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Women’s Team of the Week: Third round stars

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: November 22, 2016

And then there were eight.

The third round is settled, with the College Cup set to be determined the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Previous Teams of the Week: Aug. 23 | Aug. 30 | Sept. 6 | Sept. 13 | Sept. 20 | Sept. 27 | Oct. 4 | Oct. 11 | Oct. 18 | Oct. 25 | Nov. 1 | Nov. 8 | Nov. 15

Rachel Corboz was one of the individuals that kept her team alive. Playing Rutgers and Virginia, she had a hand in all four goals that the Hoyas scored.

Player of the Week: Rachel Corboz, Georgetown

After assisting on both goals in Friday’s second round win over Rutgers, Corboz took a corner kick that a Virginia defender turned into her own goal in the third round. She added an insurance goal from a fantastic free kick, capping off a famous win on the Hilltop.

See who joins her on the team of the week.

TDS Team of the Week (Nov. 7-13)

GK Melissa Lowder, Santa Clara – Over two games and almost 200 minutes of action, Lowder made a combined total of 20 saves in Santa Clara’s wins against Stanford and NC State.

D Kaleigh Kurtz, South Carolina – The Gamecocks advanced to the quarterfinals on the back of two 1-0 win at home, including a shutout defeat of BYU. Kurtz logged 180 minutes in both games, keeping the lines tight and defending well.

D Hanna Gardner, North Carolina – An impressive defensive record continued for the Tar Heels, which secured two more shutout wins over the weekend. Gardner played all 180 minutes in the victories, providing a calming presence at the back.

M Brooke Ramsier, Auburn – At the right time in the season, Ramsier is heating up. She scored two goals and an assist in two wins in the second and third round, including the opening goal in the third round against Florida.

D Mandy Freeman, USC – An airtight defensive performance from USC led the Women of Troy into the quarterfinals. Freeman played all 200 minutes and converted her penalty kick in Friday’s shootout win over Texas A&M.

M Rachel Corboz, Georgetown – One of the nation’s best midfielders was on point, assisting two goals against Rutgers and influencing both versus Virginia.

M Ella Stevens, Duke – A fantastic freshman season continued for Stevens, as she scored the winning goal for the Blue Devils in a third round win over Northwestern.

M Chloe Knott, Georgetown – The unsung hero of the Hoya midfield, Knott covers tremendous lengths of ground, opening up the opportunities for Corboz to create magic. She played every minute in both wins.

F Kristen Dodson, Auburn – Thanks to an impressive offensive output, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals with a trip to USC on the schedule later this week. Dodson scored twice and setup two other goals in wins over Connecticut and Florida.

F Michaela Abam, West Virginia – Scored the winning goal in a hard-fought, close 1-0 victory against Ohio State in the second round.

F Toni Payne, Duke – Payne’s brace against Illinois State paved the way to the third round. She was busy and active in Sunday’s third round win over Northwestern as well.

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