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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 21, 2021

The College Soccer News National Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Played A Key Role In The Success Their Teams Had During The Week.

Kelsey Turnbow – Redshirt Senior – Forward – Santa Clara – Turnbow drove a shot into the upper-right corner from just outside the 18-yard box and contributed an assist on the goal scored by Izzy D’Aquila in overtime in Santa Clara’s 2-1 on the road win over Georgetown. She also served in the corner kick that teammate Alex Loera headed into the back of the frame in Santa Clara’s 2-1 win over Wisconsin. The Broncos win their sixth straight contest to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last six seasons where they will face Duke in Durham on Friday, October 26.
Parker Goins – Senior – Forward – Arkansas – Goins is among the reasons why the Razorbacks have advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. She scored and assisted on the goal scored by Reagan Swindall in Arkansas’ 3-0 win over Virginia Tech. Goins also assisted on the goal scored by Taylor Malham and drove a header into the back of the frame after receiving a cross from midfielder Korin Albert to play a key role in the Razorbacks subsequent 3-2 win over Notre Dame. Arkansas has momentum but they have a tough contest coming up in the Elite Eight against Rutgers in Piscataway on Friday, November 26.
Cameron Tucker – Senior – Forward – BYU – Tucker slotted a shot into the bottom-left corner of the net after receiving a pass from Mikayla Colohan and contributed an assist on one of Colohan’s goals to help BYU top Alabama 4-1. She also came up big for the Cougars when she sent a bending ball into the top-right side of the net in the second minute of play during the second half to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in BYU’s 1-0 win over Virginia. The Cougars survive and advance to the Elite Eight where they will host South Carolina on Saturday.
Ally Schlegel – Redshirt Junior Forward – Penn State – Schlegel scored twice in regulation in Penn State’s contest with USC. The match was tied 2-2 at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play resulting in a penalty kick shootout to determine who advanced. Schlegel converted her opportunity from the spot in the subsequent penalty kick shootout to help the Nittany Lions prevail 5-3 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Penn State’s season subsequently came to an end in the Sweet Sixteen when they were defeated 2-0 by South Carolina. The Nittany Lions close out the year with a 12-8-1 overall record.
Samantha Chang – Redshirt Junior – Midfielder – South Carolina – An opportunistic Chang took advantage of the opportunities to score that came her way contributing a goal and an assist on the goal scored by teammate Catherine Berry in South Carolina’s 3-0 win over Hofstra. Chang also scored South Carolina’s first goal in their subsequent 2-0 win over Penn State. Chang and her teammates have been playing well on both sides of the ball. The Gamecocks improve to 14-6-1 and advance to the Elite Eight were they will face a very good BYU team in Provo on Saturday.
Mikayla Colohan – Senior – Midfielder – BYU – Colohan assisted on Cameron Tucker’s goal and subsequently scored three goals of her own to help power BYU past Alabama 4-1. She also put in a full ninety minute shift in BYU’s subsequent 1-0 upset of the Cavaliers in Charlottesville in which Tucker scored the lone goal of the match for the Cougars. BYU improves to 16-4-1 and will host South Carolina in the Elite Eight on Saturday.
Meredith Haakenson – Senior – Midfielder – Michigan – Haakenson earns back-to-back nods to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. She converted a penalty kick in Michigan’s 2-0 win over Wake Forest. The penalty kick was awarded when midfielder Nicki Hernandez was fouled in the box. Haakenson also assisted on the goal scored by Sarah Stratigakis and sent a header into the net out of a corner kick served in by senior midfielder Raleigh Loughman to play a key role in Michigan’s 3-0 win over Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan advances to the Elite Eight for the third time in program history where they will face Florida State in Tallahassee.
Joelle Anderson – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Pepperdine – Anderson, a four-time All-WCC selection, assisted on junior midfielder Carlee Giammona’s goal and one-timed a left footed shot into the net from 18-yards out to help power the Waves past N.C. State 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Pepperdine’s season subsequently came to an end when they were topped 1-0 by number one seed Florida State in the Sweet Sixteen. The Waves close out a banner season in which they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in the history of the program with a 17-4-1 record.
Cabby Carle – Redshirt Senior- Defender – Florida State – There are so many things to like about this FSU team that some might overlook the contribution that Carle makes on both sides of the ball for the Seminoles. Make no mistake she has been an impact player since arriving on campus as a freshman and is a key ingredient in the success that this team has enjoyed. This week she scored in FSU’s much easier than expected 5-1 win over SMU and was rock solid on the defensive side of the ball putting in a full ninety minute shift for the Noles in their 1-0 win over Pepperdine. FSU improves to 19-1-2 and advances to the Elite Eight where they will host Michigan on Friday, November 26.
Delaney Graham – Senior – Defender – Duke – Graham contributed the goal that gave Duke the edge they needed to prevail 1-0 over Memphis when she ran onto a through ball from sister sophomore midfielder Maggie Graham and placed it into the back of the frame. The sequence began with a pass from freshman forward Michelle Cooper to Maggie Graham. Graham also assisted on the goal scored by Mackenzie Pluck in Duke’s subsequent 7-1 win over Saint John’s. Graham is also a solid ingredient in a very tenacious Duke defense that has only allowed ten goals on the season and posted 12 clean sheets. The Blue Devils improve to 16-3-1 and will host Santa Clara on Friday, November 26 in what looks to be a very competitive college soccer contest.
Meagan McClelland – Senior – Goalkeeper – Rutgers – McClelland had eight saves including three saves in the penalty kick shootout that was needed to determine who advanced to the Elite Eight after Rutgers and TCU were tied 1-1 after 110 minutes of play. McClelland also converted a penalty kick in the shootout with TCU in which Rutgers prevailed 5-4. McClelland anchored a Rutgers defense that posted a 2-0 shutout over Bucknell in the first round and a 4-0 win over Saint Louis in round two. The Scarlet Knights improve to 19-3-1 and will host Arkansas on Friday, November 26.
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