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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 11, 2022

The Team Of The Week REcognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers During The Week

Kennedy White – Senior – Forward – Bowling Green – White gave Bowling Green the edge they needed on the offensive side of the ball scoring in the first five minutes of each half to lead the Falcons to a 3-0 win on the road over Valparaiso. Her first goal was a header out of a corner kick put in play by senior midfielder Mackenzie Reuber. White’s goal in the opening minutes of the second stanza came out of a counter attack and nice run that put her in position to score with an assist from junior forward Lacee Bethea. Bowling Green improves to 2-2-1.
Caroline Kelly – Junior – Forward – Saint Louis – Kelly scored twice to provide the firepower Saint Louis needed to come from behind to top Xavier 2-1 on the road. She also scored in the first minute of play to net what proved to be game-winner in the Billikens 3-0 win over SIUE. Saint Louis improves to 7-1-0 and will begin A-10 play with always potentially difficult on the road games against LaSalle on Thursday and Richmond on Sunday.
Tyler Isgrig – Freshman – Forward – TCU – Isgrig received a nice pass from Lauren Memoly and made the move she needed to make to create the angle she needed to net TCU’s first goal in their 2-1 win over Texas A and M. She also converted a penalty kick, placed a shot into the top left corner of the net that was set up by a nice pass from sophomore midfielder Oli Pena, and contributed a helper on Messiah Bright’s goal out of a corner kick to play a key role TCU’s 3-0 win over previously undefeated Texas State. TCU gets back into the win column this week to improve to 5-2-1.
Anna Podojil – Senior – Forward – Arkansas – Polojil came up big for the Razorbacks once again. She contributed a goal and an assist along with her sister Ellie Podojil in Arkansas’ 3-3 tie with highly regarded BYU in Provo. She also played a key role in Arkansas’ 3-0 win over Grand Canyon sending a bending ball into the net from inside the box with an assist from Ava Tankersley and scoring from inside the box after making a nice run with Tankersley again providing the helper. Arkansas is now 5-1-1. The Razorbacks will begin SEC play when they travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State.
Dara Murray – Senior – Midfielder – Army – Murray set the pace for Army with a three goal outing to propel the Black Knights past Wagner 5-0. She also produced the equalizing goal in the 80th minute of play in Army’s 2-2 tie on the road with Boston College. Murray and her Black Knight teammates will seek to build on a 2-3-3 record to date when they square off with Iona in New Rochelle on Wednesday followed by their Patriot League season opener in West Point on Friday against Lehigh.
Lexi Missimo – Sophomore – Midfielder – Texas – Missimo makes good things happen for the Longhorns. She converted a penalty kick and assisted on sophomore forward Trinity Byars’ game-winner in Texas’ 2-1 win over Utah State. She scored twice and assisted on teammate EJ Cox’s goal in the Longhorns subsequent 5-0 thumping of UTRGV. Texas improves to 5-1-1. The Longhorns host Texas Southern on Thursday and UCF on Sunday.
Hannah Bebar – Sophomore – Midfielder – Harvard – Bebar added punch to Harvard’s attack with a pair of goals to power the Crimson past Long Beach State 2-0. She also capitalized on a turnover to score in Harvard’s subsequent 4-1 win over Massachusetts. Bebar’s impact is reflected in the fact that she has contributed a point in six consecutive matches. The Crimson is 6-0-0. The Crimson face a difficult test when they resume play on Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth to face TCU.
Danika Austin – Senior – Defender – Northwestern – Austin was a key ingredient in a Northwestern backline that limited nationally ranked Stanford to only one shot on goal in route to recording a 1-0 shutout. Northwestern then limited Butler to only five shots on goal to secure another 1-0 shutout win. Austin is part of a Northwestern defense that has only allowed a total of three goals in eight games. The Wildcats are 6-1-1 and off to their best start since the 2018 season. They will seek to extend their four game winning streak on Sunday when they begin Big Ten play with a game at home against Purdue.
Colby Wilson – Senior – Defender – Portland – Wilson is among the reasons why Portland has only allowed a total of three goals in eight games to date. This week she was part of a solid bend but don’t break Portland defense that shutout Seattle 1-0 and tied Washington 1-1. Wilson also contributed an assist on teammate Nedya Sawan’s goal in the contest with Washington. The Pilots will put their undefeated 5-0-3 record on the line when they host Oregon on Friday.
Tori Hansen – Senior – Defender – North Carolina – Credit Hansen with a full ninety minute shift on the defensive side of the ball for the Tar Heels in a convincing 3-0 win over nationally ranked rival Duke in Durham and a somewhat tougher than expected 2-1 come from behind win at home over UCF. Hansen broke the ice for the Tar Heels in the win over Duke when she converted a header out of a corner kick. UNC rebounds from a loss to UCLA to pick up two signature wins to improve to 7-1-0. The Heels have another big contest coming up with huge ACC and national implications when they welcome the Virginia Cavaliers to Dorrance Field on Saturday.
Halle Mackiewicz – Junior – Goalkeeper – Clemson – Mackiewicz had a four save evening that included a vital stop of a penalty kick to anchor a solid Tiger defense that shutout a very good West Virginia team 1-0 on the road. It was a momentum building win for Clemson. However, things don’t get any easier for the Tigers as their margin for error remains thin as they begin the gauntlet of ACC play on Thursday with a contest at home against a talented Notre Dame side. The Tigers are 4-1-2.
Samantha Castaneda – Senior – Goalkeeper – Purdue Fort Wayne – Castaneda was a force between the pipes for the Mastodons with a nine save evening in route to a 1-0 shutout over Valparaiso that included a stop of a penalty kick with seconds remaining in the contest. Castaneda then had a five save evening in a 1-0 win over Southern Indiana. She has anchored a Mastodon defense that has not allowed a goal in the last 213 minutes of play. Purdue Fort Wayne is 4-2-2.
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