TDS Women's Team of the Week: Sept. 18-24

by TopDrawerSoccer
September 26, 2017
TDS Women's Team of the Week: Sept. 18-24

Through the first month of the season, the Texas Longhorns have emerged as one of the stories of 2017.

The Big 12 side has now rattled off 10 straight wins to start the season, and on Sunday, bagged their biggest win yet, defeating West Virginia by a 1-0 score in Austin.

At the heart of the success has been the team’s back line, which hasn’t conceded a goal in the last three games. As a team, Texas has conceded just four goals this season. Defender Atu Mshana, who played every minute in the wins over Iowa State and the Mountaineers, earns Player of the Week honors as a result.

Player of the Week: Atu Mshana, Texas

Mshana played every minute of her freshman campaign, and through the first 10 games of this season, hasn’t stepped off the field.

Check out the full list of honorees below.

Team of the Week (September 18-24)

GK Kaelyn Johns, Dayton – It was a memorable pair of performances from Johns, who made a combined 18 saves in back-to-back games, keeping clean sheets against VCU and George Mason.

D Caroline Bado, Auburn – The redshirt senior defender helped Auburn to its fourth shutout of the season, blanking Kentucky 3-0 on Sunday. She also helped slow down Khadija Shaw, one of the SEC’s top scorers, in a 1-1 draw against Tennessee.

D Kaiya McCullough, UCLA – Traveling to Boulder to open up the Pac-12 slate, McCullough helped guide a stout UCLA defensive effort as the Bruins beat Colorado 2-0 on the road.

D Amelia Clower, Charlotte – Continuing to roll in 2017, the 49ers have now rattled off six straight wins. Clower played both at the back and in midfield in the latest victory, a 3-0 defeat of Florida International, nabbing a couple of assists in the process.

D Atu Mshana, Texas – The Longhorns made it 10 straight wins to open the season with a pair of 1-0 victories. The sophomore’s success at the back continued, as she played the full 90 in both wins.

M Dorian Bailey, North Carolina – Now with three straight game-winning goals in a row, Bailey found the back of the net in wins over Clemson and Virginia.

M Mikela Waldman, Brown – Another Ivy League program enjoying a solid start to the 2017 season, Waldman scored the winner and setup another goal in a 2-1 victory Sacred Heart. She also played 82 minutes, helping her side keep a shutout in a 1-0 win to open up league play against Dartmouth.

M Ginger Deel, James Madison – Thanks to the freshman’s heroics, JMU opened up CAA play with a pair of victories. Deel scored the game-winning goals in wins over William & Mary and Elon.

F Nadia Gomes, BYU – BYU’s leading scorer found the back of the net three times in wins against Kansas and Utah Valley. She scored twice, including a penalty kick, in a 3-2 victory over the Jayhawks, and followed that up with the winner in a 3-0 victory over UVU.

F Paige Monaghan, Butler – It was an eventful week in front of goal for Monaghan, who scored twice and added three assists as Butler picked up wins over Chicago State and Marquette.

F Kayla Adamek, UCF – The hard-working forward scored twice, including the game winner, in a 4-0 win against East Carolina. She also played 109 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Cincinnati earlier in the week.

Honorable Mention: F Deanne Rose (Florida), D Meaghan Nally (Georgetown), F Alex Thomas (LSU), GK Christiana Ogunsami (Drexel), F Deyna Castellanos (Florida State), D Karli Royer (Cincinnati), F Skylar Fleak (Bowling Green), F Cienna Arrieta (Texas A&M)

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