NAC Women's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 10)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kylie Aither, Johnson
(Sr., F - Hyde Park, Vt.)

Aither led Johnson to a 2-1 record this past week scoring eight goals and notching an assist for a total of 17 points on the week. The senior recorded a hat-trick and had an assist in the Badgers 4-1 win over Norwich on Tuesday. She then netted Johnson's only goal in a tough 6-1 loss to Curry on Saturday. To end the week, Aither tallied four goals in a 4-1 win over Newbury on Sunday. 

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sam Mitchell, Colby-Sawyer
(So., GK - Chester, N.H.)

Mitchell played an important role in a tough 1-1 week for the Chargers. The keeper allowed just one goal at No. 17 ranked Middlebury, while making 10 saves. Mitchell then posted seven saves, allowing just two goals against in 101 minutes in a 3-2 double overtime victory over Keene State. On the week, the sophomore recorded an .850 save percentage and a 1.41 gaa.

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Loren Henderson, Castleton
(Fr., G - Lake George, N.Y.)

Henderson, in her first career start in goal, had a spectacular performance with 10 saves to help lead her team to a 1-1, double-overtime draw against Westfield State. In a game where Westfield State took 29 shots, including 15 on goal, the rookie stood tall making multiple diving saves and one jumping save in which she punched a potential game-winning shot just over the cross bar late in the match. Henderson finished with a .909 save percentage on the week in 90 minutes of action. 

 

 

AROUND THE NAC

Castleton is still searching for its first win of the season as the Spartans continued their tough stretch of opponents to open the season. The Spartans went 0-1-1 with a thrilling 1-1 draw against Westfield State on Wednesday before a 2-1 loss against Wheaton on Saturday. Freshmen goalkeepers Loren Henderson and Rachel Shambo combined for 21 saves in the two matches, with Shambo tallying 11 stops in her first career start. Fellow freshman Julia Carone notched her first career goal in the draw versus Westfield, while Makenzi Bellando scored her first goal of 2017 against Wheaton. The Spartans will travel to MCLA on Wednesday before opening NAC action on Saturday at New England College. 

Colby-Sawyer turned in a pair of solid performances in a 1-1 week. The Chargers fell on the road 1-0 at No. 17 ranked Middlebury to begin the week and then outlasted Keene State, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday. Abbie Sansoucy scored twice, while Hannah Fields connected on the game-winner in double OT. Sam Mitchell finished the week with 17 saves. The team plays next at Maine Maritime on Saturday in a NAC season opener. 

UMaine-Farmington dropped a tough one against UNE on Saturday after a late push with back to back goals but fell short by a score of 3-2. On Sunday, the Beavers fell to Saint Joseph's College of Maine by a score of 3-0.

Green Mountain won its lone game played this week beating SUNY Cobleskill, 3-1. The team's game against Bay Path was postponed to a later date. The Eagles were buoyed offensively by a pair of freshmen as Maya Golowasch and Jessica Bradley accounted for two of the three goals scored on the week. GMC will commence the conference portion of the schedule on Saturday when the team travels to Johnson to face the Badgers at 3:30 p.m.

Husson saw Leah Hibbad tally her first career hat trick as the team picked up a 9-1 non-conference victory over Newbury College. Hibbad also had the lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Colby on Sunday morning. 

Johnson (3-1, 0-0 NAC) went 2-1 this week picking up wins against Norwich and Newbury College, and falling to Curry College. Kylie Aither scored eight goals on the week, including a four-goal performance against Newbury on Sunday. The Badgers travel to SUNY Canton on Thursday before hosting Green Mountain in their conference opener on Saturday. Johnson will end the week at Bay Path on Sunday. 

Lyndon dropped a pair of non-conference road games this week, falling 5-1 at Southern Vermont on Wednesday and 2-1 in overtime at Mitchell on Saturday. Senior Rose Wilson scored her first career goal against Mitchell.

Maine Maritime went 0-3 this week, falling to Bates, Smith and Westfield State. The Mariners open up NAC play on Saturday when they host Colby-Sawyer for homecoming. 

New England College hosted a four-game tournament over the weekend with Elms, SUNY Potsdam and Montclair St. The Pilgrims faced off with SUNY Potsdam on Saturday and were downed by the Bears, 2-1. Emily LePage (West Greenwich, R.I.) scored NEC's lone goal off a corner kick. On Sunday, the Pilgrims suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Elms. The Pilgrims return to action on Tuesday when they host Gordon at 7:00 p.m. 

Thomas played in one game this week as the Terriers hit the road to face a strong MIT team. The Engineers defeated the Terriers 7-0 in the non-conference matchup. Thomas will play at home for the first time this season on Wednesday, September 13, as they face rival Colby at 5:30 p.m.