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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 17, 2021

THe College Soccer News National Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers For Their Teams During The Week.

Gia Vicari – Junior – Forward – Georgetown – Vicari was a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Hoyas in their 5-0 win over Villanova. She netted Georgetown’s opening goal and contributed a helper on the goal scored by midfielder Devon Lis and the two goals scored by defender Cyanne Doyle. Vicari has nine goals and five assists to date. The Hoyas remain undefeated with a 9-0-6 overall record and 5-0-2 mark against Big East competition.
Penelope Hocking – Senior – Forward – USC – Hocking earns a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the second week in a row after playing a key role in USC’s 3-1 win on the road over Oregon. Hocking assisted on the goal scored by redshirt senior Savannah DeMelo. She contributed to USC’s second goal when she was fouled in the box creating a penalty kick that teammate Croix Bethune converted. Hocking also scored the Trojans third goal of the evening when she alertly sent a rebound into the back of the frame. Southern California wins its 11th consecutive contest to improve to 11-2-0 with a perfect 6-0-0 mark in Pac-12 action. The Trojans travel to Pullman on Thursday to tangle with Washington State.
Jordan Canniff – Junior – Forward – Penn State – Canniff had a productive week of play helping the Nittany Lions secure Big Ten wins over Indiana 3-0 and Purdue 2-1 to improve to 10-5-0 overall with a 4-4-0 mark in conference play. Canniff scored Penn State’s first goal after receiving a pass from forward Elle Kershner and third goal with an assist from freshman midfielder Jilly Shimkin in the match with Indiana. She also drove a shot into the back of the frame that was set up by a nice pass from forward Ally Schlegel to get Penn State on the board in the contest with Purdue. Schlegel subsequently scored to give the Nittany Lions the edge they needed to top the Boilermakers.
Brittany Raphino – Junior – Forward – Brown – Raphino decisively made the run she needed to make and finished the opportunity that came her way to send a shot into the back of the frame after receiving a pass from Ava Seelenfreund to give Brown the big play they needed to top Ivy League foe Harvard 1-0. Brown is now 9-3-0 and in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. Raphino has seven goals and four assists so far this season. The Bears continue Ancient Eight play when they travel to Ithaca on Saturday to take on Cornell.
Audrey Harding – Graduate Student – Forward – UNCW – Harding was at the heart of the Seahawk offense in a 3-2 win over Drexel and a 3-1 win over James Madison. She contributed the assist on the goal scored by redshirt senior midfielder Morgan Nanni and scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the win over Drexel when she scored from within the box out of a free kick served in by freshman defender Halle Johnson. Harding also scored with an assist from defender Bentley Settin and contributed a helper on both goals scored by freshman forward Kayla Burroughs who also played a key role in the win over James Madison. UNCW improves to 9-2-1 with a 5-1-0 mark in CAA play.
Hailey Gutowski – Junior – Forward – Temple – Gutowski used her quickness and touch on the ball to gain the space she needed to send a shot into the corner of the frame from within the box in Temple’s 2-1 win over LIU. She also scored twice to power the Owls attack in a subsequent 2-0 win over Houston. Gutowski has five goals and three assists to date. Temple ups their win total to 5-5-3 with a 2-3-0 mark in American Athletic Conference action. The Owls continue conference play with a road trip to Dallas to face SMU on Wednesday followed by a contest in Orlando against UCF on Sunday.
Katie Kitching – Senior – Midfielder – South Florida – Kitching came through in the clutch for the Bulls when she decisively chipped the defection of junior forward Sydny Nasello’s shot into the back of the net in the second overtime period to propel the Bulls to a 1-0 win over Memphis in a key American Athletic Conference contest. The Bulls improve to 9-3-2 overall with a 4-1-1 mark in conference play. Junior Sydney Martinez had a six save evening in goal to anchor a very solid South Florida defense.
Kayla McKeon – Senior – Midfielder – Arkansas – McKeon got Arkansas on the board when she utilized her left foot to drive a shot into the back of the frame from the top of the penalty box. She followed that up with another goal from the top of the box with an assist from Ava Tankersley to give the Razorbacks a 2-0 advantage. Arkansas topped Missouri 6-1 on senior night in Fayetteville to win their 12th straight contest. The Razorbacks will put their 12-2-0 record and 7-0-0 mark in SEC play on the line when they travel to face a very good Auburn team on Thursday.
Haleigh Stackpole – Senior – Midfielder – Mississippi – Stackpole was in the right place at the right time in the box to receive a pass from Molly Martin and deposit it into the back of the net. Stockpole’s goal and work effort throughout the contest helped give Ole Miss the edge they needed to prevail 1-0 in a hard fought win over Vanderbilt. The Rebels continue to do a good job of finding a way to win the close contests to improve to 11-2-2 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in SEC play. Ole Miss will seek to up their win total when they travel to tangle with Missouri on Thursday followed by a tough contest on the road with Auburn on Sunday.
Alyssa Malonson – Senior – Defender – Auburn – Malonson put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball to anchor a Tiger backline that held Florida to only one shot on goal in route to a 2-0 win over the Gators. The Auburn backline of Malonson, M.E. Craven and Mallory Mooney, and Hailey Whitaker along with goalkeeper Maddie Prohaska have allowed a total of only eleven goals to date. Auburn improves 11-3-0 with a 5-2-0 mark against SEC competition.
Gabby Carle – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Florida State – Carle assisted on the goals scored by forward Beata Olsson and midfielder Jaelin Howell and was once again part of a tenacious Florida State defense that shutout a good Virginia Tech team 2-0 in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest. The Seminoles have scored 49 goals to date while only allowing seven against a very competitive slate of opponents. FSU is 14-0-0 overall with an 8-0-0 mark in conference play. Florida State has a tough test coming up on Thursday when they travel to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina.
Zoe Doughty – Junior – Goalkeeper – William and Mary – Doughty took care of business in goal for the Tribe with a career-high ten save evening to anchor a stout William and Mary defense in a scoreless draw with CAA foe Hofstra. Doughty and a Tribe backline that included senior Page Frantz, sophomores Ginny Delacruz and Nicole Sellers and freshman Riley Friesen did a great job of containing a high octane Hofstra attack. William and Mary will host Elon on Thursday.
Maria Echezarreta – Freshman – Goalkeeper – NC State – Echezarreta was rock solid between the pipes for the Wolfpack. She had an impressive eight save evening for a tenacious NC State defense that shutout in-state rival and nationally ranked ACC foe North Carolina 1-0. Sophomore forward Jameese Joseph contributed the game-winning goal for NC State. The Wolfpack are now 7-6-2 with a 3-4-0 mark in ACC play.
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