Thursday, October 24, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – A top-five clash highlights the weekend’s Women’s Division I action, with W-League players set to feature for both sides, as No. 3 Florida State visits No. 4 Virginia Tech on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The game is just one of a number of contests this weekend featuring current and former W-League standouts that can be seen online or on national television.
The Seminoles remain undefeated and sit second in the ACC behind No. 1 Virginia with a 13-0-3 record. Former Colorado Rush goalkeeper Kelsey Wys has been a big factor in FSU’s success this season as she leads the ACC with 10 shutouts while posting a 0.48 goals-against average.
Also featuring for the Seminoles has been the Pali Blues’ Jamia Fields, who sits third on the team with 11 points on three goals and five assists, while the North Jersey Valkyries’ Nickolette Driesse has added five assists as a freshman.
Virginia Tech has received standout goalkeeping from another member of the Rush, with Dayle Colpitts sitting tied for second in the conference with seven shutouts this season. The Canadian U-20 international has been almost as strong as her predecessor in the Rush net, with a 0.57 goals-against average this fall.
Other key players for the Hokies include the Washington Spirit Reserves’ Katie Yensen, who has five goals and four assists this fall, and former Northern Virginia Majestics midfielder Danielle King, who has a goal and an assist while starting every contest this season.
Action switches to the west coast on Friday as No. 2 UCLA hosts Utah on the Pac-12 Network at 3 p.m. ET. The Bruins currently hold a comfortable lead in the conference standings, with a 5-0-1 record, as Pali Blues defender Abby Dahlkemper leads a defense that has conceded only five goals in 15 games this season. Fellow Blues players Sarah Killion and Jenna Richmond have also played well, with Killion sitting second on the side with six assists and Richmond having three goals and three assists.
The action continues at 5 p.m. ET as Colorado hosts Southern Cal, also on the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes will try to gain ground on the Bruins in the conference standings, and have former Colorado Force defender Bianca Jones making solid contributions as they aim for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. Colorado will also feature in Sunday’s action as it hosts UCLA at 2 p.m. ET, also on the Pac-12 Network.
The Trojans, meanwhile, are trying to get back to .500 this season after struggling for much of their conference schedule. With only one win in six games, USC will need big contributions from the Pali Blues’ Elizabeth Eddy, who has five goals this season, and former LA Strikers goalkeeper Caroline Stanley if it is to turn things around in Boulder.
Sunday’s action is highlighted by a big clash in the SEC as No. 7 Florida hosts SEC leader Texas A&M on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ET. The Gators continue to be led by 2013 All-League selection Savannah Jordan, who has 15 goals in 16 games, good for sixth in the nation. Former Ottawa Fury player Havana Solaun has also chipped in, with four goals and five assists this fall.
Also on Sunday, Duke and Long Island Rough Riders standout Kim DeCesare will try to continue their recent run of form as the Blue Devils host Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3. DeCesare has three goals and two assists this fall, while she has been supported by former Cary Lady Clarets midfielder Mollie Pathman, who has two goals and four assists.
Elsewhere in the ACC, No. 20 Notre Dame visits Clemson at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3 with both teams looking to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. The Tigers will be returning home after a game on Thursday night at North Carolina, and could use a strong performance from the Carolina Elite Cobras’ Tabitha Padgett, who has two goals and three assists this season. Toronto Lady Lynx goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan has also had a solid season with a 0.74 goals-against average and seven shutouts.