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College Soccer News Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 17, 2023

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

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Cariel Ellis – Graduate Student – Forward – Lamar University – Ellis came through in the clutch for the Cardinals scoring the lone goal in Lamar’s 1-0 win over nationally ranked Xavier and their first goal in a subsequent 2-0 win over the University of Incarnate Word in their Southland Conference opener. Ellis has four goals to date. The Cardinals defense anchored in goal by Nicole Panis has recorded five straight shutouts.
Kelsey Oyler – Junior – Forward – Gonzaga – Oyler contributed the helper on the goals scored by Giana Riley, Marissa Garcia and Paige Alexander in Gonzaga’s 4-1 win over Arizona. The Zags are unbeaten in their last five games to stand at 7-1-0 overall. Gonzaga travels to the East Coast to face South Florida in Tampa on Sunday before beginning West Coast Conference play the following Saturday against San Diego.
Nia Christopher – Senior – Forward – Towson – Christopher is a playmaker. She contributed the helper on redshirt senior midfielder Phebe Canoles goal in Towson’s 2-1 on the road win over CAA opponent Elon and scored twice to lead the Tigers past Campbell 2-1 in Buies Creek. Cristopher is now Towson’s all-time leader in career goals with 31. The Tigers secure two solid on the road conference wins to improve to 7-1-1 with a 3-0-1 mark in conference play.
Alex Kerr – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Texas Tech – Kerr scored twice to lead the Red Raiders past Houston 3-0 in their Big 12 Opener to improve to 7-0-2. Texas Tech is now unbeaten in their last 16 games. Kerr has eight goals so far this year.
Bea Franklin – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Arkansas – Franklin is a pace setter in the midfielder for Arkansas. She scored twice to help the Razorbacks top a good Tennessee team 3-1 and contributed an assist on Bella Field’s game-winning goal in Arkansas’ 3-2 come from behind win over Grand Canyon. Franklin has four goals and an assist on the season. The Razorbacks improve to 6-2-1.
Lexi Missimo – Junior – Midfielder – Texas – Missimo earns another spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week with a two goal evening during which she helped Texas secure a 4-0 on the road win over Big 12 foe Baylor. Missimo has now scored at least one goal in six of the Longhorns’ nine games this season. Texas is now 7-1-1. The Longhorns will continue Big 12 play on Thursday when they host a very good Texas Tech team.
Laudan Wilson – Freshman – Midfielder – Oklahoma State – Wilson assisted on the goals scored by Logan Heausler, Alex Morris, and Pineda Xcaret in Oklahoma State’s 4-1 Big 12 season opening on the road win over Iowa State. She also scored with a helper from Xcaret in the Cowgirls subsequent 2-0 non-conference win over Abilene Christian. Oklahoma State is now 8-2-0 overall.
Alyssa Glover – Sophomore – Midfielder – Wyoming – Glover scored twice to help propel Wyoming past North Dakota in non-conference play. Glover now has five goals on the season. Wyoming is 4-1-3 overall and will begin Mountain West Conference play when they host UNLV on Thursday and Nevada on Sunday.
Carina Lageyre – Sophomore – Midfielder – Duke – Lageyre placed a shot into the upper left corner of the goal and sent a left footer into the back of the frame to help power the Blue Devils past Boston College in their ACC season opener. She also put in a solid 90 minutes of play in Duke’s 1-0 on the road non-conference win over UNCG. Duke has ACC contests coming up in Durham against Notre Dame on Thursday and N.C. State on Sunday.
Lyndsey Heckel – Senior – Defender – Saint Louis – Heckel was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for the Billikens. She put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball and drove a header into the back of the frame with a nice assist from midfielder Hannah Larson to give Saint Louis the edge they needed to top Loyola Chicago on the road in their Atlantic 10 opener. Heckel also converted a penalty kick to get the Billikens on the board in their subsequent 4-0 win at home over La Salle. Saint Louis improves to 7-2-1 with a 2-0-0 mark in conference play.
Eva Alonso – Senior – Defender – Penn State – Alonso contributed as assist on the goals scored by teammates Kate Wiesner, Ellie Wheeler and Olivia Borgen and was part of a solid Nittany Lion defense that topped Maryland 4-0 in their Big Ten opener to improve to 7-0-1.
Diera Walton – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – Utah State – Walton had a six save evening anchoring a solid Utah State defense that shutout highly regarded BYU 1-0 before a record-setting crowd of over 2,000 fans at Chuck and Gloria Bell Field in Logan. The win over BYU was the highest ranked win in the history of the Utah State program. Walton is the Aggies all-time shutout leader with 23 career clean sheets.
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