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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 3, 2021

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

Beata Olsson – Sophomore – Forward – Florida State – Olsson and her FSU teammates traveled to Clemson and came away with an impressive 4-1 win over the Tigers. Olsson contributed an assist on the goal scored by forward Jenna Nighswonger and utilized her touch on the ball to create the space she needed to score twice during a little more than a minute in the second half of the play. Florida State is 11-0-0 and will continue ACC play when they welcome Syracuse to Tallahassee on Thursday.
Jaida Thomas – Redshirt Sophomore – Forward – Tennessee – Thomas found the back of the net twice driving a shot into the back of the frame from within the box after receiving a pass from from Mackenzie George and sending a header into the back of the net that was set up by a cross from Claudia Dipasupil in Tennessee’s 3-1 win over Texas A and M in College Station. The Vols improve to 10-1-0 overall with a 3-1-0 mark in SEC play.
Sarah Griffith – Redshirt Senior – Forward – Purdue – Griffith is a goal scorer pure and simple. She has scored at least once in four straight contests. She alertly headed a deflection of a shot into the right side of the net and skillfully lofted a left footed shot into the goal from just inside the left corner of the box in Purdue’s 2-1 win over Wisconsin in Madison. Griffith also scored the Boilermakers lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Michigan earlier in the week. Griffith has scored a total of ten goals in the 2021 season. Purdue is 9-2-2 with a 4-1-0 mark in Big Ten play.
Taylor Malham – Senior – Midfielder – Arkansas – Malham was part of an explosive Arkansas attack that came out on the front foot scoring three goals in the first eight minutes of play in a 4-1 win over a good Georgia team in Athens. Malham scored Arkansas’ first goal about a minute into the match from within the box after receiving a pass from Sophia Aragon and contributed the assist on teammate Parker Goins goal in the 4th minute of play. Malham also converted a header in the early minutes of the second stanza out of a free kick put in play by Daniella Murguia. Arkansas has won nine straight to stand at 9-2-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in SEC play. The Razorbacks will host Alabama on Thursday.
Thais Reiss – Graduate Student – Midfielder – North Florida – Reiss had another productive week of play helping North Florida secure two good on the road ASUN Conference wins. She got things going for North Florida in their 2-0 win over Bellarmine when she scored in the second half of play with a double assist from teammates Zara Siassi and Kayla Bond. She also contributed the insurance goal when she corralled a loose ball in the box and sent it into the net in the Ospreys subsequent 2-0 win over Eastern Kentucky. Reiss has a team leading eight goals with a total of 41 career goals to date. The Ospreys are now 8-2-1 overall with a 2-1-0 record in ASUN competition.
Marleen Schimmer – Senior – Midfielder – Grand Canyon – Schimmer was a force on the offensive side of the ball scoring the first three goals of the evening in a fifteen minute span to help power Grand Canyon past California Baptist 6-1. Schimmer also scored in overtime after receiving a cross from Gianna Gourley to give the Lopes the edge they needed to top Seattle 1-0. Grand Canyon improves to 10-2-1 and reaches double-digit wins for the first time since 2010. The Lopes will seek to build on the success they have enjoyed to date when they host New Mexico State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Emma Wilson – Senior – Midfielder – Kansas City – Wilson was indeed a difference maker coming up with the big play that Kansas City needed to top North Dakota 1-0 and North Dakota State 1-0 in Summit League play on the road. Wilson sent a rocket from outside the box that found its way into the back of the net in the win over North Dakota and drove a header into the net to give the Roos the edge they needed to top North Dakota State. Kansas City is 4-8-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in Summit League play. Kansas City will seek to keep their momentum intact when they host South Dakota State on Friday and South Dakota on Sunday.
Emily Gray – Senior – Midfielder – Virginia Tech – Gray came up big for Virginia Tech scoring twice to help power the offense in a solid 2-1 win on the road over Pittsburgh in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest. Gray scored from within the box after receiving a pass from Nicole Koziova and tallied the game-winning goal during the final ten minutes of regulation with an assist from Tori Powell. Virginia Tech improves to 8-2-2 with a 2-0-2 mark in ACC play. Gray has scored nine goals and contributed four assists so far in the 2021 season.
Haley Jakovich – Senior – Defender – Xavier – Jakovich put in a full ninety minute shift as part of a very stout Xavier backline that shutout Villanova 3-0 holding the Wildcats to only one shot on goal. She also contributed a goal from long range and was an integral part of an Xavier defense that limited Creighton to only two shots on goal in a 2-0 win over the Bluejays. The Musketeers have recorded six shutouts to date. Xavier improves to 10-1-1 with a 3-1-0 mark in Big East play. The Musketeers will host St. John’s on Thursday.
Nicole Scudero – Senior – Defender – Binghamton – Scudero made an impact on both sides of the ball in the Bearcats 4-1 win over UMBC and 1-0 win over Hartford in America East Conference play. Scudero was part of a very solid Binghamton backline that successfully contained both opponents. Scudero’s header out of a corner kick proved to be the game-winning goal in the win over Hartford. She alertly created a turnover and drove a shot into the lower right corner of the goal from 20 yards out in the win over UMBC. Binghamton gains momentum and improves to 7-5-1 with a 3-1-0 mark in conference play.
Kayla Thompson – Senior – Goalkeeper – Brown – Thompson was a difference maker between the pipes with several big stops in goal including a save on a penalty kick to anchor a rock solid Brown defense that shutout Columbia on the road in an Ivy League contest. The Bears improve to 7-3-0 with a 2-0-0 mark to date in league play. Brown has a tough Ivy League contest coming up on Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host a good Princeton team that is also 2-0-0 in conference play.
Alexis Bach – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – Western Kentucky – Bach took care of business in goal anchoring a WKU defense that shutout UAB 1-0 and Rice 2-0. The win over Rice was the first for Western Kentucky since the 2016 season. Bach had five saves in the contest with UAB and three saves in the victory over Rice to secure her fifth shutout so far this year. The Lady Toppers improve to 9-1-0 with a perfect 4-0-0 mark against CUSA opponents. WKU will host ODU on Friday in a key CUSA contest.

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