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College Soccer News Women’s National Team of the Week – Week Ending November 5, 2023

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

Caroline Kelly – Senior – Forward – Saint Louis – Kelly and her teammates had a productive week securing a 5-0 win over Duquesne to advance to the championship match of the A-10 Conference Tournament where they topped LaSalle 3-0 to win the A-10 Conference title for the sixth straight season. Kelly scored in the semifinal win over Duquesne and contributed two goals and a helper on the goal scored by Emily Gaebe in the win over LaSalle. The Billikens are now 17-2-2 and eager to make a run in the NCAA Tournament after an unexpected early exist last year.
Giana Riley – Sophomore – Forward – Gonzaga – Riley scored with an assist from forward Paige Alexander, drove a free kick into the back of the frame, and placed a header into the net with an assist from defender Willow Collins to help the Zags top WCC foe Pepperdine 3-0. Gonzaga also tied LMU 1-1 earlier in the week in a WAC matchup. Riley has 12 goals and 6 assists on the season. Gonzaga secures the program’s first-ever West Coast Conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament field. The Zags claim the program’s second berth into the NCAA Tournament and first since 2005.
Sophie Lezizidis – Freshman – Forward – Grambling State – Lezizidis played a key role in helping Grambling State win the SWAC Tournament and return to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 2006. She scored twice in GSU’s 3-0 win over Alabama A and M in the quarterfinals, once in their 3-0 semifinal win over Texas Southern and contributed the game-winner in Grambling State’s 2-1 win over Jackson State in the championship contest. Lezizidis has seven goals and three assists on the season. Grambling is 15-4-4. The 15 wins on the season is a program best.
Rachel DeRuby – Senior – Midfielder – Liberty – DeRuby scored two goals and contributed an assist on the goal scored by Saydie Holland to led Liberty past Louisiana Tech 4-0 in the semifinals of the CSUA Tournament. She followed that up with a goal and an assist on Holland’s game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State in the championship contest. Liberty improves to 16-2-1 and secures the program’s first conference title as a member of CUSA.
Jasmine Aikey – Sophomore – Midfielder – Stanford – Aikey scored three times to power the Cardinal past California 4-0 in a Pac-12 contest. Aikey has ten goals and six assists on the season as Stanford closes out regular season play with a 15-0-4 overall record and 8-0-3 mark in conference play.
Lexi Missimo – Junior – Midfielder – Texas – Missimo and her Longhorn teammates topped West Virginia 3-1, Texas Tech 1-0 and BYU 3-1 to secure the Big 12 Tournament title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that goes with it. Missimo was a force in each contest. She put in a full ninety minutes of play in all three matches while contributing two goals and an assist in the win over West Virginia and two goals in the win over BYU. Texas has won five in a row to stand at 15-4-2 overall.
Onyi Echegini – Senior – Midfielder – Florida State – Echegini scored twice to help power Florida State past a very good Clemson team 2-1 in the ACC Tournament final. Echegini along with freshman forward Jordan Dudley were also key ingredients in FSU’s 2-0 win over Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. Echegini has 13 goals and 3 assists on the season. She is a key playmaker for a Seminole team that is 16-0-1 and has has won the ACC Tournament for four consecutive seasons.
Josefine Hasbo – Junior – Midfielder – Harvard – Hasbo jump started Harvard’s offense scoring three times in the second half of play to lead the Crimson to a 3-0 win over Columbia to help Harvard claim its first-ever Ivy League Tournament Championship. Hasbo also contributed a goal in Harvard’s 4-2 win over Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament. Harvard improves to 12-3-2 and secures an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson played well on both sides of the ball.
Erika Zschuppe – Sophomore – Midfielder – FGCU – Zschuppe scored three times in the second half of play enabling FGCU to come from three goals down to tie North Alabama in a contest that remained tied at the end of two overtime periods. Zschuppe along with Ashley Labbe and Katelyn Kauffman converted their penalty kicks in the subsequent pk shootout in which FGCU prevailed 3-2 to claim the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that accompanies it. Zschuppe also put in a full 90 minutes of play in FGCU’s 2-0 win over Central Arkansas in the tournament semifinals.
Brooke Parnello – Senior – Defender – Milwaukee – The Panther team captain scored and contributed the assist on one of teammate Molly O’Regan’s two goals in Milwaukee’s 5-0 win over Robert Morris in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament. She also converted a penalty kick and put in a full ninety minute tour of duty in the Panthers’ 1-0 win over a determined Northern Kentucky team in the championship contest. Parnello was named the MVP of the Horizon League Tournament. The Panthers improve to 12-2-5 and return to the NCAA Tournament field for the sixth year in a row.
Jenna Hall – Senior – Goalkeeper – Bucknell – Hall was outstanding in goal for Bucknell. She had seven saves in their 3-1 win over Boston University in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal. She followed that up with a 13 save evening in regulation and overtime in a contest with Army that was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Hall then had three more saves in the ensuing penalty kick shootout in which the Bucknell prevailed 4-3 to claim the Patriot League tournament title for the third consecutive season.
Nikki Coryell – Senior – Goalkeeper – Valparaiso – Coryell anchored a rock solid Valpo defense that recorded four straight shutouts in route to winning the MVC Tournament. This week Coryell had seven saves in a 1-0 win in overtime against Missouri State in the tournament semifinals and four saves in a subsequent 1-0 win over Drake in the championship match. Coryell has 28 career shutouts. She was named the MVP of the MVC Tournament. Valpo is now 11-5-6.
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