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The opening weekend of the women’s college soccer season provided plenty: high-scoring action, overtime winners and some extremely close matchups.
One of the weekend’s surprises was South Carolina’s 1-0 win against visiting Duke. The Gamecocks managed to hold on to the one-goal lead thanks to Danielle Au’s first-half tally. Backstopping the win and picking up two shutouts over the weekend was Sabrina D'Angelo, who landed a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com team of the week.
Picking up the first TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week honor in the 2013 season is Florida forward Savannah Jordan. Making her collegiate debut, the freshman from Fayetteville, Ga. scored five goals, leading the Gators to 3-1 wins over Florida Gulf Coast(w) and Oregon State respectively.
TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week
GK Sabrina D'Angelo, South Carolina: The Canadian youth international picked up two shutouts in 180 minutes over the weekend, making a total of seven saves, including four in a 1-0 upset over No. 13 Duke.
D Marissa Diggs, UCF: The All American center back played all 180 minutes, anchoring a back line that conceded zero goals at the No Ka Oi Tournament, picking up a 3-0 win over Washington and a 2-0 defeat of Hawaii.
D Megan Brigman, North Carolina: After missing the entire 2012 season with a broken leg, the redshirt senior was back in the starting lineup and played nearly every minute of two shutouts wins, a 4-0 defeat of VCU and a 2-0 victory against Santa Clara.
D Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA: The whole Bruin back line was suffocating over the weekend in wins over Northeastern and Cal State Northridge(w), as the Bruins didn’t concede a goal and faced four shots in two games. Dahlkemper was at the heart of it all, playing 159 minutes in the two victories.
MF Morgan Brian, Virginia: After a recent call up to the U.S. Women’s National Team, Brian showed her quality in two wins for the Cavaliers, scoring a goal and adding three assists in wins over VCU (4-2) and Santa Clara (4-0).
F Lauren Bohaboy, Notre Dame: Both the Irish and Bohaboy got the 2013 season off on the right track, winning 4-1 against Illinois and Northwestern. The forward scored three of the eight goals on the weekend.
F Elise Krieghoff, Cal Poly: The sophomore forward finished the weekend with five goals, including four against Cal State Bakersfield(w) on Sunday, leading the Mustangs to a pair of wins.
Honorable Mentions: MF Kim DeCesare (Duke), F Tatiana Coleman (UCF), D Laura Liedle (Stanford), F Berglind Thorvaldsdottir (Florida State), MF Crystal Dunn, North Carolina, F Kristen Hamilton (Denver), D Tess Patton (Mercer), F Kelsey Haycook (La Salle)
Player of the Week
F Savannah Jordan, Florida