Thursday, October 3, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – Florida State will try to continue its undefeated season with former Colorado Rush goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and Pali Blues midfielder Jamia Fields leading the way on Thursday night as the Seminoles host Boston College on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET. The ACC clash is one of a number of games this weekend set to be aired on national television and online featuring current and former W-League standouts.
No. 5 Florida State is 9-0-3 entering its contest with the Eagles, with Fields putting in a recent run of form that has seen her score a goal and add two assists in the Seminoles’ past four games. She is now third on the team with nine points. Wys, meanwhile, has been strong the entire season with a 0.31 goals-against average, good for fifth in the nation, and eight shutouts.
Also on Thursday, the in-state rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State resumes with the Laval Comets’ Nkem Ezurike continuing her pursuit of the Wolverines’ all-time goal-scoring record on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. ET.
Ezurike leads the No. 21 Wolverines with six goals and six assists in 10 games this season, and needs four more to eclipse the mark set by Kacy Beitel. Ezurike also needs three points to reach 100 for her career at Michigan. The senior forward been aided in her pursuit by the Ottawa Fury’s Shelina Zadorsky, who has a goal and five assists this fall, and they will try to find success against a Spartans defense that has conceded on average a goal per game this season.
On Friday night the action switches to the west coast, with a full slate of games available on the Pac-12 Network. The big game of the day sees No. 3 UCLA host Washington State at 7 p.m. ET, with the Cougars visiting the Bruins still undefeated 10 games into the season.
While the Cougars have been led offensively by Micaela Castain’s 24 points, former Vancouver Whitecaps Women goalkeeper Gurveen Clair has been outstanding defensively. Her 0.30 goals-against average puts her fourth in the nation, with only three goals against and seven shutouts. Clair’s teammate with the Whitecaps, midfielder Nicole Setterlund, has also played a role in the team’s success with three goals and an assist.
Washington State’s undefeated record will be strongly challenged by the Bruins, however, who are led by the Pali Blues trio of Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper. Mewis is second on the Bruins with three goals, including the game-winner in their Pac-12 opener against Arizona, while Killion has recorded five assists. Dahlkemper, meanwhile, has been important defensively and will be back in the lineup after serving a suspension against the Wildcats.
Opening Friday’s doubleheader is Southern Cal’s clash with Washington at 5 p.m. ET, in which the Trojans will try to bounce back from defeat against Arizona State in their conference opener. Pali’s Elizabeth Eddy has led the way for USC so far this season with five goals, while former LA Strikers goalkeeper Carolina Stanley has posted a 0.89 goals-against average.
The Huskies were able to earn a draw in their opening game of Pac-12 play, with former Seattle Sounders Women forward Kate Bennett scoring for Washington. Fellow Sounders players Katie Elston and Isabel Farrell have led the Sounders with four assists apiece this season.
The Pac-12 action continues on Sunday as Oregon visits Colorado at 4 p.m. ET with former Real Colorado Cougars forward Bri Pugh set to lead the Ducks into action. Then at 6 p.m. ET, Washington State visits Southern Cal, and at 10 p.m. ET UCLA hosts Washington.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Big Ten Network brings the first chance for Wisconsin and 2013 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Genevieve Richard in the national spotlight as the Badgers host Ohio State at 12:30 p.m. ET. Richard, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, has recorded a 0.98 goals-against average for Wisconsin this season, but will be tested by a Buckeyes attack led by Toronto Lady Lynx forward Nichelle Prince.
Prince, who had five goals this summer for Toronto before her freshman season in college, leads Ohio State with six goals and 16 points in 11 games. She has been boosted by Laval midfielder Danica Wu, who is tied with the Colorado Rush’s Michela Paradiso for the team lead with five assists.
Later on Sunday’s Big Ten Network slate, Northwestern and former Cleveland Internationals forward Kate Allen will take on Purdue at 4:30 p.m. ET. Allen has led the Wildcats with three goals and three assists this season, while Purdue has received strong performances from former Fort Wayne Fever forward Jordan Pawlik, who has three goals and five assists for the Boilermakers.