By Ryan Bascue
Player(s) of the Week; Week Five
In the ASC, Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Chelsea Graham (Mary Hardin-Baylor, 12-0, 6-0). Graham scored four goals and was credited with three assists as the Crusaders went 2-0 on the weekend.
In the NWC, this week’s Offensive Player of the Week award went to Ellie Johnson of Pacific Lutheran (6-3-3, 5-2-1). Johnson scored four goals over the weekend. She leads the NWC with six goals on the season. This week’s Defensive Player of the Week award went to Kristen Barclay of Willamette (10-0-2, 6-0-2). Barclay, recorded two shutouts and five total saves against Whitworth (7-2-3, 5-1-2) and Whitman (3-8-1, 3-5) to move the Bearcats in sole possession of first place in the conference.
In the SCAC, this week’s Offensive Player of the Week went to Halleanne Dure of Trinty (TX) (10-1-1, 9-0). Dure had four goals in three games for the Tigers. Defensive Player of the Week respects went to Kristen Canepa also of the Tigers. Canepa helped anchor a three-shutout stint for the Tigers. In those three games the Tigers only allowed ten shots and two on goal.
In the SCIAC, Offensive Player of the Week went to Peri Cuppens of Pomona-Pitzer (9-2-1, 6-2-1). Cuppens had a goal and was credited with an assist that would end up being the game winner. Winning Defensive Player of the Week was Whittier (4-3-4, 3-3-3), Vanessa Martinez. Martinez was strong in the net for the Poets helping them secure a 0-0 double overtime tie with Cal Lutheran (5-2-4, 4-2-3).
Around the West Quick Hits
Texas-Dallas took on Mary Hardin-Baylor in a battle of ASC unbeatens. The Comets offense struggled against the tough Crusader defense that really wa set on bending but not breaking. The Comets got off 18 shots, with just four on goal. The score remained 0-0 until the 88th minute when the Comet’s Keely Fillman fired one in off a Sofia Munoz assist to win the game 1-0.
In the NWC, Willamette and Pacific Lutheran ended in a 1-1 double overtime. The NWC is just like the SCIAC. As in there is no clear leader like that of the ASC or SCAC. Three teams have five wins with Willamette with a slight lead at six wins. There is still no clear favorite with the conference tournament looming. But that’s why it’s just as exciting figuring out how the west was won.
The biggest match of the week is going to be Texas-Dallas (10-0, 6-0) at Hardin-Simmons. Hardin-Simmons remains at number one in the Western region according to the United Soccer Coaches Poll after five weeks of play and Texas-Dallas comes in ranked fifth in the USC poll. This match will be for sole possession of first play in the ASC. The way this season has paned out so far it isn’t too outrageous to believe that this will be preview for the ASC championship game in a little over a month. Both teams are undefeated in conference play both are in the driver seat for the ASC, it will be exciting to see what happens when these two collide.
Redlands (6-4-1, 5-2-1) at Occidental (6-0-4,5-0-4) is the most intriguing match in the SCIAC. Both teams have five conference wins. Just more to the exciting narrative that is the SCIAC. There are three teams with at least five conference wins (Pomona-Pitzer does have six.) With no clear leader, each week as the SCIAC gets closer and closer to the SCIAC tournament each game is going to be a tough battle. There are only a few weeks left and only a few spots in the tournament; every game matters from this point on.
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