Any time a player can get one over an in-state rival, it’s worthy of a mention.
Several other noteworthy performances over past week in the women’s Division I earned individuals spots on the latest Team of the Week.
TDS Player of the Week: Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
Team of the Week (Aug. 29-Sept. 4)
GK Melissa Weck, Florida Gulf Coast(w) – Weck enjoyed a strong weekend despite the fact FCGU came up short on Sunday in a 1-0 defeat against Alabama. Her 11 saves in that game kept the Eagles in it the whole time, while she also secured a shutout in a 1-0 defeat of Florida International.
D Indigo Gibson, California – Playing every minute of California’s road wins against Texas Tech and Texas, Gibson led a back line that didn’t concede a goal during 180 minutes of action.
D Kristen McNabb, Virginia – A strong defensive start to the season continued for Virginia, which has yet to concede a goal this season. McNabb played all but four minutes of two more shutouts wins last week, a 3-0 defeat of Oklahoma and a 2-0 win over Pepperdine.
M Rachel Corboz, Georgetown – The midfield ace returned home to her native New Jersey and turned in a match-winning performance again Rutgers. With the Hoyas down 1-0, Corboz equalized from the penalty spot and then scored one of the best goals of last week to win the game in overtime.
M Ella Stevens, Duke – The Gatorade Player of the Year continues to find her feet for the Blue Devils this season. Stevens helped Duke secure a 0-0 draw against in-state rivals North Carolina in adverse conditions on Friday, before netting the game-winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 win over Minnesota.
M Jessie Fleming, UCLA – Life in Division I suits Fleming just fine, as the Canadian international headed home the golden goal in UCLA’s 1-0 overtime win against Penn State.
F Mackenzie Cowley, George Washington – Two games, two goals, two winners for Cowley, as the Colonials continue to show that 2015 was no fluke. GW is a perfect 5-0 so far and Cowley’s heroics helped the A10 side to wins over UMBC and Arkansas last week.
F Chandler Backes, Western Kentucky – It’s been a scintillating start to Backes’ collegiate career up front, and the freshman scored three times over the past week in wins against Austin Peay and Georgia State.
F Jorian Baucom, LSU – After a sluggish start to the season, Baucom and LSU burst to life on a trip to Indiana last weekend. The striker led the way with three goals in wins against Indiana and Butler, including the game-winning strikes in both encounters.
F Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina – Rivalry matches always carry a little bit extra emotion, and McCaskill kept her calm to score twice to lead the Gamecocks to a big win over Clemson.
F Savannah Jordan, Florida – It was another huge game for Jordan and the Florida offense. With Friday's game against Florida State canceled, Jordan and the offense were relentless against Oklahoma State, winning 7-2. Jordan had a hand in four of the goals, scoring twice and assisting on two more of them.