Sometimes the player between the posts is all that stands between and a pair of losses.
Player of the week Taylor Bucklin helped her Louisville to a win and a draw against ACC foes North Carolina and Duke. Below is a look at the full Team of the Week. Please send future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDS Player of the Week: Taylor Bucklin, Louisville
Team of the Week: Oct. 5-11
GK Taylor Bucklin, Louisville – Across two games, Bucklin made 18 saves as the Cardinals managed to secure two vital results in ACC play. She kept things level at 1-1 as Louisville forced overtime against the Tar Heels, before shutting out Duke by making 10 saves.
D Kayla Mills, USC – The Trojans secured a pair of home victories as Mills played the full 180 minutes in wins against Arizona State and Arizona. She added a pair of assists in the 3-1 defeat of Arizona on Sunday.
D Melanie Fox, Long Beach State – LBSU now has three straight clean sheets as they open Big West play after beating Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara over the past week. Fox logged 180 minutes as Beach won 2-0 on Thursday and 1-0 on Sunday.
D Brianna Stelzer, Wisconsin – The Badgers’ second half surge continued with road wins against Iowa and Nebraska, both coming by virtue of a shutout. Stelzer played every minute of both wins as Wisconsin remained in the hunt for an unlikely Big Ten title.
D Rebecca Quinn, Duke – Quinn didn't miss a minute as the Blue Devils shutout two opponents on the road this week at Miami and Louisivlle. She played the full 90 in a 1-0 win at Miami and then the entire 110 minutes at Louisville in a 0-0 double-overtime draw.
M Alexis Shaffer, Virginia – Even without speedy senior Makenzy Doniak, Virginia continued to roll in ACC play. Shaffer setup the game winning goal in Thursday’s 2-0 victory against Clemson, following that up with the winner herself in a 1-0 defeat of Wake Forest.
M Nicole Belfonti, George Washington – The Colonials have now spun off seven straight wins after two more Atlantic 10 victories, and the work of Belfonti went a long way in maintaining the winning streak. The midfielder assisted on the equalizing goal in a 2-1 overtime win against La Salle, then scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Massachusetts.
F Alexa Adams, Texas – The freshman forward caught fire over the weekend, scoring four times in two Big 12 games. She accounted for both Longhorn goals in a 2-1 win over Iowa State, and then added two more as Texas topped TCU 3-0 on Sunday.
F Arielle Ship, California – It was a much-needed perfect weekend for the Bears in Pac-12 play, winning 3-2 against Oregon State and 1-0 over Oregon. Ship had a hand in all four goals, scoring twice and adding an assist against the Beavers, and then adding an assist in the win over the Ducks.
F Mariana Galvan, Santa Clara – Galvan had a flair for the dramatic over the past week, scoring two game winning goals for the Broncos. Both goals came in overtime against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.
Honorable Mention: GK Cassie Miller (Florida State), F Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), F Rachel Daly (St. John's), F Rebecca Wilson (Cal State Fullerton), F Simone Kolander (Minnesota), GK Ashton McKeown (Long Beach State), F Carol Rodrigues (UCF), M Hannah Lopiccolo (Northeastern)