Conference games mean that the stakes are even higher, and goals even more important.
Wisconsin enjoyed an unbeaten start to their Big Ten schedule, thanks in part to the latest Player of the Week.
Dani Rhodes managed to do what few teams have this season against Northwestern: score a goal. The junior forward played 101 minutes and provided the Badgers’ lone strike of the game in a 1-1 draw. But what she provided for an encore was even more important. In Sunday’s game against Illinois, Rhodes bagged the game-winning strike in a 1-0 victory.
Her performance was one of several notable shifts put in over the past week of action in women’s Division I soccer. See who else stood out in the crowd.
Team of the Week: September 10-16
GK Melissa Lowder, Santa Clara(w) – Lowder’s 13 saves on Sunday were the difference between a draw and a loss for Santa Clara, which gave a good account of itself on the road at Stanford. She also notched a shutout last Thursday, making two saves in a win over TCU.
D Grace Fisk, South Carolina – The leader of the South Carolina’s back line, Fisk went the full 90 in a 2-0 road win against Tennessee. Fisk helped keep Bunny Shaw quiet, even as the Jamaican striker managed six shots.
D Taylor Troutman, Auburn – It was a massive week for Auburn, which defeated Mississippi State 3-0 and Alabama State by a 7-0 score. The defender setup a goal and helped her team keep a clean sheet against Mississippi State, and she scored and assisted in the victory over ASU.
D Niamh Cashin, Rider – Starting her first game in college soccer, Cashin scored the game winner and went the full 90 minutes as Rider defeated Monmouth 1-0. Rider’s win ended Monmouth’s 12-game unbeaten streak in conference road games.
D Madeline Anderson, Hofstra – Anderson went the full 90 in both of Hofstra’s games last week, helping her side to a pair of shutout wins against Columbia and Stony Brook. She assisted on the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Stony Brook.
M Chandra Davidson, Indiana – The Hoosiers made it two wins from their first two Big Ten games, with Davidson playing a big role. She scored the winning goal in overtime as IU overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Michigan, and she assisted and helped her side get a shutout in a 3-0 win against Michigan State.
M Rachel Jones, North Carolina – A breakthrough performance from Jones helped UNC win 1-0 against Florida State in Tallahassee. While there was a hint of offside, Jones made a nice run in behind of the FSU back line and provided a calm finish to score the game’s only goal.
M Addie McCain, Texas A&M – Make it 10 straight wins in a row for the Aggies to start 2018, thanks to victories over LSU and Kansas over the weekend. McCain scored a goal in each game, including the winner against LSU.
F Paula Germino-Watnick, Georgetown(w) – The creative force for the Hoyas, Germino-Watnick setup the game’s first goal as the Hoyas beat Princeton 2-1 on Thursday. On Sunday, they made it an Ivy League sweep, as Germino-Watnick scored a goal and had two assists in a 4-0 defeat of Columbia.
Honorable Mention: GK Mikayla Krzeczowski (South Carolina), F Hailie Mace (UCLA), F Mak Gomera-Stevens (Washington State), F Erica Hubert (Bowling Green), M Karlie Paschall (Duke), F Treva Aycock (Auburn), F Reagan Glisson (Georgia), M Kayla Hill (TCU), F Carissima Cutrona (Buffalo), F Marissa Everett (Oregon), F Haley Crawford (James Madison), M Brianne Folds (Auburn), F Cyera Hintzen (Texas), D Sydney Cummings (Brown)