Chalk it up to leftover momentum from the U-20 Women’s World Cup or perhaps it’s just giving players their much needed due, but Canadians are having tremendous NCAA seasons thus far.
As of early September 20th, Ashley Campbell (Dayton – 7G 9GP), Kelley Monogue (Texas A&M – 7G 9GP), Kinley McNicoll (Wisconsin – 6G 8GP) and Valerie Sanderson (Memphis – 5G 9GP) sit in the top 50 for scoring. When it comes to assists, McNicoll is 11th overall with six helpers, Monogue follows with five, as does Kodee Williams (Wisconsin).
Campbell is proving to be a powerhouse for Dayton. The forward needed only 45 minutes to net a hat trick September 19th against Ohio. She leads her team in scoring.
It’s a year to remember for Monogue in Texas. A number of her goals have been of the highlight reel variety. Her versatility is also showing on the pitch, as she can easily adapt to playing up top or in the middle, depending on the situation. Monogue scooped up weekly honours from Top Drawer Soccer and SEC in early September. She also became the fifth player in Aggies history to hit the career 40-goal mark.
Wisconsin is having tremendous success and much of it’s because of the Canadian duo of McNicoll and Williams. U-20 captain McNicoll was named Top Drawer Soccer’s Player of the Week on September 9th. She also earned weekly honours from espnW after her instrumental play, which included two goals and two assists for the Badgers. Williams, a Toronto-born senior, is having a great season with ample playing time. She scored the overtime winner, assisted by McNicoll, on August 24th to beat Tennessee 2:1.
Striker Sanderson is making the most of her minutes in Memphis, boasting a pair of two-goal matches. Meanwhile, defender Kylie Davis was recently named one of 30 women’s soccer student-athletes candidates for the Senior CLASS award. Overall, Memphis is a good squad to keep your eye on because there are 11 Canadians in total on the Tigers roster.
Elsewhere, Texas Tech forward Janine Beckie is celebrating a tremendous showing, receiving weekly honours just a few days ago from Big 12, Top Drawer Soccer and espnW. Much like she did at the U-20 Women’s World Cup this summer, Beckie is putting in timely goals. Two of her tallies have been game winners.
She might be the only Canadian at Duke, but Rebecca Quinn is making her mark. Many know her as a centre back when wearing the red and white, but she’s suiting up as a midfielder in college and is enjoying finding the back of the net (2G 8GP).
West Virginia sure likes its Canadians and with the way they are performing, the feeling seems to be mutual. Defender Kadeisha Buchanan has been strong in every third, netting three goals and making Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week for September 16th. She was also recognized as WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Fellow sophomore Ashley Lawrence continues to patrol the midfield, while freshmen Amandine Pierre-Louis is being worked into the lineup and managed a game-high eight shots during a match against Georgetown.
After a strong freshmen campaign in 2013, Summer Clarke is continuing her solid play for LSU. In eight matches, she’s scored four times and added two assists. Teammate Emma Fletcher is well known for her technical ability and creativity. It’s something Canadians witnessed first hand in August. She’s playing crucial minutes for LSU and as the matches become more meaningful, her role will further in importance. Joining Clarke and Fletcher on the squad is defender Jordane Carvery, who is a permanent staple on the back line.
Let’s not forget about the goalkeepers. The depth in this position is definitely something Canada boasts and their efforts are going to leave the national coaches with some tough decisions down the road. We’ll start with Sabrina D’Angelo, who is nearing the end of her college career. She’s started seven games for South Carolina and sits with a save percentage of 0.967. Genevieve Richard continues to be the go-to keeper in Wisconsin. The Badgers are a threatening squad with a solid opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. That all starts with Richard in net. Recent U-20 starter Kailen Sheridan is enjoying her sophomore year at Clemson with a record of 6-0-1, which includes a couple of clean sheets.
The Canadian national squad is preparing to host residency camp in the near future. Another camp will then be held specifically for the friendlies against Japan at the end of October. Depending on the school, many of these players will be in the thick of playoff battles and coaches haven’t been keen on letting them go to national team activities in the past. However, look for John Herdman to have a large number of players take part in the December edition of pre-Women’s World Cup residency.
Author’s note: The college season is nearing its halfway point in terms of regular season play. While there’s a lot of action left on tap, these accomplishments are something to be proud of. If there’s someone I may have missed, my apologies and I’ll definitely take a closer look when the next edition of this post comes out. I’m aiming for early November.
About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She is also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.