Another week down in the college season and another weekend with some major upsets. Change seems to be the only constant this season. Here’s a look back on some of the major headlines of week six.
Nebraska’s Jaycie Johnson tallies four on the weekend
Friday night Nebraska forward Jaycie Johnson recorded a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Ohio State. Heading into the contest both programs were receiving votes in the national polls so the decisive win certainly bolsters Nebraska’s resume. Johnson added another tally Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Penn State. Her four-goal haul brings her season total to eight.
As a freshman, Johnson terrorized backlines. Johnson ended her rookie campaign with 17 goals. She followed that up with a ten goal sophomore campaign. Last year, Johnson’s season was cut short when she suffered an ACL tear mid season after recording just 3 goals in 9 games. This weekend’s efforts shows that the senior is back to goal scoring ways.
Miami defeats Virginia
The ACC has been something of a roller coaster this season with no true front runner emerging from the pack. This past weekend was no exception. After getting back on track with a 2-0 victory over Virginia Tech a week after allowing Georgetown to come back from a 2-0 defeat, Virginia dropped a conference game to the Hurricanes, 2-1. It is the first time in six seasons that the Cavaliers lost to an unranked opponent.
Senior forward Gracie Lachowecki, a revelation for the Hurricanes when she was moved from defense to forward last season, provided the game’s first goal making an excellent run forward capped with a composed finish in the box. Freshman Kristina Fisher was equally composed when she converted a penalty kick to give Miami a 2-0 lead before halftime. Despite creating numerous opportunities, the Cavaliers were kept off the board until the 86th minute until Zoe Morse scored off a service from Alexis Shaffer.
Auburn defeats Florida 3-0
The ACC wasn’t the only conference that saw a massive upset over the weekend. The Florida Gators were ranked 12th going into the weekend and they dropped their SEC conference opener 3-0 to Auburn. Kristen Dodson recorded a brace in the contest. Auburn got on the board in the 24th minute when Dodson took advantage of a turnover by Florida.
The match would remain 1-0 until the 83rd minute when the Tigers would add two more in quick succession. Courtney Schell headed in a corner and then about two minutes later, Dodson added a third with a long distance strike.
Texas A&M Falls to Alabama
Alabama defeated Texas A&M 2-1. The victory gave the Crimson Tide its first win against the Aggies since 1995. The teams traded first-half penalty kicks with Haley Pounds converting for the Aggies in the 34th minute. Alabama answered back in the 40th minute with Hailey Brohaugh taking the spot kick. The second half was fairly even with Texas A&M recording 9 shots to the Crimson Tide’s 8. After 90 minutes the score remained deadlocked. Abbie Boswell broke the deadlock in the 97th minute when Emma Welch played her through and Boswell slotted the ball past Danielle Rice.
The Aggies, who are missing several key players due to injury, will next face the South Caroline Gamecocks who are one of just two teams with a perfect record in conference. The Crimson Tide meanwhile will visit Mississippi State.
Meehan Set New Career Points Record at Boston College
On Thursday night, McKenzie Meehan entered her name in the record books at Boston College for the third time when she earned the school’s program record for points in a season. Meehan a scored on a diving header in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh. Meehan also holds the program record for most career goals (55) and most career game-winning goals (18). Meehan has recorded eight goals and two assists in 12 games so far this season.
Meehan missed the 2014 season with a freak Achilles injury. She returned in a big win in 2015 recording 17 goals. She has recorded eight goals and two assists in 12 games so far this season.
We’ll just leave this one right here…
Was there ever any doubt??
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 23, 2016
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