Women's soccer: Best goals of the week from Week 1 (Video)
The first full week of the women's soccer season is in the books and we're here to bring you the best goals of the week (Aug. 20-26).
Samantha Chung, Gabby Seiler, Lais Araujo – Florida
Florida toppled No. 1 Stanford 3-2 in Gainesville, Fla., just hours before the Gators women's volleyball team knocked off No. 1 Texas. Samantha Chung (1:02 mark in the video below), Gabby Seiler (1:25 mark), and Lais Araujo (1:36 mark) scored the goals in Florida's monumental win.
Deanne Rose, Gabby Seiler, Brittney Bennett, Parker Roberts, Tess Sapone – Florida
Staying with the Gators, Florida defeated Troy 5-0 last Sunday, with four of the five goal-scorers netting their first goal for the program. Freshman Deanne Rose started off the scoring with a chip of Troy's goalkeeper from 15 yards out. Team captain Gabby Seiler netted the second goal of the game after Briana Solis sent a corner kick into the box. The ball was then headed by Tess Sapone, who earned the assist for Seiler's volley that found the back of the net. Brittney Bennett sent a laser of a shot from just outside the box past the keeper in the 36th minute.
Emily Heslin, Megan Koenig – Minnesota
The Gophers scored on two long-range blasts in their 3-0 win against North Dakota State on Aug. 21. Junior Emily Heslin bent a beautiful free kick past the goalkeeper from outside the left edge of the penalty box, then senior Megan Koenig only needed one touch to net a goal from 35 yards out in the second half.
Emilee Cincotta – Nebraska
Nebraska got creative with a free kick against South Dakota, perfectly executing a give-and-go between Emilee Cincotta and Brenna Ochoa. Cincotta touched the ball to Ochoa, who dropped it off for a left-footed blast from Cincotta from outside the right edge of the box. The ball deflected off the head of a South Dakota defender and into the goal.
Courtney Schell, Rocio Sanders – Auburn
Auburn fell behind 2-0 to Lipscomb but battled back to a 2-2 draw. Courtney Schell scored the Tigers' first goal in the 72nd minute with a blast from 25 yards out that went over the keeper's head. Rocio Sanders tied the game in the 90th minute with a chip over the goalkeeper with just 31 seconds remaining in the game. You can watch the goals below beginning at the 0:38 mark and 0:58 mark, respectively.
Natalie Jacobs, Jennifer Westendorf, Sandra Yu, Katie Uhler – Notre Dame
Notre Dame had an offensive outburst in its 4-0 win against Ball State on Aug. 20. You can watch the highlights below.
Kelly Fitzgerald – Cal
Cal used a penalty kick in the 89th minute of its game against Santa Clara to leave with a 2-1 victory. Redshirt senior Kelly Fitzgerald nailed the penalty kick for the victory.
Imani Dorsey – Duke
Duke's Imani Dorsey gets featured twice this week. She sent home the final goal in the last minute of Duke's 3-1 win against Xavier, finishing a run she started on the Blue Devils' defensive half othe field.
Dorsey's most recent goal was against Bucknell on Friday, when she sent a well-placed left-footed strike past the goalkeeper and into the far side of the net.
Haley Pounds – Texas A&M
Senior forward Haley Pounds scored what proved to be the game-winner for Texas A&M against San Diego. She sent a lofting, left-footed chip into the upper-90 of the goal in the 12th minute of the match.
Savannah McCaskill – South Carolina
The Gamecocks relied on their senior captain, Savannah McCaskill, to pull out a 2-1 win against Florida Gulf Coast on Aug. 20. McCaskill went left to beat the keeper in the 70th minute.
Eden Jacobsen, Paola Van der Veen, Hailey Skolmoski – Utah
Utah began its season with a 4-1 victory against South Dakota State. Eden Jacobsen scored the Utes' second goal after displaying some fancy footwork outside of the box, setting up a right-footed blast that landed in the upper-90 of the goal.
Utah's third goal was a beautiful left-footed volley from Paola Van der Veen, who sent home a cross from Aleea Gwerder.
Hailey Skolmoski scored two goals in the game – Utah's first and last – including this 20-yard shot that hit the left post and bounced into the net.
Tatum Thornton – Utah
Utah received all of the offensive support it needed in a 2-0 win against Utah State within the first three minutes of the match. Freshman Tatum Thornton scored the second of the Utes' goals after a nice setup from teammate Haylee Cacciacarne.
Ceri Holland – Kansas
Kansas head coach Mark Francis picked up the 200th win of his Jayhawk career on Aug. 20, when Kansas downed Central Michigan 3-0. The final goal of the game was scored by Ceri Holland off of a corner kick. With her back to the goal, she flicked the ball into the goal after a header from teammate Lois Heuchan. You can watch the play below beginning at the 0:38 mark.
The Jayhawk offense erupted in the second half to pick up the first win of the 2017 season, claiming a 3-0 victory over Central Michigan pic.twitter.com/SXc0ttQ53e— Kansas Soccer (@KUWSoccer) August 21, 2017
Megan Connolly – Florida State
Junior midfielder Megan Connolly scored both goals in Florida State's 2-1 win against South Alabama. Her first was from 12 yards out that rocketed past the keeper.
Maddy Gonzalez – Santa Clara
Maddy Gonzalez only needed one touch to finish off a rebound inside Cal's box. The goal put the Broncos ahead but the Bears ultimately won 2-1.
Catarina Macario– Stanford
No. 1 Stanford dropped a match to No. 8 Florida, 3-2, as the Gators rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. The first goal of the game came off the foot of Catarina Macario, who cleaned up a deflected shot in the 26th minute. It was her fourth goal in three games.
Alli Magaletta – West Virginia
No. 1 West Virginia fell in double overtime to No. 10 Virginia. The Cavaliers struck first but West Virginia senior midfielder Alli Magaletta scored an equalizer in the 78th minute off of a long header following a corner kick.
Hailie Mace – UCLA
Junior forward Hailie Mace had her first career hat trick in a 4-2 win against Santa Clara. All three goals were in the first half.
Katie Pingel – Long Beach State
Katie Pingel's goal was one of the few bright spots in Long Beach State's 5-1 loss to UCLA. She netted a left-footed strike from outside the box that was just out of reach for UCLA's keeper.
Taylor Aylmer, Kenie Wright, Colby Ciarrocca, Carina Hendley – Rutgers
Rutgers defeated Monmouth 4-0 on Aug. 20. You can watch the highlights below.