Conference tournament time has come and gone, with the women’s DI tournament bracket announced on Monday.
The top performers from various conference championships comprise the latest Team of the Week.
Team of the Week (Nov. 2-8)
GK Lauren Watson, Texas Tech – All the focus at the Big 12 Championship fell on the shoulders of West Virginia, considered the runaway favorites. The Red Raiders had something else in mind in Kansas, and thanks in part to Watson’s imperious performances in goal. She made six stops in Friday’s 1-0 defeat of the Mountaineers in the semifinal, and then stuffed a penalty kick as Texas Tech captured the tournament championship.
D Natalia Kuikka, Florida State – The outside back was a creative hub at the ACC championship, assisting on both Cheyna Williams goals in the semifinal, before opening the scoring against Virginia. She played all 200 minutes of both games.
D Christen Westphal, Florida – Speaking of conference championships, Westphal’s free kicks helped drive the Gators to an SEC crown. After a 2-1 win on Wednesday against Vanderbilt, Westphal’s free kick provided the winner in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Auburn. In Sunday’s title bought, she struck against in a dead ball situation, again providing the winning margin in a 2-1 defeat of Texas A&M.
D Elizabeth Ball, Penn State – Ball started both the Big Ten semifinal and final over the weekend, playing all but 13 minutes, scoring the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-0 championship win against Rutgers.
M Serina Kashimoto, Butler – Kashimoto earned Big East All-Tournament team honors last week, scoring a free kick in Friday’s semifinal, a 2-1 win against the Red Storm, before assisting on the game’s only goal in Sunday’s championship, a 1-0 defeat of Providence.
M Christina Burkenroad, Cal State Fullerton – The Titans hoisted the Big West crown, advancing to Sunday’s final against Long Beach State thanks to Burkenroad’s hat trick on Thursday against UC Santa Barbara. She logged 90 minutes and helped Cal State Fullerton top LBSU by a 1-0 score.
M Morgan Andrews, USC – The midfield ace provided a pair of impressive finishes for the Trojans, helping them beat UCLA in Westwood for the first time in program history. Her brace in the 2-0 victory also tops her on the team’s scoring charts with seven so far this season.
M Stephanie DeVita, Furman – It was a final Southern Conference tournament to remember for DeVita, the underrated and excellent senior midfielder. After beating the buzzer in Friday’s semifinals to secure progression, in Sunday’s final, DeVita netted the winning goal in the 105th minute to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.
F Ashley Herndon, James Madison – Down 2-0 at halftime in the CAA final, with an NCAA Tournament spot on the line, Herndon delivered, scoring twice to tie the game 2-2. JMU went on to win 3-2 with a late second half winner to capture the crown. Herndon also scored the winning goal in Friday’s semifinal, a 1-0 defeat of Hofstra.
F Charde Hannah, South Alabama – Thanks in part to the play of Hannah, there was minimal chance of an upset for South Alabama in the Sun Belt. She scored three goals in the three game run to the championship.
F Rachel Holden, North Texas – Named the Offensive MVP of the Conference USA tournament, Holden bagged the winner in Friday’s semifinal as North Texas won three games by a 1-0 score line.
Honorable Mention: GK Jackie Kerestine (North Texas), F Makenzy Doniak (Virginia), GK Vanessa Perdomo (Duquesne), F Tabby Tindell (Florida Gulf Coast, F Frannie Crouse (Penn State), GK Ellen Forrest (James Madison), F Janine Beckie (Texas Tech)