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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 26, 2021

Players Come Through In The Clutch For Their Teams In Big Games From Coast To Coast.

Hulda Arnarsdottir – Graduate Student – Forward – Wake Forest – The Demon Deacon striker sent a deflection within the box into the back of the back of the net to give Wake Forest the edge they needed to top Boston College 1-0 in Newton. She also contributed Wake Forest’s first goal after receiving a pass from senior forward Ryanne Brown in their 2-1 win on the road over Syracuse. The Demon Deacons pick up two good on the road wins in ACC play to open the season with a 10-1-0 mark for the first time since 2011. Wake Forest returns to the pitch on Saturday with a game on the road against Louisville.
Jenna Nighswonger – Junior – Forward – Florida State – Simply stated Nighswonger is a playmaker who makes good things happen for the Noles. She contributed a helper on the goals scored by teammates Maria Alagoa, Kristina Lynch and Gianna Mitchell in FSU’s impressive 5-0 win over a good Pittsburgh team. She also contributed the assist on teammate Beata Olsson’s goal and scored with an assist from Amelia Horton to help propel FSU to a 3-0 win over Louisville. A balanced Florida State team continues to play well on both sides of the ball and is off to a 10-0-0 start for the fourth time in program history.
Lauren Segalla – Redshirt Senior – Forward – West Virginia – Segalla skillfully slotted a shot into the far post from inside the box after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Isabella Sibley to jump start West Virginia’s attack and backheeled a lose ball in the box into the back of the frame to play a key role in West Virginia’s 4-0 win over Iowa State in a Big 12 Conference contest. The Mountaineers win their fourth consecutive match to improve to 7-2-1 with a 1-0-0 mark in conference play. West Virginia resumes Big 12 play when they host Oklahoma on Friday.
Anna Podojil – Junior – Forward – Arkansas – Podogil returns to the College Soccer News Team of the Week after helping the Razorbacks pick up two impressive wins. Podogil scored from inside the box after a nice series of headers from forward Parker Goins and midfielder Kayla McKeon to net what proved to be the game-winning goal in Arkansas’ 1-0 win over a very good Texas A and M team on the road. She also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and added an insurance goal late in the game with helpers from Ava Benedetti and Taylor Malham in the Razorbacks 4-1 come from behind win over a good Ole Miss team. Arkansas improves to 8-2-0 with a 3-0-0 mark in SEC play.
Kirsten Davis – Senior – Forward – Texas Tech – Davis put on a dazzling display of athletic ability and touch on the ball to find the back of the net three times in the first half of play in the Red Raiders 7-0 thumping of Oklahoma in a Big 12 matchup. She followed that up by utilizing her speed to create the space and angle she needed to skillfully place a shot into the lower left corner of the net with an assist from forward Macy Schultz to score what proved to be the game-winning goal in Texas Tech’s subsequent 2-0 win over Kansas State. She also provided the assist on teammate Ashleigh Williams’ goal in the win over the Wildcats. Davis and her Red Raider teammates are off and running with a 9-1-1 overall record and 2-0-0 mark in Big 12 competition.
Alyssa Francese – Graduate Student – Forward – Stony Brook – Francese was a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Seawolves in their 3-0 on the road win against Vermont in an America East contest. She scored twice within the first eleven minutes of the match with teammate Alicia D’Aoust contributing the assist on both scores. Francese put the icing on the cake and the contest on ice for the Seawolves when she scored a third goal late in the second stanza after making a nice run to create the space she needed to slip a left-footed shot into the far netting. Stony Brook secures their fourth straight win to improve to 5-4-1 with a 2-0-0 mark in America East play.
Momo Nakao – Freshman – Midfielder – Memphis – Nakao helped Memphis secure a good on the road 2-1 win over UCF in an American Athletic Conference contest. Nakao contributed an assist on teammate Mackenzie Bray’s goal and scored from the middle of the box after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Tanya Boychuk to provide what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Tigers. Memphis improves to 8-1-1 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in conference play. The Tigers resume AAC play with another road trip coming up on their dance card on Thursday against Tulsa.
