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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 12, 2021

Key Performers Come Through In The Clutch On Both Sides Of The Ball For Teams Across The Country In A Very Competitive Week Of Play.

Taylor Malham – Senior – Forward – Arkansas – Malham had a four goal week. She contributed two goals to help power the Razorbacks past Stephen F. Austin 6-1. She also scored with an assist from Anna Podojil and contributed the assist on teammate Ava Benedetti’s goal in Arkansas’ 4-0 win over Eastern Washington and netted the Hogs first goal in their 6-0 thumping of Lamar. The Razorbacks improve to 4-2-0 and have a big game coming up on Friday when they host Tennessee in a key conference match that has national implications.
Sadie Brockbank – Redshirt Junior – Forward – Utah Valley – Brockbank was a difference maker in Utah Valley’s 2-0 win over San Jose State and 3-0 win over Boise State. She netted the Wolverines second goal with a double assist from Amber Tripp and Heather Stainbrook in the win over San Jose State and contributed two goals in the win over Boise State. Utah Valley gets back in the win column improving to 5-2-0 after back-to-back loses to USC and Utah State. The Wolverines hit the road to face non-conference foes Oklahoma on Thursday in Norman and Alabama on Sunday in Tuscaloosa.
Heather MacNab – Freshman – Forward – Princeton – MacNab had an extremely productive week during which she played a key role in Princeton’s 4-3 win over Rutgers and 2-0 victory over Rhode Island. In the contest against Rutgers she converted two penalty kicks and assisted on the goals scored by Madison Curry and Lily Bryant. In the match with Rhode Island she provided the helper on teammate Alexis Hiltunen’s goal. Princeton improves to 5-0-1. The Tigers have a challenging non-conference contest coming up on Thursday when they host Hofstra.
Peyton DePriest – Senior – Forward – Middle Tennessee State – DePriest utilized her speed and touch on the ball to score on a give and go with teammate Mia Roberts and drove a header into the right side of the net from within the box that was set up by a nice run and combination of passes from senior midfielder Sam DeBien and senior forward Taylor Hamlett to give Middle Tennessee a 2-1 come from behind win over Vanderbilt. DePriest also converted a penalty kick in Middle Tennessee’s 2-1 loss to ETSU earlier in the week. The Blue Raiders are 4-3-1 and will host FIU in a CUSA contest on Thursday.
Nicole Douglas – Senior – Forward – Arizona State – Douglas placed a shot into the back of the frame after receiving a pass from Eva van Deursen to give the Sun Devils the edge they needed to top Nebraska 1-0. She also converted a penalty kick in Arizona State’s 3-2 win over Texas Tech. The penalty kick resulted when Jayda Hylton-Pelaia was fouled in the box. The goal was Douglas’ eighth of the season to date. The Sun Devils improve to 7-1-0 and will face Colorado College on Friday on the road.
Audrey Harding – Graduate Student – Midfielder – UNCW – Harding contributed the assist on the goal scored by junior forward Jordan Faveri and scored twice to play a key role in UNCW’s 3-0 win over in-state foe Charlotte. Harding demonstrated her versatility and touch on the ball when she scored her first goal via a chip shot and added her second goal after making a nice move to create the space and angle she needed to slot a shot inside the far post. The Seahawks improve to 4-1-0 and will seek to add to their win total when they travel to Lynchburg to face Liberty on Thursday.
Courtney Sebazso – Senior – Midfielder – SMU – Sebazso is a catalyst and playmaker who brings energy to the pitch for the Mustangs. She contributed the helper on Payton Doiron’s game winning goal in SMU’s 1-0 win over Oklahoma State and converted a penalty kick to give the Mustangs the edge they needed to top Rice 1-0. SMU improves to 4-1-0 and will seek to keep the momentum going when they host San Francisco on Thursday and Oklahoma on Sunday.
Grace Hotaling – Junior – Midfielder – George Mason – Hotaling helped the Patriots get in the win column by contributing the helper on Kolbrun Eyjolfsdottir’s goal and by sending a shot into the right side of the net to score the game-winning goal in George Mason’s 2-1 win over Air Force. She also lofted a shot into the back of the net with an assist from senior goalkeeper Louisa Moser to play a key role in the Patriots 2-1 win over Radford. George Mason will seek to build on those two wins when they begin A-10 play on Sunday in Philadelphia against Saint Joseph’s.
Madelyn Desiano – Redshirt Junior – Midfielder – UCLA – Desiano was a difference maker along with goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy who had a nine save evening as key ingredients in a rock solid Bruin defense that shutout Santa Clara 1-0. Desiano also contributed the assist on teammate Reilyn Turner’s game-winning goal. UCLA improves to 5-0-0. The Bruins will host CSUN on Monday and travel to tangle with San Diego on Thursday and San Diego State on Sunday.
McKayla Kertscher – Junior – Midfielder – Green Bay – Kertscher found the back of the net three times to power Green Bay past Northern Illinois 3-1. The hat trick was the first for Green Bay since the 2009 season. Emily Murphy contributed the assist on two of Kertscher’s goals. The Phoenix improve to 3-0-1 and will begin Horizon League play when they host Robert Morris on Thursday followed by a contest on the road against Oakland.
Amanda Kowalski – Redshirt Senior – Defender – Butler – Kowalski contributed on both sides of the ball for Butler as part of a solid backline that limited Wright State to two shots on goal in route to a 3-1 win and Ball State to only one shot in a subsequent 3-0 shutout. She also contributed the assist on Isger Abigail’s game-winning goal in the match with Ball State. Butler has now won six consecutive contests to improve to 6-1-0. The Bulldogs host non-conference foe Western Michigan on Thursday in their last contest before beginning Big East play the following week.
Trinity Watson – Senior – Defender – Pepperdine – Watson contributed the assist on the goals scored by teammates Devyn Gilfoy and Shelby Little to help the Waves roll past UC San Diego 4-1. She also converted a free kick from 30 yards out to net Pepperdine’s first goal of the day in their 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. The Waves are off to their best start since the 2003 season with a 7-1-0 record to date. Pepperdine faces a big challenge next week when they travel to face TCU in Fort Worth on Thursday and Texas A and M in College Station on Sunday.
Katherine Asman – Redshirt Junior – Goalkeeper – Penn State – Asman played a key role in two Nittany Lion wins. She had a nine save evening including several difficult stops in Penn State’s 4-2 win in Charlottesville over a very good and attack oriented Virginia team. The win was the first for the Nittany Lions over Virginia since 2012. Asman also had a five saves in Penn State’s 1-0 win over North Carolina State. The Nittany Lions are 6-1-0 and will travel to Piscataway to open Big 10 play on Sunday against a very good Rutgers team.
Allie Augur – Junior – Goalkeeper – Georgetown – Augur was rock solid in goal for the Hoyas in their contests against highly regarded West Virginia and Rutgers teams. She was made the saves she needed to make in goal in Georgetown’s scoreless tie with West and had an outstanding eight save performance in the Hoyas 1-0 win over Rutgers. Georgetown is 3-0-4 and will travel to Williamsburg on Saturday to tangle with William and Mary out of the Colonial Athletic Association.
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