Women's Team of The Week: October 18

Women's Team of The Week: October 18
by TopDrawerSoccer
October 18, 2022

Jenna Nighswonger’s first assist was the prettiest. The forward floated into a pocket of space, received the ball in stride, and floated a pass over the Duke back line. It was a wonderfully weighted thing, driven over the defense with just enough backspin so that Florida State striker Jody Brown could run it down — and dutifully finish.

Nighswonger added two more assists Thursday night, serving as the Seminoles’ primary creative outlet in a 5-1 rout over Duke. Though head coach Brian Pensky drew an impressive all round performance from his team, it was Nighswonger’s creative excellence that carried the Seminoles to a massive conference win.

Player of the Week: Jenna Nighswonger, Florida State

Women's Team of the Week: October 10-16

GK McKinley Crone, Alabama - Crone tallied five saves with a .833 save percentage as Alabama held off Arkansas for a crucial SEC win.

D Eliza Turner, Georgetown - Turner continued her impressive sophomore year, playing a crucial role as Georgetown kept two clean sheets in Big East play. She also bagged the game winner against Providence.

D Gabbie Cesarone, Minnesota - Cesarone scored twice for the Gophers as they beat Maryland and snatched a tie against Rutgers.

D Elise Evans, Stanford - Evans bagged the only goal as Stanford won against previously undefeated UCLA. Her defensive resilience was also crucial in blanking the Bruins.

D Samantha White, Michigan State - White scored the game winner as Michigan State beat Northwestern to claim the outright lead in the Big Ten. She also helped keep a clean sheet against a resilient Indiana side.

M Jilly Shimkin, Texas - Shimkin has a hand in both goals to lift Texas over West Virginia Thursday night. The Penn State transfer now has 11 goal involvements in her first season in Austin.

M Brecken Mozingo, BYU - Mozingo led the way as BYU got its season back on track against Portland. She bagged a brace and added an assist, leading the Cougars to their second win over a ranked opponent this year.

M Jenna Nighswonger, Florida State - Nighswonger tallied a hat trick of assists to help the Seminoles to a massive ACC win over Duke.

F Kristen Scott, UCF - Scott scored four and added an assist as the Knights picked up two crucial AAC wins to remain undefeated in conference play.

F Kayla Fischer, Ohio State - Fischer continued her stellar run of late, scoring a hat-trick as the Buckeyes thrashed Illinois. She also scored in a 7-0 rout of Maryland.

F Lena Silano, Long Beach State - Silano enjoyed a five goal week, starring as Long Beach State swept aside CSUN and UC San Diego by a combined 10-1. She now has 14 goals and six assists this season.

Honorable mentions: F Haley Johnson (Pacific), F Taylor Bryan (Virginia Tech), M Jessica Graziano (St. John's), GK Emma Martin (Butler), Jody Brown (Florida State), M Haley McWhirter (Mississippi State), D Gessica Skorka (Alabama), F A'Liah Moore (Monmouth), M Ally Schlegel (Penn State), F Kayla Colbert (USC), D Anja Suttner (Hofstra)

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