Miri Taylor – Senior – Midfielder – Hofstra – Taylor is among the reasons why Hofstra is off to a 9-1-0 mark. She converted a penalty kick that resulted from a handball in the box and took advantage of a turnover that created the opportunity for her to loft a chip shot into the back of the net to help power the Pride past a determined Towson side 2-0 in their CAA season opener. Hofstra has now scored a total of 28 times while their defense anchored in goal by Skylar Kuzman has limited opponents to only four goals. The Pride will seek to continue their winning ways when they travel to Harrisonburg to face James Madison on Sunday in a CAA game.
Hannah Bebar – Freshman – Midfielder – Harvard – Bebar scored out of a free kick from 35 yards out sending a shot into the lower left corner of the goal and scored after receiving a well played cross from freshman forward Nicola Golen to play a key role in Harvard’s 3-0 win over Penn in their 2021 Ivy League opener. The Crimson improve to 7-0-1 and will seek to enhance their win total when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut to face Yale on Saturday in Ivy League play.
Croix Bethune – Junior – Midfielder – Southern California – Bethune’s work ethic on the field of play and her athletic ability played a key role in USC’s 2-1 come from behind win over a very competitive Oregon State team in this tightly contested Pac-12 contest. Bethune intercepted an errant Oregon State pass and utilized her left foot to tuck a shot just inside the right post in the 23rd minute of play. She also came up big for the Trojans when she created a turnover in the 85th minute of the match and sent a pass to teammate Penelope Hockings that Hockings converted to give the Trojans the edge they needed to prevail. USC improves to 6-2-0 and will fight on when they host Arizona State on Thursday.
Ruby Diodati – Senior – Defender – Colgate – Diodati contributed on both sides of the ball helping the Raiders secure a 1-0 win over Boston University and a 3-0 victory over Bucknell in Patriot League competition. She was a part of a solid Colgate backline in both matches and was responsible for the assist out of a free kick on senior midfielder Hannah Pinkus’ game-winning goal in the win over Boston University and served in the corner kick that contributed to freshman forward Cara Schmidlein’s goal in the contest with Bucknell. The Raiders improve to 6-4-0 with a 2-1 mark in league play and will seek to keep their momentum intact when they face Navy on Saturday.
Talia Staude – Junior – Defender – Virginia – Staude came through in the clutch for the Cavaliers when she calmly but decisively headed the rebound of teammate Diana Ordonez’s header into the net in the 90th minute of play to give the Cavaliers the big play they needed to top NC State 2-1 in Raleigh. She was also part of a stout Virginia defense that shutout then number two ranked Duke 1-0 in a game in which Ordonez provided the game-winner for the Hoos. Virginia improves to 10-1-0 and has a battle coming up on Saturday when they travel to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina.
Alia Skinner – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Virginia Tech – Skinner displayed a ton of grit in goal helping the Hokies earn ties in ACC play against nationally ranked opponents North Carolina on the road and Duke at home. Skinner had 14 save evening in Virginia Tech’s 2-2 tie with the Tar Heels during which UNC had a 32 to 10 advantage in shots. She had an eight save evening in the Hokies 1-1 tie with Duke during which Virginia Tech played with only ten from the 67th minute of the match. The Hokies are unbeaten in their last five games to stand at 7-2-2 overall with a 1-0-2 mark in ACC play.
Molly Eby – Redshirt Junior – Goalkeeper – San Francisco – Eby was outstanding between the pipes for the Dons with an eight save evening in which she anchored a solid San Francisco defense that shutout Santa Clara 2-0, It was a momentum building win for the Dons who were led on the offensive side of the ball by freshman forward Marissa Vasquez who contributed the helper on sophomore defender Jamesen Ward’s goal and netted San Francisco’s second goal. The Dons improve to 4-3-2 and will open WCC play on Saturday when they travel to Moraga, California to face Saint Mary’s.
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