Women’s Team of the Week: May 4
The SEC side was one of five unseeded squads to survive to the third round of the women’s Division I tournament.
Orkus went far and away beyond securing the wins in two shootouts. She earned a shutout in a 0-0 draw against Bowling Green in the first round, making three saves in 110 minutes. After advancing on penalties, Orkus delivered in an even bigger fashion against USC. With her team down 2-0, she made a couple of big saves to preserve the deficit (even after giving up a tough rebound on the second USC goal). She made a total of 11 saves, including a penalty kick stop in the first overtime that could’ve won the game for the Pac-12 side.
Check out some of the other top performances from the past week of Division I women’s tournament action.
Team of the Week: April 25-May 2
D Eva Alonso, Penn State – After blanking Alabama State in the opening round, Penn State secure a second shutout in a row, beating Vanderbilt by a 2-0 score. Alonso anchored the two shutout wins and scored the insurance against versus the Commodores.
D Mary Johnston, Washington – After helping her side blank Liberty to open the tournament, Johnston played the full 110 minutes in a 0-0 draw versus Saint Louis. The Huskies are alive after a penalty kick shootout victory.
M Delaney Schultz, Rice – Rice pulled out a famous win in particular in the second round, as Schultz’s game-winning goal from the penalty spot knocked out West Virginia. Schultz also had a pair of assists in a 3-1 win in the first round versus Furman.
F Reilyn Turner, UCLA – Just when it seemed like Iowa was about to pick up another big upset win, Turner swooped in for the rescue act. She scored two goals in the final five minutes to secure the 2-1 victory for UCLA.
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