Match-winning performances at this stage of the season can be the difference between extending the current campaign and going home.
Northwestern goalkeeper Lauren Clem had a significant hand in keeping title dreams alive for the Wildcats. The outstanding goalkeeper, who was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year last week, added two more shutouts at crucial junctures of the season.
Player of the Week: Lauren Clem, Northwestern
Her 10 saves across two games secured her fifth straight shutout, and in Sunday’s Big Ten quarterfinals, Clem stopped a penalty kick to advanced in a shoot out against Nebraska.
Her exploits capture the latest Player of the Week honor.
Team of the Week (Oct. 24-30)
GK Lauren Clem, Northwestern – Backed up her Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year award with two more shutouts. The first came in a 1-0 overtime win against Illinois that secured a share of the regular season conference title. On Sunday, Clem backed that up with another strong performance in a 0-0, saving a spot kick as the Wildcats advanced to the Big Ten quarterfinals on penalties.
D Ginny McGowan, Notre Dame – The junior defender continued to lead ND’s tough defense, as she logged 180 minutes in two wins for the Irish. After blanking Miami in the final game of the regular season last Thursday, McGowan helped to slow down NC State’s attack in a 1-0 ACC Tournament quarterfinal.
D Morgan Proffitt, Marquette – On a magical senior night that saw the Golden Eagles top DePaul 3-2 in overtime to earn a share of the Big East regular season title, Proffitt scored twice, both times when Marquette was down a goal.
D Julia Ashley, North Carolina – Logged the full 180 minutes in a pair of impressive ACC victories, as UNC shut out Florida State and Virginia in the span of four days, the latter a 3-0 win in the ACC quarterfinals.
M Rachel Corboz, Georgetown – Needing a win to finish the regular season strong, Corboz scored and had an assist as the Hoyas won comfortably 3-0 away against Creighton.
M Andi Sullivan, Stanford – Taking one step closer to a Pac-12 title, Sullivan scored four times as the Cardinal picked up wins against Arizona and Arizona State.
M Stephanie Ribeiro, Connecticut – Scored three goals, including both game-winners as the Huskies defeated Cincinnati and East Carolina to officially clinch the American Athletic regular season crown.
M Michele Vasconcelos, BYU – The Cougars enjoyed two 4-0 wins over the past week, with Vasconcelos involved in five of the eight goals scored. The senior finished with two goals and three assists as BYU kept pace in the WCC title race.
F Natasha Howe, Seattle – While the WAC regular season crown was already wrapped up, Howe ensured Seattle’s conference unbeaten streak survived. Down 1-0 against Utah Valley, Howe bagged a hat trick in the 3-1 victory.
F Lily Sender, UNLV – Capped off a tremendous senior season by helping UNLV clinch the Mountain West regular season title. Sender scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win against Nevada, recording UNLV’s first hat trick since 2010 in the process.