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College Soccer News Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 1, 2023

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

Jordynn Dudley – Freshman – Forward – Florida State – Dudley led the Seminole attack with a two goal evening in their 2-0 win over Miami in an ACC contest at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The freshman phenom has seven goals and three assists on the season. The Seminoles improve to 8-0-1 with a 3-0-1 mark in conference play.
Kelsey Oyler – Junior – Forward – Gonzaga – Oyler established a new Gonzaga single season record with a three assist performance to help the Zags roll past San Diego 5-0 in their West Coast Conference season opener. Gonzaga is now 8-2-1 overall and will travel to face conference opponents Portland on Wednesday and San Francisco at home on Saturday.
Jordyn Rhodes – Graduate Student – Forward – Kentucky – Rhodes scored twice to power the Wildcats past nationally ranked Alabama 2-1 in a SEC matchup. She now holds the Kentucky record for career goals with 45. Kentucky remains unbeaten with a 7-0-4 overall record and 1-0-3 mark in SEC play. The Wildcats will seek to remain unbeaten and continue what has to date been an historic season when they travel to face Tennessee on Thursday.
Nia Christopher – Senior – Forward – Towson – Christopher scored Towson’s first goal with a nice assist from senior back Sydney Cradle in a 3-0 win over Stony Brook. She also scored and assisted on the goal scored by Jasmine Hamid in the Tigers 3-0 win over Hampton. Christopher has now scored in four straight games. Towson is 10-1-1 overall with a 6-0-1 mark in CAA play.
Mya Jones – Fifth Year – Midfielder – Memphis – Jones scored twice during the early minutes of the first stanza to set the pace for a 2-1 Memphis win over SMU. The Tigers have won six straight to up their record to date to 9-1-0 with a perfect 3-0-0 mark in AAC play.
Natalie Tavana – Junior – Midfielder – Seton Hall – Tavana has been a force on the offensive side of the ball for Seton Hall. She scored the lone goal in their 1-0 Big East win over St. John’s and contributed her tenth goal on the season to date in the Pirates subsequent 1-1 tie with nationally ranked Xavier. Seton Hall improves to 5-5-2 with a 1-2-1 mark in conference play.
Katie O’Kane – Senior – Midfielder – Utah – O’Kane scored three times to play a key role in Utah’s 4-2 win over Oregon. O’Kane’s hat trick was the first by a Utah player in more that six years. The Utes are 5-3-4 overall with a 1-1-1 mark in Pac-12 play.
Audrey Williams – Junior – Defender – Portland State – Williams scored out of a corner kick put in play by Abi Hoffman to net what proved to be the game-winning goal and put in a solid 90 minutes of play on the defensive side of the ball in Portland State’s on the road 1-0 win over Sacramento State. The Vikings have won four out of their last five games to stand at 5-5-1 overall with a 2-0-1 mark in Big Sky Conference contests. Portland State continues Big Ski play with contests at home against Idaho on Friday and Eastern Washington on Sunday.
Abby Sowa – Junior – Defender – East Carolina University – Sowa put in a full ninety minute shift and contributed the helper on senior forward Sydney Schnell’s goal in a 1-1 tie with UAB. She also put in a full 90 minutes of play on the defensive side of the ball and converted a penalty kick in ECU’s subsequent 2-0 win over South Florida in Tampa. The Pirates are 7-2-3 with a 2-0-1 mark in America Athletic Conference play.
Macy Blackburn – Redshirt Sophomore – Defender – Texas Tech – Blackburn contributed on both sides of the ball for the Red Raiders in Big 12 Conference wins over Oklahoma 2-0 and Cincinnati 3-0. She provided an assist out of a corner kick on Hannah Anderson’s goal in the win over Oklahoma and provided a helper on teammate Kaitlyn Giametta’s goal in the win over Cincinnati. She also was a solid contributor on the defensive side of the ball. Texas Tech improves to 11-0-2 with a perfect 5-0-0 mark in conference play.
Mikki Easter – Senior – Goalkeeper – Marquette – Easter had an impressive week in goal for the Golden Eagles in Big East play making the saves that she needed to make to give her team a chance to prevail. She recorded eight stops in a 3-1 win over Creighton and six stops in a subsequent scoreless draw with Connecticut. Marquette is 5-5-3 with a 2-1-1 mark in Big East play.
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