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W-League Players In National Spotlight
College TV schedule highlighted by No.1 FSU vs. No.2 Duke

W-League Feature

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Top current and former W-League players will take the national stage this weekend as Fox Soccer and ESPN3 continue their coverage of NCAA Women’s Division I soccer. Topping the bill is the ACC showdown between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Duke, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night live from Tallahassee, Fla. on ESPN3.

The Seminoles are led by former Pali Blues and Washington Freedom Futures standout Tiffany McCarty, who leads the side with eight points in six games. The 2011 MAC Hermann Award semifinalist has begun her senior season in strong form, scoring three goals to lead her side to a perfect 6-0-0 record entering their game with the Blue Devils.

At the other end of the field, Kelsey Wys has been just as impressive in goal, recording a 0.53 goals-against average in her six starts. She has been aided by a defense that has seen her have to record only 18 saves, with former Seattle Sounders Women standout Tiana Brockway having played every minute of every game so far this season. Former Minnesota Lightning standout Kassey Kallman could also be available to make her first appearance of the season after returning from helping the U.S. U20 National Team win the FIFA U20 World Cup in Japan last weekend.

The Seminoles’ defense will face a big test from former Bradenton Athletics forward Laura Weinberg, who has scored a goal per game on her way to 18 points in seven starts this season. She is backed by Long Island Rough Riders standout Kim DeCesare, who has 15 points with six goals in as many games.

The Blue Devils also have a pair of World Cup players returning to their squad, with former Cary Claret Mollie Pathman set to make her first appearance this fall after being named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team a season ago. Pathman led the ACC with 11 assists last fall, and should make a big impact in her return.

Also on ESPN3 on Thursday night, No. 14 Wake Forest visits Miami on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN3, with the Santa Clarita Blue Heat’s Rachel Nuzzolese having helped the Demon Deacons go 6-1-1 so far this season with six points in eight games. Wake has also been strong defensively, with former W-League player Jacqueline McSally having helped the Demon Deacons concede only four goals in eight games. The two North Carolina teams then switch location on Sunday afternoon, with Wake Forest visiting Florida State and Duke visiting Miami to complete their weekend trips, with both games also airing on ESPN3.

Elsewhere, the Pac-12 Network has four women’s contests this weekend, with Gonzaga visiting Oregon State at 4 p.m. PT and Seattle visiting Oregon at 6 p.m. PT on Friday evening. Oregon State is led by the Vancouver Whitecaps Women’s Jenna Richardson, who earned TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week honors this past Monday after leading the Beavers to a pair of victories last weekend.

On Sunday, Seattle completes its trip as it visits Oregon State at noon PT, while the action then swings down the coast that evening as No. 3 UCLA hosts No. 18 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. PT in a big non-conference showdown.

The Bruins have been led in attack this season by the LA Strikers’ Zakiya Bywaters, who is tied for the team lead with five points, but Pepperdine’s biggest challenge will be breaking down the Bruins’ tight defense, which has conceded only two goals this season. The Waves will look to Pali Blues standouts Anisa Guajardo and Lynn Williams to try and find a way through, with Guajardo currently leading the team with five assists and Williams having two goals and three assists so far this season.

ESPNU features the Big East clash between Louisville and Notre Dame on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET as the Cardinals’ Angelika Uremovich looks to add to her 13 points so far this season. The Hamilton FC Rage forward, who had nine points in 11 games this summer, leads Louisville with six goals in six starts. She’ll go up against a young Notre Dame defense that has conceded an average of one goal per game looking to push the Cardinals back into the Top 25 rankings.

Fox Soccer’s NSCAA Game of the Week also comes from the ACC, with No. 8 Virginia hosting North Carolina State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. D.C. United Women’s Molly Menchel has played a major role so far this season for the Cavaliers, recording seven points in eight starts to help her side enter conference play with a record of 7-1-0. Menchel’s D.C. United teammate, goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle, has also made a strong start to the season, posting a 0.25 goals-against average in seven starts.

The Cavaliers will face a Wolfpack side that has received important contributions from Fredericksburg Impact forward Jennie Krauser. The Redshirt Sophomore is tied for the team lead with eight points, including three goals, in eight starts this season for N.C. State.

Sunday afternoon sees a doubleheader on the Big Ten Network as No. 13 Wisconsin visits Penn State at 1 p.m. ET before Iowa faces Illinois at 3 p.m. Wisconsin is led by the Vancouver Whitecaps Women’s Paige Adams, with the senior recording 10 points in seven game to lead the Badgers, and she is backed by the Toronto Lady Lynx’s Kodee Williams, who has made an impact off the bench with three goals and three assists. 

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