Who has the Top Shot in Women’s Soccer? We’ve analyzed the stats and put together a list, now you decide?
(Stats are as of games played through 10/5, per the NCAA website – voting will close a 6pm on 10/14.)
Angely Mercado, Fr./Trinity Washington
5.17 SOG/game (1st)
16 goals (6th)
Trinity Washington freshman Angely Mercado was named the D3 Independent’s Player of the Week last week.
Mercado scored five goals with two assists against Penn State-Hazleton, two goals against Christendom including an OT game-winner, and four goals against Hollins.
Her 5.17 shots on goal per game is the best in all of D3.
Josseline Williams, So./Dominican (IL)
21 goals (2nd)
Named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for all four weeks in September, Dominican’s Josseline Williams is off to an amazing start in 2017. Williams helped the Stars to three wins during the final week of September and has been pivotal in the Stars undefeated run to start the season.
During that week, Williams collected five goals and assisted on three to play a part in eight of Dominican’s 18 goals. In a 10-1 win over Alverno, Williams scored four goals for the third time this season while assisting on another score. She followed that up with a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win at Marian University. With 21 goals on the season Williams ranks second in all of D3.
Kylie Aither, Sr./Johnson State
4.00 SOG/game (T3rd)
14 goals (T11th)
Johnson State senior Kylie Aither recently broke the school’s record for all-time goals scored with her four-goal performance, putting her at 46 goals for her career. It was Aither’s second four-goal game of the season to go along with a hat-trick on September 5th at Norwich.
Lindsey Keith, So./Becker
4.0 SOG/game (T3rd)
17 goals (5th)
The New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for the Week for the week ending September 24, Becker’s Lindsey Keith posted a dominant showing for the Hawks. Keith scored both goals in Becker’s 2-0 victory at Nichols before recording a haul of four goals in the team’s 5-0 NECC win at Mitchell.
For the season, Keith’s 17 goals rank 4th in D3 and 2nd in the NECC.
Jai Ruiz, Jr./Bay Path
19 goals (2nd)
3.56 SOG/game (16th)
In Bay Path’s 11-0 rout of Pine Manor last month Hawk’s junior Jai Ruiz recorded a hat-trick in just the first three minutes of the contest, and added another just four minutes later to post her first four-goal performance of the season.
She has since added a pair of four-spots to her stat log, one against Dean and most recently another in a 5-2 win over Mass Maritime. Her 19 goals on the season ranks 2nd overall and 1st in the New England Collegiate Conference
Kenne Kessler, Jr./Hardin-Simmons
22 goals (1st)
3.90 SOG/game (5th)
Hardin-Simmons junior Kenne Kessler scored five times to tie the school record for goals in a game as the Cowgirls rolled to 13-0 win over Belhaven in American Southwest Conference action at the HSU Soccer Complex just this week. The five tallies pushed her season total to 22, which now leads all of D3 Women’s Soccer and her 3.90 shots on-goal per game ranks 5th.
Lauren Ashby, Fr./Sarah Lawrence
14 goals (11th)
3.40 SOG/game (22nd)
Twice so far this season Sarah Lawrence freshman forward Lauren Ashby has been named Skyline Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week.
Ashby scored three goals during the final week of September, including a pair in a 2-0 shutout over Old Westbury. The rookie scored one goal in each half, leading the Gryphons to their first-ever victory over the Panthers. Her 14 goals on the season so far has set a new team record.