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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 24, 2021

Difference Makers Rose To The Occassion To Help Their Teams Prevail In A Week Of Highly Competitive Play Coast To Coast.

Nikki Trucco – Sophomore – Forward – Cal Poly – Trucco wasted no time in getting Cal Poly off on the front foot when she found the back of the net for the 10th time and for the fourth consecutive game within the opening ten minutes of play in the Mustang’s 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara in a vital Big West Conference clash. Sophomore Camille Lafaix subsequently scored what proved to be the game-winning for Cal Poly. Forward Brooke Rubinstein contributed the assist on both of Cal Poly’s goals. The Mustangs clear a big hurdle with their first win at UCSB since the 2013 season to improve to 11-6-0 with a 7-1-0 mark in Big West play.
Amirah Ali – Senior – Forward – Rutgers – Ali has been a key ingredient in an historic Rutgers season in which the Scarlet Knights have secured the programs first ever Big Ten title. Ali netted the first goal in the Scarlet Knights 2-0 Big Ten win over for Indiana and midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri added in the second. Ali followed that up with a two goal evening in Rutgers subsequent 3-0 win over Big Ten foe Illinois to complete regular season play with a 15-2-0 overall record and perfect 10-0-0 mark in conference play.
Sydny Nasello – Junior – Forward – South Florida – Nasello drew and converted a penalty kick and created a turnover which gave her the space she needed to place a shot into the back of the frame. The multi-goal game was the fourth of Nasello’s career to date at USF and helped the Bulls secure a 2-0 win over 2-0 in an American Athletic Conference game. South Florida is off an running with a 10-3-2 record on the season and 5-1-1 mark that keeps them atop the AAC standings.
Tatum Gee – Senior – Forward – Princeton – Gee added punch to Princeton’s attack in a 2-0 win over Lehigh and a 1-0 win over Harvard in an Ivy League match. She put in play a corner kick that senior forward Gabi Juarez headed sent into the back of the frame in the win over Lehigh and through her hustle on the pitch she created a turnover that she was able to convert to provide the big play that Princeton needed to top Harvard. The Tigers are 12-2-1 with a 4-1-0 record in Ivy League play.
Tess Boade – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Duke – Boade played a key role in Duke’s 1-0 win over Notre Dame and 1-0 win over Florida State in two crucial ACC contests. She sent a well played and timed through ball that freshman sensation Michelle Cooper ran onto and sent into the back of the frame in overtime in the win over the Irish. Boade also skillfully placed a left-footed shot into the net from the top of the box that was set up by a nice move on the part of Cooper and pass from sophomore defender Emily Royson. Duke’s ability to come up with the big play on the offensive side of the ball combined with stout play on defense produced to signature wins.
Alina Khan – Redshirt Sophomore – Midfielder – SMU – Khan got things going for the Mustangs in their 2-0 win over Temple and 2-0 win over Tulsa in American Athletic Conference play. She ran onto and finished a well timed pass from freshman defender Sammy Nieves to get the Mustangs on the board in the win over Temple. She also skillfully flicked a shot into the back of the frame that was set up by a pass from midfielder Mackenzie Rudden and cross from midfielder Lindsey Whitmore. SMU ups their record to 10-2-2 with a 4-1-2 mark against AAC competition. The Mustangs conclude regular season play with a match on the road on Thursday with Memphis.
Emily Matthews – Sophomore – Midfielder – Purdue – Matthews is a catalyst and box-to-box midfielder who makes good things happen for the Boilermakers. She contributed a helper on the lone goal scorer by senior forward Sydney Duarte in Purdue’s hard fought 1-0 win over Big Ten foe Northwestern. She followed that up by netting the insurance goal and contributing an assist on the goal scored by senior forward Sarah Griffith in Purdues 2-0 win over Big Ten rival Indiana. The Boilermakers complete regular season play with a 13-3-2 overall record and very productive 8-2-0 record in conference competition.
Rachel Phillpotts – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Milwaukee – Phillpotts scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when she skillfully controlled and settled a pass to her feet and drove a shot into the back of the net in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win over Oakland in a crucial Horizon League showdown. The goal was set up by a combination of passes from teammates Clara Broecker and Lesley Kiesling. Senior forward Mackenzie Schill added the insurance goal for the Panthers who improve to 15-1-0 with a 10-0-0 mark in conference play to secure the Horizon League title for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Bryana Hunter – Senior – Defender – Arkansas – Hunter contributed on both side of the ball helping Arkansas secure two wins in Southeastern Conference play. She put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball in a 2-0 win over Auburn and a 2-0 win over Mississippi State. Hunter provided the helper on forward Anna Podojil’s goal in the win over Auburn and scored the insurance goal in the win over Mississippi State. Arkansas improves to 14-2-0 with a perfect 9-0-0 mark in SEC play. The Razorbacks conclude regular season play with a game at LSU on Thursday.
Hayley Jakovich – Senior – Defender – Xavier – The Musketeers secured Big East wins over Butler 2-1 at Corcoran Field and Connecticut 1-0 on the road to claim the Big East regular season title with a 9-1-0 mark in conference play. Jakovich put in full shifts in both wins as a key part of a very solid Xavier defense that limited Butler to only six shots on goal and Connecticut to only two. Jakovich and her Musketeer teammates have allowed a total of only nine goals season to date while going 16-1-1.
Nadia Cooper – Freshman – Goalkeeper – Washington State – Cooper made the stops in goal that she needed to make to give her team the opportunity to prevail in two very competitive Pac-12 contests. She had five saves while anchoring a Cougar defense that shutout a high octane USC attack in a scoreless contest. She also had five saves while putting in a solid shift in goal in Washington State’s subsequent 1-1 tie with UCLA. The Cougars are 10-2-4 with a 4-1-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
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