3-1 and will travel cross country to Tallahassee for a second round match on Friday, November 19 against NC State out of the ACC.
Hannah Friedrich – Senior – Midfielder – Saint Louis – Friedrich came up with the big play the Billikens needed to defeat Ole Miss when she scored with a little over a minute remaining in regulation. Friedrich also contributed a helper on the goal scored by defender Mattyn Summers. The goal was the 29th of Friedrich’s career and her 15th career game-winner. Saint Louis wins for the ninth time in their last ten games to up their record on the season to 13-8-1. The Billikens travel to Piscataway to tangle with Rutgers on Friday in round two of the NCAA Tournament.
Caitlin Cosme – Graduate Student – Defender – Duke – Cosme scored out of a free kick from just outside the box with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to give Duke a 1-0 win over a game Old Dominion team out of the CAA. Cosme also put in a full shift as part of a Blue Devil backline that held ODU to no shots on goals. Duke has recorded 11 shutouts on the season. The Blue Devils improve to 14-3-1 and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face Memphis.
Makoto Nezu – Sophomore – Defender – Santa Clara – Nezu’s first goal of the 2021 season was a big one. She alertly pounced on a clearance out of a corner kick and drove a shot from just outside the box that deflected off a defender and into the back of the frame to give the Bronco’s the edge they needed to top a good Stanford team 1-0. Santa Clara netminder Kylie Foutch also came up big for the Broncos with a crucial stop of a Stanford penalty kick. Santa Clara wins their fourth straight match to improve to 12-5-2. The Broncos will face Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Emily Madril – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Florida State – Madril was part of another stout FSU defensive effort that shutout South Alabama 3-0 to record the program’s 10th clean sheet on the season. The Seminoles limited South Florida to only one shot on goal. Madril was also in the right place at the right time to place a rebound out of a corner kick into the back of the frame to net FSU’s third goal in the win over the Jaguars. Florida State improves to 17-1-2 and will face SMU on Friday, November19 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Glo Hinojosa – Redshirt Sophomore – Goalkeeper – UC Irvine – Hinojosa had a seven save evening to anchor an Anteater defense that shutout UCLA 1-0 in Los Angeles to halt the Bruins 26 match unbeaten streak. The win was UC Irvine’s first over UCLA since 1994. Redshirt freshman forward Alyssa Moore provided the game-winning goal for UC Irvine. The Anteaters out of the Big West Conference improve to 16-5-0 and advance to the second round where they will face Wisconsin out of the Big Ten.
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