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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 9, 2022

The Team Of The Week Recognizes Players On Both Sides Of The Ball Who Made A significant Contribution To The success Their Teams Had During The Week

Trinity Byars – Sophomore – Forward – Texas – Byars had a five assist week. She had three assists in a 4-0 Longhorn win over Kansas State during which forward Cameron Brooks had an impressive two goal and one assist evening. Byars followed that up with assists on the goals scored by Mackenzie McFarland and Jilly Shimkin in Texas’ subsequent 2-0 win over Kansas. Texas secures two Big 12 Conference wins to improve to 10-1-3 overall with a 4-0-1 mark in conference play. The Longhorns have a tough Big 12 match coming up on Thursday in Morgantown against West Virginia.
Keely Roy – Senior – Midfielder – California – Roy had a very productive week for the Golden Bears. She scored both goals in their 2-1 Pac-12 win over Washington State and netted her eighth goal of the year with an assist from sophomore forward Karlie Lema to provide what proved to be the game-winner in Cals 2-1 come from behind win over Pac-12 foe Washington. The Bears win their third game in a row to improve to 8-3-3 with a 3-2-0 mark in conference play. Washington will seek to keep the momentum going when they host USC on Friday.
Korbin Albert – Sophomore – Midfielder – Notre Dame – Albert was a key contributor in two ACC wins this week. She scored twice in Notre Dame’s 3-0 win over NC State and set the pace in Notre Dame’s subsequent 4-0 upset win over Florida State when she created a turnover and drove a shot into the far-post to open up the scoring for the Irish. Notre Dame improves to 11-2-0 with a 4-2-0 mark in ACC play. Korbin has five goals and two assists to date. The Irish continue ACC play with a match on the road against Louisville on Saturday.
Delaney Schultz – Senior – Midfielder – Rice – Schultz placed a header into the left corner of the goal that was set up by a nice pass and move off the dribble from Kallie McKinney and a cross from Madison Kent. She also placed a shot into the back of the frame from the top of the box to propel Rice past rival North Texas 2-0. Rice improves to 7-7-0 with a perfect 5-0-0 mark in CUSA play. Schultz has five goals including three game-winners so far this year.
Maya Dean – Junior – Midfielder – Bowling Green – Dean scored and contributed an assist on one of Kennedy White’s three goals in Bowling Green’s 4-0 win over Akron. White’s hat trick was the first for a Bowling Green player since 2018. Dean also scored the Falcons first goal from 20 yards out with an assist from White and Brynn Gardner and contributed an assist on the goals scored by Lacee Bethea and Abby Koly in Bowling Green’s subsequent 4-0 win over Ohio. The Falcons improve to 5-4-3 with a 3-1-2 mark in MAC play.
Felicia Knox – Junior – Midfielder – Alabama – Knox was a key contributor during the week for the Tide in SEC wins over Ole Miss 4-1 and LSU 5-0. She scored Alabama’s first goal in the win over Ole Miss and contributed a helper on the goals scored by Riley Mattingly Parker and Macy Clem. Knox also scored out of a free kick in the win over LSU. Alabama continues to roll with a 13-1-1 overall record and 6-0-0 mark in SEC play. The Tide has a big SEC match coming up at home on Saturday against a very good Arkansas team.
Saraya Young – Senior – Defender – Murray State – Young played a key role in two Missouri Valley Conference wins. She alertly created and took advantage of a turnover to score the Racers first goal and contributed the assist on the goal scored by Grace O’Keefe in a 2-1 win over Missouri State. She followed that up with a goal and three assist evening in Murray State’s subsequent 7-2 thumping of Illinois State. The Racers continue MVC play at Southern Illinois on Thursday followed by a match at home against Valparaiso on Sunday.
Maddie Reed – Junior – Defender – Xavier – Reed was a rock solid member of a Xavier backline along with freshman goalkeeper Maria Galley that secured a scoreless tie with Georgetown on the road and shutout UConn at home 1-0. Georgetown was held to four shots on goal and UConn to five. Xavier is now 11-2-2 overall with a 5-0-1 mark against Big East competition. The Musketeers travel to Queens to face Big East foe St John’s on Sunday.
Ruby Diodati – Graduate Student – Defender – Michigan State – Diodati has been a mainstay on the defensive side of the ball for the Spartans and a contributor on the offensive side of the ball with one goal and six assists on the season. This week she was part of a tough Michigan State defense that held Michigan to only two shots on goal in route to securing a 2-0 win over the Wolverines. She also contributed an assist on the header scored by freshman forward Jordyn Wickes. A record crowd was on hand at DeMartin Stadium to watch to Spartans improve to 10-1-3 with a 5-0-1 mark in Big Ten play.
Jyllissa Harris – Firth Year – Defender – South Carolina – Harris who has a school best 95 career starts was a key ingredient on the defensive side of the ball for a stout South Carolina defense that posted 1-0 shutouts against Mississippi State and Kentucky. Harris is part of a Gamecock defense that has only allowed a total of six goals to date. South Carolina now stands at 9-2-3 with a 4-2-0 mark in SEC play. They resume SEC play on Friday against Vanderbilt.
Brooklynn Kirkpatrick – Junior – Goalkeeper – Youngstown State – Kirkpatrick anchored a Penguin defense that shutout Green Bay 3-0 and Northern Kentucky 1-0 in Horizon League play. Kirkpatrick had five saves in the win over Green Bay and four in the win over Northern Kentucky. She tied the single-season shutout record at Youngstown State with her fifth clean sheet on the season. The Penguins are 4-6-3 overall with a 2-2-2 record in Horizon League play. They will seek to build on their current momentum when they host Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday.
Charlotte Cyr – Senior – Goalkeeper – Dartmouth – Cyr had a career high 15 saves to anchor a Big Green defense that posted a scoreless draw with Ivy League foe Yale. Dartmouth is 5-4-1 overall with a 0-2-1 mark in Ancient Eight play. Dartmouth hosts Merrimack on Monday before resuming Ivy League play with a contest at home against Penn on Saturday.
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