As October begins, conference games become more important than ever. And individual performances in these games don’t go unnoticed.
A Pac-12 performer stood out over a weekend trip to Arizona to land Player of the Week. See that and more in the latest Team of the Week. Please email future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDS Player of the Week: Andi Sullivan, Stanford
Team of the Week: Sept. 28-Oct. 4
GK Catalina Perez, Miami (FL) – The Colombian national teamer made six saves as the Hurricanes notched their biggest win of the season, a 1-0 home victory in overtime against Notre Dame.
D Elizabeth Ball, Penn State – Converted to central defense after a standout club career up top, Ball is adjusting well to life at the back. The sophomore's 90-minute shift along the Nittany Lion back line led visiting Penn State to a 3-0 defeat of Northwestern in the Chicagoland area.
D Mackenzie Dowd, Northeastern – The goal-scoring outside back propelled Northeastern to a 3-2 come-from-behind win against UNC Wilmington. Down 2-1 with five minutes to go, Dowd equalized from the penalty spot, then curled home the winner 53 seconds into overtime.
D Vanessa Gilles, Cincinnati – It was a big weekend of AAC wins for Cincinnati, which shut out both South Florida and UCF. The sophomore anchored her team’s defense, playing 180 minutes in the two wins.
M Shannon Simon, Washington – With a pair of SoCal program visiting Seattle, the Huskies responded with a pair of wins over UCLA and USC to get its Pac-12 schedule on track. Simon helped control the midfield in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against UCLA, before scoring the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 defeat of USC.
M Andi Sullivan, Stanford – Sullivan and the Cardinal have started out the Pac-12 schedule in ideal fashion, winning the first three games on the trot ahead of a home stand. The sophomore U.S. youth national team standout scored the game winner in a 2-0 defeat of Arizona State, and also nabbed a long-range tally in a 3-2 overtime defeat of Arizona.
M Kaycie Tillman, Florida State – The freshman’s impressive campaign continued on Saturday, as Tillman logged three assists and there was no letdown for the Seminoles, which defeated Pitt 6-0 at home.
F Rachel Daly, St. John's – Daly made history over the past week, as her two-goal effort against Marquette set the St. John's career mark in goals and points. The English forward has 11 goals in 12 games, as the Red Storm has won seven in a row.
F Mimi Asom, Princeton – A strong freshman campaign continued for Asom, who delivered a brace to secure overtime for Princeton in a crucial Ivy clash against Dartmouth. Asom’s two tallies set the table for Natalie Larkin’s game winner.
F Nadia Gomes, BYU – Kicking off its WCC schedule with a pair of road contests against Gonzaga and Portland, Gomes tallied the game winners in both games, 1-0 and 2-1 wins respectively. The No. 4 Cougars continue to look like contenders or a top tourney seed.
F Margaret Purce, Harvard – Purce getting on a roll as league play continues is huge for the Crimson’s Ivy League hopes, scoring a hat trick against Yale over the weekend.
Honorable Mention: F Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly), F Maddie McCormick (UNC Wilmington), M Liana Salazar (Kansas), M Clare Pleuler (Boston University), F Rachel Thun (Tulsa), D Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State), F Michaela Abam (West Virginia), D Brianna Stelzer (Wisconsin)