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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending November 7, 2021

Key Performers Came Through In The Clutch In A Week Of VEry Competitive Play.

Alyssa Gray – Sophomore – Forward – Washington State – Gray controlled a deflection and sent a rocket into the into the far corner of the net from thirty-yards out to ignite Washington State’s attack. She also contributed the helper on midfielder Syndey Pulver’s subsequent goal to play a key role in the Cougs 4-2 win over in-state and Pac-12 foe Washington. The Cougs conclude regular season play with a 13-2-4 overall record and very productive 7-1-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
Brittany Raphino – Junior – ForwardBrown – Raphino is a goal scorer. This week she scored all three of Brown’s goals to power the Bears past Yale 3-2 in Ivy League play. Brown improves to 12-3-0 with a 7-0-0 record in conference play to claim the Ivy League title and the berth in the NCAA Tournament that goes with it. Raphino has 11 goals on the season.
Lesley Kiesling Redshirt Freshman – Forward Milwaukee – Kiesling drove a header into the net that was set up by a very nice ball from midfielder Rachel Phillpotts in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win over Green Bay in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament. Kiesling also cleanly one-timed a shot into the back of the frame that was set up by a combination of passes from forward Mackenzie Schill and defender Rafferty Kugler to score the insurance goal for the Panthers in their subsequent 2-0 win over Oakland in the championship contest. Milwaukee improves to 18-1-0 with a perfect 11-0-0 mark in Horizon League play.
Messiah Bright – Senior – Forward – TCU – Bright played a key role for the Horned Frogs in their 3-0 win over Texas Tech and 2-1 win over Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. She scored twice in the win over Texas Tech and scored and assisted on Camryn Lancaster’s game-winning goal in the win over Texas in the Championship Match. TCU improves to 17-2-2 secures the Big 12’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Lacee Bethea – Sophomore – Forward – Bowling Green – Bethea contributed the game-winning goal in Bowling Green’s 1-0 win over Buffalo in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The goal was set up by a nice series of passes from Audrey Shea, Nicki Cox and Lynsey Spotts. Bethea who was named the MAC Tournament MVP also scored with an assist from Madi Wolfbauer in the Falcons 3-0 win over Kent State in the championship match. Bethea has seven goals on the season. The Falcons have won the Mid-American Conference Tournament Title for four consecutive seasons.
Lindsey Prokop – Junior – Forward Grand Canyon – Prokop netted the game-winning goal in Grand Canyon’s 2-1 win over Lamar in the WAC Tournament semifinals and scored what proved to be the game-winner in the Lopes 3-0 win over Utah Valley in the WAC Championship contest. Prokop played a key role in helping Grand Canyon secure their first WAC Tournament title and first berth in the NCAA Division I tournament in a history making season for the Lopes under second-year head coach Chris Cissell.
Clara Robbins Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Florida State – Robbins came through in the clutch for the Seminoles when she intercepted a Virginia throw-in and sent a shot into the upper self of the the net from over 30 yards out to score what proved to be the deciding goal in Florida State’s 1-0 win over Virginia in the ACC Tournament Championship game. Robbins was subsequently named the MVP of the ACC Tournament for the second year in a row. FSU improves to 16-1-2 to win the program’s eighth ACC Championship in the last eleven seasons.
Abbey Burdette – Senior – Midfielder Tennessee – Burdette was a consistent and stabilizing force in the center of the mix for the Vols in an amazing run to the SEC Championship during which Burdette and her Tennessee teammates topped Florida 5-2, Ole Miss 3-2 and Arkansas 3-0 to secure the SEC Tournament Title for the first time since 2008. The shutout over a high octane Arkansas team in the championship match team was the Vols 11th of the year. Burdette was honored as the Tournament MVP.
Sydney Cummings – Graduate Student – Defender Georgetown – Cummings who was an All-American and All-Ivy standout at Brown before coming to Georgetown has been a key ingredient on the defensive side of the ball all year for the Hoyas. She was rock solid on the defensive side of the ball in Georgetown’s 2-1 win over Butler in the Big East Tournament semifinals and their 1-0 win over St John’s in which her header provided the Hoyas with the edge they needed on the offensive side of the ball.
Alia Martin Graduate Student – Defender – Michigan – The Wolverine centerback was a key part of a Michigan defense that kept Purdue in check in route to a 4-1 win over the Boilermakers in the semifinals of the Ten Tournament and held Rutgers to only three shots in goal in route to a 1-0 win over Rutgers in the championship match. Martin put in a full 90 minutes of play in each of Michigan’s three contests in the Big Ten Tourney. The Wolverines claim the Big Ten Tournament Title the first sine 1999.
Madison Curry Junior – Defender – Princeton – Curry contributed on both sides of the ball for the Tigers in their 1-0 win over Penn. She was part of a rock solid Princeton backline that earned the shutout. She also sent a well played and timed pass forward from the back that midfielder Marissa Hart was able to run onto and place in the back of the frame to give the Tigers the goal they needed to secure the win. Princeton concludes regular season play with a 14-2-1 overall record and 6-1-0 mark in Ivy League play.
Acelya Aydogmus – Senior – Goalkeeper Northwestern State – The two-time Southland Conference Goalkeeper of the Year had an outstanding twelve save weekend while anchoring a Lady Demons’ defense that shutout Southeastern Louisiana 1-0 and Incarnate Word 1-0 to win the Southland Conference Tournament and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that accompanies it for the first time since 2005. For her efforts, Aydogmus was named the Southland Tournament MVP.
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