Conference tournament play arrived for a handful of programs during last week’s women’s soccer action.
And while knockout play yielded a cluster of upsets, it was a big-time performance from an ACC forward to garner this week’s Player of the Week honors.
Player of the Week: Makenzy Doniak, Virginia
TDS Team of the Week (Oct. 26-Nov. 1)
GK Laura Dougall, Buffalo – After a 2-2 draw, Buffalo needed penalty kicks to advance to the MAC semifinals, topping Central Michigan 3-1 after 110 minutes of play. Dougall made two stops in the shootout to help Buffalo advance.
D Katie Naughton, Notre Dame – Faced with the task of shackling one of the premier attacks in the ACC, Katie Naughton provided a tough and tenacious 90 minute shift to stifle Virginia Tech. The senior defender also provided a threat on set pieces.
D Chelsea Burns, Duke – Burns came off the bench and scored the first two tallies of Duke’s 5-0 defeat of NC State, the first two of her career. She also helped the Blue Devils secure their 11th shutout of the season, joint-top in the ACC.
D Cari Roccaro, Notre Dame – Partnered at the back with Naughton, Rocarro played the full 90 minutes to help shut out the Hokies.
M Emily Gingrich, Saint Joseph's – The Atlantic 10 midfield dynamo enjoyed a massive weekend, notching a pair of assists and a goal in a 3-0 defeat of St. Bonaventure, and provided an insurance goal as St. Joe’s defeated Massachusetts.
M Lydia Simmons, Vanderbilt – Needing a win to secure a spot in the SEC tournament, Simmons delivered the game-winning strike as the Commodores edged out No. 19 Mississippi last week.
M Madison Vasquez, Siena College – In need of a win in order to advance to the MAAC tournament, Vasquez scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a tourney-clinching win over Quinnipiac last Wednesday.
F Mackenzie Cowley, George Washington – The junior striker accounted for both game-winning goals as GW extended its winning streak to 13 games, defeating Rhode Island 2-1 in overtime, and topping Saint Louis 1-0 on Sunday.
F Makenzy Doniak, Virginia – While her success may have come against a pair of ACC teams in the bottom half of the table, Doniak amassed five goals and two assists in wins against NC State and Pitt last week. Her four goals against NC State on Wednesday set a program record for goals in one game, and took over sole possession of the top spot in the program history for most points with 146.
F Ashley Herndon, James Madison – Herndon stepped up in the clutch for the Dukes, scoring the winning PK in overtime as JMU kept its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid alive thanks to a 1-0 win over Northeastern in the CAA tournament quarterfinals.
F Maddie McCormick, UNC Wilmington – UNC Wilmington’s leading scorer helped keep her team’s season alive with two goals and an assist in a 4-0 demolition of Delaware in the CAA quarterfinals.