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College Soccer News – Women’s National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 4, 2022

The College Soccer News Team Of The Week Recognizes Players Who Played A Key Role In The Success Their Teams Had During The Week.

Michelle Cooper Sophomore – Forward – Duke – Cooper scored twice to help Duke secure a very good 3-1 on the road win over TCU. She also scored Duke’s lone goal with a double assist from Makenzie Pluck and Delaney Graham in Duke’s 2-1 loss to UCLA. Cooper has now scored in four consecutive games. Duke is 5-1-0. The Blue Devils host rival North Carolina on Thursday in a game that has ACC and national implications.
Reilyn Turner – Junior – Forward UCLA – Turner’s first two goals of the 2022 season were big ones. She came through in the clutch scoring the game-winners in UCLA’s 2-1 win over Duke and 2-1 win over North Carolina. She also drew the foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick that Jayden Perry converted in the win over Duke. UCLA improves to 5-0-0.
Olivia Wingate – Graduate Student – Forward – Notre Dame – Wingate scored three times during the second half of play to power Notre Dame past Wisconsin 4-1. Wingate has five goals to date for an Irish squad that is 5-0-0. Notre Dame returns to the pitch with a contest against Purdue on Thursday in West Lafayette.
Shyra James – Junior – Forward – Colorado – James continues to be a key contributor on the offensive side of the ball for the Buffalos. She has now scored in ten consecutive contests. James contributed a goal in Colorado’s 2-2 tie with BYU, scored twice in their 6-0 win over Texas A and M – Commerce, and once in Colorado’s 5-0 win over Omaha. The Buffalos are 5-0-1. Colorado travels to Ann Arbor to square off with Michigan on Thursday and East Lansing to face Michigan State on Sunday.
Ansley Ahmadian – Sophomore Forward – Harvard – Ahmadian was a key contributor on the offensive side of the ball for Harvard during a three game week. She contributed a goal in the Crimson’s 3-2 win over Northeastern and 4-0 victory over UNCG. She also scored twice to spearhead a solid Crimson performance in a 2-0 win over a very good NC State team. Harvard is off to a 4-0-0 start that they will seek to build upon when they host Long Beach State University on Thursday.
Faith Preziosi – Graduate Student – Forward – Iona – Preziosi was a key factor in two Iona wins during he week. She scored in their 2-1 win over Lafayette and netted the lone goal with a double assist from Kate McNally and Samantha Hogan to give the Gaels the edge they needed to top Wagner 1-0. Graduate Student Emma Havrilla had an eight save evening in goal to record the shutout. Iona has now won four consecutive contests to remain unbeaten with a 4-0-2 record.
Sam Kroeger – Junior – Midfielder – Rutgers – Kroeger scored the Scarlet Knights first goal in their 7-0 win over Temple. She followed that up by scoring twice within the first three minutes to lead Rutgers to a 3-0 win over a very good Princeton team. Rutgers is off to an impressive 6-0-0 record. The Scarlet Knights will seek to extend their win streak when they host La Salle on Thursday and LSU on Sunday.
Croix Bethune – Senior – Midfielder – Southern California – The USC midfielder from Alpharetta, Georgia came up big once again for the Trojans. Bethune placed a curing ball into the left side of the net from a free kick outside the box and skillfully placed a through ball inside the left post to play a key role in USC’s 3-0 win over TCU. The Trojans improve to 2-1-0. They now travel to face CSUN on Thursday and Nebraska on Sunday.
Jordan Brewster – Fifth Year Senior – Defender – West Virginia – Brewster along with senior goalkeeper Kaysa Massey were key ingredients in a Mountaineer defense that tied Auburn 0-0 and topped Samford 1-0 in games played at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Brewster converted a free kick from near midfield in the 89th minute of play to give West Virginia the edge they needed to secure the win over Samford. The Mountaineers are 3-1-2 and have another difficult matchup on Thursday when they host Clemson.
Kayla Duran – Senior – Defender – Brown – Duran put in two full 90 minute shifts as a key ingredient in a Brown defense that held CCSU to only one shot on goal in a 1-0 win and Hofstra to only one shot on goal in a 3-0 win. Brown is a perfect 4-0-0. The Bears host Ohio State on Thursday in what looks to be a exciting college soccer contest.
Lauren Brzykcy – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – UCLA – Bryzykcy came up with the big saves that she needed to make to enable the Bruins to secure resume building on the road wins over Duke 2-1 and North Carolina 2-1. In the win over the Blue Devils she had nine saves including several extremely challenging stops. In the win over UNC she had four stops.
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