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College Soccer News Women’s Team Of The Week – Week Ending October 22, 2023

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

Nia Christopher – Senior – Forward – Towson – Cristopher scored and assisted on the first of Jasmine Hamid’s two goals to help the Tigers top William and Mary 3-0 in a Coastal Athletic Association contest. She followed that up with a goal and an assist on Canoles Phoebe’s score in Towson’s 2-0 win over CAA foe Hofstra. Towson claims the CAA regular season title for the first time in program history and the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Towson is now 13-2-2 with a 9-1-2 mark in conference play.
Amanda Cripps – Senior – Forward – Niagara – Cripps scored three times within an eight minute span to power the Purple Eagles to a 4-0 win over MAAC foe Rider. Niagara has won three straight to stand at 5-9-2 overall with a 4-3-2 mark in conference action. They close out regular season play next Wednesday with a road trip to Buffalo to face Canisius.
Sydney Middaugh – Freshman Forward – Saint Mary’s – Middaugh had a very productive week. She contributed the helper on the first of Briana Salvetti”s two goals and scored in Saint Mary’s 4-2 on the road win over San Diego. She also scored twice in the second half of play to lead the Gaels in a 2-0 win at home over Pacific. Saint Mary’s picks up two good WCC wins to improve to 9-5-2 with a 3-3-0 record in conference play.
Emily Gaebe – Junior – Forward – Saint Louis – Gaebe earns a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the second week in a row. She continues to find the back of the net on a regular basis for the Billikens scoring twice in their 4-0 win over Duquesne and twice in their 3-0 win over Saint Joseph’s. Saint Louis claims the A-10 regular season title with a 9-0-1 mark in conference play and 14-2-2 overall record. The Billikens now turn their attention to the A-10 conference tournament where they will host VCU on Friday.
Justina Gaynor – Senior – Midfielder – Michigan State – Gaynor and her Spartan teammates secured two solid Big Ten wins. Gaynor was a factor in both wins. She converted a penalty kick and assisted on Gabby Mueller’s game-winner in a 2-1 win over Illinois. She also contributed a helper on the goals scored by Maggie Illig and Bella Najera in Michigan State’s 3-0 victory Iowa. The Spartans complete regular season play with a 12-3-3 overall record with a 7-1-2 mark in conference play.
Mya Jones – Fifth Year – Midfielder – Memphis – Jones had a two goal and three assist week. She had two assists in Memphis’ 4-0 win over UAB and two goals and one helper in their 4-0 win over Temple. Memphis secures the American Athletic Conference West regular season title with a perfect 8-0 mark in AAC play and a 14-1-0 overall record.
Onyi Echegini – Senior – Midfielder – Florida State – Echegini earns another spot on the College Soccer News Women’s Team of the Week for her role in two big ACC wins. She was a force on the offensive side of the ball scoring what provided to be the game-winner in FSU’s 3-2 win over a very determined Pittsburgh team. Echegini followed that up with a two goal evening to play a key role in the Seminoles 4-0 win over Duke in Durham. FSU is now 13-0-1 with an 8-0-1 mark in ACC play.
Emma Jaskaniec – Redshirt Senior – Forward – Wisconsin – Jaskaniec is a difference maker for the Badgers. This week she scored three times to power Wisconsin past Maryland 3-0 and had a seven shot contest to help the Badgers top Penn State 1-0. Midfielder Ashley Martinez netted the lone goal in the win over the Nittany Lions. Wisconsin closes out regular season play with a 12-3-3 overall record and 7-2-1 mark against Big Ten competition.
Maddie Kemp – Redshirt Senior – Midfielder – Gonzaga – Kemp had a three goal performance to help power the Zags past Pacific 5-2 in a West Coast Conference matchup. Kemp’s hat trick was the first by a Gonzaga player since the 2019 season. Kemp has nine goals and five assists on the season and 23 career goals. Gonzaga improves to 11-3-1 overall with a 4-1-0 mark in West Coast Conference play. The Zags have a big contest coming up on October 29 when they host Santa Clara.
Kennedy Wesley – Graduate Student – Defender – Stanford – Wesley was a solid part of a Cardinal defense that secured a 3-1 win over Oregon State and a 2-0 win over Oregon. The Cardinal captain and stalwart also provided an assist on Maya Doms goal in the win over Oregon State and scored with an assist from Jasmine Aikey in the win over Oregon. Stanford is now 14-0-2 overall with a 7-0-1 mark in Pac-12 play.
Emilie Gardner – Senior – Defender – Bowling Green State University – Gardner was a key contributor in Bowling Green’s 5-1 win over Central Michigan and their 2-1 win over Ball State. She put in a full 90 minutes of solid play on the defensive side of the ball in both matches. Gardner had a three assist week contributing the helpers on both goals scored by Maya Dean in the win over Central Michigan and a helper on one of Brynn Gardner’s two goals in the victory over Ball State. BGSU secures two wins in MAC action to improve to 9-5-2 overall with a 7-1-2 mark in conference play.
Zara Chavoshi – Junior – Defender – Wake Forest – Chavoshi contributed on both sides of the ball for the Demon Deacons. She put in a full shift in Wake Forest’s 1-1 tie with Boston College and their subsequent 1-0 win over Louisville. Wake Forest limited Boston College to only three shots on goal and Louisville to only three shots with none on goal. Chavoshi drove a shot into the back of the frame out of a free kick to score the game-winning goal in the win over Louisville. The Demon Deacons are 9-2-5 with a 3-2-4 mark in ACC play.
Kira Ybarra – Junior – Goalkeeper – San Francisco – Ybarra made the stops she needed to make to give the Dons the opportunity they needed to top Santa Clara 1-0 and San Diego 3-0. She had eight saves in the win over San Francisco and two in the win over Santa Clara. Ybarra has six shutouts on the season. San Francisco secures two good wins in WCC play to improve to 6-6-3 overall with a 3-1-1 mark in conference action.
Heather Hinz – Fifth Year – Goalkeeper – South Carolina – Hinz was rock solid in goal with a nine save evening in South Carolina’s 1-0 on the road win over Texas A and M. She also had three stops in the Gamecocks 4-0 win over Georgia. HInz and her South Carolina teammates have only allowed a total of eight goals against a very competitive slate of opponents. The Gamecocks improve 11-1-5 with a 5-0-4 mark in SEC play.
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