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TDS Women's Team of the Week: Nov. 8

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: November 8, 2016

Few conference tournaments represent the grind quite like the Atlantic 10.

The winner has to march through three games in four days in order to come away with the conference crown and NCAA Tournament spot that comes with it.

Previous Teams of the Week: Aug. 23 | Aug. 30 | Sept. 6 | Sept. 13 | Sept. 20 | Sept. 27 | Oct. 4 | Oct. 11 | Oct. 18 | Oct. 25 | Nov. 1

Despite being the No. 7 seed entering Thursday’s play, Dayton managed to cruise past its three opponents, scoring 12 times in three games (including a 7-0 romp in the title game) to win the title.

Player of the Week: Alexis Kiehl, Dayton

Forward Alexis Kiehl played an instrumental role in that offensive destruction, amassing five goals and two assists to earn TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week honors.

Find out which conference clinching standouts join her on the team below.

TDS Team of the Week (Oct. 31-Nov. 7)

GK Justice Stanford, South Alabama – With three shutouts in three games, Stanford made 12 saves on the way to a Sun Belt tournament title, as the freshman's strong season continues.

D Kirsten Crowley, Florida State – The senior stalwart played 200 minutes over the weekend’s ACC semifinals and final, leading a dominant defensive effort that kept Clemson and North Carolina off the scoreboard.

D Marina Paul, Georgetown – Needing to win three games in a week in order to capture the program’s first Big East crown, Paul played every minute of each match. The defense conceded just one goal in those three games, with Paul scoring the equalizer against DePaul, where the Hoyas went on to win in a shootout. In Sunday’s final, the Hoya back line conceded just a single shot, as Paul was again imperious.

D Ashley Lawrence, West Virginia – Lawrence capped off West Virginia’s come back effort in the Big 12 title game, scoring the winner as the Mountaineers erased a 2-0 deficit in the victory. Named Defensive Player of the Tournament for her efforts.

M Annie Alvarado, UCLA – While UCLA wasn’t in the mix for the Pac-12, the Bruins did secure an upset win against its local rivals USC. Alvarado’s first half goal stood up in a 1-0 victory, as she helped stave off USC’s comeback efforts during the second half.

M Megan Connolly, Florida State – Playing more of a two-way midfield role this season, Connolly scored the winning tally in Florida State’s semifinal victory against Clemson, and finished her penalty in FSU’s shootout triumph in the ACC final.

M Michele Vasconcelos, BYU – It was a senior night to remember for the Cougars. Vasconcelos scored twice to ensure that BYU would grab a share of the WCC title in a 6-0 defeat of Gonzaga.

F Martha Thomas, Charlotte – Thomas had a hand in a number of critical goals during the 49ers’ Conference USA title run. Thomas scored the lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Western Kentucky that Charlotte won on PKs, assisted the winner in the semifinal and setup a strike in the final.

F Rachel Garcia, Harvard – Scored the game-winning goal in Harvard’s 2-1 victory against Columbia. Needing just a tie to secure the NCAA Tournament spot, Garcia also assisted on the opening goal of the game.

F Ashley Gonzales, Long Beach State – The Big West striker scored in each playoff match, grabbing the winner in last week’s semifinal and adding an insurance goal in Sunday’s 3-0 final win.

F Alexis Kiehl, Dayton – Kiehl did the damage in the A10 quarterfinals and semifinals especially, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory against George Washington, while scoring and adding assist in a 3-0 defeat over No. 2 Saint Louis.

Honorable Mention: M Libby Leedom (Dayton), GK Teagan Micah (UCLA), F Rachel Hill (Connecticut), F Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington), M Andi Sullivan (Stanford), F Savannah Jordan (Florida), D Jemma Purfield (South Alabama)

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