National Team Of The Week

College Soccer News - Women's National Team Of The Week - Week Ending October 18, 2020

It was a week during which there were several unexpected outcomes and plenty of closely contested contests. The College Soccer News Team of the Week showcases individuals on both sides of the ball who were difference makers. 

Leilanni Nesbeth

Sophomore

Forward

Florida State

Nesbeth used her touch on the ball to create the space and angle she needed to drive a shot into the back of the frame from thirty yards out in FSU's 4-1 win over Pitt. Nesbeth also made a nice secondary run into space to finish a pass from redshirt senior Malia Berkely in FSU's 4-3 win on the road over Virginia.  

Sydney Babineaux

Freshman

Forward

Troy 

Babineaux's first goal at Troy was a big one. She drove a shot into the upper right corner of the net from twenty-five yards out that gave Troy the edge they needed to upset Coastal Carolina 1-0. Sophomore forward Melissa Kuya-Strobel provided the assist on the goal and Lindsey LaRoche earned the shutout in goal.    

Sydney Brough

Sophomore

Midfielder

Central Arkansas

Brough powered Central Arkansas to a 3-1 win over Missouri State with a two goal evening. She skillfully chipped a shot into the back of the net and drove a shot into the bottom left corner of the frame that was set up by a nice move and cross from junior midfielder Morgan Rollow.  The Bears are 6-2-1. 

Talia Dellaperuta

Freshman

Midfielder

North Carolina

Dellaperuta recorded her first career goal when she sent the rebound of teammate Rachel Jones' shot into the back of the frame in the Tar Heels 2-0 win over Syracuse. She also scored from the top of the box in North Carolina's 3-1 win on the road over Boston College. The Tar Heels improve to 6-0-0. 

Samantha Chang

RS Sophomore

Midfielder

South Carolina

Chang made a nice run into open space after creating a turnover and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in South Carolina's 2-1 win on the road over a highly regarded Arkansas team. Chang's goal was set up by a nice combination of passes from Claire Griffiths and Catherine Barry.  The Gamecocks improve to 4-1-0.  

Haley Berg

Senior

Midfielder

Texas 

Berg who is from Celina, Texas scored out of a free kick from twenty-two yards out to give Texas the edge they needed to top Iowa State 1-0 in a Big 12 Conferece contest. The goal was Berg's second of the season and 22nd of her career. Texas is 3-3-0. 

Barbara Olivieri

Freshman

Midfielder

Texas A and M

Olivieri was again a force on the offensive side of the ball for the Maroon and White. She scored twice during a span of a little less than three minutes to power the Aggies past Mississippi State 3-0.  Texas A and M improves to 3-1-0. 

Kaela Hansen

Sophomore 

Defender 

Kansas 

Hansen was a key part of a rock solid Kansas team oriented defense that along with keeper  Sarah Peters among others shutout Oklahoma State 1-0 at Rock Chalk Park in this Big 12 contest. Kansas improves to 4-1-0.   

Sarah Houchin

Senior

Defender 

Auburn 

Houchin anchored a solid  Auburn defense that showed a lot of grit in posting a 1-0 win in overtime against Mississippi and a 1-0 win on the road over a very good Georgia team in which the Tigers played a man down for the final 35 minutes of the match. Auburn improves to 2-0-1.   

Delaney Graham

Junior

Defender 

Duke 

The junior defender made the run that she needed to make to be in position to net the golden goal in the 96th minute of play with a double assist from Marykate McGuire and Karlie Paschall. She also provided a helper on one of sister Maggie Graham's two goals in Duke's 4-0 victory over Syracuse. Duke improves to 5-1-2 overall. 

Kaitlyn Parks

RS Freshman

Goalkeeper

Wake Forest 

Parks had a nine save evening between the pipes in her first-career start to anchor a Demon Deacon defense that shutout Notre Dame 1-0 in South Bend. Wake Forest improves to 2-4-1 overall with a 2-3-1 mark in ACC play.