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College Soccer News Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 3, 2023

The Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Were Difference Makers For Their Teams During The Week.

Farah Walters – Sophomore – Forward – Santa Clara – Walters scored what proved to be the game-winning goal out of a corner kick with a double assist from Makoto Nezu and Sally Menti in Santa Clara’s 1-0 win over Columbia. She also contributed an assist along with Menti on teammate Lucy Mitchell’s game-winning goal in the Broncos subsequent 2-1 win over a very competitive James Madison team. Santa Clara is off to a 6-0-0 start.
Elle Walbruch – Sophomore – Forward – BYU – Walbruch scored the Cougars first goal and contributed an assist on the goal scored by Rachel McCarthy to play a key role in BYU’s 3-1 win over number one ranked UCLA. She also scored in the Cougars subsequent 6-1 win over Utah Valley. BYU improves to 6-0-0.
Elle Ospeck – Senior – Forward – Notre Dame – Ospeck scored Notre Dame’s first goal and contributed the helper on teammate Maddie Mercado’s goal to play a key role in a solid 2-1 win over Michigan State in East Lansing. The Irish are 3-0-2.
Allison Hansford – Sophomore – Forward – Liberty – Hansford had a productive week of play helping the Flames secure a 2-1 win over Longwood and a 3-1 win over West Virginia. She contributed the assist on Ivy Garner’s game-winner in the win over Longwood and scored in their subsequent 3-1 come from behind win over West Virginia. Liberty is off to a 6-0-0 start.
Noel Blain – Junior – Forward – Dayton – Blain played a key role in Dayton’s 5-1 win over Akron and 3-0 win over Wright State. She scored twice and contributed an assist on teammate Karli Ferguson’s goal in the win over Akron. Blain also found the back of the net in the win over Wright State. The Flyers are 5-0-1.
Saorla Miller – Fifth Year – Midfielder – Memphis – Miller was a difference maker for the Tigers scoring their first two goals and contributing an assist on the goal scored by Mya Jones to lead Memphis past Iowa State 4-1. Memphis is now 4-1-0.
Megan Bornkamp – Senior – Midfielder – Clemson – Bornkamp contributed a goal and an assist in Clemson’s 4-1 win over in-state non-conference foe Furman and also scored in the Tigers’ subsequent 5-0 win over non-conference opponent Western Carolina. Clemson is a perfect 5-0-0.
Lexi Missimo – Junior – Midfielder – Texas – Missimo makes good things happen for the Longhorns. This week she had a goal and four assists in Texas’ 5-0 win over UTRGV. She followed that up with a goal and two assists in the Longhorns 6-0 win over a good SMU team. Missimo and teammate forward Trinity Byars who had a three goal and one assist week continue to wreck havoc on opposing defenders.
Thaea Mouratidis – Sophomore – Midfielder – Providence – Mouratidis had an impact on two Friar wins. She contributed an assist on Layla Briggs’ game-winner in their 1-0 win over Brown. She also scored and contributed two helpers in the Providence’s 5-0 win over Temple. Providence is off to a great start with a 5-0-0 record.
Mieke Schiemann – Junior – Defender – Penn State – Schiemann came through in the clutch scoring in the 88th minute of play to give Penn State the edge they needed to top a good UCF team 1-0. She also was solid on the defensive side of the ball in the win over UCF as well as in Penn State’s subsequent 4-1 win over Monmouth. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1.
Kennedy Wesley – Graduate Student – Defender – Stanford – Wesley contributed the assist on Andrea Kitahata’s goal and converted a penalty kick in Stanford’s 4-0 win over nationally ranked Duke in front of a sold out crowd at Cagan Stadium. Stanford improves to 5-0-0.
Maria Galley – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Xavier – Galley had an eight save evening in goal for the Musketeers making the stops that she needed to make to give Xavier the opportunity to secure a 1-0 win on the road over Saint Louis. The Musketeers secure a signature win to improve to 4-1-0.
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