Something is brewing up in the Northeast.
Defender Mackenzie Dowd helped Northeastern to a perfect southern swing, as she scored the game winner in a 1-0 win over William & Mary and also nabbed a goal in a 4-0 defeat of Elon. Her goal-scoring exploits, along with contributing to a pair of shutouts, land her player of the week honors.
TDS Player of the Week: Mackenzie Dowd, Northeastern
TDS Team of the Week
GK Kaitlyn Stroud, Kansas– In a weekend that featured a number of impressive goalkeeping performances across the nation, Jayhawk hero Stroud anchored a pair of shutouts as Kansas traveled to Texas and picked up Big 12 wins against Baylor and TCU.
D Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia – The Mountaineers jumped on a plane for a pair of games in Texas, and thanks to a Buchanan-led defense, picked up a tie and a win against TCU and Texas respectively. The imposing center back went 200 minutes in the games as West Virginia took a step towards a Big 12 regular season title.
D Mandy Freeman, USC – The start of Pac-12 play saw the Trojans pick up a valuable three points on the road against Arizona, winning 3-0 with three second half goals. Freeman helped keep the game close at 0-0 in the first half, going the full 90 in the win.
D Mackenzie Dowd, Northeastern – Dowd and the Northeastern back line have nine shutouts on the season after last weekend’s trip, all wins on the season. The right back also has three tallies on the season.
M Salina Williford, Penn State – After scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-1 win against Northwestern, Williford came through and delivered the game-winning goal in a narrow 2-1 victory over Illinois on Sunday. Williford also assisted in a 7-1 mid-week win against Bucknell.
M Taylor Comeau, California – The midfielder assisted on a pair of goals as the Golden Bears traveled to Colorado and won its first Pac-12 match of the season. Helped marshal the midfield for 90 minutes and keep the Buffalos at bay during a late second half flurry in the 4-2 win.
M Elizabeth Bartels, Marquette – It was a two-win weekend for the Golden Eagles, thanks in large part to Bartels. She scored a goal and had two assists in a 7-2 win against Creighton, and nabbed the game-winning goal in a win over Villanova.
F Cheyna Williams, Florida State – The attacker is heating up at the right time for the Seminoles, playing a big role in a pair of ACC wins last week. Williams scored a pair of goals in a 6-0 victory against Louisville, before following that up with the assist on a game-winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Virginia.
F Karin Simonian, Notre Dame – The forward picked the right time to notch her first points of the season. After setting up Anna Gilbertson’s game winner in a 2-0 road win against Virginia Tech, Simonian scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
F Martha Thomas, Charlotte – Returning home proved to help inspire freshman forward Martha Thomas to a big-time performance. She accounted for both goals in Charlotte’s 2-1 win against Florida International over the weekend.
F Margaret Purce, Harvard – The U.S. U20 WNT forward came through in the clutch for the Crimson, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win against Penn. Purce also notched the game’s third goal, putting it out of reach.
Honorable Mention: GK Kaela Little (Notre Dame), F Jannelle Flaws (Illinois), GK Genevieve Richard (Wisconsin), F Ashley Hatch (BYU), GK Lindsey Luke (Utah), M Shea Groom (Texas A&M), M Karly Graf (California), F Holly Hargreaves (Rice), F Frannie Crouse (Penn State), F Savannah Jordan (Florida), D Carleigh Williams (UCF), F Shannen Wacker (Florida Gulf Coast)
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